Men's and Boy's Apparel Wholesalers


The 3,200 men’s and boy’s apparel wholesalers in the US act as middlemen between apparel manufacturers and retailers. They purchase apparel and accessories in large quantities from manufacturers and importers and resell them to retailers. Some firms have exclusive relationships with manufacturers to sell within a designated territory. Wholesalers often represent multiple apparel manufacturers and carry a variety of categories, brands, and styles. Some firms specialize in past season or overstock merchandise.

Competition with Large Apparel Manufacturers

Big apparel companies and importers serve large accounts, such as department store chains and mass merchandisers, directly and operate their own distribution networks.

Complex Supply Chain

The apparel supply chain is long and complex, and typically involves numerous parties, many of which are located overseas.