By Wang Linyan
Julia Hughes, president of the Washington-based United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), which represents brands and retailers, said the organization is opposed to tariffs.
The association's annual survey showed that for the second year in a row, a protectionist trade agenda in the US is the top concern for the American fashion industry. The survey was conducted between April and May of executives from nearly 30 leading fashion brands, retailers, importers and wholesalers, including some of the largest brands and retailers in the country.
Companies are very concerned about broader implications of protectionism for the US economy, consumers and the global economy, Hughes said in an interview at the trade show.
She said one strategy for American companies is to find other sourcing opportunities, but most sourcing executives say there aren't enough viable options to replace China.