NEW YORK — It’s a complicated world right now for textile and apparel manufacturers, who gathered here last week for the sector’s first major trade fairs of the year.
From issues of sustainability and performance in fibers and fabrics to shifting trade patterns and economic uncertainties, sourcing executives at last week’s Texworld USA and Première Vision Preview exhibitions were devising strategies on where to purchase materials and produce merchandise in the year ahead and through the spring 2014 season. There was much talk of how real the Made in America revival is and what direction it might take. Companies such as Buhler Quality Yarns, Laguna Fabrics and Tuscarora Yarns at Texworld, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, said their business had increased and they see continued interest in U.S. manufacturing for its quick-turn capability, better quality control, customization and smaller production runs. They also see Made in America’s viability being strengthened by rising labor costs in Asia, especially China.
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