Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Organizational Studies

Reader 1

Jeff Lewis

Reader 2

Barbara Junisbai

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The Los Angeles fashion industry presents an exception to the rule of offshore production in the increasingly globalized world market. This thesis conducts an in-depth examination of the Los Angeles fashion industry, specifically focusing on its laborers, manufacturers, and retailers, in order to better understand how Los Angeles is able to feasibly compete with and thrive in the globalized fashion industry. Utilizing organizational metaphors, this thesis examines dynamics of transformation and of power as applied to laborers, manufacturers, and retailers in Los Angeles. Divided into two primary constituents, laborers and owners of capital, I posit the levels of power held by manufacturers and by retailers, the exploitation of laborers, and the pursuit of profits are responsible for the continued existence of the Los Angeles garment industry.