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Putting Quality and Design at the Centre of Chinese Fashion

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY  Awareness of the sourcing of materials for fashion has been on the rise in the past decade. Concerns about how the global fashion industry functions and its impact on the environment have given rise to savvy retailers who take care over the sourcing of their materials […]

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African Fashion’s Growing Global Marketplace Profile

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY  Tales of African global fashion successes have multiplied in the last few years. African fashion is seeing its profile rise as more and more shows and festivals boost awareness of the continent’s designs, designers and models. In turn, African fashion and design is being taken more […]

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Creating Green Fashion in China

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY China is the world’s largest manufacturer (Euromonitor) and the largest clothing maker, producing a quarter of all textiles and clothing. It is a global fashion production hub, and many major global clothing brands have their products made there – whether they admit it or not. Although […]

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Afropolitan: African Fashion Scene Bursting with Energy

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions ISSN 2227-3905 SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY Fashion is a significant global business: some estimates place the world’s clothing industry at US $900 billion a year. Clothing – like food – is something everyone requires, so fashion can be an accessible way for small-scale entrepreneurs and craftspeople to earn income and […]