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Argentina Amends Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear
The Argentinean government has amended in various ways the sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, apparel and footwear.
Economists' Pick 25 May 2018
State-Level Efforts to Expand Labelling Requirements for Microfibre Clothing Intensify
State-level efforts to require clothing containing plastic microfibres to include a label with language warning about the environmental impact of such fibres have seemingly intensified in recent weeks.
Economists' Pick 25 May 2018
High-Tech Textiles Take on Old Favourite Fabrics at US Sourcing Show
Traditional trends, such as bold prints and metallic embellishments, jostled with high-tech textiles and augmented-reality apparel for the attention and spend of big buyers at the recent New York TexWorld international sourcing expo.
Economists' Pick 18 May 2018
European Commission Takes Further Action Against Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear
On 26 April 2018, the European Commission received backing from the EU’s REACH Committee to take further action against hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems.
Economists' Pick 18 May 2018
HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2018 
Featuring over 1,000 international exhibitors and more than 12,000 visitors in 2017, this one-stop platform provides excellent international exposure for established and emerging labels alike.
Economists' Pick 14 May 2018
VIETNAM: Deadline for Cut in Formaldehyde and Aromatic Amines Levels in All Textiles Postponed Until 2019
The deadline for cutting the level of formaldehyde and AZO dye-derived aromatic amines in all textile products sold in the country has been extended until 1 January 2019.
Economists' Pick 8 May 2018
A Feast for the Fashion Senses
PMQ pop-up 23 Senses will introduce Hong Kong to some of the finest local designers, from globally recognised brands like menswear label Necro Poon to newly-launched labels such as Start From Zero & Sons, a workwear collection that represents a collaboration between designer Sonic Lam and the renowned street art collective.
Economists' Pick 4 May 2018
10 Years On, Credit Crunch Still Casting Shadow Over US Fashion
Memories are long and recovery is slow in the North American retail sector, with many exhibitors at New York's MODA clothing expo claiming the damage done to the fashion industry back in 2008 has yet to be anything like fully repaired.
Economists' Pick 25 April 2018
SRI LANKA: Company Ownership in Excess of 25% Shares to be Subject to Mandatory Reporting
Individuals who hold more than 25% stake in a company in Sri Lanka will soon see their personal details as well as details of their beneficial interest in shares reported to the country’s Registrar of Companies (ROC).
Economists' Pick 13 April 2018
VIETNAM: CIT Rate to be Lowered to 15-17% in Bid to Boost Competitiveness
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently revealed in a business summit that the government has planned to reduce the country’s corporate income tax (CIT) rate from 20-22% at present to 15-17%.
Economists' Pick 11 April 2018
Keeping it Casual
A former stylist for some of the biggest names on the Hong Kong celebrity circuit, including actor Simon Yam, singer/actor Myolie Wu and singer Kay Tse, Marco M Chan has become one of the city’s celebrated fashion designers.
Economists' Pick 9 April 2018
Hong Kong International Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair
A sophisticated showcase for stylish, high-quality products, the fair is the region’s only specialised trade show for home-textile buyers during the peak sourcing season.
Economists' Pick 9 April 2018
Tariff and Production Cost Issues Dominate US Textile Sourcing Show
A glum early-year show saw exhibitors at Apparel Sourcing USA concerned over mooted US import tariffs, rising production costs, consumer disinterest in environmental surcharges and the consequences of Brazilian corruption.
Economists' Pick 29 March 2018
INDIA: Fixed-Terms Contracts Now Approved for Use in Every Business Sector
Companies in every business sector in India are now allowed to offer fixed-terms employment contracts to all staff members. Previously, such contracts could be extended only to temporary staff in the apparel and textile industries.
Economists' Pick 23 March 2018
BANGLADESH: Unannounced On-Site Inspections Loom as Government Targets Tax-Dodging Overseas Staff
At least 40 companies will be receiving surprise visits over the next two months as the government cracks down on undocumented overseas workers, many of whom are believed to be employed in the country’s more export-oriented sectors.
Economists' Pick 23 March 2018
CAMBODIA: Phase Two of National Roll-Out of Online Certificate of Origin System Implemented
Following a three-month trial in the Thai-bordering provinces of Battambang and Pailin, Cambodia is to extend the use of the online Certificate of Origin (CO) system to two other provinces – Banteay Meanchey and Oddar Meanchey.
Economists' Pick 22 March 2018
New Label on Polyester Clothing Would be Required Under California Bill
A new bill in the California State Assembly (AB 2379, introduced on 14 February) would require all clothing made from fabric that is more than 50 percent polyester to bear a conspicuous label warning that the garment sheds plastic microfibres when washed and recommending hand washing.
Economists' Pick 16 March 2018
Launching International Brands in Asia-Pacific Markets Multimedia
A highlight of the inaugural World of Fashion Accessories zone at Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2018 was the global launch of an eponymous brand from pop music icon Céline Dion. Hong Kong is an important financial centre that provides companies international exposure, according to Innée-Sedona International, which represents the singer. Company director Gary Gardner explains why Hong Kong is a crucial stepping stone to launch the brand across the Asia Pacific region.
Multimedia 16 March 2018
As Production Gets More Frantic, Style Sets Out to Provide a Refuge
With automation, robotics and digitisation set to vastly accelerate the pace of garment manufacturing, according to exhibitors at Magic, fashion itself is set to provide something of a soothing refuge from the pace of 21st century life.
Economists' Pick 6 March 2018
VIETNAM: One-Stop Cargo Clearance System Set for September Rollout
Plans are in place to extend the use of an automated cargo clearance system to all of the ports and airports in 11 of the country’s major cities and provinces by September 2018.
Economists' Pick 6 March 2018
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