The Rise of the Second Tier of Jeans-Making Countries Marks a Key Sourcing Shift

The year is shaping up as the decline of the powerhouses denim hubs and the rise of a new tier of major jeans suppliers.

China and Mexico–long the top two manufacturers of denim jeans imported into the U.S., have posted just minor increases so far this year, while Asian countries including Vietnam, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Pakistan have taken up the slack. Western Hemisphere countries like Colombia, Guatemala and Nicaragua have also seen consistent gains.

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