All articles by Dr Sheng Lu

Dr Sheng Lu

Nearsourcing satisfies US apparel retailers’ recycled textile craving

US retailers seeking clothing made from recycled materials are relying more heavily on countries closer to home to meet their sourcing needs, rather than Asia, a new study has revealed.

Is China a business opportunity or liability for fashion companies in 2023?

Like it or not, the future of China as a market or sourcing base for Western fashion companies remains one of the most heated debates in 2023. University of Delaware’s associate professor of fashion and apparel studies, Dr Sheng Lu, uses GlobalData’s apparel brand and retail filings to investigate.

World Textiles and Clothing Trade in 2021: A Statistical Review

Sheng Lu, associate professor of apparel and textiles, University of Delaware, explores the latest data from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) looking at clothing trade patterns in 2021.

Patterns of US apparel trade and sourcing: latest trends and outlook

Based on the latest trade data released by the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) and the US International Trade Commission (USITC), this article analyzed the US apparel import patterns in the first three quarters of 2022.

Four year review: US-China tariffs war and apparel sourcing

Following the US’ decision to continue the Section 301 tariffs against China, associate professor of apparel and textile studies at the University of Delaware, Dr Sheng Lu reveals what it means for the apparel sector four years on.

Asia triumphs in June despite US apparel sourcing diversification efforts

The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) June figures suggest large-scale suppliers in the wider Asian region are the biggest winners as US fashion companies continue to diversify apparel sourcing away from China, explains Dr Sheng Lu.

What do fashion companies say about Vietnam as an apparel sourcing base?

After China and Bangladesh, Vietnam is the world’s third-largest apparel exporting country. Associate Professor of fashion and apparel studies at the University of Delaware, Dr Sheng Lu, looks at the latest data.

Myanmar loses appeal for US apparel imports in March

The March 2022 figures from the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) suggest Myanmar is becoming less attractive as an apparel sourcing destination, explains Dr Sheng Lu.

What apparel, textile products are covered by US Section 301 Tariff Action against China?

Associate Professor of fashion and apparel studies at the University of Delaware, Dr Sheng Lu shares the most up-to-date reference list of apparel and textile products that are covered by the US Section 301 tariff action against China.

ANALYSIS: Japan’s apparel market has strong sourcing potential

Japan’s apparel market is a promising, dynamic and competitive market for fashion brands and retailers based on the latest trade statistics, explains University of Delaware’s associate professor of fashion and apparel studies, Dr Sheng Lu.