What's it like to manufacture apparel in the US? Successful Fashion Designer Interview with Kathryn Hilderbrand of Good Clothing Company by Sew Heidi

SFD019: What’s it really like to manufacture apparel in the US?

September 18, 2017


Kathryn Hilderbrand is a master tailor, designer and business entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working in the fashion industry. She founded Good Clothing Company in 2015 to create small runs of production for designers, and is passionate about bringing clothing manufacturing back to the United States. In this interview, she¬†shares why it’s important to bring manufacturing back to the US, how it’s unfair to expect a garment to cost the same as a cup of coffee, and what designers are doing to educate their consumers about ethical manufacturing.

You will learn:

  • Why manufacturing and production are coming back to the states
  • The number one challenge US factories face
  • How doing small batch production and going direct to consumer can make you more money
  • Why US production costs are starting to compete against Chinese factories
  • How to educate your consumer about your product and why the cost is more than some retail
  • The downfalls of fast fashion and why customers are starting to shop differently
  • Why consumers have been trained that fashion should be cheap, and how to help them rethink their purchases

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