Made In The USA
Apparel manufacturing in the U.S. is back. Thanks to high end designers creating the demand for local factories that can produce small quantities of high quality garments, with a turnaround time of about four weeks, reports Women’s Wear Daily. Over 120 new apparel manufacturing jobs have been created in San Francisco.
East Coast fashion designers—including those in NYC’s garment district—are shopping for U.S.-based contract manufacturers.
Apparel hubs are emerging in smaller cities, fueled by rising production costs overseas and a growing appetite for “Made in USA” goods.
While small hubs’ track record in creating apparel-related jobs is new and small scale for now, the potential is enormous. NYC’s Garment District alone employs 7,100 workers and contributes to an estimated $2 billion annually to the city’s economy.
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While most of his main collection is made in Italy, we hear 50% of Derek Lam’s secondary line 10 Crosby is made in the states, which means it’s both more affordable and produced locally.
The brand already gets an All-American gold star for being the inventors of denim pants, but they make the list for producing much of their high-end line here in the USA.
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, the duo behind Rag & Bone, have made a commitment to a quality product, many of which are made stateside. Their website brags of working with American companies, such as the oldest button manufacturer in the US, Waterbury Button, and Martin Greenfield Tailors of Brooklyn.
Nanette Lepore likes to keep manufacturing close to home. She produces 85% of her clothing line in New York City and is an outspoken supporter of local manufacturing. “We need to encourage established American designers to bring some manufacturing back from overseas,”