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‘Made in Cambodia’ May Become New Fashion Label With Tariffs Hitting China

  • Tariffs may boost outflow of production to Southeast Asia
  • Cambodia still lacks China’s efficiency and infrastructure
Workers sew together men’s shirts at a garment factory in Phnom Penh.
Workers sew together men’s shirts at a garment factory in Phnom Penh.Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

The next designer handbag you buy is less likely to bear a “made in China” label.

Fashion companies, eager to diversify their supply chains, were already expanding into production sites in Southeast Asia as alternatives to China. Then the trade war happened.