Hem and haw: The industry will start to reap what it sews as customers return

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry faces mounting competition from other sectors that provide similar services
  • Tailors are experiencing mounting competition from dry cleaning and laundering services
  • With more Americans returning to work, demand for professional clothing alterations is likely to rise

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Clothing Alteration Services industry has rebounded quickly in line with overall economic improvement over the past five years, although the industry is expected to face growing challenges in the coming years. Broader macroeconomic conditions relevant to this industry have improved significantly during this time, with unemployment rates declining steadily and per capita disposable income levels expected to increase. Unfortunately for industry operators, restored demand for clothing alteration services was progressively offset by unfavorable shifts in consumer preferences and mounting competition from other industries that provide identical services, both of which have hampered industry performance during the latter half of the period...

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    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 just $0.04 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. Overall, capital intensity has remained low and steady over the past five years.


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    Additional Insights for the Clothing Alteration Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Clothing Alteration Services Industry are

  • Accessibility to consumers/users
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Easy access for clients
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and External competition in the Clothing Alteration Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    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 Cleaners industry (IBISWorld report 81232).

    Industry Products
    Hemming and sleeve-shortening services
    Waist adjustments
    Professional and formal attire alterations
    Specialty garment care and maintenance
    Other services
    Industry Activities
    Providing trouser and jeans hemming services
    Providing sleeve shortening services
    Proving waist adjustment services
    Providing professional attire adjustment services
    Providing formal wear adjustment services
    Providing other apparel mending and repair services

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • External competition
  • Demand from clothing and clothing accessories stores
  • Households earning more than $100,000

  • Current Performance
  • Mom-and-pop shops
  • External competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Improving profit margins
  • Shifts in consumer trends and industry structure
  • Intensifying external competition
  • Table: Clothing Alteration Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Clothing Alteration Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Textile Mills
  • Toy & Craft Supplies Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Hemming and sleeve-shortening services
  • Professional and formal attire alterations
  • Waist adjustments
  • Specialty garment care and maintenance
  • Other services
  • Chart: Clothing Alteration Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Women aged 16 and over
  • Men aged 16 and over
  • Children aged under 16
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Clothing Alteration Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Clothing Alteration Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Clothing Alteration Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Clothing Alteration Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Clothing Alteration Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • US non-farm labor force (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Custom Tailors And Designers Association
  • A trade association serving the interest of the industry's players.
  • Hemming
  • To turn over and sew the edge of a piece of cloth (most often used for pants).
  • Mom And Pop
  • A small business that is privately owned and usually operates with a very small number of employees.
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