NEW YORK — A more democratic era has emerged in global sourcing.
The playing field has been made more even by a confluence of events, from rising labor prices in China and factory disasters and labor crises in Southeast Asia to investments in manufacturing in the U.S. and shifting purchasing strategies by retailers and brands. The revival of Made in America is real and Western Hemisphere production is more important, but China is far from fading away and Vietnam and other Asian nations are growing their markets, as well. The desire for natural fibers and fabrics is strong, but a new generation of performance synthetics is also making headway.
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?"