Germany is Europe’s biggest consumer of fashion. So why isn’t the country a bigger force in the international fashion world?
A year after the death of Nelson Mandela and two decades since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s fashion market holds up a skewed mirror to its vibrant and incredibly complex society.
Women account for an estimated 90 percent of the 180,000 workers in Myanmar’s garment industry, which is expanding again following the easing of international sanctions.
The French, English and even Arabic editions of the world’s most elite fashion magazines are bending over backwards to speak to the rising flow of Chinese tourists in their own language.
BoF goes inside the network of clandestine “showrooms” which distribute underpriced luxury fashion products across Russia and the former USSR.
In China’s fashion market, making a statement used to be a matter of muscle and might. But ‘doing things big’ is no longer the only way to succeed.
When it depends on one nation more than ever before, how concerned should the global fashion industry be about a less-than-feverish Chinese market?
At the beginning of the year, Russia was one of the world’s most promising fashion markets. But in the last ten months, isolationist policies combined with a fragile financial climate have seen the country’s economy plummet. In the second instalment of a two-part series, BoF explores the consequences for fashion retail in Russia.