By Matthew Flamm
For many local fashion brands—most of which do not own a factory in a low-wage Asian country—the biggest issue is the uncertainty surrounding the tariffs. "Do you want to disrupt your entire supply chain when there could be an agreement next month?" asked Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association.
She thinks that the uncertainty has been exacerbated by the lack of clear direction or precise goals in the Trump administration's approach. "In past administrations and trade disputes, almost everybody felt they had a sense of what the outcome would be," Hughes said. "That's not the case here, and that makes it more complicated."