By  on May 11, 2010

MIAMI — The East versus West debate for apparel sourcing comes down firmly on the side of Asia, but the Western Hemisphere has settled into its role as the go-to source for close-to-home replenishment.

Manufacturing executives said the recession of the last two years entrenched many sourcing decisions. China’s role as the flexible, dependable and fashion-focused workhorse of apparel production was codified and the Western Hemisphere solidified its reputation as a solid supplier of basics and commodity apparel products that must be replenished quickly.

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