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This article showcases our top picks for the best South Korea based Fashion companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Fashion industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top South Korea Fashion Companies
CLO Virtual Fashion
Founded in 2009, CLO Virtual Fashion is committed to innovating the way we communicate fashion through our true-to-life 3D garment simulation technology. Our virtual garment solutions and services connect all teams involved in the digital product lifecycle, enabling more direct collaboration and reduced lead time, whilst maintaining the intricacies of garment design.
We envision our garment simulation technology to become not only the tool to create virtual garments, but also the platform to provide valuable data about garments, designs, and trend by virtualizing every garment on Earth. Our products ranging from CLO (3D design software for apparel designers and brands), Marvelous Designer (3D design software for character artists in gaming and animation companies), Benefit by CLO (virtual fitting platform), CLO-SET (Communications and Archiving platform for virtual garments), to Marvelous SDK (Real time draping engine for games) create a new ecosystem for virtual garments.
Through these services and our continuing research and development in 3D and garment design, we are transforming the way we produce and consume garments – both tangible (actual garments from brands) and intangible (virtual garments in games and movies), for ones we wear and what our virtual characters wear. For more information, visit www.clo3d.com, www.marvelousdesigner.com..
Musinsa is an authentic online and offline fashion magazine specializing in various brands and products that aims to establish desirable fashion information, culture, and consumption in the Korean market. It also plays a role as a media that provides various contents such as fashion trends, product information, and brand showcase.
It is a platform where diverse fashion-related contents, styling pictorials, and curating shops are found, enabling customers to interact and engage with them. Musinsa was founded in 2001 and is based in Seoul, South Korea..
Creator of ZIGZAG, Korea’s top shopping meta-service app for women. ZIGZAG finds a user’s style across thousands of online shops.
ZIGZAG is transforming Korea’s Fast Fashion Industry. Users can effortlessly browse and bookmark their favorite shops, and search results are tailored for each individual.
Retailers have their items automatically synced to match ZIGZAG’s UI/UX. ZIGZAG constantly updates new items and prices to keep everyone on the same page.
Staying stylish has never been so easy.. .
Storets was born from a desire to offer trendy, stylish, high quality fashion that doesn’t break your wallet. They believe that the empowered woman can be all things she wants – strong, fierce, soft, and feminine, and embraces her inner beauty! They offer only in-house designs or carefully selected fashion items from cutting edge labels that are sophisticated and elegant while at the same time vibrant and playful.
They call this “Sophisticated Fun”! At storets, they value creativity and originality. They cater to fashion-forward women around the world and keep them at the heart of everything they do.
Their commitment to staying ahead of the trend and introducing unique styles to their loyal fans has continued to be driving forces. As much as they are devoted to hard work, they never forget to have fun!.
SWATCHON.COM was launched under the motive to provide a variety of unique, high-quality wholesale fabrics at a reasonable price. Their team is composed of young, creative, professional and motivated individuals crazy and passionate about fashion fabric.
And they are here to help you find the perfect fabric for your collection. They assure that you will have great experiences with their personalized approach to each and every client..
From Wristworn to Waistworn: WELT, the Smart Belt for Fashion & Healthcare WELT is a ‘Smart Fashion Belt’ that manages users’ wellness. We encourage users to embrace healthy habits while keeping in style.
We promise to help the wearer better track food intake, keep tabs on the activity level, and manage weight. To do this, WELT keeps check on the overall health by measuring (1)Waist size, (2)Steps, (3)Sitting time, and (4)Overeating habits.
To help users avoid metabolic risks factors, custom messages to manage these risks are given through the app via BLE. Also, its elegant design makes it look just like a regular, leather belt.
Battery is rechargeable, and can stand up to more than 7 days.. .
Stripes is a Korea-based apparel company that designs and manufactures men’s clothing products. Stripes’ clothing collection carries directional designs, as well as every day favorites including, t-shirts, shirts, and suits.
The company also provides personalized styling services, enabling customers to personalize their clothes and have them designed to a perfect fit. Stripes markets its product through the web and mobile medium, giving consumers the facility of buying clothes at the comfort of their homes.
Stripes was established in January 2013.. .
E-Land has grown to become one of the largest South Korean conglomerates, primarily specializing in fashion and retail/distribution. E-Land is Korea’s first and largest integrated fashion and retail company with operations in Chinese, European, American, and other global markets.
Comprised of over 60 affiliated entities, the company offers close to 250 brands and operates more than 10,000 stores worldwide. Also future growth businesses (hotel and resorts, F&B, entertainments, and construction) strategically support retail and fashion operations while independently reinforcing its own competencies to drive future growth of the company..
StyleShare is a realtime mobile and online platform that allows users to share and receive updates on fashion and beauty. With millions of users from 120 different countries, StyleShare is the top mobile platform for those interested in everyday fashion and beauty.
Based in Seoul, South Korea, StyleShare has garnered the attention of VOGUE, Instyle, and Elle Japan as the No. 1 mobile fashion application..
Tumblbug is an online Korean crowdfunding site that enables independent creators to get their art and cultural content funded. Users can submit their projects under art, cartoon, design, fashion, film, cooking, publishing, technology, and music.
Tumblbug was launched by Jaeseung Yeom in 2011 and is headquartered in Seoul, Korea.. .
Fleapop provides women in their teens and 20s with an opportunity to experience the latest fashion items and online items every two days. They run experience commerce called ” LOVELY MARKET ” Fleapop combines IT services into its own personal commerce, LOVELY MARKET.
It will provide an optimized cross-over shopping channel, plus more experience than just shopping. It will also be a lifestyle company..
Orgdot (오르그닷) is a sustainable fashion design and manufacture company based in Korea. It offers masks, jackets, t-shirts, bags, handkerchiefs, and other products using an eco-friendly marketing strategy.
Orgdot was founded on March 2, 2009.. .
April is a Dongdaemoon (Korea’s biggest fashion marketplace) based B2B clothing wholesale service.
Gomst is a mobile fashion app for m-z gens. It is a fashion consumer platform where users can discover cross-border items.
Gomst provides daily updated items from over 1,000 different fashion stores and brands, from over 6 different countries. In addition, AR-CAMERA based Virtual Try On is available for selected products.
Piñata Labs is a Korean online pop-up shopping experience featuring fashion-related events, details on latest accessories, and more.
labelby.me is a social fashion platform that enables individuals to purchase fashion merchandise that include clothing items, accessories, and bags for men and women. The e-commerce platform enables users to post pictures of themselves wearing the purchased items for which they will receive discounts.
labelby.me is a product of dmocean, a Korean company that provides fashion-based social networking services.. .
CSS99 is a Korean startup providing mobile application and mobile content on topics related to beauty and fashion.
ViewReple (뷰리플) is a Korean provider of social curation services for product reviews in education, fashion, games, style, art, movies, children, music, interiors, restaurants, food, applications, sport, beauty, life, books, events, and automotive. The reviews on ViewReple are shared on Facebook and Twitter, making the service a marketing tool.
ViewReple was established in February 2012 in Seoul, Korea.. .
Foundry Inc provide cooperative buisness services to drive competitiveness, network and sales expansion.
WISHUPON is a Commerce AI startup. We are making a universal shopping wishlist app which is Pinterest for shoppers.
We allow you to create and save their wishlist in one place from any online stores. Also, you could get sale alerts for your wishlist.
We are at STATION F in Paris.. .
Samsung C&T Corporation
Samsung C&T Corporation was founded in 1938 as a parent company of Samsung Group.
Lotte Mart is an online hypermarket that sells groceries, clothing, toys, electronics and other products.
Digital Revolution for the Clothing Industry. z-emotion develops CAD-related products using the latest 3D graphics technology.
Koreanfashionista is an online clothing store that offers Korean fashion, hair, and makeup products.
Staping Co., Ltd.
Staping Co., Ltd. is a AI Fashion shopping platform Startup company based in Seoul, Korea.
We have a CBIR Image Search Engine and Mobile AI Fashion Shopping app platform. User can search a product by photo with share, color, pattern in 1 second.
Staping app (2.0 version) provide more than 3,000 online fashion shopping malls in one place, the Staping app. New product data is automatically updated every day.
AI product recommendation function, fashion SNS page provided. No sales fees from the shopping mall vendor.
Advertisement of online products is the revenue model. If Vendor want to host ad of his products, he can pay the ad fees and host his product ads.
We are looking for business partners who are interested in launch this mobile app service in China, Japan, Europe, India, Southeast Asia, USA, etc. Also, looking for investor who are interested in invest into our company.
HIPHOPER is an online platform for clothing, miscellaneous goods, magazines, bicycles, headphones, sneakers and, etc.
10X10 is an online shopping mall that provides design accessories, idea products, unique interior and fashion products.
Dear Dahlia is an e-commerce platform that provides beauty, cosmetic, skincare and personal care products.
MarketPRESS (마켓프레스) is a self-service online fashion store, enabling users to design their own custom apparel through the website. The website offers DIY tools enabling users to custom print designs on T-shirts, caps and other accessories.
MarketPRESS offers its services to individuals, corporate entities, and non-profit organizations.. .
N.CODE provide luxury goods of diverse brands through affiliation with European luxury boutiques. In addition to brand diversity, “d.code” guarantees provision of the sufficient and accurate information of brand information, product description, and price.
They cover more than 700 luxury brands and 100K items. Second, they ensure reasonable price and quality service.
Through direct collaboration with luxury boutiques in Europe, they guarantees minimum margin price. Generally, the price they offer is about 20% cheaper than that of retail price in Korea.
Third, they provide not only content curation service but also on-demand concierge service so that customers enjoy a truly personalized shopping experience. Fourth, they use customer data to develop fashion trend algorithm and predict demands and trends.
With such information, buyers can make better purchase decisions. They share this information with sellers as well to help them develop product-sourcing and marketing strategy..
FETCHING is an online marketplace that provides shoes, clothes, and accessories for men and women.
Inceleb is a fashion platform service to communicate with users based on fashion-related content in a mobile environment.
Brandazine is an influencer media commerce linking fashion influencers with designer brands.
Designect is an online retail store offering women’s clothes, accessories and cosmetics products for its customers.
Instant Tattoo is a new type of fashion tattoo brand that is glued to skin with only body temperature.
Wishary is a product discovery platform where users can post desired product/service and receive relevant recommendations.
Seoul Showroom is a designer showroom that offers women’s clothes and other cosmetic products.
Cut & Curl offers style curation services for hair and make-up for both men and women.
Jaanh Group is a developer of an online retail platform intended to offer premium apparel and accessories.
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