American Industry Overview: Men's and Boys' Suits, Coats, and Overcoats

This category covers establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing men's and boys' tailored suits, coats, and overcoats from purchased woven or knit fabrics. Establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing uniforms (except athletic and work uniforms) are also included in this industry.

Industry Snapshot

Throughout the 2000s, the men's and boys' suit and coat industry continued the long-term pattern of reduction that had begun in the 1970s. U.S. manufacturers experienced a positive sign in 2005 when the industry showed an increase in sales over the previous two years, mostly due to an increase in demand for suits and tailored clothing and the purchase by some major manufacturers of new brands. However, by the late 2000s the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics was citing cut and sew manufacturing as one of the fastest declining industries in the United States in terms of employment and output. In addition, U.S. manufacturers continued to face fierce competition from foreign imports.