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What it’s like to work in the apparel industry: Settlemier speaks


Our holiday gift was an interview with Aaron Settlemier.  For 3 generations, his family has made quality varsity jackets right here in Portland.  He has also employed several seniors and graduates from PFI.  Want to see more of his interview?  Visit PFI-TV for “What it’s like to work in the apparel industry.”

Want to know more about how to get a job in the industry or start your own business?  Check out PFI’s #business #classes  They start in January.  New year.  New you!


Settlemier Jackets is a decades-old company born out of need.  Dorothy and Dale Nelson needed to escape the grinding hopelessness of the Great Depression.  Portland Oregon high schoolers needed varsity jackets.  From the basement of a family home to an 8,000 square foot factory, three generations of the family have stuck with tradition while keeping up with fashion trends.  Their focus on quality and detail have helped them grow and hire more than two dozen employees — including seniors and graduates from Portland Fashion Institute.
Aaron Settlemier tells what makes their jackets special and their company a success.  He answers “What it’s like to work in the apparel industry.”