Stop the (t-shirt printing) Presses! (I have always wanted to say that). Los Angeles is once again (unjustly) relegated as the red-headed step-child of the United States' Fashion Industry.
WWD reports that the fashion industry now has its own "Caucus." A bit of digging shows that the Congressional Apparel Manufacturing and Fashion Business Caucus was officially approved on February 2, 2010, apparently as most of us prepared for NY Fashion Week. (and for the record, isn't "apparel" part of "fashion?" Who came up the funky name for this group anyway? Dad, will you please hurry up and get to congress already??)
Christine Brooks-Cropper, president of the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce, apparently was the driving force behind the creation of this Caucus. According to WWD, she asked that the Caucus prioritize:
funding to help generate a fashion incubator and provide scholarships to fashion students, job creation initiatives, “revisiting” stalled legislation known as the Design Piracy Prohibition Act that would provide copyright protection for fashion designers and supporting efforts to save the New York City Garment District.
- It is remarkable that this Caucus is so New York-centric, especially when Los Angeles is the fashion capital of the United States, surpassing NY in volume of sales, units sold and jobs every year since 1998; and
- Why does Brooks-Cropper get to set the agenda?
And before we flip out too much, you must know that there are a gazillion other "Caucuses" such as the textile caucus, the Invisible Wounds Caucus, and my two favorites: the Bourbon Caucus and the Caucus on Long Range Strike (whatever that is).
But all humor aside, why is LA left out? And what are you going to do about it?
photo credit: greenpeace USA