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Contents 46-2014

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ISSN 1994-2419

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Issue Week 46-2014

 

Summary of news published during Week 45-2014

 

jpa4Sibil220THE FINDINGS of the Boston Consulting Group survey on the repatriation of production capacity sourced offshore, which are presented in this issue, are probably less applicable to the intimate apparel sector than they are to outerwear. While the total costs and benefits of producing easily made items of innerwear in rich countries could possibly justify repatriation of production, the high labour cost of producing bras could well support a decision to continue sourcing their production offshore. It is very probable that the competitiveness and margins of such labels as Victoria’s Secret would be much reduced if it repatriated all of its production, assuming that US producers with adequate capacity could be found. Likewise, the failure of a number of European brands that resisted the trend to source production offshore provides reasons to beware of repatriation. In the circumstances, the best strategy is neither to source offshore nor to repatriate all of intimate apparel production but to review supply chain costs and advantages for each type of garment in each price category, bearing in mind the public relations benefits of domestic production. Only then can the relative advantages of offshore sourcing and domestic production be exploited most profitably.

 

Jean-Pierre Adeline

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BACKGROUND – developments to bear in mind

 

FRANCE: sales of specialized chains stagnate

LINGERIE: e-tailer survey defines attitudes to lingerie

UK: assistance to exporters reduced

USA: more companies to repatriate production

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SUPPLIERS – information from the upstream sector

 

WEGAL & TRICOTEL: novelties to be shown at MarediModa

KELHEIM FIBRES: new viscose fibre retains body heat

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THE APPAREL SCENE – news of brands & labels

 

JADEA: gala collection proposed for festive season

BASMAR: more bodywear brands taken on board

CALIDA: sale of surfwear business being negotiated

ERGOWEAR: new version of Feel underwear launched

TRUCCO TESSILE: underwear and beachwear firm acquired

MELISSA ODABASH: mastectomy swimwear added to range

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DISTRIBUTION – evolution of chains and channels

 

OYSHO: Android app added to iOS version

AMERICAN EAGLE: natural images boost sales

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PEOPLE – corporate personalities

 

MAURICE REZNIK: moves to key position at Delta Galil

DAVID V. SINGER: joins Board of HanesBrands

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EXHIBITIONS – what to see and where to trade

 

SHANGHAI: Interfilière event reports great success

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FINISHING TOUCH – The smile for this week

 

HERS’N HIS: gender-neutral underwear shows bias

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