19th September 2018
Are we really facing total retail collapse? Or have too many retailers just been misguided?
An awful lot of people are telling us retail's collapsing - or at least fleeing to the internet. Among recent front-page horrors have been Sears in the US hinting it’s...
5th September 2018
Credit Suisse confirm: for clothes retailers “not being online is an advantage”
Credit Suisse confirmed (download CS analysis 5 Sep) on September 5 that for clothes retailers thinking of online selling "not being online is an advantage". Their argument is that it...
6th May 2018
Does it still take union action to get compensation in a Bangladesh garment factory?
On May 4, a Bangladesh garment worker took ill. His condition was ignored by his superior, so he died. The tragic death took his colleagues out onto the street demanding...
24th April 2018
India’s handloom obsession starts talk of an “endgame” in its clothing export industry
India's obsession with the politics of hand-weaving means clothes exports are falling sharply. And they were in a surprisingly mediocre position to start with. In the financial year to February, they...
28th March 2018
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. What I originally wrote for publication after the 2016 UK Brexit referendum more or less explains...
28th March 2018
Why voters got unhappy about global supply chains: what I said in 2016
Here's an article I first published in August 2016 (between the UK's Brexit referendum and America's Trump election), after reading someone else's commentary. I believed at the time that Robert...
27th March 2018
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...
20th December 2017
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. But it casts light on the changes the global apparel has been...
15th November 2017
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. Sharper-eyed readers sometimes ask why...
22nd May 2017
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...