As part of our July issue, TransWorld Business explored the advantages and downfalls of producing apparel in the U.S. versus overseas. When skateboarding was in its infancy 50 years ago, 95% of the clothing Americans wore was made in America. If you walk into a store today—be it Wal-Mart or a core retailer—a quick survey of tags reveals a different story.
"Currently, 95 percent of all clothing sold in the United States is sewn outside the United States and imported. The simple fact is that jobs cutting and sewing garments are largely gone and will not return to the US," states Erik Auter, vice president of the International Trade Counsel for the National Retail Federation. Abandoned mills throughout America bear testament to Auter's words. Yet the story is far from over and defined by uncertainty and change—change that may bring some apparel production back to the States.
Contributing writer Michael Sudmeier sat down with companies, as well as production and manufacturing experts, to find out the dilemma faced by many apparel brands at the moment.
In the final installment of this series, we check in with a handful of brands and organizations that are doing their part to increase awareness and continued the development and growth of U.S. manufactured products.
Editors Note: Click through to page two to read what the masterminds behind AMBSN, Dirtball, Truck Jeans, CB Richard Ellis, and Shifty had to say. And in case you missed it, check out last week’s interview on the subject with 686’s Michael Akira West, too.