Online brands emerge as new force

November 15, 2013

By Rachel Lee

This is one of the nine stores run by Magjay, a women’s online clothing brand launched in 2009. The fashion company mainly targets working women in their 20s and 30s. / Courtesy of Magjay

This is one of the nine stores run by Magjay, a women’s online clothing brand launched in 2009. The fashion company mainly targets working women in their 20s and 30s.
(Courtesy of Magjay)

Online fashion brands are emerging as new forces in the shopping industry. Over the last few years, quite a large number of up-and-coming clothing manufacturers have grown fast enough to compete with established brands in the market.

According to industry sources, consumers have increasingly shown interest in those online clothing brands for both the quality and price.

“Not only the new brands, but the whole online clothing industry has improved in terms of quality and reflected the industry trends very well, which means it understands what consumers need and want,” said a designer at a men’s online clothing brand.

Brands such as Mamagari and Vivastudio have become popular, particularly among men in their 20s and 30s. According to the apparel-makers, all the products are homemade and high-quality materials are used to produce the goods.

“I and my friends have become big fans of online fashion brands. They offer some really good designs at reasonable prices. I used to have this perception that online brands lack quality so their clothes get worn out quickly, but that is not the case anymore. They are a lot better now, I think,” said Kim Jong-suk, a 20-year-old student living in Seoul. “The T-Shirt Museum is one of my favorites. It has some nice designs that fit my body well.”

Some of the popular online brands have succeeded in penetrating into the offline market, and going even further ― jumping into overseas markets in countries such as China. Men’s casual wear makers Brownbreath and Covernat are a couple that have opened offline shops.

“There are hundreds of online clothing brands in the country, and a lot of them sold similar items, which bored consumers. But these days, they have invested money to develop their own designs with good materials,” said the designer. “It has led to some items being sold out completely. Consumers now see online fashion brands comparable to the established ones in department stores.”

Women’s online fashion brands have also become so popular that some are entering the country’s major department stores as well as expanding existing offline shops.

Magjay, a women’s clothing brand launched in 2009, has already opened nine stores in central and southern Seoul. The women’s clothing manufacturer, which targets working women, offers a variety of office looks and formal items that also match well with casual wear.

According to the company, its total monthly sales recently hit the one hundred million won mark, and it started distributing to department stores this fall.

Women’s clothing and accessories maker Naingirl is also one of the successful brands in the industry, with monthly sales over one million won. The company runs four offline stores in the city and it opened two more this year in shopping mall Lotte Fitin.

Industry experts say the female online clothing brands, which mainly target working women in their 20s and 30s, have consistently shown unique designs that also mix and match well with daily casual wear. The price is another important factor that has led them to get where they are now.

“As an increasing number of working women prefer to buy online, they look for something different at the same time. There still exist many fashion brands that sell similar items of low quality. Consumers will never fall for them just because they are cheaper. They compare materials, designs and prices very carefully. The online retail industry needs to be more specialized,” the designer said.

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