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Changing times require new solutions. Sourcing executives at FASHCON (Hong Kong, Aug 29) met to learn about the newest developments in sustainability, new opportunities for ASEAN sourcing, as well as innovative ways to rethink a company’s organization structure.

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Spinexpo Shanghai (Sept 3-5, 2019) offered an interesting mix of East and West, drawing a strong contingent of leading international brands, as well as an energetic turn out from Chinese domestic brands.The biggest shift we saw was the demand for better quality - the fact that better collections were outperformaing more moderately priced ones.

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Better materials, greater sustainability, good workmanship, and design excellence - today consumers are pushing brands to give them something better.

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Millennials are flocking to festivals - to listen to the music, join in the excitement of the event - and to shop for unique, limited edition merchandise.

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What People Were Saying… The U.S. consumer is very aware of fiber content. Business is good for smaller, niche brands. If you have the right product, buyers will not push too much on price. Physical retail is important – need customers to experience the products. Interestingly, there was almost no talk about sustainability.  What’s Selling Bold floral prints (jungle prints, tropical prints) Soft fabrics with lots of drape The difference is in the details (think...

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Creative, high quality, and targeting specific consumer needs has been the ticket to success for a growing number of small brands. New products that address specific consumer needs, unique designs, and better quality were the ‘asks’ at Curve NY (August 4-6, 2019). It was a big order to fulfill, however an increasing number of brands are meeting these new requirements. The rise of niche brands – and their importance in the market - can’t be overlooked. ...

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Everyone is talking about robotics these days. Manufacturers tend to see completely automated apparel production as not viable, given the complexities of making most garments.  Consultants, on the other hand, tell us that this is the future – and the future is now. Unquestionably, garment manufacturing is seeing greater automation.  Right now, the most practical application (at least from a cost-benefit point of view) are co-bots – essentially automation that boost wor...

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“Who failed the customer? Was it the mall or the retailer?” said Lanne Bennett, Vice President of New Business Development with Samuels and Company, and who previously worked for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in Los Angeles.Many of the brands that are doing poorly have lackluster products, shoddy quality and have cut back on investing in maintaining their stores. So is it the mall or the brand that’s to blame for weak sales?

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FRONTLINE REPORT: Spinexpo NY Talking About Sustainability - and Everyone Was! Despite the mixed sentiments about the health of the US market (some say the market is strong and expect it to remain this way. Others sense an impending recession…), the mood at SPINEXPO New York (July 16-18) was very upbeat.“It’s been a tough year, said John Yau, Director of R&D at UPW (Hong Kong). “Smaller brands have been more hesitant to purchase the same amounts as they hav...

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Tense times for international trade.  G20 Finance Ministers encourage nations to bury the hatchet.What:  G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors MeetingWhen:  June 8-9, 2019 in Fukuoka, JapanTop Concern:  The “intensifying” global trade and geopolitical tensions.  US-China rift is particularly worrisome. (G20 communique / IMF summary)“The principal threat stems from continuing trade tensions.  The first priority should be to resolve the cu...

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