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  • Credit crunch hits Western suppliers too

    We’re used to stories about the problems Western companies face relocating facilities or production abroad: indeed it’s what pays our wages at Clothesource.

  • Albania: still there even if the lights aren’t

    Albanian factories’ difficulties with erratic power are nothing new. Indeed back in January of this year, it was reportedly a reason many factories in the Korca area were contemplating upping and moving to Macedonia.

  • What do you do when the lights go out?

    Albania has become the latest country where erratic power supplies are undermining garment factories’ ability to do their job.

  • Why you don’t need to go to the Third World to find sweatshops

    The story about alleged sweatshops in New York is shocking. But it really isn’t surprising.

  • Bossa: We told you so

    We’ve been carrying stories that Turkish conglomerate Sabanci was trying to sell off Bossa since 2006 And carrying stories of Sabanci’s denial since 2007 It even sparked one of our earliest Clothesource Comments

  • Are the Cambodians crying wolf?

    Getting hard data about the health of Cambodia’s apparel industry is exceptionally difficult, as both factory owners and unions go from one minute predicting imminent catastrophe to prove that wages ought to go up (unions) or stay low (management), to insisting on the opposite a minute later.

  • Customs recruiting spin doctors

    “It’s politics pure and simple”

  • What’s the use of junk statistics?

    Do you believe hundreds of people died in in Bangladeshi garment factory accidents this year?

  • Brands close Indian sourcing offices

    Some pessimism emerged about India’s future as a sourcing location as Li and Fung’s acquisition of Timberland’s sourcing operation led to the closure of Timberland’s separate Indian sourcing office. This decision – which has nothing to do with India as a place to buy clothes from – coincided with rumours in India that Liz Claiborne was reviewing the future of its Indian sourcing office, and came shortly after the decision of UK retailer Next to close its Bangalore office – while keeping its Delhi one.

  • How permanent are China’s export rebates?

    It took China an extraordinarily long time to agree to increase tax rebates on clothing and textile exports.

  • Can Bangladesh really be that unsafe?

    “Accidents in work places, mostly in garment factories, killed at least 953 people in Bangladesh in the six months to June”, Reuters reported the Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation as announcing in early August.

  • How migration is transforming our business

    There used to be a simple theory.

  • Chinese exports fall: the great tipping point?

    The announcement that China’s apparel exports actually fell in value during February 2008 had been expected for some time. In fact, the number of garments the US imported from China actually started falling in November 2007, and China’s share of the world apparel trade was lower in the fourth quarter of 2007 than it had been in 2006.

  • It’s not just the clothes getting globalised

    We all think clothing production is about going where there are most workers.

  • Learning from Others’ Mistakes

    I’ve probably learned more about our industry from Rachel Louise Snyder’s new book Fugitive Denim (published by WW Norton: 978-0-393-06180-2) than from anything else I’ve read, seen or done in the past year.