Thursday, June 12, 2014

Clothing Industry Resources

Posted by Beni Schaub at 8:23 AM
Fashion blogs such as the one you are reading now are fantastic for both the garment industry and consumers.  However, for those of us that actually work in the apparel industry, there is more to the world than simply writing or reading style blog posts.  The reality is that there is a huge amount of factors that go into the development of the clothes and accessories that you read about on our news articles.

For those of you that work in the areas of design, retail, wholesale, or manufacturing, we hope that the tools we present below are of help to you.  Obviously, our first suggestion for a leading clothing industry resource would be Apparel Search or the Fashion Industry Network.  However, we fully understand that numerous other helpful clothing industry resources exist.  Below are just a few of them.  Peta : Every year, millions of animals are killed for the clothing industry—all in the name of fashion. Whether the clothes come from Chinese fur farms, Indian slaughterhouses, or the Australian outback, an immeasurable amount of suffering goes into every fur-trimmed jacket, leather belt, and wool sweater.  It is important for the apparel industry to be careful to keep these issues in mind when creating clothing or accessory collections.  Be good to the environment and to the animals of the world.  Learn how to wear vegan.

Accessories Magazine: Accessories Census

Annual statistical study provides detailed analysis of the retail apparel accessories market, with data broken down by accessory category with additional breakdowns by wearer age group, style of accessories, and retail channel category, as applicable.

Apparel Magazine by Edgl
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for industry professionals, with online news categories including executive issues, technology insights, special reports, and case studies.

The Apparel Strategist, Inc.:
Online subscription business journal features news, information, and analysis for apparel retailers, with topics covered including retail sales and inventory growth trends, consumer confidence and spending, economy and markets, company profiles, and historical data. One-month and one-year subscription options provide access to all premium content including articles, data file downloads, and reports.

Canadean: Clothing and Footwear Retailing in North America
Market guide provides an overview of the North American retail market and includes historical and forecast sales data by region (e.g., North America, United States, Canada, and Mexico) and product category.

Euromonitor International: Apparel and Footwear Specialist Retailers in the U.S.
Retail market research report
provides a detailed analysis of this market sector and overview of the apparel and footwear specialist retail sector, with topics covered including headlines, trends, channel formats, and channel data (e.g., historical and forecast five-year sales, outlets, and selling space trends, with company and brand share data provided for these same historical measures).

Fashion Resources
Fashion guides, news sources, trend reports, and other useful tools.  Learn more about our industry from various sources of information.

Freedonia Group: Focus on Apparel

Research report analyzes U.S. demand at the manufacturer's level, with topics covered including market size and environment; product and market segmentation; historical demand and forecasts by product  (for example;tops, bottoms, intimates, sleepwear) and market (example; women's, girl's, men's, boy's); industry structure; and company profiles.

GIA Research: Apparel

Global outlook report provides an overview of the apparel market on a global basis, with topics covered including market dynamics, major trends and issues, strategic corporate developments, mergers and acquisitions, regional market perspectives, and historical and forecast sales volume by product segment.

Global Apparel Markets
Subscription publication provides in-depth analysis of this market sector on a global basis, with topics covered including company profiles, technology developments, color and fabric trends, market sector analysis, trade and trade policy, and more.  Also the Performance Apparel MarketsQuarterly publication focuses on performance apparel and corporate wear, with topics covered including new products and technologies, technical research reports, market data and analysis, company profiles, business news and developments, and more.

You may want to also check out the following section on Apparel Search:

Do you know of additional resources that are of benefit to our industry?  If you have suggestions, you are welcome to add your comments in the discussion area below.

Thank you for taking the time to read our fashion blog post. We hope that you have found this news to be informative. If you have comments or questions, please add your thoughts in the discussion area below.


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