Socio-economic and political developments, aided by the connectivity of the Internet, have galvanised a newly emergent Muslim consumer demographic, creating significant, if complex, opportunities for international fashion brands.
In battle-scarred Beirut, Sarah Beydoun of Sarah’s Bag has built an international accessories business built on unique bags handmade by former prostitutes and prisoners by putting her story second and fashion first.
Latin America’s powerhouse has made great strides forward but lost the mouth-watering economic momentum of the boom years. Now, to unlock more of Brazil’s potential, global fashion brands are trekking to the very margins of the map. Market GPS is sponsored by Marvin Traub Associates.
For the first time, Australian Indigenous Fashion Week provides a platform for the country’s Aboriginal designers.
This season, the runways of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro were alive with newfound optimism and Brazilianness. But the underlying economic situation presents a starker reality for Brazil’s domestic fashion industry.
A growing number of Chinese are turning to “selling agents” to circumvent import duties and get their hands on authentic luxury goods at lower prices.