For a very long time menswear had taken a backseat, and the fashion world's obsession with women's wear had much to do with it. But over the years things have changed and men have grown to be more metrosexual, and have with time generated interest in looking dapper and stylish. Designers and brands have also shown curiosity towards modifying this much neglected market segment.
According to certain reports and insights the category of menswear has outpaced womenswear for the past five years now. Agreeing to a recent research study done by MarketLine, the global menswear market is expected to exceed $ 402 billion in the year 2014. The Americas is said to represent approximately 35 percent of the international menswear market. The global market is expected to grow over 14 percent during a five year period. Within the menswear industry the most popular segment comprise of the clothing and footwear.
Today the menswear market has an array of different categories like active wear, casual wear, outerwear, formalwear, and essentials. The rise of new age work environments and tech industries are breaking free from the norm of adhering to the Monday to Friday work uniform and casual clothes on weekends . Huge influences of tailored outfits have been from television programs like Mad Men and Suits on the men's fashion scene, and have compelled the not so fairer sex to indulge in vanity and give power dressing a hand.
The coming of age masculine men are starting to make personal grooming and fashion a priority, which was once considered to be feminine, and to an extent was unacceptable. But in the past 20 years these norms have changed and, historically, fashion being a female dominant industry, is soon transforming. Actors, musicians and athletes are also paying definite attention to fashion which is also driving the menswear category in a huge way.
Online shopping and internet has made it easy for many vanity conscious males to stay fashionable and trendy. With dedicated blogs and websites that concentrate on menswear alone have helped many take decisions and dress appropriately. Since male shoppers are averse to frequenting to malls or stores for buying clothes, e-commerce comes as a boon to them. According to a report from Mintel's on consumer research as many as one third men shop online and hence there a lot of apparel retailers offering casualwear and even bespoke suiting and shirting facilities.
A rapid growth has also been witnessed in rigid markets like China, where men were once hesitant to spend money on clothing. One of the largest luxury menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna reported revenue of $ 1.72 billion in 2012 and the major share came from China, followed by Europe, and Americas. Men have also developed soft corners for luxury clothing and fancy high end brands. The German fashion house Hugo Boss that specializes in menswear is expecting the sales for 2015 to gain 50 percent to 3 billion euros. The company Bain & Co, a consulting firm, predicts the global luxury menswear segment to grow at 14 percent every year. The luxury apparel retailer, Trinity Ltd., of high end menswear in China accounted to increase in sales by 19.5 percent and owns more than 400 stores in the country.