APPAREL INDUSTRY SOURCEBOOK

From fabrics to trims, swatches to yarns, print studios to dyers, buttons to notions and more, domestic and import, listing markets they cater to, production minimums, price points, products, and more...

Fabric

See all 40 fabric categories.

Trims

See all 15 trim categories.

Services

See all 15 service categories.

Apparel Production American Edition

An up-to-date resource committed to solving your production sourcing and contracting needs in the Americas.

Up-to-date and easy to use website solving your production sourcing and contracting needs. Apparel contractors and production services. Categorized by clothing classifications. Listings include: product types, package capabilities, specialty areas, machinery, production minimums, sample rooms, markets. And more....

Brand Name Apparel Manufacturers and Importers

The up-to-date and easy-to-use directory listing brand-name labels and manufacturers in the women's, men's, children's and accessory markets.

Developed and targeted for store and catalogue buyers, so that they can shop the apparel and accessory markets easily. Over 1,8000 brand-name labels are listed and broken down by all types of apparel classifications. Listings include: Contact information, types of retailers they sell to, key company contacts, showroom locations, price points, and more....

SUSTAINABLE, PROFITABLE, AND POSSIBLE

So you are thinking you want to take steps to become more sustainable. And maybe you've been thinking this way for awhile. So, what's stopping you? Most often the answer is.... Cost.
            Companies fear that moving to a more responsible design and production model will cost too much. They believe the customer will not pay more and they therefore will lose money. It's really not possible, it's thought by many, to be sustainable and profitable. Many businesses fear the expenses are too great in time and in dollars to research, initiate, and implement sustainable practices.
            Well.... yes, it certainly costs more to do things right. It costs more to pay workers fairly, to use natural or recycled fibers, and to inspect and audit factories. And, it does cost more per unit to manufacture with greener components and on the same hemisphere. But if we look away for the moment from the fact that each component and line item may cost more, and instead look at the total lowest cost, then things start to look different.

Celebrate the launch of FISHER FOUND on Friday April 28th at EILEEN FISHER SOHO!

5pm - Refreshments & Mingling

6pm - Panel & Discussion

Join our Sustainability + Fashion Panel Discussion and learn from industry leaders about the complex issues and creative solutions at play in the sustainable fashion market. 

Our guests include:

  • Andrea Reyes: Chair at NYC Fair Trade Coalition

  • Tara St James: Production Coordinator & Research Fellow BF+DA

  • Jessica Kelly: Founder & CEO of THR3EFOLD 

  • Andrea Kennedy: Founder of Fashiondex.com

  • Zita Bettig: EILEEN FISHER Sustainability Ambassador

Please RSVP to reserve your place, seating is limited!

 

SUSTAINABILITY LIES

An excerpt from The Birnbaum Report/Strategic Sourcing for Garment Importers.

You Waste 1.3 Billion Tons of Fabric. What are you Doing About It? 1 1.3 billion is indeed a very large number. I just want to put this in perspective: 150gr: Assume for a moment this is the weight of an average meter of fabric; 6667m: = Total number of meters per metric ton (1 ton = 1000kg); 8.67 Trillion = Number of meters wasted; 1216: =Average number of meters wasted by every person on the planet 2m Assumed average consumption per garment; 4.3 trillion = Number of garments wasted annually; 608 = Average number of garments wasted by every person on the planet. @$1 per meter, total fabric wasted = $867 billion = 50% of total U.S. GDP @$5 per garment, total garments wasted = $21.7 trillion = 129% of total U.S. GDP

CONSULTING by FASHIONDEX

GLADYS WILLIAMS

35+ years of Apparel, Accessory and Jewelry Design, Sales and Marketing experience Starting a Fashion Biz, Sales, Marketing, Materials Sourcing, Jewelry Design, Trade Show Success.

ANDREA KENNEDY

30+ years of Apparel Design and Product Development Experience Starting a Fashion Biz, Design, Patternmaking, Product Development, Strategic Sourcing, Spec/Tech Packages.

FASHIONDEX HELPS

GLOSSARY

GLOSSARY OF FREQUENTLY-USED TEXTILE, MANUFACTURING, DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION, AND COMMERCIAL SHIPPING TERMS IN THE APPAREL INDUSTRY.

SOURCING A,B,C'S

YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A NEW GARMENT, APPAREL CONCEPT, CLOTHING LINE OR PRODUCT THAT DOESN’T EXIST AT RETAIL.