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There’s a reason your Columbia shirt has a tiny pocket near your waistline

by Kai Ryssdal, Janet Nguyen, Bridget Bodnar, and Maria Hollenhorst May 29, 2019
Hint: It's tariffs.
A Columbia Sportswear employee store just outside Portland, Oregon.
Photos by Thomas Patterson for Marketplace

Why retailers love the term “pre-owned”

by Janet Nguyen Apr 17, 2019
Neiman Marcus is acquiring a stake in Fashionphile, which sells “pre-owned” handbags and accessories.
View of items for sale at The RealReal/Chrysalis Charity Benefit in Beverly Hills, California.
John Shearer/Getty Images For The RealReal

Levi's are about to return to the stock market

by Renata Sago Feb 13, 2019
The iconic jeans and fashion brand is planning its second IPO after going private in 1985.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

How woven cloth changed the course of history

by David Brancaccio Dec 11, 2018
From Viking sails to international trade, author Kassia St Clair explains how fabric influenced civilization.
Was woolen sailcloth the secret weapon of the Vikings? Above, the Draken Harald Harfagre, a reconstruction of a Viking longship.
Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Draken Harald Harfagre
My Economy

The jean jacket startup aimed at Latina millennials

by Sean McHenry Jul 25, 2018
Patty Delgado started with $500, working from her parents' couch.
Patty Delgado, founder of Hija de tu Madre, poses next to her signature denim jackets in her Los Angeles showroom.
Courtesy of Patty Delgado

Sports fashion turns to on-trend t-shirts

by Rob Sachs Jun 7, 2018
Sports fashion is often all about the jerseys, but these days fans can also find t-shirts that capture trending moments in sports. That’s because companies like BreakingT see a new opportunity to cater to a market for individualized messaging, by…
NAFTA Explained

In Columbus, Georgia, textile mills adapt to survive

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios May 29, 2018
This "textile town" looks different after NAFTA.
The warehouse where DNA Textile's final rolls of denim are stored. Some of its longtime denim customers included Levi’s, Wrangler, Gap, Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch and  True Religion.
Daisy Palacios/Marketplace

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Tight labor market, tight … jeans?

by Erika Beras Apr 19, 2018
It’s a tight labor market out there – so in a quest to attract workers, Walmart is trying out something new – allowing workers on the stores’ floors to wear jeans and solid shirts in any color. The new policy…

U.S. cotton farmers are suffering from two years of depressed prices — China, weather and yoga pants are mainly to blame

by James Morrison Dec 29, 2017
The trendiness of synthetic fiber yoga pants is hurting American cotton farmers. But deep in the heart of North Carolina, cotton researchers are designing new fabrics to stay competitive.
NC Cotton Farmer David Dunlow in one of his fields.
James Morrison/ for Marketplace

Your favorite band T-shirt just got a lot pricier

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Dec 22, 2017
Band T-shirts from the '90s are hot right now. Really hot.
courtesy of Patrick Klima/WyCo Vintage