Clothing Alteration Services in the US: Market Research Report

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Clothing Alteration Services Market Research Report | Consumer Goods & Services | Personal Services | Feb 2015

Trimmed up: The industry will start to reap what it sews as customers return

The Clothing Alteration Services market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Clothing Alteration Services industry was struggling even before the recession brought it down more. However, an increase in employment and per capita disposable income has righted the industry, and positive growth is expected to continue. There will be challenges ahead as more establishments pop up, keeping price competition high, and dry cleaners and retailers offer alteration services.... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry has a low level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on labor, the industry will spend $0.07 on capital. Capital investments are primarily made on sewing and hemming equipment, presses, clothing irons, sorting bins and computers to track orders and manage sales. Larger alteration shops may also purchase professional pressing equipment, which are used to finalize and remove wrinkles from newly tailored garments. Despite a modest increase in the use of automated machinery in recent years, the actual garment repair and alteration process remains a specialized, very labor-intensive profession where most services are conducted by hand. Therefore, capital intensity has remained low and steady over the past five years... purchase to read more


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What is the Clothing Alteration Services Industry?

This industry provides garment repair, tailoring and clothing alteration services, which involve cutting, sewing and reworking clothing items to customers' specifications. The industry also provides care and maintenance to coats made from natural or faux leathers, suede and fur. Industry participants may also provide limited garment cleaning services, although these are technically included in the Dry Cleaning industry (IBISWorld report 81232).

Industry Products
Hemming and sleeve-shortening servicesWaist adjustmentsProfessional and formal attire alterationsSpecialty garment care and maintenanceOther services
Industry Activities
Providing trouser and jeans hemming servicesProviding sleeve shortening servicesProving waist adjustment servicesProviding professional attire adjustment servicesProviding formal wear adjustment servicesProviding other apparel mending and repair services

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