In Praise of American-Made, Editor’s Letter, October 2012

In last year’s October issue, my editor’s letter began with an anecdote about Chinese tourists and the tremendous impact they had made on the retail scene in America. Inside was a feature article detailing the ways in which American jewelers could make their stores and merchandise more appealing to visitors from the Far East. The not-so-subtle message was that the Chinese buying frenzy was just beginning and there was no end in sight.China is still on track to achieve global luxury dominance, but it’s clear that during the past year, the unbridled optimism that drove scores of jewelers and watchmakers to open retail and wholesale operations there has been tempered by a reported slowdown in luxury sales. Instead, the talk today is all-American, now that manufacturers, retailers, and consumers are rallying behind domestic production and singing the praises of American-made.iStockphot

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