Re-shoring US apparel manufacturing
Moves to re-shore the US garment manufacturing sector will not be easy, especially when "price is king" and in an industry where "fast fashion is also cheap fashion." But it is not impossible.
Moves to re-shore the US garment manufacturing sector will not be easy, especially when "price is king" and in an industry where "fast fashion is also cheap fashion," the CEO of US fashion designer Karen Kane has told just-style.
The United States is home to the world's largest garment consuming country. Yet it has virtually no viable domestic garment making industry. David Birnbaum suggests the US Government might want to level the playing field by offering US garment producers the same benefits as suppliers located in countries with free trade agreements with the United States.
The outpouring of rage that followed the revelation that Olympic opening ceremony uniforms for US athletes were made in China highlights a 'New Accountability' in apparel sourcing, Mike Flanagan believes. In the future, buyers and sellers will have to accept the increasing influence of outsiders on how they do business.
The US textile industry is, perhaps not surprisingly, backing a piece of legislation introduced in an effort to boost domestic manufacturing following the furore that Olympic uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren Corp for American athletes were made in China.
US lawmakers have hit back at reports that Olympic uniforms for American athletes were allegedly manufactured in China.
Suggestions that reshoring, or bringing back jobs lost to China, would benefit the Western apparel industry are dismissed as "flagwash" by Mike Flanagan. But while such a move would make no economic sense, he believes there is still a need for businesses in developed countries to provide a range of sewing services.
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