When dealing with the challenges of the post-2005 industry, UK garment producers live in a state of double denial: half deny that the quota phase-out will have any impact whatsoever, while the other half deny that they can do anything to overcome the inevitable change. David Birnbaum believes the sourcing future is in fast turn, quick response, no markdowns. And, he asks, if the Italians can do it, why can't the British?