Now on deck, Bangladesh!


I have had apparel on the mind lately since I have been talking to lots of young hepcats that are committed to having members of our extended American family make their clothing. And in two weeks I am visiting the Portland Garment Company, surprisingly located in Portland, OR, to find out what they are up to these days. So I thought I would repost one of my old posts for those Americans apparel CEOs that just can’t get over the offshoring habit.

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Over the last week, I have introduced you to a number of great American firms making apparel in this country: Montauk Tackle Company, American Giant and Game Gear.  Yet the production of apparel by firms like this is a pittance when measured against the tidal wave of apparel that we import each year from abroad.  In 2010, we imported about $75 billion worth of apparel from other countries.  China exported $111 billion worth of textiles and apparel to the world last year and a bunch of that landed on our shores.  But, as you may have heard, China is becoming a more expensive place to manufacture clothing these days.  This stems from a couple of factors: rising wages, diminishing governmental support for clothing manufacturing, and increased transportation costs.  What is a firm to do that wants to design its apparel in this country, manufacture it overseas and then reimport it into this country to sell?  Start…

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About tapirking

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make.
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