By and  on September 5, 2012

About a year ago, Karen Giberson, president of the Accessories Council, noticed something unusual — countless vendors, weighed down by rising costs from their factories in Asia, began calling to inquire about making their goods in the U.S.

“When we started hearing the topic repeat itself, we knew this was an important issue,” said Giberson, who formed a group to promote the production of Made in USA fashion jewelry and other accessories.

“Twenty-five years ago, 85 percent of fashion jewelry was produced in the United States. Now, 95 percent is manufactured abroad,” she said. “We are looking to regain at least a small portion of this market, focusing primarily on jewelry.”

 

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