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US brands seeing benefits of local production

Supply chain issues fuelled by the Covid-19 pandemic have alerted brands to the risks with overseas suppliers.

31st March 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  St Louis, MO, USA


As the most technologically advanced flatbed knitting facility in the USA, Evolution St. Louis is re-energizing domestic knit manufacturing and throughout the pandemic has helped American fashion brands and retailers bring production back to the USA.

“The dynamic shift in consumer buying patterns and long lead times associated with offshore manufacturing were already leading brands toward domestic manufacturing,” says John Elmuccio, co-founder of Evolution St. Louis. “The supply chain issues fuelled by the Covid-19 pandemic in the past year have accelerated those decisions. By creating more responsive supply chains and locating production in the United States with companies like Evolution St. Louis, brands and retailers have a better opportunity to react to demand in a world forever changed by the pandemic.”

Prior to Covid-19, over 95% of clothes sold in the USA were imported from overseas. The pandemic disrupted production and shipping overseas, with billions of dollars of clothing orders cancelled and countless brick-and-mortar stores closed in the past 12 months.

“There are so many risks and barriers with foreign manufacturing,” says Timo Weiland, co-founder and creative director of the Timo Weiland brand. “We’ve seen huge delays and fashion manufacturing companies overseas simply going under and never shipping the product as promised.

“By working with Evolution St. Louis, we’re able to keep a closer watch on our products and the process – from start to finish. The company is nimble and collaborative, and our partnership allows us to react to real-time consumer demand.”

The industry-leading flatbed knitting machines at Evolution St. Louis can produce complete garments, knit-to-shape, fully fashioned knits and complex shapes, as well as footwear, smart and technical textiles. The company also offers full-package services, including raw material sourcing, merchandising, technical design and product engineering. Linking, sewing, finishing, and on-site inventory, logistics, packing and shipping are available.

“The fashion industry as a whole has been hard hit by the pandemic, but businesses with domestic partners have fared better,” said Jon Lewis, co-founder of Evolution St. Louis. “We’re disrupting the fashion industry by using the latest technologies to help contemporary, designer and luxury brands control their intellectual properties and better manage inventories.”

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