Fashion designer Nanette Lepore continues her Made in the USA crusade

Posted by LDonia on 05/01/2013

Here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) we love Nanette Lepore. Not because she's one of the more innovative fashion designers of her generation (though, she is) but because she keeps her garment production here in the United States.

If you're a frequent reader of ManufactureThis, you almost certainly know Lepore's name by now. We've covered her fashion shows and her thoughts on Ralph Lauren's decision to manufacture the 2012 U.S. Olympic uniforms in China.

So, we could not be more pleased to see mainstream media outlets touting Lepore in discussions of re-shoring and "Made in the USA."

In a recent Fortune interview Lepore discussed why she makes her clothes in the United States:

What we're hearing out of China is that people really love a "made in New York" product. They don't want one made in China. There are also problems in China because they're raising the price on everything, and we're really trying to keep costs down. Take that top right there with the piping on the sleeve: That's a cool top, right? If I made it in China, I would save a dollar. Why would I even go through the trouble? I'd have to order it way earlier, and I wouldn't have the inventory control I have when I make it here. So, for me, unless I'm going to get a bigger price differential, it's not going to pay.

Be sure to read the entire interview!

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