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15 Clothes Business Success Stories [2023]

15 Clothes Business Success Stories [2023]
Start A Clothes Business

Starting a clothing manufacturing business can be a lucrative and great opportunity. In fact, clothing manufacturing is expected to grow due to increase demand for quality clothing items around the world.

It's important that you first determine your niche in the clothing manufacturing world, whether that be streetwear clothing, fitness and athletic, or leisure.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a clothes business:

1. Bryden Apparel ($888K/year)

Donovan Mathews (from Singapore, Singapore) started Bryden Apparel about 9 years ago.

$74K / month
2 founders / 3 employees
Singapore, Singapore

Case Study

Hello from sunny Singapore! My name is Donovan and I am the founder of Bryden.

I started Bryden back in 2015 with my partner and we are now a team of 8, with an average monthly revenue of $74,000 and serving customers in more than 20 countries from French Polynesia to USA.


2. Manufacturefy ($3M/year)

Michael G. Lizanich II (from Columbus, Kansas, USA) started Manufacturefy over 7 years ago.

$250K / month
1 founders / 20 employees
Columbus, Kansas, USA

Case Study

My name is Michael G. Lizanich II, and I am a 24-year-old Founder of the “eHarmony” for the manufacturing industry, Manufacturefy.

Manufacturefy recently went live and our current stage in the process is where we expected to be a year from now. In other words, we are one year ahead of schedule. We have been invited into internationally known accelerators, been approached by Angel investors, and have formed strategic partnerships with leaders in the industry. And most importantly, we have been called a “market disruptor” for a trillion-dollar industry.


Learn more about starting a clothes business:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a clothes business?
-> Pros and cons of a clothes business

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-> Examples of established clothes business
-> Marketing ideas for a clothes business
-> Clothes business names

Other resources

-> Clothes business tips

4. Hawthorn ($600K/year)

Rob Williams (from London, UK) started Hawthorn about 9 years ago.

$50K / month
2 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

We are Rob Williams and Tom Lovelace, Directors and Founders of Hawthorn, clothing manufacturers, based in the UK. Hawthorn was founded in 2014, however, we have personally been in the fashion industry for around 9 years now, having started clothing brands before starting Hawthorn.

Hawthorn has come a very long way from the first iteration. We initially set out to be an “all things to all people” business, offering every conceivable thing imaginable that a clothing brand might eventually want, including eyewear, footwear, and leather goods. We quickly realized that although we had the capability to produce these items, our time was best spent honing the service that is central to our business; men’s casual clothing. Our website has been through around 8 versions, and we’ve learned a lot during our entrepreneurial journey.


5. Yoke Apparel Manufacturing ($276K/year)

Jesse James (from Da Nang, Hải Châu District, Da Nang, Vietnam) started Yoke Apparel Manufacturing almost 4 years ago.

$23K / month
1 founders / 30 employees

Case Study

Hello everyone, my name is Jesse James and I am the visionary of Yoke Apparel Manufacturing which is located in Vietnam. Yoke is a fully comprehensive clothing manufacturing service specializing in low minimum order quantities.

Covid19 interruptions and restrictions have prevented us from increasing our capacity which has been hard to watch as a business owner. However, we are excited to open up the floodgates as customer demand is strong and we could expect to grow 2-3x sustainably per annum.


6. KAHINDO ($60K/year)

Kahindo Mateene (from New York, NY, USA) started KAHINDO over 6 years ago.

$5K / month
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

My name is Kahindo Mateene, I am the Founder and Chief Creative Director of KAHINDO, my luxury sustainable namesake fashion brand. KAHINDO is a luxury womenswear brand created with original prints and exuberant colors that celebrates the legacy of African fashion with a modern twist. A socially responsible brand, we are dedicated to ensuring ethical work practices for the women who create our brand in Africa.

For me, fashion is only as beautiful as the way I treat the female artisans and workers who help me create my line. That means focusing on sustainability and ethical work environments for my global partners and using the KAHINDO brand as a vehicle to create equity and job opportunities for women. Together, we share the heart and soul of Africa with the rest of the world through fashion.


7. NG Apparels ($16M/year)

Arpit Aryan Gupta (from Ludhiana, Punjab, India) started NG Apparels over 12 years ago.

$1.33M / month
1 founders / 42 employees

Case Study

Thanks for giving me this lovely opportunity, I’m Arpit Aryan Gupta and I’m currently running a garment export unit called NG Apparels that is based in Ludhiana, catering to all clothing segments across the globe.

My father lost a lot of money in the 2008 crash in the US market which pushed us out of the market and my father had to shut down his fabric trading business but I established the garment manufacturing business back in 2012 and with God’s grace the business has grown exponentially. I have a turnover of 12cr($1,581,547) without any loan or CC limit requirements.


8. Everlane ($120M/year)

In this series of eComstories, today let's learn how Everlane was able to grow from $0 to $100M+ in just 6 Years. Read now and get your take aways

Michael Preysman (from San Francisco, California, USA) started *Everlane * over 12 years ago.

$9.98M / month
1 founders / 333 employees

Case Study
  • Michael Preysman is the founder of this direct-to-consumer clothing brand named Everlane.
  • Their story began in 2010 when a 25-year-old American thought of creating a brand that would stand out from the competition.
  • Their current mission is to help people put their best fashion foot forward while having minimal effect on the environment.
  • Michael’s vision for success came true when he witnessed his company’s value increase from $0 to $100M+ in just 6 years.


Read the full story on pixelphant.com ➜

9. Nasty Gal ($55.9M/year)

How Sophia Amoruso started an eBay store called Nasty Gal Vintage and founded the digital media brand and community #Girlboss.

Sophia Amoruso (from Los Angeles, CA, USA) started Nasty Gal over 16 years ago.

$4.66M / month
1 founders / 217 employees

Case Study

In 2006, Sophia Amoruso founded Nasty Gal Los Angeles-based fashion company named Nasty Gal. This fashion brand has its roots in classic rock 'n' roll and the thrill of the hunt for vintage.

When Sophia was 22, she opened the Nasty Gal Vintage eBay store, which quickly became popular. The company was recognized in 2012 by INC Magazine as the Fastest Growing Retailer.

Over a short period of time, their revenue increased from $250,000 to $1.1 million to $6.5 million to $30 million.

Sophia also published a book with the hashtag "#GIRLBOSS," which has been used 17 million times on Instagram. The book has sold 500,000 copies, and Netflix has distributed the television program "Girlboss" to 100 million households.


Read the full story on usatoday.com ➜

10. Chubbies ($44.1M/year)

I’m really happy to have Erich Hellstrom on the show. Erich is a digital marketing strategist for Chubbies, a men’s short shorts brand with a huge cult following.

Erich is in charge of crafting the copy for Chubbies social, email, product and events. And even though Chubbies clothing isn’t reall…

Hency, Ranier Castillo, Preston Rutherford and Tom Montgomery (from Austin, TX, USA) started Chubbies over 12 years ago.

$3.68M / month
4 founders / 110 employees

Case Study
  • Founders Tom Montgomery, Preston Rutherford, Hency, and Ranier Castillo started this menswear brand called Chubbies in 2011.
  • They offer various items, including swimsuits, bathing suits, swim shorts, casual wear, and accessories for men.
  • The fact that the brand's founders were skilled at producing and marketing clothing played a crucial part in the brand's success.
  • Since Chubbies was founded, it has grown its net sales from $2.4 million in 2012 to $44.1 million in 2020.


Read the full story on medium.com ➜

11. Voonik ($34.2M/year)

Voonik is a men's & women's fashion eCommerce startup. Read more about Voonik Founders, Funding, Growth, Business Model, Revenue, and Company Profile.

Navaneetha Krishnan and Sujayath Ali (from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India) started Voonik over 10 years ago.

$2.85M / month
2 founders / 210 employees

Case Study
  • Voonik was founded by Navaneetha Krishnan and Sujayath Ali to customize the shopping experience for both men and women.
  • This is one of the fastest-growing fashion shopping apps for women in India, where you can purchase clothing that complements your physique, personality, lifestyle, and preferred spending limits.
  • Their app has received over 1M downloads and completes more than a million transactions each month.
  • This brand's first desktop website, Voonik.com, launched in March 2013.


Read the full story on startupnewsxp.blogspot.com ➜

12. Lunya ($25M/year)

Let's look at the steps Lunya took to build themselves from the ground up and create a wildly successful, customer-centric marketing strategy.

Ashley Merrill (from Santa Monica, California, USA) started Lunya over 10 years ago.

$2.08M / month
1 founders / 61 employees

Case Study
  • Ashley Merrill is the dynamic founder and CEO of the upscale sleepwear company named Lunya.
  • The brand offers stylish sleepwear and rest wear for both men & women that spell out comfort in bold letters.
  • In 2012, she started working on her concept for a business based on upscale materials like cashmere and alpaca, never forgetting the comfort and strongly emphasizing body-flattering cuts.
  • Since its official launch, the company has grown YoY by 500%.


Listen to the full podcast on storybehindthebrand.libsyn.com ➜

13. PaigeLauren ($7.8M/year)

Paige Lauren (from Los Angeles, CA, USA) started PaigeLauren over 14 years ago.

$650K / month
1 founders / 41 employees

Case Study
  • Paige Lauren, a former architectural designer, established PaigeLauren, a luxury baby clothing company, in 2009.
  • PaigeLauren baby clothes are simple, made with incredibly soft & organic fabrics, and have a luxurious look & feel. -The idea came from her quest to find simple & classic baby clothes for her friends.
  • The premium organic baby clothing brand makes clothes for babies & toddlers in Los Angeles and is available in stores across the USA.
  • This brand has made a huge name in the cute & comfy baby clothing market, and its current monthly revenue is around $650,000.
  • They promote their brand on Instagram and have a modest 16K plus followers.


Read the full story on entrepreneur.com ➜

14. Sleeping Baby ($4.92M/year)

Stephanie and Brett Parker (from Fort Worth, TX, USA) started Sleeping Baby about 10 years ago.

$410K / month
2 founders / employees

Case Study
  • Stephanie, a successful businesswoman & inventor, along with her husband, Brett Parker, founded Sleeping Baby, a baby product line.
  • The couple turned a common parenting issue into a multi-million dollar invention thanks to their keen sense for problem-solving and love of all things parenting.
  • Sleeping Baby was established in 2013 with just $500 for a website and $200 for materials.
  • Their signature product, a baby swaddle line named Zipadee-Zip is their best-seller item and is loved by new parents.
  • Stephanie and her husband Brett even appeared on the well-known ABC reality TV program Shark Tank, asking for $200,000 in exchange for a 10% stake.


Read the full story on dfwchild.com ➜

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