Made in America No Longer a Dream
September 4, 2013
The apparel and textile industry’s Made in America Movement has gone from a surprising revival to a strategic reality in a few short years. WWD’s Made in America Section II finds that the movement is being driven by the need and ability to deliver quick-turn production, high-quality fabrics, yarns and clothing, and hands-on control that brands and retailers increasingly seek.
Story Boutique Promotes Made in America
July 24, 2013
Story, the boutique in New York’s West Chelsea neighborhood, is now all about Made in America, showcasing items from more than 100 domestic labels.
Made in America: Fashion’s Fight to Save the Garment District
February 19, 2013
It’s a myth that no one makes anything in America anymore. The heart of the U.S. fashion industry is still beating in midtown Manhattan, where a stretch of factories, warehouses, showrooms and design studios between 35th and 40th Streets and 8th and 9th Avenues are responsible for creating much of the American-designed and manufactured clothing and accessories.
Interview: Search and State – Cycling Apparel Made in NYC
We didn’t even really consider making it anywhere else. Manufacturing in New York City allows us to create a product that is second to none. I have been a designer for 15 years working in some great fashion houses in New York and have manufactured clothes all over the world. What I’ve learned is that there really is no substitute for making product where you live with the best craftsmen and women in the industry. The ability to be in the sewing room every single day and oversee production is without question the best way to control the outcome of what you’re making. Almost every step of our manufacturing operation takes place within a 4-block radius in Midtown Manhattan…it’s really an amazing process to be looped into every day.
Op-Ed: Without the Garment Center, There Would Be No Nanette Lepore by Nanette Lepore
February 9, 2012
local manufacturers afford emerging designers the ability to start small and grow their production as orders increase. The other advantages to producing locally include more thorough quality control, easier management of inventory and a quicker turnaround time to fill orders and meet spur-of-the-moment trends.
Mirror, Mirror: American designers are waving the flag by Elizabeth Wellington
February 8, 2012
According to Cotton Inc., a trade organization that tracks the attitudes of shoppers, 56 percent of consumers say buying clothing made in America is important to them. Furthermore, 87 percent of those consumers say they want to buy American to support the economy. And 38 percent believe American clothing is better made.
Made in USA on recovery road by Arthur Friedman
February 7, 2012
Made in the USA is hot again.Driven by rising wages in China and raw material price inflation — not to mention a presidential election year — there is a rebound in interest in domestic manufacturing that hasn’t been seen in a generation. It’s touching almost every industry, from cars to refrigerators to even apparel and textiles, where finding the lowest-cost producer has been a core part of the industry’s strategy for more than four decades.
Like a Phoenix by Arthur Friedman
September 5, 2011
“Our business is to sell machines,” Hofer said. “Our business is also to be the connector between the designer or company here and the manufacturer…We don’t look at U.S. manufacturing as a goal or a by-product, we look at it as a necessity. This generation of young designers is very proud. They want to make a quality product and they only want to make it in America.” Hofer said she often hears from people that there aren’t any mills left in the U.S., even if they want to have some Made in USA production.
Stoll Grows an Oasis in Manhattan by Arthur Friedman
August 29, 2011
The Stoll Fashion & Technology Center is becoming an integral part of the fashion center for sample making and knit apparel education and production training, and a “connector” between designers and manufacturers looking to utilize and cultivate U.S. manufacturing.
PBS Nightly Business report, “Shop Talk”
It’s estimated that only 5 percent of clothing sold in the U.S. is made on American soil. Back in the 1960s, that number was 95 percent. But some American designers are hoping to reverse that trend.
Success Stories: Yeohlee Teng
March 2, 2011
Last September, with the opening of her first store in the heart of the New York’s Garment District, Yeohlee discusses her strong commitment to the local fashion industry’s strategic and historical area.
Municipal Arts Society
Yeohlee discusses how the proximity of pattern makers, pleaters, cutters and fabric suppliers and other vendors within the district make it possible for designers to take their concepts and turn them into reality.
Municipal Arts Society
Garment District: Fashioning a Future, a panel of design professionals, practitioners, and government officials discuss ideas for shaping the Garment District’s future as a vital hub for entrepreneurship, creativity, and commerce at the MASNYC 2010 Summit for New York City.
Municipal Arts Society
Early findings from the Made in Midtown study presented at Made in Midtown: The Garment District Today & Tomorrow, moderated by Tim Gunn.
Community Board Five
Town Hall meeting on March 22, 2011 to discuss the Garment District, it’s future and why it matters to NYC, the country and the President’s campaign to Win The Future, an initiative to create and keep jobs in the US. The forum included members of the fashion and garment industries, manufacturers, and representatives of the real estate and commercial development communities.
Fall River, Massachusetts used to be a hotspot for garment manufacturing, but in the last 20-30 years, businesses began to shut down or move production overseas. The New England Shirt Company was one of those manufacturers, and in 2009, it also fell victim to the recession. Fortunately, Robert Kidder — a former employee at the plant — had the guts to reopen the company under a new guise. He succeeded in getting the necessary financing, and now the reborn New England Shirt Co. is making 1,000 bespoke shirts a week for small retailers. Kidder says that there’s a market for well-made American products out there, and that manufacturers can thrive even in today’s economy.
A video of the panel discussion that featured Joe, Yeohlee, Madelyn etc in the Fall:
A video of a panel discussion from June of ’10: