fabric, hosiery and apparel manufacturers will join together for the third consecutive time at
MAGIC, the fashion and apparel trade show held twice a year in Las Vegas, to present a complete
domestic supply chain to both domestic and international buyers.
The upcoming MAGIC Marketplace — consisting of four individual markets including MAGIC for
men’s apparel; WWDMAGIC for women’s apparel, organized in conjunction with Women’s Wear Daily;
MAGICKids for children’s apparel; and Sourcing at MAGIC for sourcing and supply-chain solutions —
will take place August 27-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas Hilton. The Made In
USA exhibit, consisting of displays by 24 US companies, will be located in Sourcing at MAGIC in
South Hall, with 13 fiber, yarn and fabric suppliers in Booth FA23505; and 11 hosiery and apparel
makers in Booth OD22802.
“It’s a one-stop shop,” said Dan St. Louis, director, Hosiery Technology Center (HTC),
Hickory, N.C., one of the group’s sponsoring organizations. “If you go to the Made In USA booth,
you can find it. If you see a yarn or a fiber you really like, you can go to someone else and ask
if they can knit it, ask someone else if they can seam, cut and sew it and put it in whatever you
want. It’s a pretty big advantage when it’s all right there together in the same area.”
Exhibit sponsors stress a number of benefits to be had when dealing with US vendors: an
emphasis on quality coupled with knowledge and understanding of the industry and marketplace;
quick, on-time shipping of orders; no delays related to port-of-entry issues; no tariffs; and
competitive pricing. Other benefits include a can-do attitude and spirit of cooperation; as well as
access to innovative concepts, technologies and materials.
St. Louis said US companies’ reputation for quality is recognized by international buyers. “
A lot of people look to the US for fashion, styling and innovation,” he added.
Ron Roach, vice president of sales for returning exhibitor Contempora Fabrics Inc.,
Lumberton, N.C., said his company had good success at the last MAGIC show, held in February. “We
obtained many new accounts which, in many instances, led to orders,” he said. “The traffic that was
generated by the Made In USA booth was great. The ability to have the complete supply chain present
in one area, working together to help each other, was very beneficial. It was amazing to hear, over
and over again, how pleased people were to see so many US companies still around in all facets of
the business. Not to mention how proud we were to be part of such a great group.”
Participating fiber, yarn and fabric manufacturers include: American & Efird Inc., Mt.
Holly, N.C.; American Fabrics International, Greensboro, N.C.; Arch Chemicals Inc., Smyrna, Ga.,
and Norwalk, Conn.; Asheboro Elastics Corp., Asheboro, N.C.; Carolina Mills Inc., Maiden, N.C.;
Contempora Fabrics; Hamrick Mills, Gaffney, S.C.; Huntingdon Yarn Mill Inc., Philadelphia; Jimtex
Yarns/Eco2cotton™, Philadelphia; National Spinning Co., Washington, N.C.; Tuscarora Yarns Inc., Mt.
Pleasant, N.C.; Unifi Inc., Greensboro; and Wellman Inc., Fort Mill, S.C.
Hosiery and apparel companies include: A.S. Tees Manufacturing, Columbia, S.C.;
BBManufacturing, Sunnyside, N.Y.; Cal Cru, Granite Quarry, N.C.; Carina Clothing Inc., Los Angeles;
Catawba Sox Inc., Newton, N.C.; Divine Dzion, St. Louis; R. Evans Hosiery, Connelly Springs, N.C.;
Sewell Clothing Co., Bremen, Ga.; Tour Image/Eclipse, San Marcos, Calif.; Twin City Knitting Co.
Inc., Conover, N.C.; and Wells Hosiery, Asheboro.
Sponsors of Made In USA include: The Hosiery Association (THA), Charlotte; HTC; National
Associations for the Sewn Products Industry (SEAMS), Columbia; National Council of Textile
Organizations (NCTO), Washington, D.C., and Gastonia, N.C.; North Carolina Department of Commerce,
Raleigh; Textile Technology Center, Belmont, N.C.; and Textile/Clothing Technology Corp. ([TC]2,
August 14, 2007