• Underwear & Lingerie Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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    In this product guide, we explain everything you must know about Underwear & Lingerie Manufacturers in China, including industrial clusters, supplier qualification, and design customization options.

    We also explain what you must know about potential quality issues and applicable labeling requirements – and substance restrictions in the United States and the European Union.

    Finally, we provide a list of 7 Chinese underwear manufacturers, which include a short description, main products, certificates, and location.

    Disclaimer

    We are not affiliated with any of the companies listed in this guide. We have selected these companies based on their claimed product scope, history, certification, and capabilities.

    Underwear and Lingerie Manufacturing Clusters in China

    China’s export-oriented underwear manufacturers are largely concentrated in the country’s primary textile production centers; Guangdong Province, Fujian Province, and Zhejiang Province.

    If you intend to visit manufacturers in Mainland China, you are likely to find yourself in one of the following cities:

    • Quanzhou, Fujian
    • Jinjiang, Fujian
    • Shantou, Guangdong
    • Guangzhou, Guangdong
    • Dongguan, Guangdong
    • Zhongshan, Guangdong
    • Yiwu, Zhejiang

    Qualifying Manufacturers

    Underwear and lingerie is, in relative terms not a very capital intensive industry. Manufacturers in such ‘low value added’ industries then to be rather unsophisticated, thereby requiring a rigid Quality Assurance (QA) process, managed by the buyer.

    The first step of the QA process is, as explained below, to draft a comprehensive product specification. There are, however, certain useful signals for qualifying Underwear and Lingerie Manufacturers:

    • Business Scope (As specified on the manufacturers business license)
    • Registered Capital (As specified on the manufacturers business license)
    • Substance Test Reports (i.e., REACH and Oeko Tex Standard 100)
    • Quality Management System / Production Lines Audit Reports (i.e., ISO 9001:2008)
    • Social Compliance Certification / Audit Reports (i.e., Sedex and BSCI)
    • Environmental Audit Reports (i.e., ISO 14000 series)

    What to Include in your Underwear Techpack

    a. Design Drawing

    underwear design drawing

    The product design can either be based on an existing ODM SKU or an OEM specification. While you may submit, or submit, reference samples – they are only complementary to the design drawing. These are your options:

    • OEM: Design drawing submitted by the buyer
    • ODM: Design drawing submitted by the supplier

    The design drawing must include all design elements and dimensions.

    b. Reference sample

    A reference sample is either provided by the supplier (when buying ODM products), or the buyer (when buying an OEM product). As mentioned, the reference sample is only complementary to, and not a replacement for, a design drawing.

    c. Fabric

    The most straightforward method is to order fabric samples, or complete units, from the supplier. The buyer can then freely select the material of choice from the supplier’s standard catalog. Another method is to submit fabric samples, that the supplier can match with fabric from their own standard catalog – or, in rare cases, weave the fabric entirely according to the specifications of the buyer.

    d. Size Table

    The size table is an appendix of the design drawing, listing dimensions for each size. ODM products can also be customized by adjusting the size table accordingly. The size table must also be complemented with dimensional tolerance

    e. Labels

    Underwear and lingerie are subject to general textiles labelling requirements. Said labeling requirements differ between markets, and buyers are unwise to assume that the supplier is aware of the specific requirements in your market. Hence, you must provide ‘ready-made’ graphical files (.aiformat) to the supplier. Include the following:

    • Label dimensions (i.e., 15 x 30 mm)
    • Country of Origin (required in the United States)
    • Washing Instructions and/or symbols
    • Batch ID
    • Logo / Website

    The label can be printed on a double folded polyester patch, or directly on the inside fabric.

    Product Samples

    You should order samples from at least 4 manufacturers. The fail rate (i.e., the number of suppliers that fail to produce acceptable product samples) is normally around 50%. Hence, you need at least a handful suppliers making samples based on your techpack.

    Below follows a few examples of what tends to go wrong:

    • Incorrect material
    • Bad seams
    • Bad fit
    • Incorrect / missing prints and labels

    Quality Assurance

    a. Common Quality Issues

    Quality issues in textile manufacturing often stem from an incomplete or conflicting product specification. Below follows a list of common quality issues when buying Underwear and Lingerie:

    • Incorrect dimensions
    • Incorrect component position (i.e., double fabric)
    • Incorrect / low quality materials
    • Incomplete seam lines
    • Dirty and damages

    b. Quality Control

    The purpose of the quality inspection is to defect quality issues before the produce is packed and shipped. When buying Underwear and Lingerie from Chinese manufacturers, you must draft a Quality Inspection protocol including the following procedures:

    • Visual Inspection (i.e., Dirt, damages, seams and printed labels)
    • Dimensions (i.e. Double fabric length)
    • Fabric (i.e., Weight and Washing)

    Regulations and Compliance Testing

    Underwear and lingerie are subject to various substance regulations in major markets, primarily the United States and the European Union. Depending on your market, you need to ensure compliance with one or more of the following:

    a. REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of Chemicals)

    Country / Market: The European Union

    Description: REACH restricts the content of restricted SVHC (Substance of very high concern) in textiles, and other consumer products, sold within the European Union. The list of SVHC includes hundreds of substances, including lead, cadmium, and formaldehyde.

    Read more: REACH Compliance Explained: What Every EU Importer Must Know

    b. California Proposition 65

    Country / Market: California, United States

    Description: California Proposition 65 restricts more than 800 substances in consumer products. Products must either be compliant (i.e., proven rid of all restricted substances) or labeled accordingly. If your company is based in California, or if you intend to sell to buyers in the state, you must ensure compliance.

    Read more: California Proposition 65 Compliance – What US Importers Must Know

    c. FHSA (The Federal Hazardous Substances Act)

    Country / Market: United States (All states)

    Description: FHSA restricts various substances classified as, for example, irritants or strong sensitizers. This includes, among other substances, formaldehyde – a substance used by some textile manufacturers. The full list of mandatory bans and restrictions are available on CPSC.gov.

    Read more: Regulations, Mandatory Standards and Bans (www.cpsc.gov)

    List of Underwear Manufacturers in China

    In this section, we introduce 7 companies that specialize in producing ladies’ lingerie and men’s underwear, covering bras, panties, shapewear, briefs, boxers, intimate wear, sleepwear, and other types of undergarments.

    Listed Companies

    • Shenzhen Thunder Fashion
    • Xiamen Reely Industrial
    • Shanghai Jspeed Industry
    • Foshan Casland Garments
    • Shanghai Douai Lingerie
    • The Delta Bogart Group
    • CB Color Custom Underwear

    Shenzhen Thunder Fashion

    Shenzhen Thunder Fashion is an OEM and ODM lingerie manufacturer with a factory based in Shantou, The company offers more than 200 styles of fashionable undergarment for ladies of age group between 13-60. These products include bra, panties, shapewear, available in foil, lace, satin, and cotton.

    Currently, the production capacity of the company is over 350,000 pcs per month.

    Main Products

    • Low/high rise hipsters
    • High waisted briefs
    • Micro thongs
    • Cage back panties
    • Bonding shorties
    • Shapewear
    • Bonding seamless bras
    • Mesh bras
    • T-back bras
    • Lace bikinis

    Certificates

    • BSCI
    • C-TPAT

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 2018
    • Location: Shantou

    Address: Nanyang, Xinguojing Road, Gurao Town, Shantou City, Guangdong, China

    Xiamen Reely Industrial

    Xiamen Reely Industrial is a manufacturer of underwear, sleepwear, swimwear, sportswear, and athleisure garments for women and men. The company offers full service in designing, printing, sewing, cutting, finishing, and delivery to customers.

    Xiamen Reely welcomes ODM or OEM model requests. Their product lines include boxers, board shorts, front and back closure bras, t-shirt bras, thongs, form-fitting yoga pants, retro bikinis, and rash guards.

    Customers can choose a broad category of materials such as modal, nylon, cotton, imitation silk, polyester, and other blended fabrics.

    Main Products

    • Boxers
    • High waist shapewear
    • Plus size underwear
    • Push-up bras
    • Cage back bras
    • Knitted briefs
    • G-string briefs
    • Tummy control briefs
    • Yoga wear sets
    • Solid back swimsuits
    • Front closure bras
    • Full cover bathing suits
    • Full cover rash guards

    Certificates

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 2005
    • Location: Xiamen

    Address: 302, Wanshan 3 Plant, Huli District, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China

    Shanghai Jspeed Industry

    Shanghai Jspeed Industry is an undergarment manufacturer specializing in making ladies’ lingerie, men, and children’s underwear products.

    The product line of Jspeed is diverse, covering comfy underwear, plus size underwear, intimate wear, swimwear, beachwear, and form-fitting sportswear.

    Shanghai Jspeed mainly focuses on the export business and has been working with clients from all over the world, including European, American, Australian, and Middle Eastern customers.

    According to the information on Shanghai Jspeed, its production capacity reaches 900,000 pieces per month for underwear and swimwear, respectively, and the company’s clientele includes Target, Lpp, Tjmaxx, and Ostin.

    Main Products

    • Boxer briefs
    • Bikinis
    • Cotton men boxers
    • Hipsters briefs
    • Sweatshirts

    Certificates

    • BSCI
    • OEKO-TEX Standard 100

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 2009
    • Location: Shanghai

    Address: 903, Building 6, 7001 Zhongchun Road, Shanghai, China

    Foshan Casland Garments

    Foshan Casland Garments was established in 2008 as a professional manufacturer of women’s lingerie of various styles and fittings. The company offers ODM and OEM services to domestic and international customers. Their OEM services include pattern and style design, material sourcing and procurement, sampling, fitting, bulk production, quality control, and inspection, and delivery.

    Particularly, Foshan Casland targets the plus size lingerie market and has designed and developed a wide variety of large-sized bras with extra coverage, which are suitable for customers who have trouble in finding the right size bras.

    Currently, the production capacity of Foshan Casland reaches 15,000 to 20,000 pieces per month.

    Main Products

    • Soft cup plus size bras
    • Lingerie sets
    • Seamless bras
    • Sport bras
    • Sexy lingeries
    • Intimate wear
    • Sleepwear
    • Panties

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 2008
    • Location: Foshan

    Address: 6F, Business Building, Guangfo International Wujin Plaza, Huangqi Nanhai, Foshan, Guangdong, China

    Shanghai Douai Lingerie

    Shanghai Douai Lingerie is a lingerie manufacturer specializing in offering custom-made underwear manufacturing services from Shanghai.

    The company’s target market is young and middle-aged ladies aged between 18-50, who are looking for novel-designed and comfy undergarments for daily wear. The house brand products of Shanghai Douai are developed by in-house designers, including vests, sports bras, seamless front closure bras, half-cup bras, three-quarter cup bras, full-cup bras, extra-large full-coverage bras, knickers, and panty briefs.

    According to the official website of Shanghai Douai Lingerie, the monthly production capacity of the company is around 8,0000 pieces.

    Main Products

    • Push-up bras
    • Plus-size bras
    • Front closure bras
    • Half-cup bras
    • Three-quarter cup bras
    • Full-cup bras
    • Seamless camisole bras
    • Seamless panties
    • Seamless bras
    • Invisible bras

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 2011
    • Location: Shanghai

    Address: No. 466, Xuanqiu Road, Xuanqiao Town, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China

    The Delta Bogart Group

    The Delta Bogart Group is an undergarment manufacturer with 6 in-house production centers located in Guangdong, Thailand, and Myanmar, as well as a showroom, and sales center in Hong Kong.

    The company focuses in designing and producing dynamic and fashionable underwear and sportswear for men and women, including intimate apparel, curvy bras and lingerie, sportswear, and swimwear.

    The company has also specially designed undergarments suitable to be worn by postpartum women, post-surgery patients, as well as ladies with serious weight problems.

    According to its official website, the company is currently serving some of the world’s leading undergarment brands such as Oysho, Savage X Fenty, Adore Me, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, La Senza, and Tommy Hilfiger.

    Main Products

    • Sexy lace panties
    • Boxers
    • Briefs
    • Post-surgery bras
    • Maternity bras
    • Minimizer bras
    • High-performance sport bras
    • Baby swimwear
    • Shape fitting swimwear

    Certificates

    • OEKO-TEX Standard 100
    • WRAP

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 1975
    • Location: Panyu

    Address: 17/F, Goldin Financial Global Centre, No. 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong

    CB Color Custom Underwear

    CB Color Custom Underwear was established in 2008 as a professional ODM and OEM manufacturer of undergarment products from Yiwu, Zhejiang. The company has more than hundreds of models of underwear for men, women. These products include boxers, briefs, panties, and slip shorts.

    Finally, the company has also especially developed products for ladies in their period of menstruation and pregnancy.

    Main Products

    • Cotton men boxers
    • Trunk briefs
    • Mid-rise tight briefs
    • Ultra-thin invisible briefs
    • Hipsters briefs
    • Menstrual period women panties
    • Slip shorts
    • T-back

    Company Information

    • Year of Registration: 2008
    • Location: Yiwu

    Address: Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China

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