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Wholesalers/importers’ expectations from Indian exporters

Indian exporters often say that day-by-day buyers’ expectations from them are increasing and these expectations are hard to fulfil. Apparel Online questioned wholesalers/importers on what they are expecting from Indian vendors and how capable and willing are the exporters on these parameters. Most of the expectations of these very important India’s customers seem necessary and something which must be fulfilled. Product development and innovation in designs is one of the biggest expectations for any wholesaler/importer […]


World clothing exports may suffer: IAF Chief

The recent geo political tensions, polarization and populism in a growing number of countries may impact world exports in clothing, stated International Apparel Federation President Han Bekke. “This could easily lead to protectionism and import duties and with that it will not only affect the world exports in clothing (approx. US $ 450 billion), but also the position of many companies and workers worldwide,” said Han Bekke while addressing the China-Asia Textile Forum 2017 in […]

March 14, 2017


Exporters getting value by working with wholesalers/importers

Since last few years, as market conditions have become more difficult, many of the Indian apparel exporters are just focusing on one agenda, ‘machines chalti rehnee chaahiyen’ – machines should not remain idle. And this is one of the main reasons that most of the exporters are working with wholesalers and importers as they have better orders than individual retailers since they are further associated with many retailers/stores. But it is certainly not a cakewalk […]


AO Investigation: Why Jaipur exporters are struggling to even reach Rs. 100 crore-mark?

Some years ago, one well-known Jaipur-based exporter having 3 factories, approached Tesco, H&M and few other such top brands/stores to work with his factories. The factories were even certified but after all this, the top brands refused to work with this Jaipur exporter without specifying the reason, even though the rates offered by the exporter were impressively less from those being offered by exporters in Delhi-NCR. Not the one to be disheartened, the exporter then approached […]


Bringing Value by Quality Printing, DCC launches its ‘Xperience Zone’ in Dhaka

The exclusive ‘Xperience Zone’ created by Dhaval Colour Chem (DCC) in Dhaka recently is much more than a beautiful showroom to display the art of printing. The Zone, which is the brainchild of Dhaval Dadia (Managing Director of DCC Group of Companies) is headed by H N Ashiqur Rahman, Country Manager, DCC, and having headquarters in India, is offering an entire range of printers – screen, digital and sublimation – and the aim is to […]


Is it the end of the mall?

The year started with Macy’s announcing the closure of 63 stores and eliminating 10,000 jobs as the departmental store chain continued to grapple with weak sales during the holiday season. Many experts are relating the store closures to the growth of digital platform and also to retailers falling behind in implementing new strategies with time. The growing influence of millennials, who are accustomed to digital stimulations rather than physically visiting a store themselves, is also […]


Wholesalers/importers looking for very wide range of products

These are some of the common statements that small- and medium-level exporters, who are mostly working with wholesalers/importers, give when questioned about their product capabilities… But are these statements really true; and are buyers happy with the products available with the Indian exporters, is another story altogether. Of course, there are also many companies that are doing only niche products from day 1 and wish to continue with the same as they are enjoying the edge […]


Labour Unrest: Bangladesh garment industry faces the brunt

Bangladesh garment industry has suffered a loss of around US $ 50 million due to recent protests by garment workers. It has also raised concerns with national and international stakeholders. This has been stated by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), which has claimed that the strikes were illegal under the Bangladesh Labour Law 2006 – Section. Garment industry is considered as backbone of Bangladesh’s economy which was hit hard due to protests by […]


Première Vision Paris closes door with 2.3% surge in visitation

Première Vision Paris, a recently held textile and apparel trade show, witnessed a surge of 2.3 per cent in its visitation to 56,250. Foreign visitation reached 73 per cent with Italy having the highest visitors i.e. 6,488 visitors ahead of the UK (6,097). Following them were the visitors from Spain, Turkey, Germany, the US, Japan, Belgium and the Netherlands. Organizers also reported an increase in numbers from Portugal (6 per cent) and South Korea (19 […]


A year of terror and conflict…

The year 2016 has been a year of unrest; terrorism, political upheavals and conflicts have made news throughout the year. Many experts believe that the year will be remembered for the scourge of near daily terror attacks all over the world – from France to the United States to Iraq to Dhaka to Turkey and almost everywhere in-between. The continuous acts of terror have been a great roadblock to normal business in many countries, and […]


‘Indian apparel exporters need to gear up’

Worldwide established apparel brands and buyers strongly believe that this is the best time when Indian apparel exporters need to gear up for overall improvement to fetch the maximum orders from across the world. Be it quality, delivery, compliance or product development, as China is vacating the place, Indian exporters should grab the opportunities rather than letting it go to other competitor countries like Bangladesh or Vietnam. Top- and middle-level management of various major apparel […]


Global menswear market continues to grow; Brands launch standalone stores

In 2016, menswear grew at a faster pace than womenswear – up 4.5 per cent versus 3.7 per cent, and indications are that by 2019 the segment will reach US $ 40 billion in worldwide sales. This shifting focus of retailers and brands from womenswear to menswear is due to the birth of the style-savvy male consumer on whom the fashion industry is relying on for growth as the overall luxury market growth continues to […]


Child slavery common in South Indian spinning mills: Report

Various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, are found in more than 90 per cent of the spinning mills in South India that produce yarn for India, Bangladeshi and Chinese garment factories that produce for brands such as C&A, Gap, Marks and Spencer, Primark and Walmart, according to a new report ‘Fabric of Slavery’ by the India Committee of Netherlands (ICN). 743 spinning mills surveyed in Tamil Nadu, India were found employing majority of […]


‘Borrowing from the Boys’ !

Remember how menswear ‘borrowed’ elements from Womenswear in the A/W ’16-17 collection? Seems like the term ‘androgyny’ is definitely the most influential in the current seasons as designers draw womenswear inspirations from menswear and vice versa. Taking a closer look at the trends at S/S ’17 RTW, it seems like exaggerated and oversized shoulders, trench-style tailoring, sports luxe and yellow colour came to the forefront. Whether it’s an extra-long striped selection or a cool collared […]


Review VTG 2016: Speculations about the fate of TPP cast shadow over the exhibition

The recently concluded VTG 2016 held at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in HCM City, saw 400 exhibitors from 20 countries spread out over 550 booths, displaying the latest in garment sewing and value-added technology. Also present were companies offering yarns, fabrics and accessories, amongst which Texprocil India had a prominent presence with 16 exhibitors, mostly offering cotton products. The other countries that made their presence felt were Vietnam, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, […]

December 30, 2016

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