By Rachel Abbey McCafferty

And tailored clothing in particular has been facing market pressure from changing consumer preferences, said Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association. Even in Washington, D.C., where the association is based, there's been a shift away from tailored clothing for work. And that trend has accelerated in recent years.

The trend now in the U.S. is toward more niche apparel manufacturing: smaller runs and more personalized products, Hughes said.

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