Leather and Sheep-Lined Clothing

SIC 2386

Industry report:

This category consists of manufacturers of many types of leather and sheep-lined clothing, including coats, jackets, hats, pants, skirts, vests, and other garments. Companies that make leather gloves and mittens are included in SIC 3151: Leather Gloves and Mittens. Fur clothing is classified separately in SIC 2371: Fur Goods.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that, in 2007, 107 establishments manufactured leather and fur clothing, down from 155 in 2005. Together these producers shipped about $108.4 million in goods, down from $114.0 million in 2005 and $187.6 million in 2002. Overall, retail sales of leather apparel had almost quadrupled since 1985. These increases reflected the end of an upward trend in the price of leather. The cost of leather relative to other clothing materials has proven to be a reliable indicator of the leather apparel industry's performance from year to year. As is the case in the apparel industry in general, patterns of consumption can change rapidly as customer demand is influenced by fashion developments. Leather clothing, which is both high fashion and high cost in the world of apparel, is particularly susceptible to both these kinds of fluctuations in demand. Therefore, when the U.S. economy deteriorated in the 2000s, so did sales of leather apparel.

Although demand for leather apparel rose slightly in the mid- to late 2000s, the market share lost to imports increased as well. Imports from China totaled $530 million in 2005. According to a report by Supplier Relations U.S. LLC, in 2008, the value of U.S. imports in the fur and leather apparel manufacturing industry was approximately 780 percent of U.S. production. However, the value of exported products in the category was also relatively high, at 230 percent of U.S. production. From 2005 to 2008, exports grew about 14 percent annually. Another factor affecting the industry involved American companies moving more of their manufacturing abroad to reduce labor costs. These were the most severe challenges facing the industry heading into the second decade of the century.

Industry leaders in this category included L.L. Bean Inc. of Freeport, Maine, with 5,700 employees and sales of $1.6 billion in 2007. Competitor Eddie Bauer LLC of Bellevue, Washington, had 7,427 employees and $1.0 billion in 2008 revenues. G-III Apparel Group of New York, which purchased Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc. in 2008, posted sales of $711.1 million in fiscal 2009. Other significant companies in the industry included Delong Sportswear Inc. of Grinnell, Iowa, with annual sales of $23 million; Avirex Ltd. of New York, with annual revenues of $18 million; and The Madison Company Inc. (formerly Gem Dandy Inc.) of Madison, North Carolina.

In the spring of 1997, the U.S. Air Force contracted Avirex to create a replica of the 1931 A-2 leather flight jacket with special artwork on it to commemorate the military branch's fiftieth anniversary. More than 400 high-ranking Air Force officials--including the Commander in Chief, President Bill Clinton--wore these special jackets at ceremonies celebrating the anniversary in Las Vegas. Subsequently, Avirex offered the jackets for sale to the public for about $320 at Cockpit stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, and via a toll-free number. Avirex began to sell its aviator wear online in 2002.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, employment in the fur and leather apparel industry totaled only 844 in 2007, down from 2,211 in 2004 and 2,770 in 2000. Sixty-five percent of employees were production workers. In the overall apparel manufacturing industry, employment was expected to continue to decline at a rate of about 5.5 percent annually between 2006 and 2016. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that, by 2016, only 109.7 million people would be employed in the industry, as compared to 743.0 million in 1996 and 238.4 million in 2006.

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