Opinions

Opinions consist of views about the global garment trade from us, or occasionally - from other people. These are freely available to everyone.

  • Turkish-Bulgarian border offers UK apparel industry serious warning of life after Brexit

    Lengthy queues at  Kapikule, on Turkey’s side of its frontier with Bulgaria offer a depressing lesson for Britain’s Brexit planners.

  • Introducing…the Teebie-geebie world

    The world sadly lacks a simple word for the immense wave of complications caused by the Trump election, Brexit and all the likely knock-ons from them both. Here’s our suggestion.

  • High-minded idealism is confusing buyers as much as the new nationalism

    Seemingly endless January trade-related government announcements in the US and UK lacked a single detail businesses could use for planning.

  • Has China burst its own trading bubble?

    After years of misconceived forecasts it will soon collapse, China’s domination of global apparel exports faces a serious threat – from the Chinese government.

  • Why did industry forecasters miss 2016’s biggest story?

    I think the biggest event of 2016 for our industry was the outright opposition to international trade on which America’s Republican Party campaigned successfully in the Congressional elections.

  • Great article Tara – but it’s not just millennials clothes shops annoy these days

    The problem with modern apparel shops is that, when it comes to annoying their customers, they’re such equal-opportunity pains in the rear.

  • The so-far obscure US tax proposal threatening all American apparel importers.

    It’s a safe bet that few readers have paid much attention to the idea of “destination-based” profit taxes. They need to start doing so: right now.

  • How uncertain are the uncertainties facing apparel sourcing?

    I think many of the alleged uncertainties observers forecast for 2017 are badly misconceived.

  • Can US apparel importers expect sudden price rises – or a trade war?

    How seriously should brands and retailers take reports that Trump will slap extra duties on Chinese imports – and China’s almost hysterical response to those reports?

  • Trade with China. Triumph of hope over experience?

    The British Brexit debate, and the aftermath of Trump’s election, are bringing out widely contrasting views of China as a business partner. Some are hopelessly naive.

  • A bad week for Brexit.

    Theresa May keeps insisting “Brexit means Brexit”. But no-one in Britain can agree what Brexit means, how long it’ll take to get there or what Britain’s trade policy will be once it’s out of the EU.

  • Trump’s global trade policy: act like a New York garmento

    The developed world depends almost entirely on imports from poorer countries for its clothing. The world’s biggest apparel importer looks certain to transform its attitude to importing that apparel

  • Post Trump and Brexit: there’s more than one way to skin the international retailing cat

    While American voters were confounding practically all observers on November 8, on the other side of the Atlantic Britain’s Marks & Spencer unveiled a strategy that may be designed for a post-Brexit, post-Trump world.

  • Trump’s victory certainly doesn’t increase trading uncertainty.

    Practically every observer thought Hillary Clinton would win the US Presidential election this morning. Most went on to predict her mild hostility to further trade liberalisation meant the short-term prospects for global trade would be looking uncertain by now.
    Donald Trump, though, has been consistent and unambiguous about his trade policy.

  • Has Peak Internet hit Britain’s clothing stores?

    Between June and September 2016, something hit UK clothing stores that I don’t think’s ever happened in the history of selling clothes, anywhere, ever before.
    The internet’s share fell, consistently.
    Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) had earlier reported that the internet accounted for 13.3% of all clothing stores’ national sales in the previous quarter (April-June).