- Published on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:52
The second installment in this three-part series discusses product trends in the hub.
Suppliers of intimate apparel and swimsuits in Fujian province are increasing output of easy-to-wear and visually appealing models.
The latest bras, for instance, adopt wider straps and wings. The former are less prone to slipping and twisting, while the larger sides have a shaping function. Some releases feature massage beads on the cups. Shape-memory alloys are utilized for the underwire. As regards panties, many come in cotton and bamboo rayon because these are soft, breathable, moisture-absorbent and hypoallergenic. The materials often contain spandex or Lycra, which improves fit.
Dainty hearts and flowers, or bold animal prints make products more attractive. Motifs may also be embroidered. To enrich designs further, companies use lace, satin bowknots, rhinestones and buttons as trimmings.
Two-piece swimsuits with bandeau tops are gaining traction. Pastel shades of coral, blue, yellow and pink are popular. Several styles adopt floral, abstract, tribal, paisley or exotic-skin patterns. Ruffles, beads and sequins serve as aesthetic enhancements.
Panties and bikinis account for the majority of Fujian’s releases. In the former, the least expensive pairs are $0.50 to $1.20 and come in pure polyester or cotton, or polyester-cotton-spandex. Most are plain-colored and unadorned. Polyester-cotton, and cotton, nylon, modal or bamboo rayon with 5 to 20 percent spandex or Lycra are employed in midrange versions, which go for $1.30 to $2. Models may have an allover-printed motif, embroidery or lace trimming.
At $2.10 to $4, high-end products are also made of modal or bamboo rayon. They typically emphasize anti-bacterial and shrink-resistant properties. Silk underwear can reach $20. Releases meet the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
Bikinis from Fujian adopt polyester- or nylon-spandex, regardless of price. Simple constructions and minimal decorations characterize designs between $2 and $3.50. More ornate and intricate configurations push up quotes. Ranging from $3.60 to $15, variants are embellished with plastic, wood, or metal rings or beads, sequins, or lace. Needlework is a popular enhancement as well. High-end sets may be UV-protective and chlorine-resistant. Some include a skirt or other coverups.
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