Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another manufacturer in the U.S., and wiped out about 500 local jobs.
[FONT=times new roman]American Apparel is far from the only firm affected, of course:[/FONT]Felix Seo has been making clothes for wholesale in downtown for 30 years. His company, Joompy, used to count giant retailers like Forever 21 among its clients. But as prices have gone up in recent years, he said, those fast-fashion peddlers are no longer giving him orders.
“I used to pay $5 to get this sewn, and now it costs $6.50,” Seo said, holding up a patterned dress. "But my customer doesn’t want to pay that, so I can’t sell it anymore."
To survive, Seo, 59, said Joompy may have to start importing goods instead of producing them locally. “It will be impossible to make clothes in Los Angeles,” he said.
The beat goes on as Sonny Bono would say. Another repercussion of the push to hike wages which kill jobs.