Blog: Home from Hong Kong

Joe Ayling | 6 April 2010

Last week's Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong was a complete success during a critical time for the apparel industry.

The main themes for this year's forum included worldwide demand, trade policies, retailing, innovation, sourcing and sustainability, with a fascinating final debate on the sourcing powerhouse of China.

A growing movement for standardisation in the apparel industry also gained momentum as the week progressed.

As reported last week, leading industry personnel would like to see consistent guidelines for measuring sustainability, product safety and social compliance.

Currently suppliers are receiving a wealth of information from different companies, while protocol also varies from one country to the next.

While such a movement would need local government backing, it would undoubtedly result in more transparency and a cleaner supply chain during a time when the industry needs just that.

just-style's own trip went less to plan, as the much-documented British Airways strike prolonged the trip by two days.

Spending part of the Easter holiday in Hong Kong is never a bad thing though, and presented an opportunity to visit some luxurious malls and bustling markets.

It is not only the human residents who are mad about fashion either, as my local newspaper vendor showed with his 'sunglasses and party animal' look below.

By Joe Ayling, news editor.


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