Research Proposal

Intimates and Swimwear Manufacturers & Retailers


The goal is to identify and compile a list of potential manufacturers and retailers for designer Jason Wu.

Early Findings


  • A few lists of intimate apparel manufacturers for private label exist including from Thomas Net and Fashion Dex.
  • Fashion Dex lists 13 manufacturers including direct links to US based Hemingway Apparel, Tempe based Arizona Fashion Haus, and California based Chester Line.
  • The Thomas Net list includes manufactures from the Midwest, Northeast, and California.
  • For more affordable options, Gelmart, based in NYC, manufacturers apparel for stores such as Hudson Bay, JC Penny, and Lord & Taylor, as well as private label brands including French COnnection, Lively, and Samantha.
  • Spain based (with a NYC office) Nextil offers textile manufacturing as well as final garments for intimate apparel and swimwear.
  • Argyle Haus also offers manufacturing for both intimates and swimwear.


  • Lists of intimate apparel and swimwear buyers have been available for purchase for several decades. One such list is made by WFC.
  • There is a wide range of specialty retailers in the United States and Europe for both intimates and swimwear.
  • In addition, each apparel category has its own market in places such as NYC.
  • A list of the top 100 specialty stores was produced by the Chain Store Guide.
Prepared By
Jeff H.
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