Clothing Manufacturers in Portugal 2022

Clothing Manufacturers in Portugal 2022

Portugal, the westernmost point of Europe, is a country that bears a big value for European apparel and textile industries. Over the decades, the Portuguese manufacturers have been mastering their garment production skills and building their worldwide reputation for high-quality clothing production with a charm of Portuguese centuries-old experience in manufacturing.

While analyzing activities on our platform in the first half of 2020, we have observed a substantial shift of many projects to regional manufacturers, among which Portuguese manufacturers are showing strong performance.

On Sqetch, around 9% of all projects are executed by manufacturers from Portugal. As the pandemic crisis unfolded in weaker points of the fashion supply chain, more and more brands have started turning towards nearshoring. The renowned quality of produced textiles and garments makes sourcing and manufacturing in Portugal an attractive opportunity that also enables to save up time on production and shipping costs.

For Portugal, the apparel and textile industry has been an economic growth driver for the past decades. Being one of the key industrial sectors in the country, the fashion industry accounts for about 10% of total exports which includes a vast variety of product categories, such as leather footwear, house linen and t-shirts.

Here are some quick facts about the fashion industry in Portugal:

Source: Fashion United

We asked Portuguese manufacturers on our platform why their country is so essential for the fashion industry, and here is their view:

ASBX Fashion Group

“Making in Portugal has clear advantages facing Turkey and Asia. In Portugal, clients can expect a high level of service and trustworthiness, besides just a high quality product. If a customer plays by the right rules, it is possible to successfully build an amazing partnership with high production efficiency with a Portuguese manufacturer, even to a brand who is starting with low quantities for first seasons. At ASBX, if a project proves interesting, we go all in with the client and really invest our time and knowledge to help them build a next generation supply chain. The textile & garment industry, at least in Portugal, is suffering a substantial change in the last few years. We are seeing lots of new and emerging startups reaching out every day and the old high volume clients fading more and more often. So we believe that the following years will be crucial for the industry in general to focus more than ever on quality of service and medium to high price point garment solutions for new brands, as these customers will define the industry of the next decade.”

Fashion Team

“It’s the combination of the most important things a customer can wish for: Quality, communication, reactivity and deliveries on time.”


“Portuguese manufacturing industry has century old manufacturers who work with cutting edge technology and are both professional and perfectionists in what they do. We are the manufacturers “near you”, because by truck goods arrive anywhere in Europe within 4-5 days and by courier in 24 hours. Manufacturing industry in Portugal includes all types of products such as clothing, footwear, cork, leather goods, jewellery and many more.”  

Since the pandemic has pushed the textile sector to rethink the way it works, many people have started looking for new partners and exploring new opportunities for business. Discover more Portuguese suppliers and manufacturers on our platform, or even start a new project with them, it’s easy.

Apparel Manufacturing in Portugal

Portugal is known around the world as an excellent destination for apparel sourcing and manufacturing for clothing brands of all sizes. Due to its great geographic position, it is easy for shipments to reach Europe and the Americas quickly, saving time and money on shipping. The Portuguese garment industry has a rich history dating back to colonial times, where Lisbon was regarded as one of the most important ports in Europe.

Fabrics, including silk from India and Cotton from Africa, were used in traditional Portuguese garments, making Lisbon a fashion capital; something that remains today. Portuguese clothing and textile manufacturers have the know-how and the technology to produce high-quality garments for a lower cost than many of their European counterparts.   

Featured Clothing Manufacturer in Portugal

Fashion Team

1. Can you tell us what your company is all about?

Fashion Team was started in 1983 with the goal of producing high-quality fashion products for fair prices. We offer low MOQs, so brands of all sizes can produce with us. We have over 30 years of experience in sourcing fabrics and manufacturing garments for men, women, and children. We do quality control through all stages of production and can deliver anywhere in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. We look forward to working with you! 

2. Why is Portugal a good place to manufacture apparel?

Portugal has a long history of being a major trade hub for the world. Fashion from all around the globe came together here. Portugal has highly experienced sewing experts working with new machines making quality garments for less money than other European countries. There are many government programs to support apparel and textile manufacturing to assist fashion brands to produce in Portugal. Many large brands like Zara, H&M, and GAP produce their clothes in Portugal because of this. 

3. What advice would you give new designers and start-up brands? 

To start up brands, we would kindly ask you to have a budget and strategy of how you want to create and grow your business.  We are happy to assist you with as much as we can, like consultation and design, but it’s your vision we produce. When you send a message on Sqetch, be clear, have your designs or idea ready and be professional.

Quick Facts About Clothing Manufacturing in Portugal

  • Portuguese revenue in the Fashion segment is €776 Million in 2019. 
  • Revenue in the Fashion segment grows on average 10.2% annually. 
  • Some of Portugal’s top exports are garments, accounting for $5 billion annually. 

Top Clothing Manufacturers in Portugal

To help you find the manufacturers in Portugal that best meet your needs, we’ve created a list of potential manufacturers you can work with: 

  • ASBX
  • Lopes & Carvalho 
  • Fashion Team
  • Wonder Routine
  • Maragatas Confeções, Lda
  • Parabolas & Argumentos, Lda – Portugal

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