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Performance Apparel Markets
Issue 76:
March 2023

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Fast track: addressing the problem of microfibre pollution in waste water, waterways and the oceans (15 pages)
Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, March 2023 (24 pages)
Work clothing: combining performance, comfort and image (42 pages)
Profile of Nilit: a specialist in nylon 6.6 polymer, fibres and yarns (18 pages)
Performance apparel markets: business update, March 2023 (20 pages)

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Work clothing: combining performance, comfort and image

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Work clothing encompasses three distinct categories--basic workwear, corporate wear, and protective clothing--which cover a broad and diverse range of garments and accessories. As a result, the market for work clothing represents one of the largest single segments of the performance apparel industry. In the face of numerous threats in recent years, the major players in the work clothing market have shown themselves to be remarkably resilient. Two such threats are disruptions in supply chains and sharp increases in costs and these have put pressure on earnings. At the same time, there have been sharp shifts in the way people dress for work and these shifts have posed a key challenge for designers of work clothing. Many companies have overcome these threats by introducing products which fulfil the changing needs of customers and, more specifically, meet growing demand for garments which combine comfort and durability with a fit and style which allow for individual expression. There is strong evidence that clothing which meets the needs and preferences of employees can have a powerful impact on employee confidence and morale. It can also have an impact on the image of the employer. Consequently, companies which offer such clothing stand to reap rewards. The companies most likely to gain the biggest rewards, however, will be those which are able to respond to the needs and preferences of employees in a way which is environmentally sustainable.

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  • Types of work clothing
  • Key performance criteria for work clothing
    • Durability
    • Comfort
  • Embellishments

  • Image
    • Increasing emphasis on visual appeal
  • Garment fit
  • Dress codes for work
    • Growing importance of style and flair


  • Workwear and uniforms

  • Supply of work clothing
    • Direct sale
    • Garment rental and laundry
  • Purchase of work clothing
  • Environmental sustainability

  • Key geographical markets
  • Relationship between the market for work clothing and the labour market
  • Prospects for growth in the work clothing market
    • Market for workwear in China
    • Market for workwear and uniforms in North America
    • Market for general workwear, corporate wear and uniforms in Western Europe
    • Impact of adverse external factors on the market for work clothing


  • Alsco
  • Alsico
  • Aramark
  • Carhartt
  • Cepovett Group
  • Chef Works
  • Cintas
    • Base layers
    • Protective wear
    • Workwear
  • Hultafors Group
    • EripioWear
    • Fristads
    • Kansas
    • Snickers Workwear
  • Johnson Service Group
  • Klopman International
  • Mi Hub
  • UniFirst Corporation
  • VF Corporation

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Four times a year, Performance Apparel Markets provides intelligence, expert analysis and insight on the performance apparel industry.

Performance apparel represents one of the fastest growing markets in the global textile and clothing industry--and market growth is being fuelled by an emergence of new fibres, fabrics and innovative materials. The market's growth prospects are also being spurred by increasing demand for performance properties in mainstream fashion.
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