Swimming is one if not the most popular water activity and for a good reason — almost anybody can do it. From young kids and families wading leisurely at the beach to competitive fitness buffs racing toward the finish line, swimming can suit every person at any age or any fitness level.
This is the reason the global swimwear market is continuously on an uptrend. A recent report by business intelligence firm Technavio predicts the market to reach $6.51 billion in 2023, for a 6.2 percent CAGR from 2019 numbers.
Women’s swimwear is expected to remain the strongest segment during the forecast period. Manufacturers will continue to incorporate fashion elements, including vivid colors and designs, stylish prints and trendy trims to attract customers. The rise of inclusive pieces such as plus-size versions is pushing demand upward as well.
Recent innovations in the textile industry have resulted in swimwear that is not only comfortable to wear but also offers sun protection.Chlorine-resistant and UV-protective swimwear, for instance, prevents skin irritation and sunburn, respectively. Pieces that are quick-drying and possess four-way stretch boost comfort.
Quanzhou, swimwear sourcing hub
Boasting years of experience and strong manufacturing pool, Quanzhou has become one mainland China’s primary sourcing hubs for swimwear.
This port city and largest metropolitan area in Fujian province is home to hundreds of manufacturers specializing in the line. The majority of these companies are based in the districts of Jinjiang and Shishi, and have at least a decade of industry experience. The selection includes bikinis, maillots, rashguards, boardshortss and coverups.
Factories use domestically sourced equipment, including computerized sewing, pressing and smocking machines. Some employ advanced units from Taiwan, Japan, Italy or Spain. Large enterprises generally conduct R&D, material sourcing, sample making, cutting, sewing, QC and shipping in-house.
Quanzhou’s geographic location is an advantage as well. It is home to the Quanzhou port, facilitating transport of goods. The Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport offers daily flights to different domestic and international locations while the high-speed Fuzhou-Xiamen Railway has been operational since 2010.
The gallery below features swimwear from Quanzhou-based Global Sources Verified suppliers.
Company: Fujian Hengxia Costume Weaving Co. Ltd
From Fujian Hengxia Costume Weaving Co. Ltd, the 080031 model is a chic women’s triangle bikini with contrast-color cups featuring floral embroidery. It adopts 80:20 nylon-spandex, weighing 190 to 200gsm. The swimwear has lace-up back straps, and comes in custom colors and sizes.
Company: Huangyuxing Garments & Weaving Co. Ltd Jinjiang
The HYX9350 model from Huangyuxing Garments & Weaving Co. Ltd Jinjiang is a strappy monokini made of 86:14 nylon-spandex. Fabric weight is 190 to 200gsm. The swimwear comes in solid colors and XS to XXL sizes. OEM and ODM orders are accepted.
Company: Jinjiang Changda Garments Co. Ltd
Made of 92:8 polyester-spandex, the model C10167-75 men’s boardshorts from Jinjiang Changda Garments Co. Ltd has digital-printed zigzag pattern. It uses water-resistant zippers and has lace-up waist. OEM orders are welcome.
Company: LRX Costume Weaving Co. Ltd
The LRX-AW1126 model from LRX Costume Weaving Co. Ltd is a sexy off-shoulder monokini in 82:18 nylon-spandex. The shell weighs 190gsm while the lining is made of pure polyester. The swimwear has frill details and comes in solid colors. Size ranges from S to XL. Custom orders are accepted.
Company: Number One Industrial Co. Ltd
Number One Industrial Co. Ltd’s model SWF2018-138-1 monokini features a crochet hollow-out front. It has a deep V halter neck, and is chlorine-resistant and UV-protective. Sizes, colors and prints can be buyer-specified.
Company: Polywell Textile & Garments Co. Ltd
Polywell Textile & Garments Co. Ltd offers the PWD-236 model, a long-sleeved surf suit with tropical print. It adopts polyester-spandex and comes in S to XL sizes. OEM and ODM orders are accepted.
Company: Quanzhou Central Export Cooperation Ltd
Featuring UV-protective nylon, the model LSW2030 women’s bikini from Quanzhou Central Export Cooperation Ltd consists of a strappy top and a side-strap bottom. It is available in US, EU and Asian sizes, and various colors. OEM and ODM orders are welcome.
Company: Quanzhou Famous Garments Co. Ltd
The material options for Quanzhou Famous Garments Co. Ltd’s model WHR-23323 men’s boardshorts are 100 percent polyester, single jersey and pure nylon. The swimwear has reflective stripes and comes in M to XXL sizes. OEM and ODM orders are accepted.
Company: Quanzhou Gangyi Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd
Quanzhou Gangyi Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd’s GGM 18240 model is a beetle-style girl’s ruffle monokini that offers UPF50+ protection. It is made of 200gsm 82:18 nylon-spandex and comes in sizes for 4 to 10-year-olds. Each piece is packed in a polybag.
Company: Quanzhou Lonice Sports Co. Ltd
This maillot from Quanzhou Lonice Sports Co. Ltd, the 20LNW190822 model, comes in an off-shoulder hollow-out design. It adopts 82:18 nylon-spandex and has a pure polyester lining.
Company: Quanzhou Swimwearmall Technology Co. Ltd
In space-dyed design, the model YYK-AL0069 women’s triangle bikini from Quanzhou Swimwearmall Technology Co. Ltd uses 80:20 nylon-spandex, weighing 190 to 250gsm. Lining is made of 100gsm pure polyester. The swimwear is UV-protective and chlorine-resistant. Sizes, designs and logos are customizable.
Company: Roarben Textiles Co. Ltd
The model RBWB078 women’s bikini from Roarben Textiles Co. Ltd consists of a scoop cropped top and a hipster bottom. The swimwear is adorned with tassels, and has colorful braided waist- and underband. It is made of 82:18 nylon-spandex.