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Rwandan workers "are quick and keen to learn, disciplined and hard-working"Rwanda steps into Africa’s apparel sourcing mix 17 Sep 19

Leonie Barrie

For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world’s next big destination for textile and fashion production. But another East African country – Rwanda – is also gearing up for a slice of the action, with the country’s newest export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time.

ConsumersFrom Field to Shelf – What price fast-fashion and the future of clothes? 17 Sep 19

Robert P Antoshak

The harsh realities of the global business of textiles and apparel are set out in a new book 'Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes.' Aimed at the general public, explains industry consultant Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, the message for industry insiders is clear: clean up your act.

Tariffs on textile and apparel products are edging closer in the US-China tariff warUS-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-list updated 13 Sep 19

Dr Sheng Lu

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported into the US from China, we've taken an updated look at the latest actions and the products on the hit-list.

Apparel and clothing accessories exports from the Philippines dropped 8.7% in the first half of the year to just US$434.6mLack of action weighs on Philippines clothing industry 11 Sep 19

Jens Kastner

Clothing industry sources in the Philippines say their country is one of the few that has not seen a boost in garment export orders as a result of the US-China trade war – despite the government's plan to boost local manufacturing capacity.

Urban Outfitters has set out its priorities to mitigate the impact of President Trump’s tariffs on imports from ChinaUrban Outfitters shifting sourcing to mitigate China tariffs 10 Sep 19

Michelle Russell

US clothing retailer Urban Outfitters has said that rather than resorting to price hikes, its focus will be on sourcing from other countries and negotiating with existing suppliers to mitigate the impact of US tariffs on imports from China.

"The garment industry in Jordan is mainly focused on cutting and making, with not much contribution in design"Jordan mulls increasing local design content in manufacturing 10 Sep 19

Paul Cochrane

Jordanian garment manufacturers and supporting institutions like the International Labour Organization's Better Work Jordan initiative plan to introduce garment design training to add value to a sector that is primarily 'cut and sew.'

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