Athletic apparel market - additional information
Athletic apparel is a general term referring to high-functionality clothes designed to enhance performance, but also to support and protect the body while playing sports. Since different sports put strains on different parts of the body and are played in different conditions, athletic wear differs in materials, fit or design from one sport to another. The sports apparel market is divided into high-performance gear for professional athletes, consumer products and “athleisure”- sportswear for everyday life. Athletic apparel may include, for example, yoga pants, football jerseys, socks, swimwear or baseball caps.
The most important players on both the global sporting goods market and the global sport apparel market are Adidas and Nike. VF Corporation, the manufacturer of more than 30 brands, such as Eastpak, JanSport, The North Face, Nautica or Vans, is ranked third in terms of revenues. As of 2016, consumer purchases of athletic apparel alone amounted to 47.45 billion U.S. dollars.