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Apparel manufacturing plays a key role in the fashion supply chain. Fashion brands and retailers are increasingly outsourcing apparel production to reliable manufacturing partners to ensure cost savings and improved efficiency to stay ahead of the curve and keep pace with the industry’s ever-changing demands.

With the trends in fashion constantly changing, the need for delivering the right products at the right price and at the right time is driving the demand for flexible, low-cost, and high-speed apparel production.

Discover the best apparel manufacturers for the fashion industry

Just Style has listed some of the leading apparel manufacturers based on its intel, insights and decades-long experience in the sector.

The list includes both compliant and competitive fabric producers and clothing manufacturers who employ skilled manpower, sophisticated machinery, advanced technologies, quality material, and standard systems and processes to produce and supply large volumes of affordable garments, including women’s, men’s, children’s and infants’ apparel, sportswear, functional clothes, footwear, and other apparel products and accessories, in a short lead time.

The list also includes smart fabrics and eco-friendly clothing manufacturing companies and producers of high-value differentiated clothing and accessories, including garments and apparel products made of leather and fur.

The information contained within the download document is useful for fashion designers, creative directors, design assistants, merchandisers, garment production managers, apparel industry executives, logistics, warehouse and store managers and any other individual involved in apparel design, production, packaging, marketing, wholesale distribution and retailing.

The download contains detailed information on apparel manufacturing companies and their product lines, alongside contact details to aid your purchasing or partnering decision.

Stages of apparel manufacturing

Apparel manufacturing is an organised activity consisting of sequential processes such as:

  • Product design and fabric selection
  • Pattern making and grading
  • Calculating the cost of a garment
  • Production process planning
  • Creating pre-production samples and securing design approval
  • Deciding about quantities, size, and colour breakdowns
  • Procurement and inspection of fabric and other raw materials
  • Checking for fabric defects including yarn, weaving, dyeing, and finishing faults
  • Fabric smoothening, spreading, marking, cutting, and bundling
  • Garment stitching and detailing
  • Adding any trimmings/embellishments including buttons, zips, and appliques
  • Final inspections, stain removal, repairs, ironing/pressing and folding, and
  • Brand labelling, packaging, and delivery

Modern apparel manufacturers are adopting advanced technologies such as computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, 3D printing and laser cutting to make the process faster, easier, and more efficient and create better-fitted and better-looking garments with fewer errors.

Demand is also on the rise for customised and just-in-time apparel production, smart and innovative fabrics featuring sensors or LED lights, as well as eco-friendly clothing made of sustainable materials such as bamboo, organic cotton, and recycled polyester.

Download our list here.