What could be more quintessentially American than a pair of Wrangler Jeans? After all, they were originally created specifically for rodeo riders. However, the fact is that the last pair of Wranglers to roll out of a United States plant did so in 2005.
They are however one of the niche products covered under Nafta.
Under the trade deal, jeans can be shipped tariff-free from Mexico to shops in the United States, provided most of the pieces come from within North America.
The cotton in Wrangler jeans comes from 17 states, including Texas. Buttons and zippers are from Georgia. Threads are from North Carolina. And these jeans demonstrate how globalization has altered an American industry — and how dismantling Nafta won’t return it to its heyday. Read More