Clothing Prices on the Increase
February 22, 2011

 It has been reported that we will see a 10% increase in clothing costs by the end of 2011. Going and soon to be gone are the retails we have come to expect and love. Sales at 65% off might become history. Cotton cost has doubled. It is the highest cost since the Civil War. Oh Scarlett what are we to do?

Some of the reasons for the increase are:

World economy is doing better so demand is rising

 Surge in labor costs

Surge in Raw materials

World- wide bad weather

Restrictions on exports

Chinese factories that shut down because of the recession are still not back up to capacity

What actions can we take before we are fashioning the drapes into clothes? Buy made in the USA is always a good choice. Budget your clothing allowance to functional, classic fashion. Quality lasts longer. Clothing does not have to be quantity but quality. Use your buying power to make purchases from stores that support your values.

As a small manufacturer, we have absorbed some raw goods costs increases with-out passing it on to our customers. Since we have our products made in the USA, our labor costs are supportive to the US economy and sustain a living wage. Our fabric is already very expensive, but we won’t compromise the quality on an inferior material. Other companies are moving production to cheaper countries and cheaper materials. Sooner than later the cost will be passed on to the consumer. Buying habits from this recession can still be applied with a 10% price increase with style.

How will the increase in clothing costs affect you? Will you change your buying habits? http://www.apparelandfootwear.org

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Fahsion Divas
August 18, 2010

My 21 year old niece was visiting from remote small town USA. She wanted to go dress shopping for a wedding she will attend with her new boyfriend. I don’t need much prodding to go shopping anytime, but with an adorable easy going 21 year old, I was game. Of course she would have preferred to shop with some -one her own age but I was the only one available.

With fashion magazines and their web sites, and TV shows, even girls from remote towns know their fashion designers and styles. Reading about and looking on line is one thing, walking into designer stores is something else. When we went into Betsey Johnson’s store and the clerk paid attention to me and asked who I was wearing, my niece was shocked. Here was this trendy young woman talking to me. Let me tell you I quickly became the coolest Aunt for the rest of the day!

My friend Kim Johnson Gross, former Ford model, fashion editor of Towne & Country and Esquire, columnist for More and InStyle magazines and author of the recently released book, “What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life”,(Yes I am mentioned) talks about “Ageless Secrets of Style” in her book. Usually no one says anything about your clothes or the designer unless you are shopping, and very few do the ‘red carpet’ question. But then again, I was tickled, and concur with Kim thanking Diane von Furstenberg for her wrap dress. Some dresses are ageless, always in style, and make you feel good when you wear them, even really cool!

http://www.amazon.com/What-Wear-Rest-Your-Life/dp/0446534943/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281844355&sr=1-1

Why Michelle Obama is Good for the Economy
August 5, 2008

For the second year in a row, Vanity Fair has named Michelle Obama to their best dressed list. Not on the list is Hillary Clinton, or Nancy Pelosi. Both Hillary and Nancy dress in beautiful pant suits. Hillary’s pant suits especially were the talk of business women, but not of Vanity Fair. Nancy wears fabulous skirted suits too, but again not up to the list of Vanity Fair. So why does Michelle make the list?
Michelle wears dresses along with suits. She is young and vibrant and really tall which helps on camera.

 

Why will Michelle Obama help the economy? Because she has a look that other women can easily emulate. Not all women have to wear a suit for work. They can get a dress, coat, skirt, or a suit like Michelle wears and knows they are chic.

 

Michelle Obama was on the TV show ‘The View’ wearing a dress from the Black and White Store, and that dress sold out after she mentioned where she bought it. Any woman who has a Black and White Store in their town or on line can buy the same dress worn by the future first lady of the United States. Do you have a meeting, a job interview, and not sure what to wear? You can afford to buy what Michelle Obama wears. She has done pretty well for herself, so can you and help the economy in the process. Not to say all of Michelle’s clothes are affordable and off the rack, but they appear to be with-in the budget of many women, or at least a close facsimile.

 

Hillary Clinton has changed the way women look at the first lady of the United States. The first lady is no longer just an arm adornment for the President; she may become President in her own right. Michelle Obama can follow suit, but not in a pant suit. In the mean time she is helping the economy of the United States by being an affordable fashion role model to many women.