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Hosiery (Women and Men)

Consumer Desire to Keep Pace with Changing Fashion Trends Drives both the Men's and Women's Global Hosiery Market

The global market for hosiery (Women and Men) is projected to reach $25.9 billion by 2018, driven by product innovations, increasing desire of consumers to keep abreast of fashion trends, and favorable income, family size and education patterns in developing countries.

Innovation in aesthetics as well as functional product features will help boost market prospects for hosiery in the coming years. Manufacturers are increasingly focusing on developing products with technologically advanced fabrics and materials. Currently witnessing healthy demand are products with features such as stronger elastics to create appropriate compression to increase blood circulation, anti-cellulite hosiery that helps impart sculpted body shape, hosiery with weather-adaptive and supportive features such as silver-based microbial finishes for greater hygiene, and comfort. Demand for hosiery products for older and plus-size consumer categories is also expected to witness sturdy growth encouraged by rapidly aging population and increased incidence of obesity worldwide.

Report Description

This strategic business report analyzes the worldwide markets for Hosiery (Women and Men) both in value (US$) and in volume (Pairs) by the following Product Segments: Socks, Sheer Hosiery, and Tights/Opaques.

Major players covered in the report include CSP International SpA, Golden Lady SpA, Kayser-Roth Corporation, Gildan Activewear Inc., Gold Toe-Moretz LLC, Hanesbrands Inc., Iconix Brand Group Inc., LVMH, Sculptz Inc., Tefron USA, and Wolford AG, among others.

Table of Contents

Note: The Table of Contents has been edited for brevity; please contact Global Information or request a sample for a full list of this report's contents and a list of all 166 tables in the report.

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

  • Global Hosiery Market on an Upswing
  • Emerging Nations Dominate Supply Side of the Market
  • The Road Ahead
  • The US and EU, Largest Sock Importers Globally
  • A Highly Competitive Market

2. MARKET DYNAMICS

  • Hosiery Fast Becoming a Luxury Apparel Accessory
  • Hosiery Needs of Older and Plus-size Consumers Still Unmet
  • A Plus Size Revolution Brewing in the US
  • Developing and Underdeveloped Nations: Key Growth Markets
  • India & China - Young Population Offers Significant Opportunities
  • Sheer Hosiery Witnesses Growth after a Decade
  • Manufacturers Experiment with Performance Yarns for Improved Hosiery Products
  • Men's Tights - Yet to Gain Prominence
  • Socks, More Expressive and Colorful
  • Consumers Warm up to Eccentric Sock Designs & Patterns
  • Marketplace for High Performance Socks Witnesses Increasing Number of Players
  • Support Hosiery: Increasingly Blending with Fashion Hosiery
  • Lack of Sizing Standards: A Cause for Concern
  • 'Tights under Shorts' in Vogue
  • Fishnet Stockings to Stay for Long
  • Anti-Cellulite Hosiery Products Touted to Improve Leg Shape with Constant Use
  • Luxury Hosiery for the Bride
  • Maternity Hosiery - A New Horizon
  • Innumerable Choices for Teenagers
  • Educating Consumers - A New Strategy
  • Shoppers' Convenience Top Priority for Retailers

3. PRODUCT OVERVIEW

  • Hosiery - An Introduction
  • A Trip down Memory Line
  • Classification of Hosiery
  • Socks
  • Sheer Hosiery/Pantyhose
    • Benefits and Health Risks Associated with Sheer Hosiery/Pantyhose
  • Tights/Opaques
    • The difference between Tights and Leggings
  • Stockings
    • Types of Stockings
  • Support Hosiery
  • Pantyhose and Tights for Men
  • Materials Used to Manufacture Hosiery
  • Lycra
  • Nylon
  • Spandex

4. PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS/INNOVATIONS

  • Kentwool Launches 'The Graduate', a Compression Sock for Golfers
  • Darn Tough Vermont Expands Hike/Trek Sock Lineup
  • Chyor Unveils Summer Tights

(More Product Innovations Listed in the Complete Version of the Table of Contents)

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5. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY

  • PVH Signs Licensing Agreement with McGregor Industries and American Essentials
  • Vienne Milano and Daily Grommet Ink Pact
  • Itochu Takes Over Quantum Clothing Group
  • Perry Ellis Inks Manufacturing and Distribution Agreements With Original Penguin
  • Sperry Top-Sider Inks Agreement to Expand
  • Perry Ellis Inks Four Licensing Agreements for Original Penguin brand Products

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6. FOCUS ON SELECT GLOBAL PLAYERS

  • CSP International SpA (Italy)
  • Golden Lady SpA (Italy)
  • Kayser-Roth Corporation (US)
  • Gildan Activewear Inc. (Canada)
  • Gold Toe-Moretz, LLC (US)
  • Hanesbrands, Inc. (US)
  • Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (US)
  • LVMH (France)
  • Donna Karan International (US)
  • Sculptz, Inc. (US)
  • Tefron USA (Israel)
  • Wolford AG (Austria)

7. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE (TABLES)

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III. MARKET

    1. THE UNITED STATES

    2. CANADA

    3. JAPAN

    4. EUROPE

    5. ASIA-PACIFIC

    6. LATIN AMERICA

    7. REST OF WORLD

IV. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

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