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Forget about cars - can fashion help Detroit make a comeback?

Native son envisages fashion hub where every element of fashion design, manufacturing, marketing can take place

Opening-night party for the new John Varvatos store on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Jeffry Aronsson, a Detroit native, has ambitious plans to build a fashion centre there which he hopes will play a key part in the city's economic renewal.

"It's just going to happen. It's been a matter of chasing cheap labour around the world. We've sacrificed core competencies that we're going to have to re-establish." - Jeffry Aronsson (above) on fashion production's readiness for disruption.


IN 1915, as demand for the Model T was booming, Henry Ford came up with a plan.

He bought land to build a complex that would include all aspects of car production, starting with raw materials such as iron ore and coal, producing glass and steel, and culminating in parts and...