Made in Asia – Fashion Labels Turning to the East for Manufacturing
Made in Asia, particularly China and to a lesser extent India, has far surpassed all other manufacturing hubs for its competitiveness and production at scale. In recent years wages in China have increased considerably, diminishing the country’s attractiveness for creating low-cost products. Huge shipping bottlenecks, tariffs, and ethical standards have all raised significant concerns for brands in 2020.

Despite this, there is still a strong pull towards made in Asia for clothing brands. China offers advanced value-added manufacturing to maintain a firm hold on its customer base. High-tech machinery to produce intricate designs like custom lace engineering, complex embroidery and knitwear is commonplace.

India also has a strong foothold in the manufacturing of textiles, cotton clothing, and embroidery. Several brands on this list, like Ace & Jig, pictured, Antik Batik and Banjanan work closely with Indian artisan weavers, dyers and embroiderers to create beautiful custom cotton textiles for their clothing range.

In other parts of Asia, Vietnam and Indonesia are emerging as new low-cost apparel and footwear manufacturing hubs. Several knitwear brands turn to Mongolia for its nomadic goat herders and high-quality cashmere. A number of small South Korean and Japanese designers choose to manufacture locally and stay in touch with their construction process.
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Lee Vintage Modern

Lee Vintage Modern

Lee Vintage Modern

Lee Vintage Modern, the collection by Lee Jeans, has energized some of the brand's classic heritage pieces for today's modern lifestyle.

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Madewell

Madewell

Madewell

Madewell is well known for its great jeans. The clothing brand also make great classic wardrobe staples that you will call on again and again.

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Rosie Pope

Rosie Pope

Rosie Pope

Rosie Pope is a London-based entrepreneur passionate about maternity education. She brings us top quality maternity clothing and lingerie.

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