NEW YORK — A more democratic era has emerged in global sourcing.This story first appeared in the July 29, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The playing field has been made more even by a confluence of events, from rising labor prices in China and factory disasters and labor crises in Southeast Asia to investments in manufacturing in the U.S. and shifting purchasing strategies by retailers and brands. The revival of Made in America is real and Western Hemisphere production is more important, but China is far from fading away and Vietnam and other Asian nations are growing their markets, as well. The desire for natural fibers and fabrics is strong, but a new generation of performance synthetics is also making headway.
Trevor Andrew, the artist known for his Gucci Ghost collaboration with Gucci, hit Complexcon last weekend to launch his fist line, Real Buy. The streetwear line includes jackets, short- and long-sleeve T-shirts, each with one of the artist’s seven designs, reports @ariahughes .
Kane Brown didn’t take the traditional road to country music stardom, writes @jeanpalmieri .
Instead of cutting his teeth in church and dive bars throughout the South, Brown made a splash on Facebook by releasing several covers of country classics — George Strait’s “Check Yes or No” and Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” among them — that soon went viral. “I was working at FedEx and Target and just doing it for fun,” he said of the videos. “I put it on social media and got around 50 likes. Then I woke up one day and saw that it had gone viral overnight.” Read more on WWD.com 📸: @georgechinsee