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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: Apparel Manufacturers in the USA: A Good Choice vs Overseas?

September 18, 2017

One of the hardest decisions a startup designer has to make is choosing apparel manufacturers in the USA vs going overseas. But what if I told you US production is starting to compete with overseas prices? And lead times are WAY faster? And minimums are MUCH lower? Learn how (and why) you should choose Made in USA.

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 (and sharing your story) can make you more money
  • Why US production costs are starting to compete against Chinese factories
  • How to educate your audience 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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