Front row from left: Wong Sau Ching, HKGCOT; Dr Gordon Yen, HKGCOT; Rahul Mehta, IAF, Matthijs Crietee, IAF. Back row: Barry Lu; James Wong; Guan Shu Min Sharon; Hui Cheung Wing; Vicky Sung; Suen Choi To May; and Kenny Wong (all from HKGCOT)

Front row from left: Wong Sau Ching, HKGCOT; Dr Gordon Yen, HKGCOT; Rahul Mehta, IAF, Matthijs Crietee, IAF. Back row: Barry Lu; James Wong; Guan Shu Min Sharon; Hui Cheung Wing; Vicky Sung; Suen Choi To May; and Kenny Wong (all from HKGCOT)

The International Apparel Federation (IAF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hong Kong General Chamber of Textiles (HKGCOT), with the aim of exchanging knowledge on innovation, apparel markets and international business opportunities.

The collaboration, the IAF says, will give it an "important connection" in Hong Kong's fashion sector, describing it as a hub for the global industry, especially in design, sourcing and education.

It helps to further the IAF’s aim to build bridges across continents by attracting fashion entrepreneurs from Hong Kong to its international conventions and vice versa, to bring information and connections from across the world to the country.

For HKGCOT, it marks a step further in its goal to globalise local designer brands and to create opportunities for young promising designers to get international exposure.

Last year, HKGCOT signed an MoU with IAF member American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA). In collaborating, HKGCOT is able to strengthen its knowledge on overseas markets by using IAF’s network which reaches over 50 countries and big apparel markets.

Earlier this month, the IAF announced first details of this year's World Fashion Convention, which will highlight the developments rejuvenating and strengthening the fashion industry.

Taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 14-15 October, alongside the 8th Istanbul Fashion Conference, the 31st annual convention will look at investments in local skills, investments in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability, in products, in supply chain management and in marketing.