Every fashion manufacturer exhibiting at Source Fashion has to be certified as responsible and ethical. This means visitors can rest assured that all of the suppliers on the show floor can be trusted as the show organisers have done all of the hard work for them.
Just Style spent a good portion of the show having in-depth conversations with these responsible manufacturers and we will be publishing our findings for you in due course.
One interesting insight included the fact that some of China’s most ethical and responsible suppliers are struggling in this post-Covid world that’s filled with diversification, nearshoring and claims of forced labour.
One Chinese fashion supplier spoke very openly about the fact all he can do is focus on providing his customers the best service alongside looking after his factory workers in the best way he can.
He admits, however the tensions between the Chinese government and the rest of the world right now isn’t making life easy for him.
The show, which had a number of ethical and responsible Chinese suppliers acts as a stark reminder that it’s wildly unfair to tarnish a whole nation with the same ‘forced labour’ brush.
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There are and will remain to be fantastic Chinese suppliers working hard to keep their businesses afloat and their workers paid amid the economic challenges facing the world and indeed China.
China’s challenges provides fashion sourcing opportunities in unlikely places
In saying this, it was also clear that one nation’s challenges provides some interesting opportunities for suppliers based in some unlikely places.
The show’s sourcing director Suzanne Ellingham told Just Style exclusively UK department store John Lewis is seriously considering sourcing from Madagascar thanks to the show.
From a nearshoring perspective one Portuguese supplier focused on recycled fabrics tells Just Style it is benefitting from the rise in customers based in the UK, Germany, Holland and France wanting to buy in smaller quantities.
Plus, the show’s pavilion of Jordan apparel suppliers revealed the UK and other parts of Europe as well as the United States are proving to be an exciting opportunity thanks to a growing trend in modest fashion.
Garment makers from over 20 countries were present at this week’s Source Fashion event where sourcing director Suzanne Ellingham revealed exclusively to Just Style that UK retail group The John Lewis Partnership is now considering sourcing from Madagascar.
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