Executive Summary

Feb 2019
Apparel and footwear sees a mixed performance as casualisation takes hold

Apparel and footwear experienced strong current value growth and slower retail volume growth in 2018, as changing consumer lifestyles continued to reshape the US market. US consumers’ increasing prioritisation of health and wellness continued to have a profound effect on the market, boosting growth in sportswear, as consumers not only purchased performance and outdoor apparel and footwear to prepare themselves for increased participation in athletic activities, but also sports-inspired apparel and footwear, as consumers sought to shape their identities around exercise and healthy living.

Influencers assert their power

With more and more consumers looking to social media platforms, especially Instagram, to discover new brands, trends and styles, the social media influencers they follow are becoming increasingly valuable to brands and retailers seeking to reach and connect with new consumers. With the cost of using these influencers to push sponsored products and content directly related to their number of followers and level of engagement with them, brands both large and small are developing influencer marketing programmes that fit within their budgets and offer a strong return on investment.

Fierce competitors seek to connect with customers’ values

In the highly fragmented apparel and footwear market in the US, 2018 saw brands and retailers employing creative new tactics in order to distinguish themselves from competitors and foment long-term brand loyalty with customers. As mobile phone use and social media participation continued to rise, brands invested in digital initiatives and experiential retail concepts that encouraged consumers to use their mobile phones to both optimise their shopping experiences and share them with friends and followers on social media.

Internet retailing continues to grow in size and influence

Internet retailing continued to be the fastest growing channel for the distribution of apparel and footwear in 2018, largely at the expense of department stores and other store-based retailers. Amazon made headlines throughout the year for launching numerous private label apparel lines spanning womenswear, menswear and childrenswear, although their success remains to be seen.

Apparel and footwear is forecast to see slow and steady growth

Apparel and footwear in the US is expected to grow at a slow and steady pace over the forecast period. Womenswear remains the cornerstone, and will continue to grow as brands and retailers alike adapt to US women’s continually changing fashion trends and shopping preferences.

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Apparel and Footwear in the US

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Apparel and footwear sees a mixed performance as casualisation takes hold
Influencers assert their power
Fierce competitors seek to connect with customers’ values
Internet retailing continues to grow in size and influence
Apparel and footwear is forecast to see slow and steady growth

MARKET DATA

Table 1 Sales of Apparel and Footwear by Category: Volume 2013-2018
Table 2 Sales of Apparel and Footwear by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 3 Sales of Apparel and Footwear by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 4 Sales of Apparel and Footwear by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 5 NBO Company Shares of Apparel and Footwear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 6 LBN Brand Shares of Apparel and Footwear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 7 Distribution of Apparel and Footwear by Format: % Value 2013-2018
Table 8 Distribution of Apparel and Footwear by Format and Category: % Value 2018
Table 9 Forecast Sales of Apparel and Footwear by Category: Volume 2018-2023
Table 10 Forecast Sales of Apparel and Footwear by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 11 Forecast Sales of Apparel and Footwear by Category: % Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 12 Forecast Sales of Apparel and Footwear by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

DEFINITIONS

SOURCES

Summary 1 Research Sources

Apparel Accessories in the US

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Apparel accessories sees negligible growth amidst changing consumer tastes
Casualisation negatively impacts belts and ties
The logo trend lifts sales of hats/caps

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

The Gap Inc maintains its lead with its diverse brand portfolio
Internet retailing continues to grow, at the expense of department stores
The health and wellness trend lifts sales of sportswear brands across categories

CATEGORY DATA

Table 13 Sales of Apparel Accessories by Category: Volume 2013-2018
Table 14 Sales of Apparel Accessories by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 15 Sales of Apparel Accessories by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 16 Sales of Apparel Accessories by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 17 NBO Company Shares of Apparel Accessories: % Value 2014-2018
Table 18 LBN Brand Shares of Apparel Accessories: % Value 2015-2018
Table 19 Forecast Sales of Apparel Accessories by Category: Volume 2018-2023
Table 20 Forecast Sales of Apparel Accessories by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 21 Forecast Sales of Apparel Accessories by Category: % Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 22 Forecast Sales of Apparel Accessories by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Childrenswear in the US

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Societal trends continue to lift sales of childrenswear
Designer childrenswear goes mainstream
Social media fuels “mini-me” dressing

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Mass retailers’ private label lines thrive
Subscription boxes gain popularity
Gymboree continues to struggle post-bankruptcy

CATEGORY DATA

Table 23 Sales of Childrenswear by Category: Volume 2013-2018
Table 24 Sales of Childrenswear by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 25 Sales of Childrenswear by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 26 Sales of Childrenswear by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 NBO Company Shares of Childrenswear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 28 LBN Brand Shares of Childrenswear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 29 Forecast Sales of Childrenswear by Category: Volume 2018-2023
Table 30 Forecast Sales of Childrenswear by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 31 Forecast Sales of Childrenswear by Category: % Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 32 Forecast Sales of Childrenswear by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Footwear in the US

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Growth in footwear is driven by the health and wellness trend
Slides go beyond the pool
Balenciaga dictates trends in sneakers

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

The top players turn to digital to foment brand loyalty
Collaborations drive excitement and sales
Allbirds reaches “unicorn” status

CATEGORY DATA

Table 33 Sales of Footwear by Category: Volume 2013-2018
Table 34 Sales of Footwear by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 35 Sales of Footwear by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 36 Sales of Footwear by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 37 NBO Company Shares of Footwear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 38 LBN Brand Shares of Footwear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 39 Distribution of Footwear by Format: % Value 2013-2018
Table 40 Forecast Sales of Footwear by Category: Volume 2018-2023
Table 41 Forecast Sales of Footwear by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 42 Forecast Sales of Footwear by Category: % Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 43 Forecast Sales of Footwear by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Hosiery in the US

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Shifting standards continue to challenge sheer hosiery
Fashion and lifestyle trends lift sales of non-sheer hosiery
Socks are increasingly primed and packaged for gifting

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Hosiery welcomes internet retailing
Hanesbrands maintains its lead despite a declining share
Sock subscription boxes gain popularity

CATEGORY DATA

Table 44 Sales of Hosiery by Category: Volume 2013-2018
Table 45 Sales of Hosiery by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 46 Sales of Hosiery by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 47 Sales of Hosiery by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 48 NBO Company Shares of Hosiery: % Value 2014-2018
Table 49 LBN Brand Shares of Hosiery: % Value 2015-2018
Table 50 Forecast Sales of Hosiery by Category: Volume 2018-2023
Table 51 Forecast Sales of Hosiery by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 52 Forecast Sales of Hosiery by Category: % Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 53 Forecast Sales of Hosiery by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Jeans in the US

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Jeans returns to growth, although with a mixed performance across categories
Downwards price pressure challenges premium and super premium jeans
Economy and standard jeans continue their recovery

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Brands seek new customers through partnerships
J Crew’s Madewell enters the men’s segment
Levi Strauss & Co joins Rent the Runway

CATEGORY DATA

Table 54 Sales of Jeans by Category: Volume 2013-2018
Table 55 Sales of Jeans by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 56 Sales of Jeans by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 57 Sales of Jeans by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 58 Sales of Men’s Jeans by Category: Volume 2013-2018
Table 59 Sales of Men’s Jeans by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 60 Sales of Men’s Jeans by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 61 Sales of Men’s Jeans by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 62 Sales of Women’s Jeans by Category: Volume 2013-2018
Table 63 Sales of Women’s Jeans by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 64 Sales of Women’s Jeans by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 65 Sales of Women’s Jeans by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 66 NBO Company Shares of Jeans: % Value 2014-2018
Table 67 LBN Brand Shares of Jeans: % Value 2015-2018
Table 68 Forecast Sales of Jeans by Category: Volume 2018-2023
Table 69 Forecast Sales of Jeans by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 70 Forecast Sales of Jeans by Category: % Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 71 Forecast Sales of Jeans by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 72 Forecast Sales of Men’s Jeans by Category: Volume 2018-2023
Table 73 Forecast Sales of Men’s Jeans by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 74 Forecast Sales of Men’s Jeans by Category: % Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 75 Forecast Sales of Men’s Jeans by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 76 Forecast Sales of Women’s Jeans by Category: Volume 2018-2023
Table 77 Forecast Sales of Women’s Jeans by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 78 Forecast Sales of Women’s Jeans by Category: % Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 79 Forecast Sales of Women’s Jeans by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Menswear in the US

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Growth in menswear continues amidst increasing interest in fashion
Brands make fit a top priority
Luxury brands adopt “drop” distribution

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Nike maintains its lead with retail innovations
Amazon is increasingly poised for disruption
Streetwear popularises the secondary market

CATEGORY DATA

Table 80 Sales of Menswear by Category: Volume 2013-2018
Table 81 Sales of Menswear by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 82 Sales of Menswear by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 83 Sales of Menswear by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 84 NBO Company Shares of Menswear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 85 LBN Brand Shares of Menswear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 86 NBO Company Shares of Men’s Nightwear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 87 LBN Brand Shares of Men’s Nightwear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 88 NBO Company Shares of Men’s Outerwear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 89 LBN Brand Shares of Men’s Outerwear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 90 NBO Company Shares of Men’s Swimwear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 91 LBN Brand Shares of Men’s Swimwear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 92 NBO Company Shares of Men’s Underwear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 93 LBN Brand Shares of Men’s Underwear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 94 Forecast Sales of Menswear by Category: Volume 2018-2023
Table 95 Forecast Sales of Menswear by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 96 Forecast Sales of Menswear by Category: % Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 97 Forecast Sales of Menswear by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Sportswear in the US

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

The health and wellness trend drives growth in sportswear
“Health as the new wealth” disrupts markets
Casualisation brings streetwear to the masses

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Nike celebrates throughout the World Cup year
Men’s athleisure catches up with the women’s market
Brands seek new customers through dynamic channels

CATEGORY DATA

Table 98 Sales of Sportswear by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 99 Sales of Sportswear by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 100 NBO Company Shares of Sportswear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 101 LBN Brand Shares of Sportswear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 102 Distribution of Sportswear by Format: % Value 2013-2018
Table 103 Forecast Sales of Sportswear by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 104 Forecast Sales of Sportswear by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Womenswear in the US

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Womenswear grows by attracting consumers with value and experiences
Size inclusivity becomes the new norm
Embracing the circular economy

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Victoria’s Secret faces criticism and sales slide
The Gap Inc plans to shutter stores due to a varied performance
Retailers invest in private label

CATEGORY DATA

Table 105 Sales of Womenswear by Category: Volume 2013-2018
Table 106 Sales of Womenswear by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 107 Sales of Womenswear by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 108 Sales of Womenswear by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 109 NBO Company Shares of Womenswear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 110 LBN Brand Shares of Womenswear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 111 NBO Company Shares of Women's Nightwear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 112 LBN Brand Shares of Women's Nightwear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 113 NBO Company Shares of Women's Outerwear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 114 LBN Brand Shares of Women's Outerwear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 115 NBO Company Shares of Women’s Swimwear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 116 LBN Brand Shares of Women’s Swimwear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 117 NBO Company Shares of Women's Underwear: % Value 2014-2018
Table 118 LBN Brand Shares of Women's Underwear: % Value 2015-2018
Table 119 Forecast Sales of Womenswear by Category: Volume 2018-2023
Table 120 Forecast Sales of Womenswear by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 121 Forecast Sales of Womenswear by Category: % Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 122 Forecast Sales of Womenswear by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023