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

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

USA
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3.1 Phillip Lim is the eponymous label of the New York designer. His designs are understated with a cool, modern aesthetic.

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360 CASHMERE

360 CASHMERE

360 CASHMERE

USA
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360 CASHMERE is a knitwear brand making modern pieces from quality materials like cashmere and organic cotton. The Skull Cashmere range is especially cool.

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525

525

525

USA
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525 America is a Brooklyn-based heritage knit label that has been bringing us quality cotton sweaters for four decades. Always classic and versatile.

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A.L.C.

A.L.C.

A.L.C.

USA
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Former A-list stylist Andrea Lieberman is behind the Ready-to-Wear label A.L.C. which delivers effortlessly classic wardrobe staples.

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A.P.C.

A.P.C.

A.P.C.

France
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A.P.C., (Atelier de Production et de Creation) is the French fashion line known for clean, timeless designs with a relaxed Parisian aesthetic.

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ace&jig

ace&jig

ace&jig

USA
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ace&jig is a textile love story. The clothing brand combines custom hand-loomed fabrics from India to create playful yet timeless pieces full of personality.

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Acler

Acler

Acler

Australia
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Acler was founded by two Australians to rebel against typical cookie-cutter designs. Expect creative draping and sharp styles that evolve slowly with expert oversight.

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Adam Lippes

Adam Lippes

Adam Lippes

USA
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Adam Lippes label is known for understated, elegant pieces that invoke quality. Find elevated essentials, sharp workwear and glamorous prints.

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Adam Selman Sport

Adam Selman Sport

Adam Selman Sport

USA
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Adam Selman Sport is a playful collection of functional activewear. Known for his innovative bias-cut legging for great-looking ass. His range is size-inclusive.

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ADAY

ADAY

ADAY

USA
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ADAY believes in simplifying life with a versatile wardrobe to take you anywhere. Find seasonless pieces made using technologically advanced fabrics so you don't need to worry about things like wrinkles.

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Add Down

Add Down

Add Down

Italy
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Add Down applies Italian flair to revitalize down outerwear. The brand's coats are stylish, lightweight and of course functional for today's busy lifestyle.

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ADEAM

ADEAM

ADEAM

Japan
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ADEAM is the Japanese luxury label that creates classic and expertly tailored women's clothing. Fans include Michelle Obama and Oprah.

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