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...
1st February 2018
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. Britain is a Parliamentary democracy, most MPs...
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...
12th May 2017
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...
7th April 2017
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. They differ...
31st March 2017
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,...
8th March 2017
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. Well, he should know. Time after time, whichever political parties have...
28th February 2017
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. No-one knows yet how Britain's options will develop On February...
27th February 2017
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? “Minimum wage abuses will not go unpunished” announced Britain’s Business Minister Margot James...