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Luxury brands 23 May 2007

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The return of the GBP20,000 cocktail – it has diamonds instead of ice – and the GBP60 hamburger to Tokyo, heralds for some a return of the heady days of a very rich Japan and ostentatious consumption once more. It also may mean even greater times for the world’s leading fashion brands says Michael Fitzpatrick.


Nanotechnology in textiles 21 May 2007

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Nanotechnology may help textile manufacturers dramatically reduce their costs and overheads, according to a design expert speaking at a conference at the Royal Society in London. It could also enable the textile industry address wider environmental challenges, as Mark Rowe reports.


Marketing myths 17 May 2007

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The real action in the west’s mass-market apparel industry is to be found in private brands. And what retailers are looking for is suppliers who understand a particular apparel category but don’t want a direct relationship with consumers. Those who shout loudest are usually wrong believes Mike Flanagan, arguing that the stealthy approach adopted by some of the biggest garment makers might actually make them more competitive in the long term.


Celebrity clothing lines 14 May 2007

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High street stores are queuing up to get famous faces designing clothes for them, and the Kate Moss collection for Topshop is the latest sign that fashion chains are cashing in on celebrity. Joe Ayling looks at how retailers are turning to the rich and famous in the hope that some of the glamour will rub off on them.


Private label 9 May 2007

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Over half of all apparel sold in the US is either exclusive or private label as more and more retailers realise that the one who gets in the consumer’s face first, fast and most often is going to win market share. But as this sector becomes increasingly crowded, where is growth going to come from next? asks Arnold J Karr.


Wearable electronics 4 May 2007

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UK firms are leading the way in smart fabrics and interactive textiles for wearable electronics, according to a new report from Textiles Intelligence. But one challenge being faced by some of the more successful players is the rate at which they are able to raise additional capital in order to expand their production capacity and meet rapidly rising demand.


Vietnam apparel monitoring 27 Apr 2007

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Since Vietnam’s accession to the WTO at the beginning of this year, investors have been queuing up to take advantage of the country’s low costs and free trade status. However, one dark cloud on the horizon is the decision by the Bush administration to monitor and possibly self-initiate anti-dumping cases against US apparel imports from Vietnam, as Jozef De Coster reports from Ho Chi Minh City.


Life after CAFTA-DR 24 Apr 2007

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Central America’s struggling textiles and apparel industry could lure $600m-$1bn by 2010 if it works harder to attract foreign investment and undertakes a series of actions to bolster its international competitiveness and benefit from the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). By Ivan Castano.


Digital textile printing 20 Apr 2007

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Digital technology is the fastest growing method of printing textiles, according to a report in the latest issue of Textile Outlook International. Between 2000 and 2005 digitally printed textile output rose by 300% to 70m square metres.


Made in Mexico 18 Apr 2007

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Mexico relinquished its position as the leading apparel exporter to the US in 2002 – and last year its share of the US market was a meagre 7.4% compared with China’s 25.9%. But while Mexico is no longer a cheap production base, it can still benefit from its proximity to the US and a large domestic market keen for luxury labels. By Jozef De Coster.


PPR bids for Puma 13 Apr 2007

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The global sportswear market is poised for a shake-up if the proposed acquisition of Puma, the world’s third-largest sportswear brand, by French luxury fashion retailer PPR goes ahead. The question for many, though, is where will Puma go from here? By Leonie Barrie.


CAFTA-DR one year on 11 Apr 2007

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Last May, Guatemala’s textiles and apparel industry celebrated the implementation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) as a move that would enable one of the country’s largest trades to emerge from its doldrums and bring progress to its impoverished economy. But nearly 12 months on the clock, CAFTA-DR is failing to live to its much ballyhooed promises, as Ivan Castano reports.


Luxury labels mull IPOs 5 Apr 2007

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A stock market flotation could value Italian fashion house Versace at up to EUR900m (US$1.2bn), an industry expert told just-style on Wednesday (4 April).


Global footwear growth 3 Apr 2007

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A new report forecasts that the value of the global branded footwear market will grow by 3.7% over the next five years. However, as the sector develops and attempts to meet consumer demand, shoe company strategists will have to keep their ears close to the ground and avoid getting their laces in a twist, writes Joe Ayling.


Size Surveys 29 Mar 2007

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The National Institute of Fashion Technology is due to begin India’s first national body size survey in the next two months. Its timing comes as the country’s retail sector is booming and should lead to the development of standard size charts that will not only help apparel firms make better-fitting clothes but also improve production efficiencies. Reena Mital reports.


Hong Kong footwear industry 28 Mar 2007

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Footwear remains one of Hong Kong’s biggest export categories, despite the fact that shipments dropped last year following healthy gains in 2005. EU anti-dumping duty and the relocation of much production to mainland China have taken their toll, although local companies are confident that quality and innovative designs offer the key to the future, as Vicky Sung reports.


Li & Fung forges ahead 26 Mar 2007

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Last week, Hong Kong-based Li & Fung announced a 22% jump in 2006 sales to HK$68bn (US$8.7bn). The world's biggest textile sourcing group is now poised to punch well above its target $10bn revenues this year, helped by its recent acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger’s sourcing operations. Dominique Patton reports.


Textile Institute conference 23 Mar 2007

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Niki Tait reports on the recent International Textile Institute Conference in Sri Lanka, where around 170 delegates heard research papers from textile and apparel university departments around the world. Here she presents a roundup of the four keynote speeches which looked at ethical production partnerships, retail opportunities and the benefits of free trade.


Clothes miles 19 Mar 2007

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Consumers are increasingly aware of the distance products travel to get to market, and it seems a likely next step that “clothes miles” will become an issue like “food miles.” But is sourcing closer to home the answer? And what measures are retailers taking to address the issue? Mike Flanagan takes a look.


Specialty retailers 16 Mar 2007

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Aeropostale and Pacific Sunwear of California released fourth-quarter results after the close of the markets Thursday (15 March), and the distance between them was as great as the separation between their headquarter cities.


Technical textiles 12 Mar 2007

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Technical textiles for the apparel industry, ranging from stain resistant clothing for catering staff to all-in-one suits for nuclear, biological and chemical warfare, looks set to be a fruitful area of growth over the next half-decade. Joe Ayling takes a look at a new report on the sector.


Ethiopia’s production prospects 7 Mar 2007

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Ethiopia’s entire textile and clothing supply chain is ripe for development under an ambitious US$1,799bn government plan to make knitted and woven clothing and home furnishings account around 45% of the country’s total exports. Investment opportunities range from setting up new businesses to taking over government owned factories or sourcing direct from the industry, as Niki Tait reports.


Bluefly flies high 2 Mar 2007

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Bluefly, the online retailer of off-price designer fashion brands, has just announced strong growth in revenues and margin levels for the fourth quarter and full year 2006. As more and more apparel chains announce their intentions to start selling online, just-style’s Rebecca Danton talks to Melissa Payner, president and CEO of Bluefly, about how the business has set a precedent in online soft goods sales and the company’s ability to keep its competitive edge.


Capacity challenge 26 Feb 2007

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Promises to expand the textile and clothing industries in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have been repeatedly thwarted by government miscalculation and delay. So anyone who thinks they can predict essential new garment producing capacity in a few years’ time is likely to be wrong, points out Mike Flanagan.


Export markets 23 Feb 2007

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Hong Kong’s clothing exporters managed to put in a commendable performance last year. Helped by the re-imposition of quotas on Chinese textile and clothing products by the USA and EU, Hong Kong has seen a resurgence in its re-export trade, with the US in particular accounting for 16% more business in 2006. Vicky Sung reports.


Product development 19 Feb 2007

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Delivering a fashion collection on time and to budget is an increasingly difficult challenge. Factor in a complex international environment, and sourcing the finished product has the potential to be a logistical nightmare. But help is at hand in the form of product lifecycle management (PLM) software to coordinate the flow of information in a collection from design onwards, helping retailers and brands to anticipate consumers’ demands.


Fashion online 13 Feb 2007

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Despite the limitations of selling fashion over the internet, online purchases appeared to buck the downward trend in festive retail sales. Rebecca Danton finds out why more and more retailers are turning to e-commerce, while new research suggests that online fashion sales could increase by GBP134m (US$264m) a year if websites address customer behaviour patterns and provide more product information.


Trade talk 7 Feb 2007

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What’s likely to happen when anti-China quotas lapse in the EU at the end of 2007 and in the US at the end of 2008? No-one knows for sure explains Mike Flanagan, and points out that trying to forecast how possible, but uncertain, measures will affect the flow of trade is a mug’s game.


Hong Kong upbeat 2 Feb 2007

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Even though Hong Kong’s textile and clothing manufacturing industry has been shrinking from year to year, the territory has still managed to remain an important player in the global textile and clothing trade, as Vicky Sung reports.


CAFTA-DR progress 30 Jan 2007

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A new customs cooperation agreement that should help the US and Mexican textile industries compete with cheap Asian exports has been signed by the US Trade Representative Susan C Schwab and the Mexican Secretary of Economy Eduardo Sojo at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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