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In Belgium there are about 2,000 companies and 12,000 employees working in the fashion and apparel industry.

These are manufacturers of clothing or other manufactured apparel articles. Converters, which buy and adapt products, are also part of this industry.

Approximately 60% of the companies are in the fashion sector. Of course, we’re not just talking about the big players, who depend on the mass production of clothing. Our industry is also known for its strengths in the field of workwear (catering, hospitals, SNCB…). In the other manufactured articles we find: blinds, curtains, parasols, car seats, bed linen, parachutes, filters, tarpaulins, flags, mattresses, …

Below are the figures for the Belgian ready-to-wear clothing sector.

These figures come from the data of the Social Fund clothing, from the 3rd quarter of 2019 and may look different every year.

The provincial distribution of companies and employees.

Below are the figures for the Belgian ready-to-wear clothing sector.

These figures come from the data of the Social Fund clothing, from the 3rd quarter of 2019 and may look different every year.

The provincial distribution of companies and employees.

  • Provinces
  • Namen
  • Luxemburg
  • Waals Brabant
  • Henegouwen
  • Luik
  • Vlaams Brabant
  • Limburg
  • Brussels Gewest
  • West Vlaanderen
  • Oost Vlaanderen
  • Antwerpen
  • TOTAAL
  • Companies
  • 20
  • 23
  • 48
  • 85
  • 116
  • 133
  • 173
  • 235
  • 287
  • 304
  • 351
  • 1775 companies
  • Employees
  • 97
  • 49
  • 258
  • 321
  • 461
  • 893
  • 1061
  • 916
  • 2259
  • 3291
  • 2955
  • 12561 employees

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Where you will find vacancies

You’ll find the most objective presentation of jobs on the website of VDAB, including jobs for technical functions that are not highlighted on the other sites.

Fashion United is a private, international organization, they go a bit broader, but completely focused on fashion.

Creamoda is the employer organization of the Belgian clothing and clothing companies. On their website you will find vacancies at the member companies of Creamoda.

Careerstyler is a private organization, with exclusive job service.

Flanders DC is the promotion centre for the creative sectors in Flanders, financed by the Flemish government. Besides jobs, you can also find internship opportunities on the website.

MAD can be seen as a Belgian version of Flanders DC, strongly focused on Brussels fashion and design.

Questions about jobs or companies?

Ann Collier

This is Ann Collier, founder & ‘mother’ of Young Patterns. And let’s say she knows the industry inside out.

She was a production assistant at Staels NV for 10 years & worked on productions in Tunisia, she has a lot of experience in pattern drawing.  And then started as a project manager at IVOC. She lets her be guided by her love for sustainable production and projects.

She knows which companies are open to our new generation.

She will be one of your mentors if you follow a duo internship through Young Patterns.

Do you have a question for her about the industry or about a job?

Send her an email or give her a call:

02 481 53 56

a.collier@ivoc.be

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