North Carolina Fashion Designers Cater to a Healthy Economy
Textiles are important to North Carolina residents, where the textile industry is nearly three times the size of the apparel industry. North Carolina ranks fourth in the nation in apparel employment, and remains the largest textile employer in the United States. For fashion merchandising and marketing students, North Carolina's textile industry provides a healthy background for the state's export business. Cotton, Inc. has its main headquarters in Cary, NC, giving fashion school students another opportunity for employment.
North Carolina's eight million residents are mostly located in the state's three metropolitan areas, where the textile and design schools at local colleges sometimes collaborate to produce fashion shows. The Metrolina, Triangle, and the Piedmont Triad account for the majority of North Carolina's retail and fashion sales, and fashion design students often study or travel to these areas after graduation for the widest variety of career choices.
Charlotte, NC is the country's next boomtown, and it's got a fashion design school of its own.