Apparel Buzz

The International Young Fashion Entrepreneur award (IYFE)

This award forms part of a global British Council award which has now expanded to cover all areas of the creative industries. Award programmes for creative talent are common but this programme is unique in that it recognises the central role of young creative entrepreneurs in the development of a competitive and sustainable business field.
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EDB ranks Brandix Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporter

Brandix, Sri Lanka’s inspired solutions provider for branded clothing has once again been recognized as the country’s largest apparel exporter by the Export Development Board (EDB).
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Fabrics & Accessories Trade Show 2008

Trade Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore

Top-notch buyers visit F&A Trade Show

Hectic business discussions & conclusion of deals
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SRI LANKA: MAS sets up brand protection unit

Lingerie maker MAS_Holdings has set up a central 'Brand Protection Unit' to protect its customers' brand names from counterfeiting and unauthorised sale. "We have now centralised brand protection activities," Prasanna Hettiarachchi, the general manager of MAS Holdings, confirmed to just-style.
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SRI LANKA: Bernard’s opens marketing office in the US

Sri Lanka's Bernard Botejue Industries has opened a marketing office in the US to directly target US buyers and start marketing their own brand apparel designs. At the start of this year the company started operations of Mount Sunshine, its marketing office in Los Angeles. And in addition to attracting orders to its factories, Mount Sunshine will be used as a launch pad for Bernard's own brand apparel designs in the US. "We will come up with our own brand name. We are already developing our own designs and collections," said managing director of Bernard Botejue Industries, Janaka Botejue. Bernard's is also planning a second marketing office in Europe.
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SRI LANKA: Garment industry seeks improved US tariff deal

Sri Lanka's garment industry has asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for faster reduction of US tariffs on garments. Under WTO world trade talks, the US has agreed to reduce its duties on garments over a period of 10 to 15 years. This long timeframe is to protect countries that already get duty cuts from the US through various trade agreements. If the US reduces duties too fast then these countries will be badly affected by competition from large, low cost producers.
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Apparel exporter to set up a New Factory in East with BoI

A new factory will be established under the “Negenahira Navodaya” development programme. Negenahira Navodaya is President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s vision to develop the Eastern province.
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MAS receives global recognizition from WRAP

WRAP - Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to the certification of lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world.
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SRI LANKA: M&S launches new logistics hub

UK retailer Marks and Spencer today (May 08, 2008) launched the 'M&S International Logistics Hub' in Seeduwa, Sri Lanka, which is to start operations in June this year.
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LMD’s readership says apparel industry is chief driver of national economy

LMD’s May Cover Supplement, which features the apparel industry’s ‘Garments Without Guilt’ campaign, contains the magazine’s latest readership survey in which a sample of its subscribers were asked to rate the apparel industry and its importance to the national economy.
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SRI LANKA: India implements duty free quotas

Sri Lanka's Department of Commerce said yesterday (April 28) that India has implemented a duty free quota for Sri Lankan garments. Accordingly, Sri Lankan garment manufacturers can now export 3m pieces of garments into India per year, at zero duty, with no fabric or port restrictions.
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SRI LANKA: M&S opens first green garment plants

Marks & Spencer CEO Sir Stuart Rose today (25 April) paid a one-day flying visit to Sri Lanka to open the world's first 'green' garment manufacturing plants which will supply clothing to M&S stores.
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SRI LANKA: Courtaulds Clothing to open new $1m factory

The new factory is located in the Dambadeniya industrial zone, and will make nightwear, leisurewear and underwear for men.
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MAS Holdings goes green for M&S bra production

The MAS Fabric Park in Sri Lanka has signed an agreement with a local private power producer to supply 'green' power to manufacture bras for Marks and Spencer.
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Ambassador’s Remarks to the Sri Lanka Garment Buying Offices Association “Perspectives on the U.S. Economy”

Water’s Edge complex Colombo

Ladies and Gentleman,

It is a pleasure to be here with you this evening.  I understand that you just elected a new board for the following year so let me congratulate the new board. 
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US$48 mn weft knit fabric manufacturing to double capacity in two years

Having completed its new major phase of expansion and development, Textured Jersey Lanka is now the country’s largest weft knit fabric manufacturer, housing one of the world’s most modern dye houses.  Ceremonially inaugurated by the US Ambassador Robert O Blake yesterday, Textured Jersey Lanka which has always been considered the Rolls Royce in Sri Lanka’s fabric industry employs a highly literate and skilled team of over 1,200 within its 18 acre green field site at the Seethawaka International Industrial Park.
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Abhimani pays tribute to the woman of the apparel industry

Women who form the majority of the workforce in the apparel industry that earns over 50 percent of the country’s foreign exchange, should be given more respect according to Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) Chairman Ajith Dias.
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Abhimani; the pride of Sri Lanka

The apparel sector, which generates 45% of the country’s export earnings, is almost completely powered by women, who comprise close to 90% of the total employees. The industry directly employs nearly 300,000 people and touches the lives of about a million, channeling much needed funds to rural communities.
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SRI LANKA: M&S inks eco-friendly supply deals

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has linked up with the Brandix group, MAS Holdings and the Hirdaramani group in Sri Lanka for the supply of eco-friendly garments for its retail outlets.
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Garments companies certifying themselves

Sri Lankan garment factories are certifying themselves as ethical manufacturers. Last week, the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), the private sector industry representative body, announced that 67 garment factories have already been certified by the international certification firm SGS. Others are queuing up for certificates.
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