You Should Be Reading: Fashion, Economy and Offshore Manufacturing

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Hot on the heels of the 2012 U.S. Olympic uniforms controversy, and Monica’s radio appearance on Air Talk discussing the matter, Worn Through would like to highlight three journal articles that discuss the offshore manufacturing of fashion. Enjoy!

1. Eundeok, Kim and Kim K.P. Johnson. “Forecasting the US fashion industry with industry professionals – part 2: Production and retailing.” Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 2009, Vol. 13 Iss: 2, pp.268 – 278.

This paper, with part 1, aims to investigate the opinions of professionals working in the fashion industry on the future (i.e. next ten to 20 years) of fashion production and retailing. Advances in technology are identified as a driving force behind changes in fashion production and retailing. The total automation and wide adoption of mass customization are foreseen, along with continuous improvement to information technology. Some participants predict that most production would continue to be sourced offshore. Others believed that apparel production would remain and even grow within the USA. To counter global competition, several strategies were identified. –Excerpt from article abstract

2. Lindgren, Tim, Marta Sinclair and Dale Miller. “Australian fashion designers: the potential nexus with China.” Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 2010, Vol. 14 Iss: 4, pp.598 – 614.

The purpose of this paper is to explore how Australian fashion designers perceive the impact and opportunities offered by the Chinese textile and clothing industry. The Queensland fashion designers are experiencing significant impacts from the current economic and manufacturing situations and the challenges presented by developments in China. They respond to their operational concerns, but do not deal strategically with contemporary challenges. They are unaware of opportunities that the Chinese textile and clothing industry offers, struggling with a global perspective. Although they are aware of issues with intellectual property, they have little experience in protecting their intangible assets. –Excerpt of article abstract

3. Abubakar, Binta, Darlington Richards and Gladson Nwanna. “Export And The Fashion Industry In The USA: Evaluating Likely Impact On The USA Economy.” The Clute Institute, International Business and Economics Research Journal, 2010, Vol 9, No 10.

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Contextually, fashion involves any product characterized as complementary apparel or wearable accessories, and its export market entails the shipping of the apparels or other wearable accessories that may perennially evolve and change from one country to another.  The objective of this research is to determine the impact that fashion exporting has on the US economy, as well as explore the changing trends in the economy and the overall contribution of the fashion export to the economy. –Excerpt from article abstract



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