U.S. manufacturing is rapidly changing, and the apparel industry is no exception. Technological innovations and an evolving marketplace are key factors that contribute to the industries largest shifts. However, the most significant factor that changed the face of manufacturing is foreign outsourcing. This change drastically reduced the number of goods bearing the “Made-in-the-USA” label.
In this article, we examine the current state of the American apparel industry, as well as its roots and predictions for the future of manufacturing.