Lora & Festa Adds New Technology to a Classic Luxury Fiber
Cashmere has traditionally been seen as a delicate luxury fiber that requires attention and care.  Cashmere yarn specialist, Lora & Festa, has successfully taken cashmere into the sports and active wear market by adding hi-tech performance properties. The 131 year-old cashmere yarn spinner saw an opportunity in the growing active wear market that wanted the functionality of sportswear but the luxury and design of fashion apparel.The company invested extensively in R&D to develo...
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South Enterprises: Quality Leads the Way to More Sustainable Business
One of Hong Kong's first knitters is now leading the way to the next generation of knitting and garment production. South Enterprises has continued to reinvent itself through investment in R&D and in state-of-the-art equipment. “To remain in business you have to keep reinventing yourself,” said Manning Tang, director at South Enterprises Ltd. “The market keeps changing and you have to change with it. Many companies fail because they insist on sticking to the old ways of dong things.” ...
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Karale: Seeing Manufacturing Through the Client’s Eyes
Often times the quality in a bag is beneath the surface.“Quality is the most important thing. As I always say to my team: A customer could always come back, even if we lose them because of price, production schedule, or other reasons. The only reason they won’t come back to you is if your quality is poor,” said Cyan Tsoi, founder of Karale Industries Limited.This dedication to quality and reputation that Karale developed among its customers has helped the company to weather man...
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Cone Denim: Taking Heritage Denim to the Global Supply Chain
While newer mills can produce some very good denim, there’s nothing like the ‘real thing.’Trendy, authentic vintage denim is not that easy to source. Few of the original denim mills are still in operation. While newer mills can produce some very good denim, there’s nothing like the ‘real thing.’Cone Denim has the unique advantage of being able to leverage its over 100-year history in the denim business. The company’s White Oak mill, which was established...
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EPIC: A New Model for Bangladesh Production
This state-of-the-art manufacturer is ready to compete with the world's best factories.Ranju Mahtani is proof of that adage that it’s not where you start it’s where you finish. In 1984 Epic, then owned by one of his relatives, sent him to Bangladesh as an intern. At that time the company had just started sourcing out of the subcontinent and was looking to establish themselves as agents out of Bangladesh. Mr. Mahtani was tasked with setting up the office and getting the business s...
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Tajima: The Power Behind Better Embroidery
How advanced equipment is producing better garments and better profits.The heroes behind many successful garment producers are machinery manufacturers. The continual investment in developing newer and better technology by companies like Tajima Embroidery Machines  Ltd. is enabling the apparel industry to raise its efficiency, as well as offer buyers innovative new products.R & D is in Tajima’s DNA. The Japanese machinery manufacturer introduced its first embroidery machine in 1964...
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Mandarin Enterprises: The Art of Fine Fabrics
Mandarin brought Japanese dyeing and finishing techniques to the Hong Kong textile industry.“The Armani sourcing team came to Hong Kong and we were the last appointment on their schedule. However, when they saw our fabric showroom, they were so excited that they cancelled their flight and stayed an extra day to work with us,” said Estella Kwan (关德英), Managing Director at Mandarin Enterprises (International) Co., Ltd. (文华国际企业有限公司), telling Inside Fashion about a day when ...
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Eastco: Quality Fabrics That Drive Apparel Sales
“Under the current economic situation, fashion is less of a driver for garment sales. Consumers want to buy something of better quality that can last a bit longer,” said Ricky Yee (余斯伟), director at Eastco Industries Ltd.Today’s consumers want good quality clothing that lasts longer, but that doesn’t mean that visual appeal is no longer important. Instead, “if you want to persuade the customer to buy something, it has to be something special. People don’t w...
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Hyosung: Multi-Fiber Innovation is Driving the Next Generation of Fabrics
Function and fashion are teaming up to create uniqueness and added value.Function and fashion are working more closely than ever before to create uniqueness and added value. However, at the foundation of today’s cutting edge developments lies fiber – the core ingredient that is quietly driving big changes in the apparel industry.And behind much of the research and development is Hyosung, a Korean company with a history of pioneering a wide range of fiber innovations. What makes Hyosu...
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Kornit:  Personalization with Digital Prints
New technology is taking customization in exciting new directions.Digital printing is the next big thing in the fashion industry as designers and brands look for greater product differentiation and for smaller minimums.Initially starting out in the T-shirt industry where retailers offered consumers the opportunity to print whatever they wanted on a shirt, the technology is now taking the fashion industry by storm.From small studios to larger manufacturers, there’s a growing adoption of dig...
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