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The newest approach to resolving trade tensions between the US and China is break negotiations down into 'phases'.

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Costs, profits, and inventory turn are no long sufficient indicators of a brand’s long term health. Today there are new quality metrics are providing increasingly critical measures of success.

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Creativity has burst back into the fabric sector after taking a backseat to performance-backed basics, which had dominated the market for several seasons. However, as mills and brands learned, functional properties add value, but don’t necessarily drive sales.

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Creativity and Color Set to Stimulate the Ready-to-Wear Market for Fall/Winter 20/21.It’s the show that kicks off the new season after the European summer lull. Munich Fabric Start (MFS) opened its doors to the Fall/Winter 20/21 season for ready-to-wear on September 3rd. The good news was that there was evident that this season fashion textiles are making a comeback - and it isn’t a quiet one.

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Changing times require new solutions. Sourcing executives at FASHCON (Hong Kong, Aug 29) met to learn about the newest developments in sustainability, new opportunities for ASEAN sourcing, as well as innovative ways to rethink a company’s organization structure.

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Spinexpo Shanghai (Sept 3-5, 2019) offered an interesting mix of East and West, drawing a strong contingent of leading international brands, as well as an energetic turn out from Chinese domestic brands.The biggest shift we saw was the demand for better quality - the fact that better collections were outperformaing more moderately priced ones.

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Better materials, greater sustainability, good workmanship, and design excellence - today consumers are pushing brands to give them something better.

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Millennials are flocking to festivals - to listen to the music, join in the excitement of the event - and to shop for unique, limited edition merchandise.

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What People Were Saying… The U.S. consumer is very aware of fiber content. Business is good for smaller, niche brands. If you have the right product, buyers will not push too much on price. Physical retail is important – need customers to experience the products. Interestingly, there was almost no talk about sustainability.  What’s Selling Bold floral prints (jungle prints, tropical prints) Soft fabrics with lots of drape The difference is in the details (think...

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Creative, high quality, and targeting specific consumer needs has been the ticket to success for a growing number of small brands. New products that address specific consumer needs, unique designs, and better quality were the ‘asks’ at Curve NY (August 4-6, 2019). It was a big order to fulfill, however an increasing number of brands are meeting these new requirements. The rise of niche brands – and their importance in the market - can’t be overlooked. ...

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