It’s all business, industry changes

The world as we know it, changes every day in one form or another. People are constantly changing their minds and the way they conduct business. There are shifts beyond our control and we must adapt to the evolution. The same concepts reign consistent in the ever-changing fashion industry. Design houses are always looking for the newest and brightest talents to orchestrate the vision of the label to the consumers thus increasing their profit margins. This month, BE-Style will be revealing some of the dynamic shifts in the industry to include partnerships, branding, and industry distress.

MEN’S WEAR FASHION – This may very well not be news to some but to most, but we are at the end of men’s wear fashion week for London’s collections. This inagural events gave sneeks to the upcoming trends of the Paris and Milan shows, Labels including Paul Smith, Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders were just some of the big names taking part. Notably there were uses of recycled parkas and leather shorts, tasselled loafers, and pokcets squares – it is under these amazing preverbial tents, that designers give the key to discovering the trends of Spring 2013. (stay tuned for collection reviews in 360 degree series with Patrick T. Cooper)

UNREST WITHIN GARMENT INDUSTRY – DHAKA (Reuters) – The owners of 300 Bangladesh garments factories shut their operations indefinitely on Saturday after days of violent pay protests by workers, threatening the country’s biggest export already impacted by the global downturn.

The decision to close all factories at Ashulia, one of the country’s biggest industrial zones on the outskirts Dhaka, came as talks between workers and owners had failed to break the deadlock.

“We have been compelled to close down all our factories at Ashulia,” said Mohammad Shafiul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

“We tried to resolve the issue (of wage increases and other benefits) amicably through discussion but the efforts did not produce any results,” he told a news conference.

……….. Garments, which made up $18 billion of Bangladesh’s record $23 billion exports in the year to June 2011, offer a crucial lifeline to the poor South Asian country, along with remittances from expatriate workers.

Business leaders and analysts said the recent unrest would have a negative impact on exports, which fell for the third month in a row in May as the euro zone debt crisis continued to subdue the country’s economy.

Bangladesh’s low labor costs have helped it join the global supply chain for low-end textiles and clothing, manufacturing garments for international brands such as JC Penney, Wal-Mart, H&M, Kohl’s, Marks & Spencer and Carrefour. (REUTERS)

MUSCLE MARC JACOBS DOLL – US designer Marc Jacobs is offering a “Muscle Man Marc” doll, based on an object that appeared in animated TV show South Park. The doll is available as a limited edition on the label’s e-commerce site Marcjacobs.com and in Marc Jacobs boutiques around the world for $125.

Measuring 30 centimeters high, the “Muscle Man Marc” doll made its first appearance in a South Park episode during the 15th season, broadcast in 2011 in the United States.

In the series the shirtless muscular man doll comforts Eric Cartmanin the episode “1%”, in which his classmates mock him for scoring low in a national fitness test. (AFB)

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Maurice J. Lawyer has written 332 articles for BE Entertained Magazine

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