Moving Production while Managing a Manufacturing Portfolio

The question: “How can we move our production out of China to domestic or near shore options?” is becoming a daily conversation. Considering that China supports nearly 80 percent of the worlds apparel manufacturing, there is not a simple answer to this question, nor an immediate “flip the switch” solution. With planning and awareness on strengths by country however, there … Read More

Managing the Shifting Landscape in Fashion & Production

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As the effects of COVID-19 ripple throughout every industry imaginable, it can be hard to keep up with the compounding effects and the way clothing trends are shifting. The way we do things is changing, and the way we dress is no exception. People are staying in more, dressing for comfort, and some are living pajamas for days. Others are … Read More

Fashion Industry: Evolution Not Revolution

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Throughout my career in the apparel industry, I have been designing and developing fashion lines for clients. Guiding my advice on direction and decisions has been a straightforward phrase: fashion is evolution, not revolution. Today, this phrase rings more accurate than ever, crystalizing the core foundations of success for the fashion industry in our push to a post-COVID world. Lectures, … Read More

How to Protect Your Apparel Business in Volatile Times

It’s clear today that we are living in unprecedented times. For many in apparel industry sourcing roles, it is hard to find time and clarity to understand the ever-changing landscape. Over the last few years, businesses in the apparel industry have had to contend with tariffs, rising labor costs, decreasing retails, higher quality expectations, sustainability … the list goes on. … Read More

Graphene – Apparel tech is here, and it is incredible.

Last week I talked about the magical properties of spider silk and some surprising production techniques (Click here if you missed it!). Today I want to discuss a material I believe is truly representative of future textile technology. Graphene. What is Graphene? Graphene is, simply put, the thinnest form of graphite, the same kind you find in everyday pencils. Doesn’t … Read More