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Tailoring and Alteration Services Market

Tailoring and Alteration Services Market Size, Share Analysis, By Service (New Creations, Alterations, Garment Repair), By Consumer Orientation (Male, Female), By Clothes Type (Business Wear, Casual Wear, Others), & Region- Global Market Insights 2022 to 2032

Tailoring and Alteration Services Market Outlook (2022-2032)

The global tailoring and alteration services market is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 9.4 billion in 2022. During the forecast period, the market is poised to expand at a moderate CAGR of 4.7% to reach US$ 14.9 billion by the end of 2032.

“From Hand-Made to Tech-Enabled - Evolution of the Tailoring Industry”

During the historical period of (2017-2021), the global market for tailoring and alteration services registered a CAGR of 3.2%, according to Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider,

The tailoring and alteration industry has witnessed a series of developments in the past few years. Technology has certainly made an impact on the tailoring industry, and the same can be witnessed in the evolution of services being offered by market players. The impact of COVID-19 was pretty much evident in the revenue of service providers.

The tailoring industry as a whole has come a long way in terms of service offerings in comparison to where it was 10 years ago. With the adoption of technology, market players are now well-equipped to meet customers’ varied expectations. Integration of artificial intelligence and robots is making life easier for tailoring and alteration service providers.

Post-COVID, like any other industry, the tailoring and alteration market is also witnessing a V-shape recovery for related services. The trend is expected to continue in the wake of increased savings, which consumers were not able to do during COVID and increasing public gatherings/events.

Technology advancements along with increasing spending power and rising interest of the general public in custom-made apparel will drive the market to new heights. Changing work culture, such as the shift from business attire to casual wear, might have an impact on the growth of the tailoring service industry. It is also being seen that many established market players have already started making custom-made casual wear to stay afloat in this competitive space.

Report Attributes


Tailoring and Alteration Services Market Size (2021A)

US$ 9 Billion

Estimated Market Value (2022E)

US$ 9.4 Billion

Forecasted Market Value (2032F)

US$ 14.9 Billion

Global Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

4.7% CAGR

North America Market Share (2021)


East Asia Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

~5.7% CAGR

United States Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

~4.3% CAGR

Key Companies Profiled

  • Alfred Dunhill
  • Alterations Express
  • Antonio Liverano
  • Cad & The Dandy
  • Dormeuil
  • Duncan Quinn
  • Gieves & Hawkes
  • Henry Poole & Co
  • Huntsman & Sons
  • Look Smart Alterations
  • Michael Andrews Bespoke
  • Oxxford Clothes
  • Sartoria Raffaniello
  • Stitch-It & Co
  • The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore

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What is Shaping the Path of Tailoring and Alteration Services?

“Increasing Demand for Bespoke Clothing”

Bespoke clothing means a cloth that is made to an individual’s specifications. In other words, custom-made clothing can be defined as bespoke clothing. With increased spending power, the demand for custom-made attire has been on the rise in the last few years.

People are willing to pay a higher amount for bespoke cloth, which is driving the tailoring and alteration service market. Even if someone is not able to afford a bespoke dress or suit, they are buying ready-to-wear dresses and later getting them altered to their specifications. This is also one of the ways tailoring service providers are earning big money.

“Adoption of Technology by Market Players”

The apparel industry has evolved significantly in the last few years and is continuing to evolve due to the constant development of technology. The tailoring industry is following in its footsteps and adopting technology into its service offerings.

Robots that can cut and sew, AI-enabled software that can predict future trends, digital stylists, and laser-cutting machines, among others, are some of the prominent examples of technology that are being adopted by tailoring and alteration service providers to meet customers’ expectations. Many new entrants in the tailoring industry are offering digital services that customers can avail of by sitting in the comfort of their homes without physically visiting these stores/shops.

“Shift of Dress Code from Business Formal to Casual Wear”

Post-COVID-19 crisis, the adoption of hybrid work models has been done by most corporates across the world. If continued, the hybrid work culture can have a long-lasting effect on the tailoring services market.

Most tailor-made clothes are worn at workplaces, events, and other social gatherings. Factors such as remote working, casual wear at work, and hybrid working models can impact the demand for tailoring and alteration services. However, market players are trying to tackle this situation by coming up with new alternatives such as smart custom-made casuals, expanding service offerings in traditional bespoke clothes, etc.

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Country-wise Insights

Why Does the U.S. Tailoring Market Command the Highest Share?

The U.S. tailoring and alteration services industry is highly competitive owing to many small and large service providers. By the end of 2021, there were around 50 K tailoring and alteration establishments in the U.S.

One of the major factors that differentiates the U.S. from the rest of the world is that people do not hesitate to spend money on custom-made clothes. The U.S. tailoring and alteration services market is expected to achieve a valuation of US$ 2.9 billion in 2022.

The U.S. tailoring industry is one of the most advanced industries in comparison to its counterparts. We can witness the same in the services being offered by established market players in the country. The U.S. population spends a lot of money on expensive clothes, and in case of any wear and tear or fitting issues, they do not simply throw them away. Instead, they get them altered/repaired by a professional, ultimately resulting in higher demand for tailoring and alteration services.

Is the Indian Tailoring and Alteration Services Market’s Future Promising?

Given its huge population and rapid increase in spending power, the Indian market is expected to witness continuous increasing demand. Increase in India’s working class and improving gender ratio in the workplace are also pushing the demand for tailoring services.

India’s median age is around 28 years, which is much less than other major economies of the world and results in higher spending on apparel. Young people tend to spend more on buying expensive clothes, and if required, getting them altered/repaired. From a service provider’s perspective, the Indian tailoring service market is mostly captured by unorganized, single-location players.

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Category-wise Insights

Why is There High Demand for Tailoring/Stitching New Clothes?

Stitching of new clothes commands the highest market value in terms of value. As tailoring/stitching on new clothes requires multiple different steps such as taking measurements, cutting the cloth as per measurements and ultimately stitching it to customers’ specifications, it is also expensive in comparison to alteration and repair.

In Western countries, most people do not opt for the alteration or repair of used/old clothes, whereas, it is not the same with Asia Pacific or Middle Eastern and African countries. The tailoring/stitching of new clothing is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 6 billion by the end of 2022.

The trend is expected to continue given the fact that the cost of alteration and repair services is quite high, and so people tend to discard used/old clothes and buy/get stitched a newer one rather than getting them altered or repaired.

Will Business Wear Continue to Account for a Larger Market Share?

In comparison to other forms/styles of clothing business attire for both men and women generally requires bespoke tailoring. When choosing a dress for an office or business event, people prefer getting them custom tailored.

Due to the increasing number of officegoers comprising both men and women, the demand for business wear is growing significantly. Tailoring and alteration related to business wear clothes account for around 52% of the total market share. On the expectation of an improved employment rate, increased spending power, and better services from service providers, the market for tailoring and alteration of business wear will continue to account for most of the market share.

Competitive Landscape

Prominent tailoring and alteration service providers are Alfred Dunhill, Alterations Express, Antonio Liverano, Cad & The Dandy, Dormeuil, Duncan Quinn, Gieves & Hawkes, Henry Poole & Co, Huntsman & Sons, Look Smart Alterations, Michael Andrews Bespoke, Oxxford Clothes, Sartoria Raffaniello, Stitch-It & Co, and The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore.

The global tailoring and alteration services market is highly competitive owing to many small and large market players offering the same kind of services at a competitive price. Market players are also integrating technology into their service offerings to differentiate themselves from their competitors and increase their market share.

  • In October 2022, MySize, a leading digital measurement company, acquired Spain-based company Naiz Fit operating in the same industry.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the providers of tailoring and alteration services positioned across regions, revenue growth, and service offering expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of Tailoring and Alteration Services Industry Research

  • By Service :

    • New Creations
    • Alterations
    • Garment Repair
  • By Consumer Orientation :

    • Male
    • Female
  • By Clothes Type :

    • Business Wear
    • Casual Wear
    • Others (Not Classified Elsewhere)
  • By Region :

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia & Oceania
    • Middle East & Africa

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The global tailoring and alteration services market is valued at US$ 9.4 billion in 2022.

Worldwide demand for tailoring and alteration services is anticipated to reach US$ 14.9 billion by 2032-end.

East Asia’s tailoring services market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period.

During 2017-2021, revenue from tailoring and alteration services companies increased at 3.2% CAGR.

North America accounts for almost 36% share of the global market.

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