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Nashville Plots Path Toward Fashion Capital Status

Country music might have put Nashville on the map, but fashion may be the city’s next big export.

Or at least that’s what the Nashville Fashion Alliance hopes. The trade group released a report Wednesday outlining the ways in which Nashville is uniquely positioned to foster start-up and emerging brands’ growth.

The NFA, which is comprised of 368 members about of third of which are fashion brands, worked with Gherzi Textil Organisation, an international consulting firm specializing in the textile, garment and fashion industries, on the research and resulting action plan.

The findings indicate Nashville has the largest per capita concentration of independent fashion companies outside of New York and Los Angeles. Today, the fashion industry contributes $5.9 billion to the city directly and indirectly and employs more than 16,200 people. Those numbers could reach $9.5 billion and 25,000 people by 2025 with the right investment.

Read more at Sourcing Journal.