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​​​​​​​​​The active, outdoor lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest is reflected in the work of many of the more than 200 apparel firms with design operations here. The industry features globally recognized brands in technical apparel (Arc’teryx) and athleisure (Lululemon), a strong contingent of women’s wear firms, footwear companies and more.   

/ More than 200 apparel firms
      with design operations in Metro Vancouver

/ Specialized training programs
      deliver “ready to work” talent

/ Export over $137 million
      of apparel and textiles annually


Regional Strengths

/ Athletic & Technical Apparel Design

/ Women’s Wear

/ Footwear


Industry Snapshot


Invest Vancouver acknowledges that the Metro Vancouver region’s residents live, work, and learn on the shared territories of many Indigenous peoples, including 10 local First Nations: q́ićəý̓(Katzie), q́ʷɑ:ńƛ̓əń (Kwantlen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), máthxwi (Matsqui), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), se’mya’me (Semiahmoo), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), scəẃaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen) and sə́lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).

Invest Vancouver respects the diverse and distinct histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, which collectively enrich our lives and the region.

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