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Announcing its annual results on May 23, Marks & Spencer publicly agreed with what its older customers have been saying for years: it’s too fixated with fashion. Slide 9 at this presentation puts it as “previously fixated on best and fashion, not style”
On May 4, a Bangladesh garment worker took ill. His condition was ignored by his superior, so he died.
India’s obsession with the politics of hand-weaving means clothes exports are falling sharply.
No-one’s buying clothes any more for much the same reason voters are disenchanted.
21 months ago, I excitedly wrote about the implications of Britain’s Brexit vote to leave the EU. On March 19, the UK and EU agreed a provisional transition deal on their relationship from March 2019.
The watchword this year is BINO: Brexit in Name Only. I think it’s the best prediction of what awaits Britain after March 2019.
The extraordinary tizzy Brexit and Trump threw commentators into tell us more about commentators than about global politics.
My new Saturday job’s opened my eyes to a huge set of changes in fashion retailing that seem to have passed the apparel industry by.
When it comes to apparel-making in Britain, there’s one thing we all think we know: there isn’t very much of it. But Britain’s official trade statistics seem to tell a very different story.
There’s an awful lot less to two recent, apparently game-changing, announcements about our industry than you’d imagine at first glance. However flaky the assumptions they’re based on, though, they highlight one undoubted truth:
Brexit and the Trump Revolution are often linked. What really unites them is the extraordinarily uncommercial attitude many of their politicians are taking to what real businesses want.
On 29 March, Britain’s Prime Minister signed a letter triggering the two-year process for leaving the European Union (EU). Though the negotiations will cover almost every aspect of British life, one issue affects our industry more than any other. Customs
“China must be ready to face [the] growing trend of protectionism” said its Premier Li Keqiang on March 5.
The speed the sourcing environment’s changing, you’d think this is a good time for a new strategy. You’d be wrong.