NEW YORK — Sourcing executives are facing a confluence of manufacturing and economic issues as they come together for New York Textile Week trade shows starting Monday.
Buyers and exhibitors planning their spring 2014 fabric and production strategies must take into account shifting trade winds, from higher wages and operating costs in China and labor strife in places such as Bangladesh and Pakistan to higher scrutiny of working conditions and safety procedures following tragic fires in those countries last year. Decision-makers will also be discussing the increasingly vital area of sustainability and gauging the renewed interest in Made in America, along with choosing the right fabrics and materials for their brands.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"