Fashion & Accessories

Fashion is a dynamic industry at the core of fast moving consumer goods. While the term fashion is conventionally associated with the design and style of clothing, accessories, and footwear, the fashion industry extends further and includes the production, supply, distribution, and sales of such items, supported by a global network of manufacturers and workforce both in the manufacturing and retail side of the industry. However, it is useful and necessary to make a distinction between the luxury end of the industry and mass-produced, readily available products. Today, the fashion retail landscape is driven by brands and companies in the latter category.
The popularity and power of the fashion industry comes from the ever-increasing demand of consumers, which leads to more and more production and sales. Worldwide, the revenue of the apparel market reached a value of 1.55 trillion U.S. dollars in 2021. This impressive figure is projected to grow by more than 25 percent by 2026.

Leading exporter of clothing worldwide
China
Most valuable apparel brand
Nike
Worldwide revenue of Primark
5.6 billion GBP

Market size

Bigger, faster, digital
Revenue of the apparel market worldwide from 2013 to 2026 (in billion U.S. dollars)
Revenue of the apparel market worldwide from 2013 to 2026 (in billion U.S. dollars)
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The market for apparel and accessories is recovering from the effects of coronavirus and the industry is adjusting well to changing consumer demands and behavior. Statista's Consumer Market Outlook projects that the apparel market worldwide will continue to grow consistently and, by 2026, will almost reach the two billion U.S. dollar mark in revenues. In 2021 just under a quarter of total e-commerce sales in the U.S. were from apparel, footwear, and accessories.

Apparel market worldwide
Apparel and clothing market in Europe
Fashion e-commerce in the U.S.

Market segments

The high end of fashion
The most valuable luxury brands worldwide in 2021, by brand value (in million U.S. dollars)
The most valuable luxury brands worldwide in 2021, by brand value (in million U.S. dollars)
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Despite largely appealing to upscale shoppers, the luxury segment holds an increasingly relevant place within the fashion industry. Dominated by accessories like jewelry, eyewear, bags, and other leather goods, the personal luxury goods market value is 283 billion euros. The most valuable luxury brand worldwide is Louis Vuitton, leaving behind a coterie of other well-known names like Chanel, Hermès, and Gucci. Part of the LVMH family, Louis Vuitton has a brand value of 36.8 million U.S. dollars.

Global personal luxury goods industry
Italian luxury fashion companies
Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH Group)

Industry trends

Secondhand and pre-owned retail is in fashion
Secondhand apparel market value worldwide from 2012 to 2025 (in billion U.S. dollars)
Secondhand apparel market value worldwide from 2012 to 2025 (in billion U.S. dollars)
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One of the most influential changes to happen in the fashion industry in recent years is the growing consciousness of sustainability, which has led many consumers to switch to pre-owned fashion items. The market for secondhand apparel is estimated to go from a value of 27 billion in 2020 to 64 billion U.S. dollars by 2024.
While previously thrift stores were the conventional channels to buy secondhand clothing articles, today the most popular channel is online, via apps or websites.

Apparel and footwear resale in the U.S.
Second-hand retail in the United Kingdom (UK)
Second-hand apparel and textiles in France

Industry leaders

European fashion brands win the fashion game
Revenue of the leading clothing and accessories retailers worldwide in the financial year 2020 (in million euros)
Revenue of the leading clothing and accessories retailers worldwide in the financial year 2020 (in million euros)
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Some of the biggest names in fashion retail are companies with European roots. The Spain-based Inditex Group and Swedish H&M are two of the most popular and successful brands based on annual revenues registered worldwide. In 2020, the Inditex Group recorded over 20 billion euros from its global operations.
The Inditex Group is the parent company to a number of fashion retailers including Zara, which drives the most sales and has the highest number of stores among the group's brands.

Primark
L Brands
Inditex and the fashion industry in Spain

Industry definition

Fashion is best defined simply as the style or styles of clothing and accessories worn at any given time by groups of people. The fashion industry has a tremendous variety of products, small product life cycles, unpredictable and volatile demand, and inflexible, long supply procedures. Statista's content on fashion and accessories provides extensive information and statistical data on the global and regional state of fashion retail. Spanning apparel, footwear, as well as the luxury segment, data on fashion retail covers the key players of the industry, purchasing behavior of customers, and the latest trends pursued by brick-and-mortar and omnichannel fashion retailers.

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