Last month I was contacted by an overseas manufacturing company wishing to sell me reproduction civil war era clothing. Always looking for a way to expand my little business, I thought very hard about it.
There are a lot of historic clothing companies out there that base their business primarily on imports (with a little hand made American stuff thrown in here and there). Overseas mass produced clothing is unbelievably cheap to buy and therefore not as expensive to resell as American made clothing. And these companies seem to be doing quite well.
And then I stopped for a moment and asked myself a question. Do I really want to import mass produced clothing? Do I really want to sell people mass produced, imported clothing?
I don’t think I can. It goes against everything my little business prides itself on- quality, custom made, one of a kind garments made by honest, hard working American people.
I know my prices are higher than other companies and I cannot be as competitive as I would like. However, I will continue to keep my business standards high and take my chances.