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On the apparel, fashion, and textile industries...

Published by Mark Bodnar

Sometimes a deep dive into a specific topic can be a great way to learn about the resources available via your library. We did a post of that sort focusing on the renewable energy industry a couple months ago. Today we're going to take a look at the apparel, fashion, and textile industries & markets. The resources below focus on industry-wide information: the size of markets, major brands/companies, trends, forecasts, distribution, and analysis.

Logo for Passport database via SFU. Click to access.

Euromonitor's Passport database offers both analysis and statistics on market trends for most FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) industries in many countries. Most of the information is only available at a national level -- which means it usually needs to be combined with other information to justify inferences at a provincial or local level.

Apparel, fashion, and textiles are among the industries most comprehensively covered by Passport. Here are just a few examples of what you will find with a few keyword searches: 

  • Apparel and Footwear in Canada (Country Report - March 2019)
  • Textile and Leather Products in Canada (Country Report - February 2019)
  • Bio-textiles – the Next Big Thing in Fashion? (Analyst Opinion Article - March 2016)
  • Fast Fashion + Sustainability = Oxymoron? (Analyst Opinion Article - December 2016)
  • Ethical Living: Mindful Consumerism (Briefing - November 2017)
  • Distribution - Apparel and Footwear in Canada (Statistics on distribution methods: 2004-2018)
  • Market Size - Childrenswear in Canada (Statistics on total market size, with forecast: 2004-2023)
  • Can Fast Fashion Incorporate Sustainability?  (Analyst Opinion Article - February 2015)

Logo for IBISWorld database via SFU. Click to access.

IBISWorld reports provide high-level overviews of specific industries, complete with details on major trends, demand drivers, etc. For example...

Logo for MarketLine reports found in Business Source Complete via SFU.  Click to access.

MarketLine Industry Profiles via Business Source Complete

Logo for a series of industry handbooks from Gale via SFU. Click to access.

Gale's industry encyclopedias (various titles)

Logo for First Research reports found in the Mergent Intellect database via SFU. Click to access.

First Research industry reports via Mergent Intellect

  • Textile Manufacturing
  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Clothing Stores

Logo for Frost & Sullivan database via SFU. Click to access.



Frost & Sullivan (emerging technology industry/market reports)

  • Material Innovations in the Textile Recycling Industry (2018)
  • Technology Convergence Transforming E-textiles (2018)
  • Global Waste Recycling and Circular Economy Market Outlook, 2019 
  • Global Waste Recycling Market Outlook, 2018 

These sources and more can be found on our Industry Surveys guide. Explore, then let us know if you have questions!

Line drawing of green clothing on a clothesline.
This is the fourth in a series of posts for the 2019/20 "sustainable textiles" cohort of the Business of Design program.

As with all of these posts, these tips may also be of use to other SFU researchers -- in this case those who need broad industry overviews, especially of textile and apparel industries.  

-- Adena & Mark

P.S.: Don't forget that other posts in this series can be found by searching for the tag BoD-Textiles.
Mark Bodnar - Business Librarian: mbodnar@sfu.ca
Adena Brons - IAT Librarian: adena_brons@sfu.ca

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