Exploring the Sustainable Future of India’s Fashion Industry

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For over 30 years, the CEO of Stars Design Group, Bret Schnitker has been traveling to India, witnessing the country’s transformation firsthand. What initially drew Bret to India was the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of its people. Despite facing numerous obstacles, the Indian fashion industry has always found a way to overcome challenges and achieve positive results. As Bret mentions … Read More

Designing High-Performance Clothing for Functionality

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Creating high-performance clothing is a challenging task that requires a deep understanding of fabric selection, functionality, design, fit, and garment construction. If one element is wrong, the garment may no longer function in the rigorous conditions of the activity. Adding to the complexity, some details may counteract each other, rendering one, or both ineffective. Every decision in the process is … Read More

Moving Production while Managing a Manufacturing Portfolio

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

Missouri textile and fashion experts instrumental in building Salvadoran apparel industry

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CEO Bret Schnitker and chief strategy officer (CSO) Emily Lane joined a delegation of textile and apparel experts invited to El Salvador to advise Salvadoran counterparts on marketing strategies, developing business opportunities, supply chain efficiencies and sourcing in the CAFTA region.

SAINT LOUIS, Mo — Stars Design Group, a global fashion design & production house based  in Saint Louis, Missouri, is providing support to the U.S. government Commercial Law  Development Program (CLDP) in El Salvador.   In February, 2020, CEO Bret Schnitker and chief strategy officer (CSO) Emily Lane joined a  delegation of textile and apparel experts invited to El Salvador to … Read More

Apparel Sourcing and Production in a New World

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Message Exhaustion Television news reports, social media streams, radio stations, and more inundate us with messages and warnings about COVID-19 and remind us about its ever-changing impact on our lives. While this unrelenting news stream can leave us feeling exhausted with little energy to consume more on the topic, the truth is that we are still experiencing the effects of … Read More