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… only a small fraction of American consumers are willing to pay premium prices for US-made apparel. The majority of consumers think of fast fashion, discount retailers, dollar stores and coupons when it comes to purchasing clothing. Country of origin is simply not top of mind.

– Edward Hertzman, publisher of  Sourcing Journal, an apparel and textiles supply chain trade journal.

This quote is taken from Mr. Hertzman’s Op-Ed – Made in America is More Hype than Reality published in The Business of Fashion.

Well, I am one consumer that is willing to pay more for American made fashions as well as other products. But my whole approach to shopping for fashion has shifted – I buy less, often it’s vintage, and I sometimes have my clothes made. I believe a lot of people are considering the origins of what they wear and buy, but perhaps not enough.

 

 

 

 

 

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For one thing, “Made in America” has got to make long term economic sense. The good news is China’s cost advantage has been slipping because of rising fuel prices and higher wages among Chinese workers. We now have an unprecedented opportunity to get our business back. Quality and design will be key, but technology just might be the best trump card we’ve got. If we can figure out ways to bring technological innovation to the shop floor, we can boost manufacturing efficiencies.
 
 – Rachel Weeks, Founder and CEO of School House a collegiate apparel design company located in Durham, NC. Rachel’s comments were recently featured on American Public Media Marketplace.
 
Congratulations to Rachel, who is committed to working with American manufactures. Her fashion-forward collegiate line is one hundred percent American Made. School House supports over 2700 jobs in clothing manufacturing across North Carolina by sourcing local fabrics and hiring local companies to cut and sew. School House even works with NC based packing and shipping companies.  
 
Wow! I am so impressed. A big thank you to Rachel and her team for leading the way back to Made in America.

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