Manufacturer - as you may already understand, clothing does not grow on
trees. The clothing, shoes, and fashion accessories that we all enjoy
wearing have to be made by manufacturers. In this section of our
apparel industry directory you will find clothing factories, trim suppliers,
sewing facilities, embroiderers, pattern makers, and more.
- someone has to design the clothing that you find in the stores.
It is not just the famous fashion designers that develop the garment from
start to finish. Their is an entire merchandising process involved
with taking a concept and turning it into a finished garment. Learn
more in our fashion merchandising section.
- merchandising marts are places that buyers and sellers can meet
face to face. They are buildings, or portions of buildings where
manufacturers or wholesalers can set up shop and display their merchandise
to potential buyers.
Boards - when you are having difficultly it is important to
talk it out. Actually, even if you are not having difficulty, it is a
good idea to converse with other people about the subjects you find
interesting. The message boards, forums, and social media website are
an important way for members of the fashion industry to communicate with one
Modeling - fashion modeling is potentially my favorite
aspect of the fashion industry. Can you guess why? Fashion
magazines, fashion week events, and other relevant topics would fall flat on
their face without the fine work of fashion models. This aspect of the
industry is extremely important. In addition to the actual models,
this side of the business has many other important people. Keep in
mind the photographers, stylists, magazine editors, etc. They all play
their role in defining the modeling business.
News - fashion news is fabulous and trendy. Yup, if well written,
new about the fashion industry can be extremely exciting. Stay up to
date on the latest apparel industry news from the fashion news section here
on Apparel Search. We will guide you to articles we have written for
our own site and blog, and we will also help you find other news sources, PR
companies, worthy events, and more.
Maker - pattern makers are the foundation of the garment. It is
hard to find a well produced garment that did not have a well informed
pattern maker behind the scenes. Learn more about the technical
aspects of fashion including pattern making, markers, sample making, etc.
Brands - popular fashion brands are all the rage this year, last year,
and most likely next year as well. Brand recognition is a very
important aspect of the clothing industry. Popular brand names are
beyond critical. Famous fashion designers and brands can sell a great
deal of clothes, shoes, handbags, etc.
Production - do you need help producing clothing?
The production department may be able to assist you. Possibly you need
help finding a qualified factory to help you manufacture clothing.
Testing - please do not make clothing that will fall apart at
the seams. Also, don't sell me clothing that is dirty or defective in
anyway. It is critically important that clothing factories produce
high quality garments. One way to make sure that the quality is
sufficient is to conduct testing. In this section of the Apparel
Search website members of the industry can find testing labs, testing
Recycle - save the environment. OK, we may
not be able to completely save the environment, but we can do our best to
help when ever it is possible. One way to help would be to recycle.
Let's learn and discuss method to help recycle clothing, fabrics, trimming,
etc. The less waste the better.
Retailer - clothing stores are a great place to shop. Yeah, no
kidding. This section of our guide will help you find boutiques,
department stores, online shopping sites, etc. Do you have a favorite
clothing store? Let us know if you have any favorites that are missing
from our list of fine retailers.
Sales Reps - If you work in the garment industry you may need sales reps
to help sell your product.
- shipping, freight, and transportation relevant issues can be discovered
in our shipping department section. In this area of our site you can
learn about freight forwarding, logistics, customs clearance, trade
agreements, and more. This section is relevant to the importing,
exporting, and transportation of fabrics, clothes, footwear, and other
- fashion technology is hear to stay. We started developing this
section of Apparel Search a few decades ago and it has been in constant
change ever since. Fashion tech is continuously being improved.
Learn more about retail software, CAD systems for designers, website
development for fashion companies, and more.
Trade Leads - matching companies with one another. Some companies
provide product and services and other companies are in need of products &
services. Trade leads helps put the two together.
Shows - the trade shows are a place for buyers and sellers to
meet face to face. The apparel & textile industry has some of the
greatest fashion trade show events on the planet. Way more exciting
than electronics or auto events.
Warehouse - the industry has to store product
somewhere. Find apparel warehouses around the country to store your
Wholesale - wholesalers are the go between
factories and retailers. Finding a qualified apparel wholesaler is
very important for any retailer. Not all wholesale fashion companies
are created equal. It is important to find a good resource.
World - the world of fashion is not set in one location. It is
truly a global industry. This section of our website provides access
to resources from around the globe.