SPRINGDALE — The covid-19 pandemic has motivated some in the fashion industry to emphasize locally produced apparel.
Fashion is a $2.5 trillion global industry, according to the 2019 Economic Impact of the Fashion Industry report by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. Consumers in the United States alone spent nearly $380 billion on apparel and footwear in 2017, according to the report, published in February 2019.
“The fashion industry is one of the most globalized industries when it comes to production that there is,” said Robin Atkinson, Arkansas Arts and Fashion Forum chief executive officer. The Springdale-based organization was established