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China will continue to be main sourcing destination for US brands/retailers

US apparel executives in Los Angeles believe China will still be the first choice sourcing destination over the next two years, but they expect the country’s lead to narrow. Among the countries apparel and textile producers will source from in 2016 and 2017, China leads the field (37 per cent), followed by Vietnam (15 per cent) and India. Beyond 2017, executives see China’s lead shrinking but remaining dominant.

A study ‘Los Angeles Fashion Industry Profile’ by the CIT Group, which surveyed more than 50 LA apparel executives from a mix of manufacturers and licensors asked what they see as the most innovative technology for the future of the apparel industry, 54 per cent of the executives say social media, nearly one in four (24 per cent) say integrated systems between manufacturers and retailers, and 13 per cent say either 3D fitting or 3D printing. And more than half say the internet represents the biggest growth opportunity for Los Angeles apparel companies.

When asked which factors would negatively impact their businesses in 2016 and 2017, 47 per cent of executives say the cost of doing business and 43 per cent say retail consolidation. It’s savvy use of social media and state-of-the-art manufacturing platform have positioned the Los Angeles region as a leading global fashion epicenter. Los Angeles companies are capturing around 18 billion dollars in revenues through its fashion industry.