30 May '13, 5pm

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In downtown Los Angeles three seers of the garment industry stand on a whirring factory floor to debate the travails of the American textile sector. Next to banks of Chinese-made, Japanese-designed juki sewing machines the first-generation immigrants of Sicilian, El Salvadorian and Korean descent quote the words of a man they all agree was a great American. “The saying goes, ‘It’s not what your country can do for you, it’s what you can do for your country’,” says Mario D’Anna who owned a nearby factory employing 129 workers until 2010 when his main client, a US sportswear giant, sent its business to China. “Where has this sentiment gone?” he asks. “ We need to reset the way we think in this country, the way our kids buy, what we wear.” The factory’s owner, Robert Moon, consoles his friend and insists this is already happening. Today he and a visiting production manager, Ra...

Full article: http://monocle.com/magazine/issues/64/to-lathe-n-dye-in-la/

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