Rising Cost of Cotton Fabric

Rising Cost of Cotton Fabric

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Great Article on the price of Cotton.  Quilters shop now!  My vendors are raising prices asap and even my decorator pillow inserts have gone up as much as 27% this month.

Synthetic linings. Smaller buttons. Less Italian fabric. And yes, even more polyester. Unusually high cotton prices have apparel makers scrambling to keep down costs, but consumers be warned: cotton clothing will be getting more expensive.

The Bon-Ton chain is raising prices on its private-label fashion items by as much as a dollar this spring, and prices will go up further next fall. And it is switching from 100 percent cotton in items like sweaters to more acrylic blends. Levi’s says it has already increased prices and may push them further north next year. And Hanesbrands, the maker of Champion, Hanes and Playtex, says price increases will be in place by February, and prices could go up further if cotton prices remain where they are.

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD   Published: November 2, 2010
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