Today is the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., which altered the way Americans, and people worldwide, faced their lives and their futures. The global economy continues to experience the shock waves, and the fashion and retail industries are still struggling to return to the relative vigor they enjoyed prior to 9/11. In New York City, the Chinatown area, with its proximity to Ground Zero, is a vivid example of a struggling industry. Here, a new look at apparel manufacturing there, as well as the consumer moods in Europe and Japan in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001.

NEW YORK — Two years after the terrorist attacks — and the ensuing security cordons that kept much of Chinatown closed for business for weeks or months — the neighborhood’s makers are still battling to keep their businesses operational.

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