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.
Cambodia is raising the minimum wage in its important clothing industry by 28 percent to $128 a month, falling short of labor unions’ $140 proposal.
New York’s Grimy Garment District Hatches Designers’ Dreams (NPR) “A recent survey found that 47 percent of New York’s designers say they have their samples — prototypes of what you eventually see in stores — made in the Garment District. According to a 2012 report published by the Design Trust for Public Space, apparel production is the largest manufacturing division in New York City. It provides 24,000
Asia calls time on Swiss watches (FT) “Swiss watch exports fell in September for the first time in almost three years as demand from consumers in Asia dropped sharply, raising questions about the immediate prospects of Europe’s luxury goods companies.” A Garment District With Some Big Ideas (NY Times) “What to do about Manhattan’s shrinking garment district has been a point of debate among designers and their
HauteLook Brings Flash Sales to Facebook (NY Times) “Flash-sale Web sites that try to recreate the rush of a designer sample sale have largely relied on alerting their members to upcoming deals via e-mail notifications… but [HauteLook] announced it would be bringing its online sample sales to Facebook.” J. Crew near $2.8 billion takeover deal (Reuters) “U.S. fashion retailer J. Crew Group Inc is close to an
Britain’s appetite for fast fashion is pushing workers into starvation (Guardian) “Ethical trade has to be to ensure that workers are being paid a living wage… [including] food for her family and cover housing, education and health needs – Asian garment workers are currently being paid about half of what they need to do this.” Fashion chains H&M and Zara launch online operations (Guardian) “Several