How to Achieve Cross Functional Project Success

How to Achieve Cross Functional Project Success

Managing cross-functional teams or projects through a change process across borders can be challenging. Clear objectives that are actively communicated, cross-functional responsibilities that are transparent known to all team members and staying on the path are critical success factors.

China Labour Migration

China Labour Migration

For the last few years, there has been an extensive exchange about labour shortages in China, primarily relating to east coast economic provinces where there is a sustained production demand but where migrant workers look for work closer to home several hundred kilometres from the manufacturing unit.

Sustainable Supply Equals Good Garment Fit

Sustainable Supply Equals Good Garment Fit

The three things an apparel brand must strive for, great design, consistent fit appropriate to the target audience and hanger appeal that says buy me. The brands design handwriting is its roots and one of the core selling points, but if garments don’t fit, sizing is inconsistent from garment to garment, and it looks like a garbage bag on a hanger, it won’t sell.

Zippers, who will be the future Supplier?

Zippers, who will be the future Supplier?

The now humble zipper came into being in 1851 as a patent for an “Automatic Continuous Clothing Closure”. It would, however, be another 80 years until the zipper would start to become part of our daily lives.

Merino Wool Jersey, Why is it Great?

Merino Wool Jersey, Why is it Great?

Mentioning the word wool and most people will cringe, start scratching and itching as the wool is visualised against their skin. Then I hear, oh it needs to be dry-cleaned with a look of dismay. Well, I am here to dismiss that notion and dispel the myth associated with wool.

Apparel Private Label Vs Collection “Brand” Development

Apparel Private Label Vs Collection “Brand” Development

Most companies segregate private label and collection development for good reason; the process is different.  Private label may feed off product from the collection, but nearly always there needs to be redevelopment.  Understanding the different types of product delivery methods in your business are critical in establishing business solutions that drive value to your brand’s […]

Good Textile Design

Good Textile Design

Up until the end of the Twentieth Century, the vast majority of textile designs were created by people who were trained and specialised in hand painting textile designs that answered a particular set brief.

15 Years in China

15 Years in China

August marks my 15th year in China bar several months spent on short term contracts in the UK, the US and Indonesia. Entering Hongqiao Airport, August 2002, the only airport in Shanghai at the time after relocating from HoChiMinh City. I was collected and shuttled 3 hours west to Changzhou where along the way, the car broke down mid distance. Since then much has changed.

Sometimes we follow and add no value

Sometimes we follow and add no value

Social media is littered with a huge volume of likes supporting a picture, movie or narrative but offers very few comments. While a like may be supporting someone else’s idea, a comment represents a personal point of view on that idea. Why don’t more people breach the safety of the like button and write a comment?

Managing Textile Colour Consistency

Managing Textile Colour Consistency

Managing textile colour standards can be as complicated as you want to make it or likewise, simple. The choice is yours, but do you know all the options available to you and their best application to achieve colour consistency?