St. Louis fashion industry feels effects of China tariffs

People working in the St. Louis fashion industry are bracing for the impact of the latest rounds of U.S. tariffs on goods from China.

Clothing producers large and small in the St. Louis area purchase materials from China, and new tariffs enacted in late September have many in the industry wondering where they will buy from now.

“The quantity that we get from China really can’t be replaced from anywhere else,” said Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, a St. Louis clothing designer and associate professor at Washington University.

Handbags, luggage and hats are a few of the thousands of Chinese products the Trump administration announced new import taxes on, effective Sept. 24.

Some designers have been able to absorb 10 percent tariffs enacted last month. But they are less certain how they would handle those goods being taxed at a 25 percent rate starting Jan. 1.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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