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UGA Bookstore to stack fashion by students

Nov '07
When shoppers head to the University of Georgia Bookstore later this month, they will be able to purchase apparel designed by UGA fashion merchandising students.

The red vintage, jersey-style T-shirt and charcoal cropped sweatpants were produced by students of Charles Gilbert, Distinguished Professor of soft goods merchandising and manufacturing in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Gilbert joined the faculty in 2006 after many years in the textile manufacturing industry and has drawn on those experiences for the courses, survey of apparel and soft goods manufacturing, and global sourcing of apparel and textile products.

“I wanted the students to learn from start to finish what it means to make a product,” Gilbert said. “The class that designed the T-shirt focused on domestic manufacturing while the other class worked with suppliers located in China.”

The process began the first day of class when students' first homework assignment was to go shopping.

“I wanted the students to see what was missing from the shelves of their favorite stores and see what was in demand by shoppers,” Gilbert said.

The result is retro-inspired clothing that has the comfort and softness of a favorite garment. The T-shirt, made of organic pima cotton grown in the U.S., spun only 20 minutes from campus in Jefferson by Buhler Yarns, was knit, cut, sewn, dyed, and screen-printed in Pa. by Fessler USA, a totally “Made In The USA” product.

The pants, on the other hand, were produced solely in China.

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