III. Industry Analysis
[Company Name] directly or indirectly competes with other fashion designers and clothing lines. Competition will come from mass market clothing brands as well as independent fashion designers.
Industry Statistics & Trends
The following industry size facts and statistics bode well for [Company Name].
Over the next five years, the Fashion Designers industry is poised for further growth. 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. Additionally, as the fast-fashion retail model continues to flourish, retailers will require more designer services in order to quickly replicate looks from New York Fashion Week and other highly visible international fashion shows. These factors will propel industry growth at a projected annual average of 6.7%.
Fashion design is a relatively high-profit activity. Industry operators make functional and aesthetically pleasing designs for clothing, jewelry and accessories out of raw inputs such as fabric, precious metals and leather. The value added to the initial input is significant, which translates into high profit margins for many industry operators. As the economy continues to expand and trends like collaborations and flash fashion propel the industry forward, profit margins are expected to remain stable.
As global economic conditions continue to recover, international demand for designs created in the United States will strengthen. Domestic designers are expected to steadily capture an increasing share of the global fashion design markets (e.g. apparel, footwear and jewelry), while retaining their position in the US market. While the production of clothing and accessories will likely continue to move offshore to low-wage countries in Asia (and potentially Africa), the design process remains a core and vital function to product development and will be kept local.