Celebrating our Industry’s Rising Stars


Our regular readers may have noticed that the SPESA team likes to recognize milestones. We recently celebrated SPESA’s 30th anniversary, the 2-year anniversary of our team coming together, the newest addition to the SPESA family, not to mention dozens of birthdays, holidays, and employees of the month. This month, we are publishing our 23rd and 24th issues of the revamped Behind the Seams, marking a year of news, events, and commentary for the sewn products industry.

We shared our first SPESA Speaks in July 2020, summing up the previous quarter in just two words: Plans Change. That first issue of Behind the Seams explained our ideas for the new newsletter, including the implementation of monthly themes. We looked at the industry’s response to Covid-19 and all the ways in which companies adapted to their changing environments.

In August, we took a deep dive into the major role technology plays in shaping the design, manufacture, and sale of sewn products.

In September, we researched the history of Labor Day and the changing dynamics of workforce development in the United States.

In October, SPESA Chairwoman Nina McCormack shared her thoughts on the past, present, and future of the sewn products industry leading into our annual Executive Conference.

In November, we highlighted the impact politics and policy can have on our industry. While SPESA is not a lobbying organization, we want our members, and readers, to be aware of and understand the laws, regulations, policies, and political movements that can help or hinder your ability to do business. That is also why we added the