Retail remains a very tactile industry, focused on the hand, drape, and durability of fabrics and trim—besides which, designs are still being sketched on paper and pinned on size models or mannequins.
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the US, a good example of balancing the lower costs of globally sourced goods with a higher quality of domestic (or regional) final manufacturing or assembly, would be century-old New Balance , whose entire staff pride themselves on knowing the business of making athletic shoes first, including even the internal information technology (IT) group. By turning their inventories more often, such retailers (including US ones like Gap , J. Crew , or Wilson's Leather ) even have the luxury of selling most of