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Global Garment Manufacturing: Turning Fabric into Fashion

This sector – ‘cut, make, trim’ – turns fabric into garments for world retail markets. Chinese garment manufacturing dwarfs nearest rivals, but brands may look to further diversify future sourcing.

Cut, make, trim – value and scale of garment manufacturing

This part of the fashion industry takes the fabric from textile mills and other components that make up a garment (such as trims, zippers, buttons etc.) and turns them into a wearable garment. This part of the process is commonly called the ‘cut, make, trim’ stage.

In 2016, the garment manufacturing sector was valued at between about $514.6 billion and $842.7 billion depending on a variety of sources in wholesale sales. If the garmen…

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