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The Struggle for a Living Wage

The fashion industry has immense power. As a 3 trillion USD industry that makes up 2% of the world’s GDP, it has the power to completely transform a market by creating economic development. On the other side of the coin,…

Change in the Air: The New Era of Apparel Imports

Through our interdependent, globalized world, the U.S has long enjoyed access to goods from regions near and far. And, the apparel industry is prime example of that. Over the last 100 years, the U.S has changed its title from major…

2018: New Frontier for Global Sourcing and the Fashion Business Model

The fashion industry has sure taken a hit as of late. Issues such as fluctuation of currency exchange rate, rising costs, the Retail Apocalypse, digitization of the value chain, slow sales, shorter lead times, etc. have been challenging to say…

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Singing the NAFTA Blues: Levi’s and the Future of Apparel Trade

A change in government always brings a change in which a nation conducts business.  This may come in the form of bills, policy and of course trade. In the last year, trade has suffered the most back in forth and…

The Amazon Effect: Fashion Edition

Amazon has been plotting to take over the Earth (and space!) for a while now. From the way we purchase groceries to the way we turn on our lights in our home, Amazon has seeped into our everyday lives. The…

Sustainable Apparel-Trend or The Future?

“Fashion is a reflection of society, and as such, has joined the global environmental concern to plunge into a new transformation towards sustainable fashion.”- Sara Pistola Grille. The fashion writer sums up the trend of apparel towards a more sustainable approach to…

T-Shirt Prices to Soar Under Brexit?

Brexit, remember that old name? How could we forget the monumental decision when the United Kingdom voted for their exit from the European Union in Summer 2016. There has been much back and forth over whether British control over their…

The Power of Color: From Shade to a Phenomenon

What does it take for a color to go from simply another shade to a full-blown phenomenon? Year after year the popularity of color ebbs and flows with the season, giving some the momentary spotlight while others take the backseat….

NAFTA’s Future Still Up For Debate

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is actually the world’s largest Free Trade Agreement. In its 2,000 pages, eight sections and 22 chapters, it ties the two developed nations with an emerging market for the first time.  Together, the…

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