24 Jul '13, 2pm

Vancouver's garment district benefits from the sustainable fashion movement

Vancouver's garment district benefits from the sustainable fashion movement

There was a time when garment manufacturing was an important part of many North American cities’ economies. Before trade was extensive and tariffs were relaxed, each major population centre had its own garment district, and Vancouver is no different. Starting back in 1925 when Albert O. Koch opened Vancouver’s first garment factory, National Dress Co., after arriving from New York via Montreal. But now clothing manufacturing goes on mostly unnoticed, and like other cities, factories have gradually closed down as manufacturing moved overseas in an attempt to compete in the global market. Once thriving garment districts are known as “fashion districts” and centres for shopping. Decreasing manufacturing capacity is not the only concern around keeping a garment district alive; we are losing our seamstresses and laborers. Go into the garment factories around Vancouver today and...

Full article: http://www.ecofashionworld.com/Industry-News/Manufacturin...

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