Everyone Can Take Action
Look at the label. Where is your clothing made? There are ramifications of wearing the clothing we wear and the products we buy no matter where they are designed and manufactured. Behind every product, there are real people whose livelihood depends on the purchase of that product. American made businesses can use all the help they can get to grow.
A recent Moody's Analytics report noted that for every 1% increase in consumers spending on Made In USA products, over 200,000 new jobs will be created.
“Recent reports verified by Merrill Lynch indicate that if each American spent an extra $6.41 on U.S. made goods each week, this alone would create almost 1 million new jobs. This equates to less than one dollar per day to save the U.S.A.,” said Mark Bloome, founder of TAP America.
Bottom line? Buy American: A Dollar A Day Saves the U.S.A.
Students and Teachers
Speak with your teachers and colleagues about setting up programs to come to New York City, take a tour of the Garment Center, and learn how to utilize these resources to your advantage.
Promote education and awareness to help ensure a future for American designers.
Talk to your school administration about instituting a Buy American program for purchasing decisions.
Open up a clearly marked Made in NYC/Made in USA section.
Educate your sales staff to answer the ever increasing question of where a certain product is made.
Talk to your suppliers about the growing consumer awareness of local sustainable products.
“Every American Designer needs to stand up for America talent.”
- Nanette Lepore
Commit to producing one or two lots here a month in a local factory to support those that helped you get started.
Gain exposure for your Made in NYC products as a give back to the local community.
“We expect net labor costs for manufacturing in China and the U.S. to converge by around 2015. As a result of the changing economics, you’re going to see a lot more products ‘Made in the USA’ in the next five years.” - Boston Consulting Group
"A number of companies, especially U.S.-based ones, are already rethinking their production locations and supply chains for goods destined to be sold in the U.S. For some, the economics have already reached a tipping point." - Boston Consulting Group
If you manufacture at a large scale overseas, start with a mission to bring back 5% of your production to the United States every year.
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