Opinions

Opinions consist of views about the global garment trade from us, or occasionally - from other people. These are freely available to everyone.

  • Why no-one’s buying clothes any more: The introduction

    No-one’s buying clothes any more for much the same reason voters are disenchanted.

  • Does Britain’s Brexit climbdown explain why no-one’s buying clothes anymore?

    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.

  • Can Britain really be serious about Brexit?

    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 myth about politicians’ trade restrictions

    The extraordinary tizzy Brexit and Trump threw commentators into tell us more about commentators than about global politics.

  • What Collagin taught me about the fashion industry. And retailing

    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.

  • Britain’s surprisingly hidden boom in apparel exports

    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. 

  • Are we about to see an assembly-worker free apparel industry?

    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:

  • The Brexit and Trump kamikaze wings are trying to kill businesses

    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.

  • Post-Brexit customs chaos could choke UK apparel retailers

    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

  • What’s the Chinese for hogwash?

    “China must be ready to face [the] growing trend of protectionism” said its Premier Li Keqiang on March 5.

  • This isn’t a good time for developing new sourcing strategies

    The speed the sourcing environment’s changing, you’d think this is a good time for a new strategy. You’d be wrong.

  • Computer programs and flash PR won’t eliminate wage abuses by themselves

    Is the British government’s “name and shame” campaign High Street retailers concentrating too much on headline-grabbing mistakes?

  • Turkish-Bulgarian border offers UK apparel industry serious warning of life after Brexit

    Lengthy queues at  Kapikule, on Turkey’s side of its frontier with Bulgaria offer a depressing lesson for Britain’s Brexit planners.

  • Introducing…the Teebie-geebie world

    The world sadly lacks a simple word for the immense wave of complications caused by the Trump election, Brexit and all the likely knock-ons from them both. Here’s our suggestion.

  • High-minded idealism is confusing buyers as much as the new nationalism

    Seemingly endless January trade-related government announcements in the US and UK lacked a single detail businesses could use for planning.