Noticing that millennials’ desire for quality handbags without bulge-bracket price tags created a significant gap in the market, German entrepreneur and designer Nina Sieber has set up online accessory shop WEAT -- standing for “We Love Avocado Toast”, a nod to a favourite brunch dish for millennials the world over.
The Asia Fashion Fair, held in both Tokyo and Osaka on an annual basis, started life in 2003 as the China Fashion Fair and a showcase for Mainland Chinese companies looking for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) business in Japan. More
The Swedish government has launched an investigation into the possibility of introducing legislation that would make textile producers responsible for collecting and recycling textile waste. Sweden already imposes producer responsibility for waste collection of products such as packaging, paper, batteries and electronics. More
Kenya, with its vibrant private sector, relatively reliable infrastructure and strong labour force, has long been an economic powerhouse in sub-Saharan Africa. The Big Four National Economic Transformation Agenda (Big Four Agenda) launched in December 2017 has pinpointed several promising areas for growth and investment potential, particularly manufacturing, agribusiness and food processing sectors. More
Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from mainland China have been announced by USTR. Affected products include certain fabrics, non-woven disposable headgear, man-made fibre stuff sacks, leather covers for telecommunications devices, wood flooring, desk accessories of medium density fibreboard, digital electronic scales and toddler beds of wood. More
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on 7 February signed legislation into law that will require manufacturers of children’s products to disclose chemicals of special concern to children and eliminate various hazardous chemicals from their products. More
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking input by 19 March on a proposal to amend the Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act to incorporate the most recent ISO 2076 standard for generic fibre names, which would allow the use of seven additional generic fibre names on textile and apparel labels. More
More details have recently surfaced about the European Commission’s Industrial Strategy and the new Circular Economy Action plan. These plans, which the Commission intends to publish by March, complement each other in setting out measures to maintain European industry’s competitiveness while achieving greater sustainability. More