By  on September 5, 2012

Like a phoenix, the American textile and apparel industry could be rising once again.

The crest of a new beginning has emerged from the scrap heap of the import era that spanned a generation and the emergence of offshore production and dominance of China as the world’s factory.

A confluence of factors and circumstances — from the Great Recession and protectionist politics to higher labor rates in Asia and technological advancements — have come together to create one of the most surprising developments the fashion world has seen in decades: Made in America is back and likely here to stay. Nobody thinks it will even come close to its heyday of the Fifties and Sixties, when factories flourished from Midtown Manhattan to the Carolinas and the industry employed more than one million people, but experts believe a need and a niche for fast-turn, high-quality, low-risk goods and production for American brands has found a new sourcing spot, right where it used to be.

 

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