Laurel McEuen and I are launching a fashion line called “craggswagg” when we graduate from Parsons in May 2013. In our opinion, the fashion industry relies too much on outsourcing for production. The garment district has suffered from the effects of outsourcing. Outsourcing is cheap but causes more waste than producing garments here in the U.S. If we want to create more environmentally friendly fashion, we have to more closely monitor the consequences of our production. It’s our generation of designers’ social responsibility to bring production back to the U.S. in order to create American jobs.
Craggswagg’s solution to the problems of outsourcing is simple: don’t do it. From our research, we have found that production has already begun and will continue to move back to the U.S. If we keep production in the U.S. from the very beginning, we won’t have to face a tough and expensive transition in the years down the road. Producing garments through local businesses will help keep us more efficient and will help places like NYC’s garment district from disappearing. We want to be on the right side of history and begin our fashion line with values that will help our country prosper.