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WASHINGTON Donald Trump America Great Again hats tout they are in USA. Not necessarily always the case, an Associated Press review found.
The iconic, baseball style hats are indeed stitched together at a small factory in the Los Angeles area. But at least one of the hats in a small sample tested by AP and an outside expert did not contain the specific type of American made fabric the hats manufacturer insists his factory always uses to make each one. companies and individuals should aim for that standard to bring back American jobs, even if it means paying more.
Informed of the AP findings, Trump said any misrepresentation would be unacceptable. pay a good price for that hat. If it not made in the USA, we bring a lawsuit. AP review included a microscopic analysis of five hats bought from Trump campaign website, which showed the fabric in one was of a different type than that made by the supplier the manufacturer told the AP provides all his hat fabric.
In addition to the fabric analysis, two of the manufacturer employees, including a top sales agent, said the hats fabric, bills and stiffeners were imported.
The factory owner, Brian Kennedy of Cali Fame of Los Angeles Inc., said the two employees were wrong, but he refused to explain the fabric discrepancy. Federal law requires that items labeled in USA be made from materials or virtually all from the United States.
not using imported materials, Kennedy told the AP. playing by the rules. manufacturing, which has been ravaged by cheap competition from overseas. Trump has accused Asian countries of unfairly manipulating their currencies to boost exports.
Labour costs in Asia are so low that hats or other clothing can cost less than half the price of products made in the United States. Asian fabric prices are also lower, though less dramatically. While Trump has tried to get Made in USA hats for his campaign, knockoffs of those hats, clearly made in China, do a brisk business for other vendors. And Trump private companies and the clothing line run by his daughter, Ivanka, routinely sell clothes and other products made in China and other Asian countries.
Trump has warned Ford Motor Co. from a planned plant in Mexico, and he has pledged to Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country. it takes is a commitment to winning and making in America a badge of honour like it used to be, Trump wrote last year.
But the Trump campaign experience shows how difficult it can be to be utterly certain of a product provenance. Trump told the AP that his staff had visited Cali Fame factory and reviewed paperwork guaranteeing the hats qualified for Made in the USA labeling. was very important to us that these hats be made in the USA,
The fabric tells a complicated tale.
Kennedy, the factory owner, provided the AP with a copy of a certificate dated March 24, 2016. of Fenton, Missouri. origin.
Kennedy declined to comment further after the AP told him that a microscopic analysis of the fabric in a red cap the AP purchased directly from Trump campaign website did not match the red Saxtwill material that the AP obtained directly from Carr Textile. He said providing any further detail would reveal proprietary information. The AP asked Deborah Young, a professor of textiles and clothing at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, to compare two Trump hats that the AP had purchased from the campaign website with the fabric samples. The AP did not identify the fabric samples to prevent bias.
Her conclusion: The material in one Trump hat was inconsistent with either Carr sample. The pattern of the weave was noticeably different, later confirmed by the AP using a school grade microscope: All Carr made Saxtwill fabric is a 2/1 weave; the other Trump hat was a 3/1 pattern weave.
am completely confident of this outcome, Young said. no way this hat was made out of either (Carr) sample. analysis was not able to determine where the fabric in that hat actually came from.
After receiving Young opinion, the AP bought an additional three hats from the Trump campaign for review. Those were also compatible with either Carr Saxtwill or the cheaper fabric that Carr imports.
In addition to the fabric analysis, two of Cali Fame employees, Andy Meade and Angela Olague, told the AP and a product distributor, separately, that the hats were made from imported fabric and other components.
The AP asked Kevin O the president of Ethix Ventures Inc. The AP asked O to call so that the company employees would respond as they would to a regular industry customer.
domestic made of imported, Meade said.
An AP reporter separately called Olague in the company sales department to ask which materials were imported, disclosing that he worked for The Associated Press when asked.
The hats made in the USA, but all the materials are not, Olague told the AP of the company Made in America product line. Pressed further, she said the factory could hypothetically produce hats from American made fabric but only if the customer supplied domestic fabric with the same specifications of the material Cali Fame used.
Meade and Olague declined subsequently to speak to the AP. Kennedy, the factory owner, said the two employees had their facts wrong.
Through a spokeswoman, the FTC declined to comment on Trump hats specifically,
referring the AP to its guidelines requiring all significant components to be domestically made.