Tag Archives: garment district

Olsen Twins and The Row get the CFDA Nomination….and We Like It!

17 Mar

I’ve already lauded The Olsen Twins for their incredible endeavors for bringing manufacturing back to the U.S as they work with NYC’s garment district and have gone to Washington D.C. to lobby.  Now they are being nominated for the most prestigious award in the Fashion Industry and that is the coveted CFDA Award.  They are deserving of it as they are their own entrepreneurial force to be reckoned with whose aesthetics and business ethics remain  unchallenged by others.  Though they are not complete saints, but are no Alexander Wang or Nike in the sense of where they make their garments and how they treat their employees.  Their attention to quality is sterling with The Row’s collections.  The Row made almost entirely in the U.S.A. has minimal detailing that is specific to the body and emphasizing the luxury of fabrics and lines.  They have brought back an almost 90’s minimalism that designed by Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Jil Sander and the radical Helmut Lang where the quality of fabric, construction and laser like attention to line as a detail made these garments so amazing.  This will certainly push them into a bigger arena of fashion attention as I’ve watched them evolve over the last 4 years.  Hopefully I will make that huge plunge and invest in their incredible cashmere coats!

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Mayor Bloomberg’s Made in New York Label

17 Feb

The New York City Garment District is nothing to ignore in these times of out sourcing mayhem as major players such as Mayor Bloomberg and Diane Von Furstenberg, president of CFDA,  draw up plans to make it a label.  Yes, Made in New York no less a grand gesture for being made in America in it’s epicenter and cultural haven.  When New Yorker’s get an idea they plan to make good on it’s success and that is what this venture will be.  Mayor Bloomberg understands the times in this country is about bringing back industry to what was a thriving and essential industry.  Bringing back the industry not only provides jobs, but keeps designers thriving by allowing them to utilize the tools domestically to manufacture and market their product.  With all of this competitive advantage, it could also allow the cost for the clothing manufactured in the U.S. to be as less expensive to their Asian counterparts.  It is being called ambitious, but what isn’t ambitious in New York City.  Their vision will become a reality even though Rome wasn’t built in a day and good things come with time. I’m just excited to see the label Made in New York on my next purchase!

Sri Lankan Competitive Advantage: “Garments without Guilt” !?

16 Jan

Who knew that Sri Lanka was in the business of ethical apparel manufacturing?  In fact their government backed initiative call “Garments Without Guilt” is their native trade association Sri Lankan Apparel’s biggest endeavor for garment manufacturers.  It seems that they have been working with the International Labor Organization in signing the 31 Conventions of the ILO and being the only country to do so.  These conventions list some of worst offenses to workers that would be denounced by factories who sign it.   This is a huge step by an Asian garment manufacturer where bottom line is more precedent than human rights.  Sri Lankan companies like Brandix are in the forefront with this movement to be leaders as powerful and honorable employers. Brandix currently exports 60% of it’s contracted apparel to the U.S.   Though, it is outsourced it has better credibility in product ethics than  other counterparts in the outsourced market.  They seek a competitive advantage over other manufacturers by a running efficient, resourceful, sustainable businesses who do not exploit it’s labor for profit.  Sri Lankan’s model is supplier driven as many apparel manufacturers are following the buyers trend for more companies that are ethical in their business practices.

This shows that there will be more of this model of ethical sustainable practice as more buyers who seek to outsource their private label merchandise to companies who are part of the new competitive advantage of the most honorable in their business practices.

Fashion: Made in the U.S.A

1 Jan

As America’s economy slowly crawls it’s way back out of the recession we are forced to look to the future of manufacturing in this country.  Look at New York and it’s eager facilities in the garment district and the  garment district of Los Angeles where there is a plethora of talent waiting to be sub-contracted.  With the imminent changes happening in the U.S. government and our private sector business growth sputtering at 1% growth there is only one way and that is UP!   Over 30 years ago 95% of America’s retail clothing was manufactured in the U.S.  Can we ever get that back?

Several high end market fashion labels ARE GOING UP in America as they seek to use Made in the U.S.A as a marketing tool and economic boost for the interior of this country.  They are profiled here in this article.

The Row by The Olsen Twins    www.TheRow.com

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have committed to using American Made talent for manufacturing their clothing line entitled The Row, after Saville Row in London.  These self proclaimed independent business moguls have consistently pushed the idea of manufacturing in the United States with enough fervor to go to Washington D.C. as part of the garment district’s initiative. Michele Obama wears The Row apparel.  These business savvy women understand the importance of employing domestic talent within the the U.S. to encourage growth for the garment industry that has been  out sourced to China which is now becoming a foreign policy problem.  With the future relying heavily on the next administration that will subsidize companies to manufacture domestically and employ the talent in America, will we see other companies contribute to the next generation of Made in the U.S.A.

These particular business ethics will save this country as business leaders implement them for others to follow.  The Olsen Twins are those types of leaders for the fashion industry!http://savethegarmentcenter.org/