FIDM Students Gain Exposure to Apparel Supply Chain in Field Trip to Nature USA

November 3, 2016

Students in the Production and Sourcing Strategies class, a capstone class for the Merchandise Product Development program, went on a field trip this week to Nature USA.

FIDM Instructor Louise Wallace selected Nature USA so the students could gain first hand exposure to the apparel supply chain. The company operates in a vertical structure—they produce the fabric, have the fabric dyed and finished, develop samples and patterns for the customer, embroider and screen print, and cut and sew the garments.

The company started as a fabric supplier, but expanded to include the cutting and sewing about 15 years ago so that they could have more control over the end product. Nature USA is unique in their ability to provide all services from the yarn forward.

Headquartered in Rancho Dominguez, not far from FIDM’s Los Angeles campus, Nature USA is a certified fair trade company and one of Patagonia's certified manufacturers. Mike Farid, a graduate of FIDM, is the president.

Students not only had the opportunity to see an apparel factory, but they also heard Mike Farid tell the story of his family's business. The students were able to ask questions to better understand what it takes to be successful in this competitive industry.

Categories: Student Life, Merchandise Product Development