Georgetown Business Fall 2013 : Page 22

Threads By Heather Boerner of In March, then-student Philip Thomas (EMBA ’13) climbed the stairs of a manufacturing plant in Ho Chi Minh City, past raw bolts of fabric that had probably arrived from China or South Korea, and entered a large factory fl oor. He was there to study the effect of trade agreements on the workers and suppliers in the Vietnamese garment industry. 22 TOP PHOTO: FLOREA MARIUS CATALIN/GETTY IMAGES; PHOTO RIGHT: MERTEN SNIJDERS/GETTY IMAGES Changes in business models, manufacturing practices, and the supply chain make the international apparel industry ripe for innovation. P

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