LOS ANGELES — What’s a reliable domestic contractor worth these days? Manufacturers here are reassessing that question, after being caught short during a six-month local production crunch this spring.
Many brands had trouble placing short-lead deliveries, finding themselves booted to the bottom of contractors’ lists in favor of larger producers or long-standing relationships. One industry executive privately called the labor shortage a "wake-up call."
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?"