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.
Peter Kim's Los Angeles-based premium denim line has always had its finger on the pulse of youth. This season, novelty is back in a way reminiscent of early Aughts, with studs, lace-ups, racing waxed denim and more. For more highlights if some of the key brands at the Vegas trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: Patrick Gray; Styled by @thealexbadia; Story by @karihamanaka and @marcy_wwd)
"I was driving back on Saturday afternoon from the beach, and I just saw this sign saying 'Skydiving for $95.' And I was like, I can't not sky dive for $95," says Tom Bateman about a moment in Hawaii while shooting "Snatched." #wwdeye (📷: @vsteves; Interview by @ktauer; Styled by @thealexbadia)