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Women's swimwear suppliers prioritize enhancing aesthetics

The latest women's swimsuits emphasize vivid colors and patterns. Decorative details increase visual appeal.

China suppliers of women's swimwear are launching designs that highlight a better physical appearance to drive sales.

Priced at $5.50, this bikini from Ebi comes in 82:18 nylon-spandex weighing 200gsm. The MOQ is 1,000 sets.

Allover-printed motifs remain the most widely utilized adornment. Floral and geometric themes, stripes and polka dots often decorate releases. They usually come in a bright hue that contrasts with the suit’s base. Patterned tops are also being paired with plain bottoms.

Swimsuits having a solid color adopt vibrant shades of red, yellow, aquamarine and purple. For added visual interest, a shirred or ruffled bust or waist, braided straps and embroidery may be incorporated.

Beads, sequins, rhinestones, ribbons, and plastic, metal or wooden rings are used to embellish products further.

While aesthetics are a priority, women's swimwear manufacturers also continue to improve the functionality of their recent selections. Upscale variants, in particular, are resistant to UV rays, chlorine and bacteria.

A specialty coating is typically applied on the textile's surface for UV protection. Some plants utilize ceramic powder, which is said to help diffuse harmful radiation.

Moreover, a few companies are offering designs that employ Creora Highclo instead of regular spandex. Developed by Hyosung in South Korea, the material repels chlorine and enables releases to retain their shape longer.

Bikinis are the most popular among the various kinds of women's swimwear offered by China suppliers. Factories turn out tankinis, monokinis and maillots as well.

OEM models still dominate the industry's yield. Nevertheless, a number of businesses are investing at least 5 percent of annual revenue in R&D.

Although the majority focuses on sample creation, there are plants that develop in-house styles. Xiamen JV Industrial Co. Ltd maintains a design office in Europe to keep abreast of trends and update its products accordingly.

Nylon and polyester are the commonly used materials. These are blended with spandex or Lycra. The latter is preferred for higher priced variants. Swimsuits adopt solid or mesh lining. Tops usually have breast pads, which may be fixed or detachable. Matching skirts and hats are sometimes included.

To ensure quality, many factories utilize Oeko-Tex Standard 100-compliant fabrics. In addition, bikinis, monokinis, tankinis and maillots undergo shrinkage, colorfastness and chemical tests.

China-made women's swimwear ranges from $2 to $30 per piece or set depending on the inputs and the construction intricacy. The least expensive models use 100 percent polyester, or 90:10, 92:8 or 95:5 polyester- or nylon-spandex. Their weight does not exceed 150gsm. Priced at $3.50 and below, the suits have single- or 2-color prints and minimal trimming.

Going for $4 to $6, midrange styles come in 190 to 200gsm blendedtextiles. The typical combinations are 88:12 polyester-spandex, and 80:20 and 82:18 nylon-spandex. The last two are also adopted in high-end designs between $6.50 and $30. Lycra may be employed in place of unbranded elastic fiber.

Swimsuits for the upscale market emphasize more elaborate prints and often have additional embellishments such as plastic, wood or metal beads or rings, sequins, lace and embroidery. Ruffles and other decorative clothing details are incorporated.

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Women's swimswear price guide


Cutout maillot
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Ebi International Corp. Ltd

Model: EBG-2
MOQ: 1,000 pieces
Delivery: 30 days
Price: $5.80
Description: Cutout maillot; 82:18 nylon-spandex; 200gsm; allover-printed floral pattern; custom sizes, colors; polybag packaging

Cutout maillot

Haining Huajie Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd

Model: HL2007
MOQ: 800 pieces per color
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Cutout maillot; 80:20 nylon-spandex; ruffled bust; sizes M to XXL; in various colors; PP bag packaging


Xiamen JV Industrial Co. Ltd

Model: JV12BK17
MOQ: 1,000 sets
Delivery: 60 days
Price: $5.75
Description: Bikini; triangle top, side-tie bottom; 82:18 nylon-spandex; 190gsm; sizes XS to L; hanger, polybag packaging


Xiamen JV Industrial Co. Ltd

Model: JV12BK44
MOQ: 1,000 sets
Delivery: 60 days
Price: $4.50
Description: Bikini; 82:18 nylon-spandex; 190gsm; allover-printed pattern; sizes 6 to 14; hanger, polybag packaging


Xiamen NAJ Commercial Business Co. Ltd

Model: NAJ-10101301
MOQ: 1,000 sets per color or pattern
Delivery: 30 days
Description: Bikini; 82:18 nylon-spandex; 200gsm; printed polka-dot pattern; with skirt; in various sizes, colors; PP bag packaging


Xiamen NAJ Commercial Business Co. Ltd

Model: NAJ-10101306
MOQ: 1,240 pieces per color or pattern
Delivery: 30 days
Description: Monokini; 82:18 nylon-spandex; 200gsm; in various sizes, colors; PP bag packaging


Yiwu Zhiheng Garment Co. Ltd

Model: 1100025
MOQ: 1,500 sets
Delivery: 20 days
Price: $5.25
Description: Bikini; 82:18 nylon-spandex; 200gsm; allover-printed pattern; sizes 38 to 44; OPP bag packaging

Note:This article was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.

All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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