By Tara Donaldson
Ahead of her own testimony Thursday, United States Fashion Industry Association president Julia K. Hughes said complex supply chains will preclude U.S. brands and retailers from being able to respond to the tariffs without facing setbacks.
“Talking with sourcing executives, they say that it takes anywhere from two to five years to identify and approve a new vendor. That is because we are a long way from the days when apparel could be made any place there were workers and a sewing machine,” Hughes said. “That means that companies are faced with no real alternatives to sourcing in China. But an increase in costs of 10 percent or 25 percent will have a negative impact on sales and no jobs here in the U.S., plus, of course, potentially derailing the economy from what we hope will be a positive holiday selling season.”