The newly launched exclusive interview series intend to provide audiences of the website (particularly students enrolled in FASH455) with the big picture vision, insightful observation and first-hand updates of the global textile & apparel industry from government policymakers, industry leaders and leading scholars in the field.

Interviewees (arranged by date)

May 2016


Herb Cochran, Executive Director at the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) Vietnam, on the U.S.-Vietnam business ties and implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the textile and apparel industry in Vietnam. 

May, 2016


Julia K. Hughes, President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), on latest sourcing trends for textiles and apparel, impact of TPP and AGOA and other critical trade policy initiatives for the fashion apparel sector.

February, 2015

erin ennis

Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President of US-China Business Council, on the US-China economic and trade relations.

October, 2014

Bill Jasper

William L “Bill”. Jasper, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Unifi Inc., on the state of the U.S. textile industry and the global business strategy of Unifi Inc.

March, 2014


Nate Herman, Vice President of the American Apparel And Footwear Association, on the global nature of the apparel industry in the 21st century and related trade policy issues.

February, 2014


Kim Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel, US Department of Commerce, on the status quo of the U.S. textile and apparel industry and its competitiveness in the global marketplace.

November, 2013


Julia K. Hughes, President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), on the rebranding of the USFIA, state of the industry and top issues for the textile & apparel importers.

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