TOKYO — Fashion companies working with factories in the region devastated by the March earthquake and tsunami have slowly been trying to assess the damage, despite ongoing problems related to interruptions in communications, infrastructure and the power supply.
For the country’s influential denim industry, there’s good and bad news. On the positive side, the majority of the denim fabric production is centered in western Japan, which was largely unaffected by the natural disaster, according to Tim Calore, managing director for Rivet Japan, a company that connects international brands with local manufacturers, handling production and export logistics. The firm is located in one of Japan’s denim centers — Kojima city in Okayama prefecture — and works with about 10 firms in the area, from fabric houses to sewing factories and trim manufacturers.
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