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