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.
Asia
Brands

Mochi

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Mochi

Mochi

United Arab Emirates
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Mochi is a fashion brand with the tagline 'The Art of Embroidery'. The label excels at vibrant ethnic embroidered pieces that pay homage to different cultures around the world.

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NAADAM

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NAADAM

NAADAM

USA
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NAADAM works directly with Mongolian herders in the Gobi Desert to bring us top-quality sustainable cashmere clothing. Classic, timeless and super-soft.

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Loeffler Randall

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Loeffler Randall

Loeffler Randall

USA
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Loeffler Randall is a family-owned feminine footwear and accessories label run by a majority female team. The brand works in small batches, with its bestseller, the signature Penny tie-front mule, involving over 400 pleats.

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Rejina Pyo

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Rejina Pyo

Rejina Pyo

United Kingdom
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Rejina Pyo is a Britian-based, Korean-born designer giving us a modern take on footwear and bag design. Her scuptural pieces are elegant while still being fun.

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Le Kasha

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Le Kasha

Le Kasha

France
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Le Kasha, a French label established in 1918, create luxury cashmere knitwear and timeless minimalist clothing from 100% silk and linen.

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Cleobella

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Cleobella

Cleobella

USA
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Cleobella is a vintage-inspired label that makes bags from wooden beads, woven rattan, and leather and womenswear with a boho aesthetic.

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Honeydew Intimates

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Honeydew Intimates

Honeydew Intimates

USA
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Honeydew Intimates make fun, playful lingerie and loungewear, great for a comfy night in or as a sexy base layer for a night out.

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WAYF

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WAYF

WAYF

USA
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WAYF, short for Where Are You From, is a ultra-feminine brand, with its dresses becoming an instant favorite with fashion bloggers.

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Self Portrait

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Self Portrait

Self Portrait

United Kingdom
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Self Portrait is the beautifully tailored womenswear label of Han Chong. Known for head-turning exquisite dresses. Find pieces for day and night.

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Arizona Love

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Arizona Love

Arizona Love

France
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Arizona Love makes of-the-moment handmade sandals using colorful vintage and recycled bandana fabric. Trendy and functional for hot climates.

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FARM Rio

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FARM Rio

FARM Rio

Brazil
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FARM Rio is a Brazilian label known for dresses in bold prints that embody the vibrancy of Rio. With every purchase the brand donates one tree to be planted in the Amazon rainforest.

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MUNTHE

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MUNTHE

MUNTHE

Denmark
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Danish label MUNTHE's style is often described as urban-bohemian. The label's clothing has an understated chicness, often featuring vintage-style prints and relaxed silhouettes.

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