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February 3, 2012 AT 12:02 am

Manufacturing clothing, surprisingly similar to electronics

Pt 595

Polo Puzzle: What Goes Into a $155 Price Tag? @ WSJ.com.

Every piece of clothing has a story: There’s far more to a $155 polo shirt than a yard of fabric, four buttons and a length of thread.

The tale of a KP MacLane polo shirt offers a rare look inside the planning and global transactions behind the clothes people wear. To begin, though, there is an actual KP MacLane—Katherine, who founded the brand with her husband, Jared MacLane.


Manufacturing clothing, surprisingly similar to electronics – finding the right suppliers, fab house, making hundreds of decisions.


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1 Comment

  1. One of the first jobs I had, I was told that the Gerber file format had origins in numerical controlled machines for cutting fabric. Later investigation led to this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Gerber
    The inventor of the Gerber format had developed NC systems for sewing fabric. So maybe I heard it wrong about the cutting part, but the connection is there.

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