ISTANBUL — Turkey closed down its New York clothing and textiles showroom nearly a decade ago, bowing to pressure from Chinese manufacturing competition and stiff U.S. tariffs.
Over the following few years, Turkish ready-wear companies focused on building their own brands to service a growing, youthful domestic audience and expanding their businesses into Europe, the Balkans, Russia and the Middle East. Exports to the U.S. slumped.
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?"