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US Hosiery And Apparel Makers, Suppliers Promote Domestic Sourcing

US hosiery and apparel producers will join forces with US fiber, yarn and fabric producers in the USA Pavilion at Sourcing at MAGIC, part of the MAGIC Marketplace trade show for the fashion industry, to be held in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center Feb. 13-16, 2007. Under the theme “Better Choices For a Better World,” the 27 participants in the You Wear US Well (TM) exhibit will tout the benefits of buying products made in the United States of innovative US-made yarns and fibers.

“We will be showing a unique booth that demonstrates some of the latest technology available worldwide,” said Dan St. Louis, executive director, Hosiery Technology Center (HTC). “Highlights include items made from corn, bamboo, wool that’s soft and itch-free, antimicrobial fibers, recyclable fibers, … and blends of all of the above.” He said products featuring moisture management, nanotechnology and ultraviolet protection will be on view, and added, “Unique constructions and apparel techniques using the supply chain of fantastic yarns and fabrics create an array of products not typically found in the marketplace.”

HTC, the National Association for the Sewn Products Industry, The Hosiery Association, the Textile Clothing and Technology Center, the National Council of Textile Organizations and the Textile Technology Center are sponsors of the exhibit.

St. Louis said the geographic proximity and rapid supply chain response offered by US-based suppliers enable retailers to keep smaller inventories of colors and styles, replace popular items quickly, cut back on markdowns and closeouts, and increase sales volumes. He also said sourcing from US-based suppliers means “no quotas, no duties and no problems.”

Hosiery and apparel makers exhibiting in You Wear US Wear include Fox River Mills Inc., Wigwam Mills Inc., A.S. Tees Manufacturing, Carolina Apparel Group Inc., Earl’s Apparel Inc., Cal Cru, R. Evans Hosiery, Twin City Knitting Co. Inc., Central Carolina Hosiery, Southern Hosiery Mills Inc., Hartwell Group, Selectra Industries, Carina Clothing Inc. and Hickory Brands Inc.

Exhibiting fiber, yarn and fabric producers include Wellman Inc., Unifi Inc., Carolina Mills Inc., Carolina Apparel Group Inc., Parkdale Mills, Contempora Fabrics Inc., Hamrick Mills Inc., Alice Mills Inc., Asheboro Elastics Corp., Kent Manufacturing Co., Spectrum Yarns Inc., American & Efird Inc., Beal Manufacturing and National Spinning Co. Inc.

January/February 2007