Wearable Technology in Apparel – Thematic Research

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Wearable Technology in Fashion Industry Report Overview

Much of the coverage of wearable tech tends to focus on consumer trends. But enterprise adoption of wearable tech is accelerating, with notable activity in the healthcare, logistics, insurance, fintech, and defense markets. Over the next few years, wearable devices will become smarter, as they incorporate technologies like AI and AR, and so their relevance to enterprise users across industries will only increase.

Wearable tech has not yet matured enough to have a visible impact on the apparel industry as a whole sector. However, smart clothing is seeing interest from both apparel companies and consumers. The increased demand in healthcare, fitness, and defense is driving investments in smart clothing.

The wearable tech in apparel thematic research report highlights the impact of wearable tech in the apparel industry and discusses apparel challenges, case studies, wearable tech timelines, and value chains.

Wearable Tech in Apparel – Industry Analysis

The wearable tech market was worth $58.9 billion in 2020 and is expected to achieve a CAGR of more than 17% during 2020-2030. Hearables accounted for the majority of the wearable tech market in 2020 while the market share of AR headsets and VR headsets will increase between 2019 and 2030.

The wearable tech in the apparel industry analysis also covers:

  • Wearable tech timeline

Wearable Tech Revenue, 2020-2030

Wearable Tech Revenue, 2020-2030

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Wearable Tech in Apparel - Value Chain Analysis

GlobalData’s wearable tech value chain can be split into four layers: the device layer, the connectivity layer, the data layer, and the app layer.

Data Layer: The data layer serves as the storage and computation location. Data generated by embedded sensors are automatically stored in encrypted databases, and much of the heavy processing (predictive analytics, machine learning, etc.) happens in the cloud.

Wearable Tech Value Chain Analysis

Wearable Tech Value Chain Analysis

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Leading Wearable Tech Adopters in the Apparel Industry

Some of the leading apparel companies that are currently deploying wearable tech are Adidas, Arrow, Levi’s, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Soma, and Tommy Hilfiger.

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Leading Wearable Tech Vendors

Some of the leading vendors associated with the wearable tech theme are Apple, Garmin, Huawei, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Sony.

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Specialist Wearable Tech Vendors in the Apparel Industry

Some of the specialist wearable tech vendors in the apparel industry are Athos, Hexoskin, Komodo Technologies, Owlet, Sensoria, Wearable X, and Xenoma.

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Wearable Tech in Apparel Market Overview

Report Pages 28
Regions Covered Global
Market Size (2020) $58.9 billion
CAGR (2020-2030) >17%
Value Chains Device Layer, Connectivity Layer, Data Layer, and App Layer
Leading Wearable Tech Adopters Adidas, Arrow, Levi’s, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Soma, and Tommy Hilfiger
Leading Wearable Tech Vendors Apple, Garmin, Huawei, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Sony
Specialist Wearable Tech Vendors Athos, Hexoskin, Komodo Technologies, Owlet, Sensoria, Wearable X, and Xenoma


GlobalData explores the initiative of wearable tech and focuses on the impact that this will have on the apparel market. The report provides an overview of wearable tech and the essential components needed in its creation whilst also exploring the key leaders and adopters of such technology within the apparel space. The report also highlights and discusses interesting partnerships between tech companies and apparel retailers; whilst outlining the impact that wearable tech will have on the apparel market and the wider challenges that this sector will face going forward.

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  • Provides an overview of wearable tech in the apparel market helping you to understand the landscape of your business.
  • Gain insight into what tech vendors are doing and what advancements to watch out for to better guide your business.
  • Better understand the impact of wearable tech on apparel and what areas of wearable tech growth will predominantly stem from to help navigate your business investments.
  • Better understand the wider challenges that the apparel market faces going forward and how this will affect your business.

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Catapult sports
GN Group
Komodo Technologies
Magic Leap
Merlin Digital
Moticon ReGo AG
Orpyx Medical
Ralph Lauren
Seiko Epson
Spinali Design
Tommy Hilfiger
Under Armour
Vigo Technologies

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Executive Summary

Value Chain

Apparel Challenges

Impact of Wearable Tech on apparel

Case studies

Market Size and Growth Forecasts

Wearable Tech Timeline




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