Top Companies in the Children’s Wear Market

Aug 12, 2022

Top Companies in the Children’s Wear Market

The global children’s wear market reached a value of US$ 260.6 Billion in 2021. Children’s wear refers to clothing worn by children between the ages of 0 months to 12 years. Some commonly used children’s wear includes outerwear, innerwear, nightwear, socks, and tights. They are manufactured using high-quality materials, such as hosiery, cotton-, polyester-, silk- and satin-based fabrics. Compared to clothing for adults, they are generally more casual, comfortable, flexible, breathable and suitable for play and rest. Nowadays, children’s wear is widely available in gender-specific and gender-neutral options in various styles, colors, and cloth materials, depending upon the requirements of the wearer. 

As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the top companies in the children’s wear industry are manufacturing high-quality premium apparel that provides optimum comfort and safety for kids. They are also offering matching outfits for kids and parents due to the emerging trend of twinning with children, such as mommy and me, and mini-me dresses. Besides this, the leading manufacturers are introducing new clothing lines influenced by celebrity outfits. They are also focusing on the development of websites or online retail fashion portals that offer hassle-free shopping experiences with a user-friendly interface, a vast clothing collection, and lucrative discount offers. Furthermore, extensive investments in aggressive promotional activities and celebrity endorsements in advertising campaigns for different brands are positively influencing the market growth. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market value to reach US$ 352.4 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 5.1% during 2022-2027. 

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List of Top Children’s Wear Manufacturers and Companies Worldwide:

Adidas AG 

Establishment: 1949 
Headquarters: Bavaria, Germany 

Adidas AG is a leading German multinational corporation that mainly designs, manufactures, and markets shoes, clothing, sportswear, and accessories. The company offers a range of children’s activewear, shoes, clothing, accessories, and sports equipment. Its diversified product portfolio comprises sneakers, running shoes, slip-on, sandals, hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, shorts, swimwear, tracksuits, matching sets, dresses, backpacks, socks, and bags. With more than 59,000 employees across the globe, Adidas has operations in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the UAE, and Russia. 

Benetton Group Srl 

Establishment: 1965 
Headquarters: Ponzano Veneto, Italy 

Benetton Group Srl is a leading global fashion brand that manufactures clothing and sporting goods. The company primarily designs and sells clothes, sportswear, footwear, accessories, and other products. It offers a range of apparel for kids between 3 months and 14 years. Its extensive children’s wear product portfolio comprises t-shirts, polos, jeans, trousers, shirts, joggers, shorts, sweatshirts, capris, dresses, jumpsuits, footwear, dungarees, skirts, knitwear, and coats. Benetton Group markets and sells its products under various brand names, including:

  • United Colors of Benetton
  • Sisley
  • Undercolors of Benetton

The company operates an extensive network of around 5,000 stores across the globe. 

Carter’s, Inc. 

Establishment: 1865 
Headquarters: Georgia, United States 

Carter’s, Inc. is the largest branded designer and marketer of baby and children’s clothing in the United States and Canada. The company offers a range of apparel, accessories, and related products exclusively designed for kids, toddlers, and young children. It has a diversified product portfolio comprising dresses, bottoms, hoodies, sweaters, pajamas, matching tops and bottoms, activewear, swimwear, one-piece, and tees. It sells its products under several brand names, including:

  • Carter’s
  • OshKosh B’gosh
  • Child of Mine
  • Just One You
  • Simple Joys
  • Little Planet
  • Skip Hop
  • Genuine Kids


Cotton On Clothing Pty Ltd. (Cotton On Group)

Establishment: 1991 
Headquarters: North Geelong, Australia 

Cotton On Clothing Pty. Ltd. is owned by Cotton On Group, a leading global retailer renowned for its fashion clothing and stationery brands. It primarily manufactures and sells clothing, furnishings, and accessories for men, women, and kids. It offers a wide range of products for babies and children between 2 and 14 years. Its products include tops, t-shirts, playsuits, hoodies, knitwear, sweatpants, shorts, dresses, pajamas, shoes, socks, shirts, swimwear, jeans, and accessories. The company sells its products under several brand names, such as:

  • Cotton On
  • Cotton On Kids
  • Cotton On Body
  • Typo
  • Rubi 


DIESEL USA Inc. (Diesel S.p.A.) 

Establishment: 1978 
Headquarters: Breganze, Italy 

Diesel U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Diesel S.p.A., manufactures and sells denim, apparel, footwear, and other accessories. The company offers a wide array of products for men, women, kids, and living, such as furniture, ceramics, wallpaper, lighting, flooring, and kitchen items. Its diversified product portfolio comprises scarves, luggage and travel goods, eyewear, wrist watches, jewelry, perfumes, footwear, leather and suede jackets, hair accessories, hosiery, socks, handbags, and belts. Besides this, Diesel also has a clothing line for children called Diesel Kids. Currently, the company operates in around 80 countries with more than 5,000 points of sale, including over 400 company-owned stores. 

Dolce&Gabbana S.r.l. 

Establishment: 1985 
Headquarters: Milan, Italy 

Dolce&Gabbana S.r.l. is a luxury Italian fashion brand that designs and manufactures clothing, accessories, jewelry, and watches for men, women, and children. It offers apparel and accessories for children between 0 months and 12 years. Its diversified children’s wear product portfolio comprises dresses, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, trousers, beachwear, tops, shirts, coats, jackets, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and mini-me outfits. Apart from this, the company also sells home furnishings, food and beverages, and cosmetics and beauty products. 

Esprit Global Image GmbH 

Establishment: 1968 
Headquarters: Ratingen, Germany 

Esprit Global Image GmbH is a leading manufacturer of clothing, footwear, accessories, jewelry, and housewares. The company offers a wide range of products for men, women, and kids under the Esprit label. Apart from this, it provides clothing and accessories, such as dresses, tops, trousers, sweatshirts, jackets, swimwear, jeans, capris, shorts, jumpers, underwear, and socks for babies between 0-2 years of age and children. Currently, Espirit has operations in more than 30 markets across the globe, including Europe, North and South America, and the Asia Pacific. 

Fruit of The Loom, Inc. (Berkshire Hathaway Inc.) 

Establishment: 1851 
Headquarters: Kentucky, United States 

Fruit of The Loom, Inc. is an American clothing company that manufactures apparel, especially casual wear and underwear, for men, women, and kids. It offers a wide range of clothing, including underwear, undershirts, activewear, sleepwear, and thermals. It provides comfortable clothes for kids and toddlers, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, tanks, boxers, briefs, camis, undershirts, hipsters, bikinis, and socks. The company markets and sells its products under several brand names, such as:

  • AAI
  • Russell Athletic
  • Vanity Fair
  • BVD
  • Spalding
  • Dudley 


Kimberly-Clark Corporation 

Establishment: 1872 
Headquarter: Texas, United States 

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is a multinational personal care company engaged in manufacturing paper-based consumer products. It primarily operates through three business segments, namely personal care, consumer tissue, and K-C Professional. Under the personal care segment, the company manufactures diapers, feminine care items, training, and youth pants, swim pants, baby wipes, and incontinence care products. Its consumer tissue segment offers facial and bathroom tissues, paper towels, and other household items. Besides this, K-C Professional (KCP) segment focuses on products such as wipers, tissue, towels, apparel, soaps, and sanitizers. Its renowned global brands include:

  • Andrex
  • Cottonelle
  • Depend
  • Viva
  • Huggies
  • Little Swimmers
  • GoodNite
  • Pull-Ups Kleenex
  • Plenitude
  • Poise
  • Scott
  • Kotex 


Levi Strauss & Co. 

Establishment: 1853 
Headquarters: California, United States 

Levi Strauss & Co. is a global leader in Jeanswear and one of the largest brand-name apparel companies across the world. It mainly designs, manufactures, and markets jeans, casual wear, and related accessories for men, women, and children. It offers a wide range of products for kids, toddlers, and babies, such as t-shirts, jeans, overalls, pants, shorts, jackets, sweatshirts, dresses, and backpacks. The company sells its products globally in more than 110 countries under the brands:

  • Levi’s
  • Dockers
  • Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Denizen
  • Beyond Yoga 


Mothercare PLC 

Establishment: 1961 
Headquarters: Surrey, United Kingdom 

Mothercare PLC is a leading British retailer specializing in products for mothers, expectant mothers, babies, and young children up to the age of eight. It manufactures a variety of clothing and footwear and home and travel products to meet the needs of mothers-to-be and kids. It offers maternity apparel and clothing for infants and children between the ages of 0-10 years. Some of its other products include toys, pushchairs, car seats, soft furnishings and furniture, bedding, feeding and bathing equipment, buggy, and baby monitors. Moreover, the company has global franchise operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with over 800 stores across 30 markets. 

NIKE, Inc. 

Establishment: 1964 
Headquarters: Oregon, United States 

NIKE, Inc. is a leading designer, marketer, and distributor of athletic footwear, apparel, sports equipment, and accessories for various sports and fitness activities. The company offers a wide array of products for men, women, and kids. It has an extensive kids’ collection comprising clothing, footwear, sports equipment, and accessories for infants, toddlers, and children. Besides this, Nike also manufactures wearables, wrist-worn devices, eyewear, timepieces, digital devices, and protective gear. Presently, the company has operations across North America, Europe, Greater China, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. 

The Children’s Place, Inc. 

Establishment: 1969 
Headquarters: New Jersey, United States 

The Children’s Place, Inc. is a specialty retailer of children’s apparel for newborns, toddlers, and pre-teens. The company offers private-label merchandise as well as branded products. Some of its products include dresses, tops, bottoms, jumpers, shortalls, activewear, jeans, pajamas, shoes, socks, jackets, coats, backpacks, polos, bodysuits, and other accessories. It markets and sells its products under several brand names, such as The Children’s Place, Place, Gymboree, Baby Place, and Sugar & Jade. Currently, it operates more than 988 stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. 

Gap Inc. 

Establishment: 1969 
Headquarters: California, United States 

Gap Inc. manufactures clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. The company sells casual apparel, maternity clothes, jeans, pants, shirts, tops, accessories, and personal care products. It also offers various products for babies, toddlers, and kids, such as t-shirts, jumpsuits, dresses, sweatshirts, swimwear, one-pieces, shorts, joggers, polos, pajamas, and sets. Its portfolio of global brands:

  • Consists of Old Navy
  • Gap
  • Banana Republic
  • Athleta 


V.F. Corporation 

Establishment: 1899 
Headquarters: Colorado, United States 

V.F. Corporation is a global leader in lifestyle apparel and footwear. It is one of the largest manufacturers of clothing, such as outdoor, active, and workwear, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and children. The company owns and operates more than 1,300 retail stores and sells its products in around 125 countries across the globe. Its brand portfolio comprises:

  • Vans
  • The North Face
  • Dickies
  • Timberland
  • Altra
  • Icebreaker
  • Supreme
  • Kipling
  • Jansport
  • Eastpak
  • Smartwool
  • Napapijri 



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