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Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies

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CARS Research

Research is currently focused in the following areas:   

Markets and Consumption

  • Consumer purchasing attitudes and behaviors towards textiles and apparel
  • Characteristics and measurement of markets for technical and industrial textiles
  • Psychology of dress
  • Textile recycling markets
  • The '"grey" market
  • Cultural contexts of consumption
  • Textile and apparel industry
  • Industry employment dynamics

Strategy and Marketing

  • Measurement and characteristics of markets and supply chains for textiles and apparel
  • Patterns of strategic development and adjustment in national and international fiber, textile, and apparel industries
  • Brand management
  • Market orientation

Economics, Politics, Technology and Trade

  • Impact of trade policies
  • Impact of information technology


  • Developments in international textile and apparel retailing
  • Retail strategy

Product Development

  • Social construction of identity through dress
  • Historic costumes in performance
  • New product development and interfunctional involvement


  • Wearable art design
  • Textile design for digital printing
  • Sustainable solutions in apparel design

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