Made in SA, not China.’ Why Foschini, Mr Price and Truworths now want local clothes

  After years of relying on Chinese imports, large South African clothing retailers are starting to source and manufacture more of their products locally. This enables them to respond faster to local fashion and weather trends. Sourcing SA-made summer clothes is easier than getting winter clothing, however. South African clothing retailers are reconsidering their love affair with cheap Chinese imports in favour of locally manufactured apparel. And while the disruption to international supply chains due to Covid-19 has emphasised the need to reduce reliance on Asian imports, the pandemic is…

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Fashion retailer StyleMode launches in SA, powered by Loot.co.za

    CAPE TOWN – Every challenge has an opportunity waiting to be discovered. And that is certainly how e-commerce fashion retailer StyleMode read the business playbook when deciding to choose the tail-end of the lockdown to launch an online fashion business. Powered by Loot.co.za, StyleMode officially took to the digital fashion runway yesterday to provide savvy shoppers with even more choice on how to dress with flair. While South Africa may still be a fledgeling in the e-commerce space, the scope for business in this sector is excellent, according to StyleMode, with Statista.com…

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Switch to local production gives Foschini extra value

  JOHANNESBURG – The Foschini Group (TFG) said yesterday that its switch in focus to local manufacturing had stood it in good stead through the lockdown and the staff complement in these operations could increase by “several thousand” from about 550 over time. TFG chief executive Anthony Thunström said waiting 180 days for a clothing consignment from China was risky in the current environment, given the delivery could be disrupted by the pandemic and even other factors such as the trade war between the US and China. Thunström said TFG…

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SACTWU MEMBERS IN CARPET MANUFACTURING SECTOR SET TO STRIKE OVER WAGES

  Members of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) are demanding increases in wages and night shift allowances, among other demands. FILE: Sactwu members on strike. Picture: @SACTWU/Twitter CAPE TOWN – Workers in the carpets sector are gearing up for a national strike. Members of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) are demanding increases in wages and night shift allowances, among other demands. The union’s Fachmy Abrahams said that it was representing hundreds of employees from six different companies. He said that the employer…

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Move to increase SA-produced clothing after sector hit hard by Covid-19 pandemic

    Cape Town – A plan that was formulated last year for the clothing, textile, footwear and leather industry is being discussed further to ensure that the commitment to increase the proportion of locally produced fashion sold in retail stores from 44% to 65% by 2030 is achieved. The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, the Executive Oversight Committee and the executives of major apparel and textile retailers recently discussed their master plan for the sector since the Covid-19 crisis had introduced many setbacks. They have decided to focus…

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Pick n Pay Clothing celebrates SA designers in new collaboration

    Pick n Pay Clothing is launching a fashion initiative that will celebrate and support local talent through limited, exclusive collections.  by Mia Russell  2020-08-11 13:48 in Lifestyle Image via picknpayclothing.co.za The retail store, Pick n Pay, will partner with award-winning fashion designer, Gavin Rajah in a collaboration that will showcase promising young South African designers and help them create exclusive collections under the mentorship of Rajah. The collaborative partnership was established to celebrate local design and manufacturing and make designer clothing more accessible and affordable to South African fashion-lovers. General…

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SA SUPPLY CHAINS GEAR UP FOR LEVEL 4 AND DEMAND FOR WINTER GOODS

As South Africa enters the second phase of the country’s Covid-19 lockdown – Level 4, which includes some easing of the initial restrictions on business and movement – the supply chain industry faces new challenges, according to SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management. These may impact the availability of winter clothing and homeware, SAPICS notes. “Businesses not supplying essential goods have had to find short-term storage solutions for their products during the lockdown. Some were able to move their products to bonded storage facilities to delay the payment…

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Cheap fashion comes at high price for local clothing sector

In a shop brimming with rails of high-end clothing brands, shoppers browse through an array of international labels selling at massively discounted prices. The retailer is one of the growing outlets operated by parallel importers, selling European high street fashion and names such as Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Ted Baker to local consumers. It’s a business that has disrupted the local retail space, presenting further challenges to the already distressed local clothing manufacturing sector. Parallel importers such Discount My Fashion (DMF) and Fashion Brand Outlet (FBO) have set up…

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Women entrepreneurs follow passion to take advantage of the retail market

CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s rising unemployment rate calls for entrepreneurship as one of the many measures to assist in creating more job opportunities, which could also help in fighting crime and poverty in the country. Four women entrepreneurs from Gauteng and Cape Town responded to the call by following their passions and taking advantage of the retail market while creating jobs and inspiring other women entrepreneurs looking to break barriers in the market. Ntombenhle Khathwane, from Gauteng and owner of AfroBotanics started the business to empower African women to…

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Footgear buys Edgars Active as Edcon downscaling continues

  SA’s largest non-food retailer Edcon is set to reduce its size further with the sale of its 104-store Edgars Active and High Key chain to Cape Town-based retailer Footgear for an undisclosed amount. The deal was announced by Footgear and Old Mutual Private Equity (OMPE) on Monday. OMPE last month became a majority shareholder in Footgear, a growing player in the branded footwear retail arena with 63 stores largely in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The deal will see Edcon’s total retail footprint decline to around 1 100 stores…

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