Project Runway’s designer Joe walks in the finale of his collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Friday Sept. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Rick Haglund: Michigan Garment Industry Council hopes clothing manufacturing, fashion design diversify state’s economy
It’s been said that if China and other Asian countries stopped producing clothing, Americans would go naked.
Look in your closet. Finding a U.S.-made shirt, jacket or skirt is harder than locating that pair of shoes you bought five years ago and never wore.
But a group of Michigan fashion designers, clothing entrepreneurs and economic developers want to make it a little easier to buy American.
Joe Faris, a Detroit designer who has appeared on “Project Runway,” said Michigan’s auto design and manufacturing know-how could be adapted to growing the garment industry.
“A factory that makes (car) interiors can easily make jeans and jackets,” Faris said in the video. “You look at some of these suppliers making leather. Who knows leather better than a car interior company?”
Faris said vacant auto plants could be used to manufacture clothing that would be sold around the world, creating thousands of jobs.