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Fashion Designers in the US: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Fashion Designers Market Research Report | NAICS 54149 | Mar 2017

Fashion forward: Growing diffusion lines and designer collaborations will move revenue forward

IBISWorld’s Fashion Designers market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The increasing visibility and accessibility of fashion will bode well for industry participants
  • Profit margins vary significantly between operators
  • The increased amount of designer collaborations is expected to boost industry revenue
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over the past five years, the Fashion Designers industry has trended toward growth. Designers and retailers have started closing the gap between style and value in order to appeal to massive amounts of consumers. As a result, demand for fashion and other specialized design services increased during the period. Moreover, the industry is poised for growth over the next five years. Industry revenue will benefit from rising per capita disposable income and increased consumer confidence; it will also be aided by downstream apparel-manufacturing industries. As consumers demand trendier yet reasonably priced items, department stores will continue collaborating with designers to create product lines with mass appeal... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Clothing design

The Fashion Designers industry predominantly involves the design of clothing. Clothing design, including direct designs sent to manufacturers, designs for tailoring and the creation of patterns, represents the majority of industry revenue. Designers supply their services to clothing and textile manufacturers or to specialized boutiques, retailers and individuals as they are contracted. Operators in this segment create both specialized designs for individuals and general designs for mass production. For example, in 2014, Alexander Wang collaborated with H&M to design a collection to be sold in thousands of H&M retail locations. Additionally, Alexander Wang has also designed custom red carpet looks for high profile clients, such as Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj.

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Additional Insights for the Fashion Designers Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Fashion Designers Industry are

  • Establishment of brand names
  • Adoption of a commercial focus
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from clothing and clothing accessories stores and Per capita disposable income in the Fashion Designers industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Fashion Designers Industry?

    This industry comprises establishments that provide professional design services for such products and segments as fashion, clothing, shoes, textiles, fur, jewelry, costumes, lighting and floats. These services occasionally represent the design branch of a large retail chain, but they more often represent smaller design houses that provide fashion products to several different sellers. This industry does not include in-house design services.

    Industry Products
    Fashion clothing designFootwear designJewelry and accessory designTextile designOther design services
    Industry Activities
    Clothing design servicesCostume design services (except independent theatrical costume designers)Fashion design servicesFloat design servicesJewelry design servicesShoe design servicesTextile design 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
  • Demand from clothing and clothing accessories stores
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Corporate profit
  • Demand from jewelry stores
  • Demand from shoe and footwear manufacturing
  • Current Performance
  • Trending now
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Fast-fashion forward
  • Industry landscape
  • Table: Fashion Designers Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Fashion Designers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Textile Mills
  • Men's & Boys' Apparel Manufacturing
  • Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing
  • Shoe & Footwear Manufacturing
  • Leather Good & Luggage Manufacturing
  • Jewelry Manufacturing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Leather Tanning & Finishing
  • Mining
  • Textile Mills
  • Products & Services
  • Fashion clothing design
  • Footwear design
  • Other design services
  • Jewelry and accessory design
  • Textile design
  • Chart: Fashion Designers Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
  • Affordable and attainable
  • Major Markets
  • Retailers and wholesalers
  • Apparel manufacturers
  • Individual consumers
  • Other markets
  • Fashion houses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Fashion Designers Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Fashion Designers
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Fashion Designers Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Fashion Designers 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 Fashion Designers Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Consumer spending (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Design House
  • A group of designers working under the same brand.
  • Diffusion Line
  • A moderately-priced clothing line offered by traditional designers. These lines are often targeted toward the younger demographic and the aspirational shopper.
  • Fashion House
  • A company that hires and houses fashion designers to create apparel and accessories for a specific brand.
  • Fast Fashion
  • A term that refers to clothing collections that are based on the latest runway trends.

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    This report on Fashion Designers:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Fashion Designers market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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