fashion en How thrifting became a $13 billion industry <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do you shop resale? Do you have a favorite thrift shop?</span></p><p>The business of selling second-hand goods has become a $13 billion industry in this country annually.</p><p>It's grown about 7% over each of the past two years.</p><p>Now you'll find resale, thrift and consignment shops in most Michigan cities and towns.</p><p>What's behind the growth? And what does this "resale" economy offer us?</p><p>We're joined by Brenda Parker. She is a professor of Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She recently coauthored a piece on the restructuring of retail economies in this era of e-commerce.</p><p>And we welcome Chantal McDaniel. She is based in Grand Rapids, and she writes a thrift fashion blog called "Thrift Trick: Miles of Fashion on a Shoestring."</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:42:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 17255 at How thrifting became a $13 billion industry What would it take to make Detroit a new fashion hub? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you think &ldquo;fashion,&rdquo; what are the first cities to pop into your mind?</span></p><p>New York? London? Milan? Paris?</p><p>No one will dispute those cities&rsquo; claim to being fashion hubs.</p><p>But there&rsquo;s a passionate group in the style and fashion community that says Detroit can be a fashion hub, and a great place for designers to make a mark.</p><p>Karen Buscemi is the editor of StyleLine magazine. She&rsquo;s also the founder and managing partner of the Detroit Garment Group Guild. Their motto: &ldquo;Keep Michigan Talent In Michigan.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:22:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 14772 at What would it take to make Detroit a new fashion hub? Artpod: Film and fashion in Michigan <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Lots of news packed into this week&#39;s <a href="">Artpod</a>!</span></p><p><span style="font-size: medium;">We learn about Michigan&#39;s burgeoning garment industry, and we get an update on how one of the state&#39;s biggest movie studios is doing (hint: not too well.) </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Plus, we talk with the director of the new documentary, After the Factory.</span></p><p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:33:37 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6069 at Artpod: Film and fashion in Michigan Michigan group travels to Turkey to tout state's emerging garment industry <p>A small group of Michigan designers and economic development officials are headed to Turkey for a week-long trade trip.</p><p>The group believes Michigan&rsquo;s garment industry is up-and-coming, and they hope the trade trip will spur on partnerships with Turkey&rsquo;s textile suppliers and buyers.</p><p>Eleanor Fuchs believes the garment industry &quot;has the potential to be a multi-million if not billion dollar industry here in Michigan.&quot;</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:19:12 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6068 at Michigan group travels to Turkey to tout state's emerging garment industry Creating a fashion industry out of old auto supplier factories <p>With the New Year, Michigan Radio began a new series called, "What's Working." Every week, we'll take a look at an idea that's helping to improve the state's economy and our lives.</p><p>Today, we hear from <a href=",,20227112,00.html">Joe Faris</a>, founder of <a href="">Motor City Denim</a>. When the auto industry downsized, auto suppliers were affected. Many of them lost business, got rid of employees, or even went into bankruptcy. What’s left are the suppliers' factories, and a highly-skilled workforce. Faris is working to mold the infrastructure of former, or smaller, auto suppliers into one that can support a fashion industry. Motor City Denim is now a subsidiary of <a href="">TD Industrial Coverings</a>. TD Industrial Coverings used to <strong>only</strong> manufacture protective coverings for the robots used to assemble cars. Now, TD industrial is getting ready to <strong>also</strong> make jeans.</p><p>You can listen to the interview here:</p><p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:06:49 +0000 Zoe Clark & What's Working 976 at Creating a fashion industry out of old auto supplier factories