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India’s textile sales drop 51% in Q1 as COVID-19 mutes demand: Wazir study

India’s textile sales drop 51% in Q1 as COVID-19 mutes demand: Wazir study

  India’s textiles sales dropped 51 per cent from 130.9 to 56.4 per cent in the first quarter of the current financial year, compared to the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal, reveals Wazir Textile Index done by Wazir Advisors. Arvind, Vardhman Textiles, Welspun India, Trident, Raymond, KPR Mill, F... Read more

Automated production, CSR, can help European fashion be more sustainable

Automated production, CSR, can help European fashion be more sustainable

  European clothing and textile industry is one of the largest polluters in the world, second only to the oil industry. The sector uses around 93 billion cubic/meters of water per annum. Of this, 20 per cent water is wasted. The industry also uses a huge amount of pesticides; 20 per cent of which are used in co... Read more

Social commerce to be the major driver of e-commerce in India

Social commerce to be the major driver of e-commerce in India

  Providing much needed boost to the Indian e-commerce industry, COVID-19 has accelerated the use of technology amongst fashion companies. As an Economic Times reports suggest, companies are adopting new business models to offer customized and interactive shopping experience to customers. One such emerging busi... Read more

Denim circularity in focus as brands launch collections from recycled mater…

Denim circularity in focus as brands launch collections from recycled materials

  Held digitally, the recent Carved in Blue seminar, showcased the industry’s views on low-impact denim and the inclusion of wood-based Tencel branded fibers in new collections. Denims from biodegradable materials Pierette Scavuzzo, Design Director, Cone Denim, opened the discussion highlighting the com... Read more

Zero machine duties and simple tax laws can advance Pakistan’s textile grow…

Zero machine duties and simple tax laws can advance Pakistan’s textile growth

  A strong pillar supporting the country’s economy, the Pakistan textile sector is experiencing a massive contraction in its global trade value. This year, the country lagged behind Bangladesh, India, China, and Vietnam in textile growth. Factors that stalled growth included an o vervalued rupee and exor... Read more

RCEP to help drive Chinese economy over the next decade

RCEP to help drive Chinese economy over the next decade

  Though Chinese Premier Li Kegiang affirms, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) benefits all signatories, a Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) report claims, the deal is particularly beneficial to China and would help spur exports by 11.4 per cent. A roadmap for RCEP members CASS re... Read more

Resilience and partnerships to drive fashion industry growth in 2021

Resilience and partnerships to drive fashion industry growth in 2021

   As per latest ‘The State of Fashion 2021’ by Business of Fashion (BoF) and McKinsey & Company, with the fashion industry going through its worst year, COVID-19 has catalyzed a global economic downturn. This year, fashion profits are expected to decline by a staggering 90 per cent after a... Read more

Economic turnaround, COVID-19 vaccine to boost US babywear market

Economic turnaround, COVID-19 vaccine to boost US babywear market

  A Brookings Institute report says, the pandemic is likely to lead to long lasting baby bust in the US with births declining by 300,000-to-500,000 next year. However, birth rates are expected to normalize again as soon as the economic downturn recedes. Currently, the US is experiencing 66 per cent decline in k... Read more

Better policies can create stronger, sustainable fashion future for MSMEs

Better policies can create stronger, sustainable fashion future for MSMEs

   Sustainability is making steady inroads in the Indian fashion industry with many micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) partnering big fashion brands to launch collections made from ethical materials. However, these MSMEs still lag behind their global counterparts in adopting sustainability due to ... Read more

Collaboration, key to building a successful supply chain in future

Collaboration, key to building a successful supply chain in future

  Post COVID-19, the idea of a regional supply chain is taking roots amongst fashion brands. Searching for new alternatives for their current faulty operational systems, brands are increasingly shifting to circular supply chain that also considers environmental impact of clothes, says Imran Ahmed, Founder and C... Read more

India: Amazon-Future feud sparks foreign vs local debate

India: Amazon-Future feud sparks foreign vs local debate

  The legal spat between Amazon.com Inc and Reliance Industries over the Reliance-Future deal has invoked a xenophobic fervor amongst watchers by sparking a foreign vs local debate. Amazon has accused the Future Group of violating a contract by agreeing to a sale to the Mukesh Ambani controlled Reliance Industr... Read more

Second COVID-19 wave calls for external regulations to fix supply chain iss…

Second COVID-19 wave calls for external regulations to fix supply chain issues

  The European fashion industry is again being held at ransom by another wave of COVID-19 that is threatening brands with fresh order cancellations Though less frequent than they were in March, cancellations are coming faster as brand partners are choosing to act early, says Hilmond Hui, Vice President, PFGHL-a... Read more

Luxury sector banks on pre-Christmas rush to boost business

Luxury sector banks on pre-Christmas rush to boost business

   Compensating for dismal performance in the second quarter, the global luxury sector surpassed expectations in the third quarter with notable performances from LVMH and Hermes. As per Business of Fashion, the fashion luxury sector was abuzz with activities this month with Tiffany reviving deal with LVMH ... Read more

Its advantage India as the world looks away from China for sourcing yarns

Its advantage India as the world looks away from China for sourcing yarns

  The ban on import of Chinese textiles by the US might prove to be a blessing for the Indian textile industry, spurring not just its cotton but also silk exports. Focus on Indian cotton China caters to around 30 per cent of cotton consumed globally. A ban on Chinese cotton globally may shift world’s fo... Read more

Curbing overconsumption can help China tackle fashion waste

Curbing overconsumption can help China tackle fashion waste

  One of the world’s biggest fashion markets-China throws away 26 million tons of clothes every year. Less than 1 per cent of these discarded clothes are reused or recycled, which contributes to 10 per cent of global carbon emissions, says a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Exporting used clothe... Read more

Required: An urgent resizing of Indian sizing charts

Required: An urgent resizing of Indian sizing charts

  In January this year, the Kerala government introduced a ‘fat tax,’ on certain food types not suitable for consumption. The tax aims to curb consumption of unhealthy foods in India. In fashion, especially couture, the tax refers to the practice of charging extra for clothes in bigger sizes. Fat t... Read more

Vietnam could gain if Bangladesh fails to tap duty-free knitwear exports to…

Vietnam could gain if Bangladesh fails to tap duty-free knitwear exports to China

  National perspective plans ‘Vision 2021’ and ‘Vision 2041’ were launched by Bangladesh to transform itself from least developed countries (LDCs) to a middle-income country, and become a developed nation by 2041. ‘Vision 2041’ aims to amplify Bangladesh’s bilateral tra... Read more

RCEP: India stays out of largest trading bloc, US yet to respond

RCEP: India stays out of largest trading bloc, US yet to respond

  On Sunday, November 15, China and 14 other countries virtually signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), to create world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity. The pact will cover 2.2 billion people with a combined GDP of $26.2 trillion. As per... Read more

British brands will continue to lure customers despite no-deal Brexit

British brands will continue to lure customers despite no-deal Brexit

  A huge change awaits the British fashion industry as UK finally ends its 47-year membership of the European Union on January 1, 2021. For years, the fashion retail industry has lived with the uncertainty of how UK will fair after exiting the EU without a proper deal. Particularly vulnerable would be the Briti... Read more

Quality and labor upgrade can help boost India’s textile productivity

Quality and labor upgrade can help boost India’s textile productivity

  Though India began unlocking its economy from June, normal textile production restarted much later which resulted in loss of many export orders. Ministry of Commerce and Industry stats reveal, India’s textile and apparel exports shrank almost 87.5 per cent year-on-year in April 2020. Since then, the dec... Read more

A focused strategy to help China drive global growth post pandemic

A focused strategy to help China drive global growth post pandemic

   COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns affected everyone from frontline staff to top executives. Though China is slowly recovering from the crisis, it is grappling with a new environment where digital tools have replaced traditional business models. To investigate this shift, McKinsey & Company collabora... Read more

Ethical business practices, local craftsmanship boost Tunisian fashion trad…

Ethical business practices, local craftsmanship boost Tunisian fashion trade

  While the rest of the world is embracing fast fashion trends, Tunisian designers like Mechri are opting for environmentally conscious materials, reports Associated Press. They are ‘upcycling’ old or unwanted materials and incorporating high-quality fabrics into them. For instance, Mechri refurbish... Read more

Tough times for apparel exporters as second wave triggers another lockdown

Tough times for apparel exporters as second wave triggers another lockdown

  The impact of COVID-19 on Bangladesh was so severe that export earnings touched a record low of $0.52 billion in April, says an Apparel Resources report. Of this, apparel exports contributed to $0.37 billion. The complete breakdown of supply chains and order cancellations by brands and retailers complicated t... Read more

Innovations rule denim world as brands launch fabrics and technologies

Innovations rule denim world as brands launch fabrics and technologies

  With consumers rediscovering their love for denim during the lockdown, brands are focusing on technical innovations and upcoming trends in their upcoming Spring/Summer 2022 collection, says a Sportswear International report. Innovations in fabrics and technologies Denim manufacturer Isko has launched 360 de... Read more

ITMF elects Ruizhe Sun new President

ITMF elects Ruizhe Sun new President

  At International Textile Manufacturers Federation’s (ITMF) Hybrid ITMF Annual Conference 2020 held on October 22, 2020, the Committee of Management of the Federation elected new board members for 2020-22. Ruizhe Sun, President, China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), was elected the new pres... Read more

EU brassiere, girdle, corset market retains momentum in 2019

EU brassiere, girdle, corset market retains momentum in 2019

  Growing modestly at 3.5 per cent over previous year, the EU brassiere, girdle and corset market reached $3.2 billion in 2019. As per Indexbox stats, the market remained relatively stable from 2013-19 with an average annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent. The most prominent growth was recorded in 2018 at 6.6 per ... Read more

Luxury fashion business demands an overhaul

Luxury fashion business demands an overhaul

  Pushing industry stalwarts Brooks Brothers and Lord & Taylor to bankruptcy, the global luxury fashion market is crumbling under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic, says a The New York Times report. Experts are reexamining business models followed by luxury fashion brands. They are also questioning the va... Read more

Coronavirus Impact
LEADERS SPEAK

‘Retailers need to inform customers about the category of masks they are selling’

Bobby Arora, Director, Status Quo

Bobby Arora Status Quo“We wait for customers to come into our stores. At this moment it is important for every offline retailer to reach out to their customers and tell them about the new products they have started selling. They need to tempt and bring their customers to buy their product and when they buy they will obviously come in and buy more products. Sometimes even though we do not want to buy online but the continuous rotation of ads tempt us to buy the product but this doesn’t happen offline. In today’s situation retailers will have to adopt this approach of showing customers the products they need as it could be they are delaying the purchase of these products.” 
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“China’s superiority may remain unchanged even after COVID-19”

Akira Kawashima, Senior Director, Japan Fashion Week Organization/Textile Division
Akira Kawashima Senior Director“Due to the turmoil caused by COVID-19, global apparel and textile industry has been greatly affected. In Japan, many people are forced to work from home and consequently not only individual workers (including freelancers) but also company employees are frightened of large-scale personnel-cuts. Incomes have reduced to 60 per cent of normal. Amid such a situation, people’s desire for ‘dressing’ is low. This tendency will continue for a while even after COVID-19 is over, which will lead to local small-mid-sized textile companies suffering from lack of funds, as they cannot wait for recovery, causing more bankruptcy and/or voluntary closures.” 
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“Discount retailers and value-oriented brands stand to win”

Usha Periasamy, Director, Brands & Operations, Classic Polo
Usha Periasamy Director Brands Operations Classic Polo“Consumer spending is dramatically curtailed during a recession. Consumers have adopted short-term behaviour during the pandemic that in many cases will become permanent, as a lesson learned from such unprecedented occurrences. Not only do consumers become more financially conservative but also credit may become less available and a large cohort may go into default on their debt, dramatically limiting purchasing power. Consumers will wake up from the pandemic in a new economic reality, changing their commercial behaviours in extreme ways.
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“Deferral of some duty payments and import fees would provide needed liquidity” 

Steve Lamar, President and CEO, AAFA
Steve Lamar President and CEO AAFAUS deferred duty payments on some imports for 90 days. American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) President and CEO Steve Lamar agreed the deferral of some duty payments and import fees would provide "some of the liquidity needed to keep more Americans employed and more American companies operational during this crisis."
But he added: "Limiting the goods that qualify for deferral will in turn limit the relief that is provided for America's employers and also limits the beneficial impact for US supply chains that have been mobilised to meet the personal protective equipment shortage we face domestically. We urge that all goods – including textiles, apparel, footwear, and accessories facing Section 301 tariffs – be covered by this deferral action. Every day we have to pay those duties means another day we can't pay our workers." 
Quoted in Just-Style

Don’t use this opportunity to stitch up suppliers’

Simon Carter, Founder, Simon Carter menswear brand, UK
Simon Carter Founder Simon Carter menswear brand UKMy approach at the moment is that if you don’t need the expense, cut it, but don’t use this as an opportunity to stitch up suppliers. We are hearing stories of brands and retailers that are doing that but in my opinion it won’t serve them well in the longer term. The supply chains are going to be ravaged after this and you will need them. People will remember.
Cut costs and try to keep your cash where you can but you will be judged at the end of this. Try and make low level payment plans at the very least. Similarly, the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme is very generous scheme. Be very careful with the furlough process and don’t abuse it. The government will be checking up. 
Quoted in UKFT

Crisis presents opportunities, and we will be ready to act on those that make good strategic sense”

 Chip Bergh, CEO, Levi Strauss
Chip Bergh CEO Levi Strauss“I also believe that crisis presents opportunities, and we will be ready to act on those that make good strategic sense,” said Chip Bergh, CEO, Levi Strauss , “ not underplay the human cost of the pandemic, or the need to protect employees,” he said, during a conference call with investors.
“Whether that’s taking back underperforming franchise businesses, or upgrading real-estate locations because of retail bankruptcies, or finding great talent in a decimated job market, the crisis gives us an opportunity to not just renew the business, but to reset it for the future.”
“We will play to our strengths, leveraging the strength of the brand, our connection with our fans, and the digital capabilities and omnichannel capabilities that we’ve invested in over the last few years,” he added. 
Quoted in WARC

“Coronavirus lockdown has changed our lifestyles in ways that make buying new clothes particularly irrelevant”

Andrew Lipsman, Principal Analyst, eMarketer
Andrew Lipsman Principal Analyst eMarketerConsumers are actually spending more on essential goods: Grocery stores saw a 26.9% increase in spending and health stores saw a 4.3% increase. This is partly because these are the only brick-and-mortar stores that are allowed to remain open right now, but it is also because consumers are worried about spending money unnecessarily with a significant recession looming on the horizon. Across the board, sectors that rely on discretionary spending have seen declines. “There is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety about the future,” says Andrew Lipsman, principal analyst at the research firm eMarketer. “People are shifting their spending to focus on the things they really need and cutting their budgets on less essential goods.” Quoted in Fast Company
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‘India can take advantage of this situation and increase its textile exports’

G B Aras, Director Textile Engineering Group, ATE
G B Aras Director Textile Engineering Group ATE“One inherent advantage Indian textile industry has is that we are fully independent as far as the supply chain is concerned. Compared to other industries like pharmaceutical, electronics etc, their supply chain is dependent of global suppliers including China. So the industry that can really take advantage from global market with sustainable increase in exports is textile. If the government realizes this and gives proper support the industry will bounce back faster and increase its export share.”
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“Buyers and Sellers should plan together to see how they can sustain”

K K  Lalpuria, MD, Indo Count 
K K Lalpuria MD Indo Count“The current situation is very uncertain, complex and unprecedented. Customers who closed their stores or point of sales have no option but to cancel their orders. In fact, we are unable to ship to even those who have not cancelled their orders. Some have deferred it where there is low impact believing it may start by the first week of June. As the situation has impacted both parties in the business they should take each other’s views in resolving issues; should be open for suggestions and see mutually how they can minimize the loss. They should plan together to see how they can sustain their market share and build on opportunities.
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‘We need to learn from this crisis and push ourselves to be self-dependent’

R K Agarwal, Chairman, Telangana Spinners Association
R K Agarwal Chairman Telangana Spinners Association“Not only India and but the entire world is realizing, we need to have alternate supply sources. Indeed, this is a big eye opener for everyone more so for us since we are in competition with China. There is nothing that stops us from creating large capacities where we will be able to cater to the world’s requirement in various segments, and fulfill the entire value chain in apparel and the downstream industry. I am sure, many entrepreneurs will come forward to assess the pitfalls we are going through and the lessons learnt from them. In future, some investments will go through in fabric and other raw materials that we are sourcing from China. We need to learn from this and push ourselves to be self-dependent.” 
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‘There is an opportunity for India as everyone will look for an alternative source’

Ramesh Poddar, Chairman, Siyaram
Ramesh Poddar Chairman Siyaram“Definitely there is an opportunity for India as everyone will look for an alternative source. Hence, if we are able to exploit this chance, then definitely there is a possibility for India to be the next sourcing hub. China on the other hand has the advantage of bulk production and to get that kind of advantage and to come to their cost structure will take time though our labour costs are comparatively the same and the advantage they have is of mass scale production. I feel India should take this challenge and fill the gap." 
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‘Future apparel sale will depend on the sentiment that prevails after COVID-19’

R K Rewari, Managing Director, Morarjee  Textiles 
R K Rewari Managing Director Morarjee Textiles“It is wait and watch strategy as we have been informed by customers due to the pandemic all orders are on hold. We can prepare ourselves for future challenges of low demand. Low demand means markings are also low and competitiveness is higher in the market this puts pressure on us to go back to basics to see our cost structure, ways of doing business etc. Many things might change. One is low demand, and the other is new rules of conducting business, most of which will be through video conferencing etc. It looks like there could be a systematic change in overall structure. We are preparing ourselves by keeping our morale high, think positive and identifying the gaps that need to be filled to enable us to meet the challenge of demand whether it is low or high." 
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“When will life go back to normal? Hopefully never” 
Marina Gorbis, ED, Institute for the Future
Marina Gorbis ED Institute for the Future"The normal wasn't normal," said Marina Gorbis, executive director of Palo Alto's Institute for the Future. "The normal wasn't good." The Institute focuses not only on forecasting the future but also developing innovative solutions. "What kind of future do we want to live in?" she asks. "What kind of future do we want to create? And what can we do to promote that desirable future?" COVID-19 has disrupted what we thought was normal. Gorbis said we're at the first of three stages. The first is reaction to the crisis. Reset is second when we re-assess and evaluate what happened and why. The third is reinvention. For example, the pandemic has revealed weaknesses in hospital capacity and gaps in who has health coverage. The pandemic has exposed the need for government help with many households vulnerable when a paycheck ends. "The fact that millions of people don't have $400 in savings in case of emergency is unacceptable. That's not normal," "I don't want to go back to normal," she concluded. "We need to create a new normal."

“I do not think any country is equipped to replace China including India”

Thomas Verghese, Former-Chairman, CII Marketing, Retail and Textile Councils
Thomas Verghese Former Chairman CII Marketing Retail and Textile Councils“Lack of credibility and trust will lead to many large brands looking for alternative sourcing to China but I do not think any country is equipped to replace China including India.  India does not have that kind of capacity to feed global demand and are not in a position for bulk manufacturing of normal commodity items. We do more of customized exports. We don’t do manufacturing of bulk items. We don’t have that capacity and infrastructure at the moment. It will take two to four years minimum even if everyone is aligned and the government gives supporting fiscal and tariff benefits. Given the reality of Indian industry and government’s policy support measures, it seems an unrealistic expectation.”
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‘Once the country opens up, we will face severe worker issues’

R D Udeshi, President, Polyester Chain, Reliance Industries
R D Udeshi President Polyester Chain“Once the country opens up after the lockdown, at the onset, we will face severe worker issues. Textile industry is a labour-intensive industry and with large number of workers having returned to their native bases before and during the lockdown, availability of labour would be scarce. This is generally noticed after festivals and we are likely to face a greater challenge in bringing them back to work. However, we expect things to normalize by May, assuming that the lockdown is partially and reasonably eased by April. Some units will restart aiding workers to return back to their manufacturing hub and situation would gradually stabilise” 
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A slowdown in demand will be seen for fairly a long time 
Arvind Mathur, CEO, Raymond UCO Denims
Arvind Mathur CEO Raymond UCO DenimsThe garment industry is facing a challenging situation. While buyers have stopped orders as they are facing their own problems and production have been cut down but what is bothering is that payments are being held back in most cases. As for our own operations, due to the national lockdown we are adhering to government directives and have stopped work. Once the lockdown opens in India and globally, we will decide the market as most of our products are export based and we do not foresee any immediate change in the situation. There will be a substantial cut down of orders and orders that are on hold or pending may or may not come back soon. I feel, India’s lockdown may continue for a longer time even though I hope it does not extend beyond April 14. Even the domestic market may not be normal once the lockdown is over. A lot of thing has shifted dramatically during this period the impact is going to be for long term. A slowdown in demand both from domestic and export market will be seen for fairly a long time after the lockdown.”

In short to midterm, it would impact as there’s disruption in global supply chain

Dilip Gyanchandani, Country Manager, India, Wool Mark Company
Dilip Gyanchandani Country Manager India Wool Mark CompanyFrom the textile and garment industry prospective there would be short- to mid- term business impact on volumes as due to the lockdown working factories have come down to minimum production levels. From September onwards, normalcy should be restored but it will take about three to four months for the industry to bounce back. Things are looking good now but it is an uncertain period and is difficult to say something at this stage because it looks like we are containing the pandemic.
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‘Once everything normalizes there will be a big momentum’

Debabrata GoshOerlikon, General Manager India 
Debabrata Gosh General Manager India Oerlikon“Once everything normalizes there will be a big momentum. The advantage is that we have a huge potential and such big domestic market hence we are not dependent on exports alone. I don’t see any threat for the textile industry. As for opportunities, we are expecting more export orders in future because the same has happened in the yarn segment and it will happen in the fabric segment also and the world will take India more seriously as a manufacturer. So far everybody was dependent on China. Since they offered cheaper rates, people switched to China but now the world will think in a different way to keep the supply chain active from India.”
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Creativity, innovations to help brands face the COVID-19 storm: McKinsey study

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COVID-19 Impact: Unchartered way forward for Bangladesh’s denim industry

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