Similar to companies offering other types of intimate apparel, manufacturers of panties in China are keeping their designs simple and minimally adorned.
Many of the products launched recently come in a single, solid color. White, pink and black are usually adopted.
Some models are fitted with satin bowknots on the waist to heighten visual appeal. Decorative piping or lace edging can be in a contrasting or complementary shade. A number of releases feature small, embroidered figures.
Printed women's underwear often do not employ additional trimming. Stripes, polka dots and floral motifs are popular. Suppliers turn out styles with leopard- and other animal-skin patterns as well.
To increase product value, several makers are utilizing environment-friendly materials such as milk protein fiber and bamboo rayon in new selections. These models target clients in the US.
Others are incorporating shapewear functions in their releases. Companies are offering seamless designs with an extra-high waist that helps flatten the stomach.
R&D for panties is generally limited as most businesses focus on OEM. Small plants devote fabrication entirely to contract orders. Larger enterprises may have at least one designer, but endeavors typically center on developing ornamental patterns and trimming combinations.
China suppliers manufacture classic and high-cut briefs, thongs, tangas, hipsters, bikinis and boy shorts. Stitched and seamless versions are available in standard sizes S to XL.
Prices are mainly based on materials as they represent up to 60 percent of fabrication outlay. Labor expenses, which contribute about 20 percent to costs, influence quotes as well.
Products are usually made of cotton, polyester or nylon. Spandex or Lycra can be added to enhance comfort. Cotton lining is employed for the crotch.
The fabric weight depends on the fiber composition. In general, polyester and nylon models are 130 to 150gsm, while cotton variants start at 140gsm. Designs that adopt cotton-spandex are between 160 and 170gsm.
Low-end panties are below $1 per pair and come in pure or blended polyester, nylon or cotton. The spandex content is from 2 to 12 percent. Models are plain-dyed and most have a solid color, although versions with polka dots or floral prints are also available. A few highlight a small satin bowknot on the midriff, or lace trimming on the waist and leg openings.
Going for $1 to $1.80, midrange intimate apparel styles adopt cotton-, nylon- or bamboo rayon-spandex or Lycra. Seamless designs belong to this category. Plain- and yarn-dyed releases are the mainstream. They may be decorated with an allover-printed motif. In addition, lace and embroidery are common embellishments.
Pure bamboo rayon and silk, and organic cotton-spandex are generally used in high-end women's underwear. While most pairs are priced between $1.80 and $3.50, variants made of silk often start at $5 and reach $20.
Boynee International (HK) Co. Ltd
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