Workwear is one of the 6 sectors of Expoprotection's Occupational and Industrial Risks area. It brings together all the major players in the sector in a space dedicated to work and protection clothing. 

More than 100 solutions-providing exhibitors

A unique offer representative of the market

  • Accessories (hats, caps, belts, ties, scarves, shawls, bags…)
  • Consultancy / Research / Design Offices
  • Workwear distributors
  • Components / Fibres / Materials
  • Marking and personalization
  • Medias / Institutions / Associations
  • Services (stock management, clothing rental, cleaning, maintenance…)
  • Corporate clothing
  • Work clothing
  • Protective clothing
  • Promotional / Special events clothing


20 000

professional visitors

78 %

are decision-makers

48 %

are intermediaries or suppliers

52 %

are end-users

Partners of the sector

Expoprotection is an essential meeting and exchange place on a European scale to highlight the innovations resulting from the research activities of the ENSAIT GEMTEX laboratory in the field of protection and comfort.

École nationale supérieure des arts et industries textiles

Expoprotection is an essential meeting place for discovering innovations and exchanging on tomorrow's issues with the actors of the textile industry of professional clothing and uniforms.

European Centre for Innovative Textiles

Focus on the Workwear market

The workwear sector is above all linked to the dynamism of industry, construction, certain market services (hotels/restaurants, transportation), health and the public sectors. In many cases, it makes it possible to distinguish one profession from another. The use of work clothing has been extended to other sectors to meet their new needs: reflecting a company image, a brand image; enhancing the valorization of the employee and asserting their belonging to the company. The global market for work clothing represented 7 billion euros in 2018.


Work clothing is subject to laws that regulate its use. In addition, it must comply with extremely strict safety standards.

The workwear sector in France is highly compartmentalized: it includes many players, suppliers, contractors and many distinct segments. Its distribution is therefore very diversified.


There are several categories of professional clothing, each responding to a particular need:

  • Protective clothing, known as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Classic work clothes
  • Image clothing (uniforms)
  • High-visibility, retro-reflective and weather-proof clothing
  • Antistatic and fire resistant equipment  

Sales in the French professional clothing market are close to €600 million, half of which is attributed to protective clothing (PPE). In France, nearly 8 million people wear professional clothing, i.e. one third of the working population.

News from the Workwear market - Infoprotection

Workwear, a vector of comfort and well-being at work

Workwear: when style wants to compete with ergonomics

François Boussu (Ensait) " Textile research also concerns occupational health issues " François Boussu (Ensait)

Get in touch with Marta to learn more about the Workwear sector

Marta Kostetska

Sales Representative

Workwear, components and accessories and hand protection

Tel. : +33 (0)1 47 56 21 27