Apparel Manufacturers

Apparel Manufacturers

Overview

The 6,100 apparel manufacturers in the US transform fabrics into clothing and accessories. The companies described in this report are known as “cut-and-sew” apparel manufacturers, and produce items such as dresses, suits, shirts, and pants. “Cut-and-sew” manufacturers differ from apparel knitting mills, which produce knit products, such as hosiery, socks, and underwear. Apparel firms design and market apparel, but may outsource their entire manufacturing operations to firms outside the US.

Complications from Foreign Production

Apparel companies that rely on foreign firms for any part of production are more vulnerable to remote management problems, increases in transportation expenses, and trade-related issues.

Demand Driven by Trends

The apparel market is driven by constantly evolving fashion trends and fads, many of which can be short-lived.