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.
United Arab Emirates
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.
NAADAM works directly with Mongolian herders in the Gobi Desert to bring us top-quality sustainable cashmere clothing. Classic, timeless and super-soft.
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.
Le Kasha, a French label established in 1918, create luxury cashmere knitwear and timeless minimalist clothing from 100% silk and linen.
Honeydew Intimates make fun, playful lingerie and loungewear, great for a comfy night in or as a sexy base layer for a night out.
WAYF, short for Where Are You From, is a ultra-feminine brand, with its dresses becoming an instant favorite with fashion bloggers.
Arizona Love makes of-the-moment handmade sandals using colorful vintage and recycled bandana fabric. Trendy and functional for hot climates.
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.