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.
3.1 Phillip Lim
3.1 Phillip Lim is the eponymous label of the New York designer. His designs are understated with a cool, modern aesthetic.
360 CASHMERE is a knitwear brand making modern pieces from quality materials like cashmere and organic cotton. The Skull Cashmere range is especially cool.
Former A-list stylist Andrea Lieberman is behind the Ready-to-Wear label A.L.C. which delivers effortlessly classic wardrobe staples.
A.P.C., (Atelier de Production et de Creation) is the French fashion line known for clean, timeless designs with a relaxed Parisian aesthetic.
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.
Adam Lippes label is known for understated, elegant pieces that invoke quality. Find elevated essentials, sharp workwear and glamorous prints.
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.
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.