Thailand has opened its first library exclusively devoted to information about fashion and clothing design.

The Bangkok Fashion Trend Center, the largest of its kind in Asia, is part of the Bangkok Fashion City project funded by the Royal Thai Government to promote Thai fashion and apparel brands. 
 
Information covers international fashion and clothing, textile and garment manufacturing, footwear, leatherwear, gems, and jewelry. 
 
Said Pramote Wittayasuk, director general of Thailand's Department of Industrial Promotion and chairman of the Bangkok Fashion City project: "Students, academics and industry leaders alike are already using the Center to explore international standards, catch up on global trends in design and manufacture, and gain inspiration for Thailand's own burgeoning fashion industry."
 
Wittayasuk added: "It is vital as Thailand's fashion brands globalise that its leaders keep up with international trends and standards."
 
The Bangkok Fashion City programme, which aims to move the industry away from bulk production and up the value chain, expects Thailand's fashion industry exports to grow by 13.5% this year.

January-to-August exports were worth $8.2bn, including garments and textiles at $4.4bn, and leather goods and footwear at $1.1bn.

Thailand's garment manufacturers are also planning to boost their exports to the US by opening a Manhattan office. The Thai Garment Manufacturers Association and the Ministry of Commerce say the facility would offer one-stop shopping for US apparel companies looking to source from low-cost suppliers.