The fashion world is not exactly unknown territory for many Filipinos. In fact, many prominent fashion designers in the international scene such as Monique Lhuillier and Michael Cinco are born and bred Filipinos. Thus, it’s not so unbelievable that the country’s clothing industry is thriving. In fact, it is one of the country’s major dollar earner. Now, who are the giants in this industry?
Aldegeur and Co., Inc
A company belonging to the much larger Aldegeure Group of Companies is a business giant that can be found in Cebu City. Among the popular brands under this corporation are Island Souvenirs and Loalde. Island Souvenirs specialises in casual apparel such as T-shirts, shorts, and accessories that exhibit the tropical beauty of the archipelago–the sights and other attractions that make the country so appealing to tourists. Loalde, on the other hand, is a brand that offers classy and trendy apparel for both men and women. The clothes under this brand are specially designed for active career men and women.
Golden ABC Inc.
Considered one of the pioneering companies in the country’s clothing industry, the organisation has several popular brands under its belt–ForMe, Memo, Oxygen, Penshoppe, Regatta, and Tyler. The most popular among these brands are Penshoppe–the flagship brand that was launched the same year the company was founded, and Oxygen–a men’s line that was launched ten years later. The company was founded in 1986, probably in an office space for rent Cebu. From there, it went on to become one of the country’s leading names in the fashion retail industry. Now, it has several stores both in Manila and Cebu.
Specialising in infant clothing, Enfant started with one store at SM Megamall in 1995. Today, the company has several shops all over the Philippines as well as in other Southeast Asian countries. Aside from babies’ clothing, the brand now also has other products such as feeding bottles, toiletries, furniture, and other baby products. The brand now has 19 boutiques, particularly in Baguio, Pampanga, Batangas, and Metro Manila. Their products are also available in over a hundred stores and malls all over the country.
The clothing industry in the Philippines is relatively new compared to other international clothing lines around the globe. Despite this fact, however, it is still one of the fastest growing industries in the country, and one that is likely to stay and thrive for decades to come.
Gina Ballesteros writes for Regus, a global company that provides office spaces, business lounges, meeting facilities, and video communication services to small and large businesses. They have business centres in over a thousand locations in a hundred cities around the globe.
Sources: •http://cebuvis.blogspot.com/2012/10/cebu-garments-clothing-textile-industry.html •http://invest.cfo.gov.ph/pdf/part1/development-of-the-garments-and-textile-industry.pdf •http://www.allfreepapers.com/Business/History-Strategy-Bench/1360.html •http://www.census.gov.ph/content/2010-annual-survey-philippine-business-and-industry-•manufacturing-establishments-total
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