Do you know where your clothing comes from? America consumes billions of dollars of apparel every year. Chances are, your apparel of choice wasn’t made in the United States, but thousands of miles away in countries such as China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh.
Over the last few decades, fashion has become a global industry, affecting manufacturers, workers, retailers, and consumers alike. While your choice of fashion may appear to be superficial, the questions surrounding the industry deal with important political, economic, and moral issues.
How is fashion affected by trade policies? Are tariffs effective in promoting domestic industry? Do free trade agreements help those who take part in them? Lawyers, law professors, and industry experts explore the complicated issues surrounding the apparel industry.
- David Spooner, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
- Susan Scafidi, Fordham University School of Law
- Augustine Tantillo, President & CEO, National Council of Textile Organizations
- Howard Deutchman, Meridian Textiles
- Lee Sporn, Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
- Julia K. Hughes, President, United States Fashion Industry Association
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