13 of 2016


 Newsletter No. 13   29 April 2016

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#SAMW SS16 Collections: July 2016

The fourth instalment of South African Menswear Week, the 2016/7 Spring Summer collections, will take place in Cape Town, from the 6th to the 9th of July 2016.

With the February 2016 Autumn/Winter collections in February being hailed by media, industry and designers as the “fashion week to be at”, and with rising interest in the menswear segment, the July SS collections promise to deliver and build on the foundation of previous seasons.

Returning once again to the Cape Town Stadium due to popular demand from designers, media and guests, the internal layout and space usages will see a complete change from previous seasons.  Still housing two full show spaces to accommodate all designer shows, there are new additional lounges, hospitality and dedicated showroom spaces for guests to visit.    The focus will be on an all evening / night experience for guests, whether they attend all shows or not.

However the heart of SA Menswear Week is the designers on the lineup.   A truly curated schedule of the best menswear design from across not only South Africa, but the continent too.  More than 55 designers will be presented to media, buyers and industry over 4 days of shows.   The highest return rate of any fashion week in South Africa, SAMW SS16 will also have exciting new additions to the schedule, to be announced on 22 April 2016.   Presentations, rail showrooms and catwalk shows promise to deliver all of this to a high-energy, world class standard.

The public are not excluded from the four days of non-stop action.   Limited tickets for most shows will go on sale at Webtickets from 10 May 2016.   But there are also public spaces, showrooms, activations and new standing areas for those wishing to spend an evening surrounded by fashionistas, media and celebrities, all whilst enjoying the biggest fashion week in South Africa.

An extensive talks, presentations and shopping schedule will be built around the show schedule.  From trends talks to panel discussions to student days, the schedule of SA Menswear Week even has 2 official afterparties on the Friday and Saturday for guests to attend.

For more information keep an eye on the SA Menswear Week social media accounts at:  @SAMenswearWeek

Electronic advancement is never ending……

Electronic advancement is never ending and while it creates new and improved methods there are also negatives with obsolescence. This is one of the problems we encountered on an expensive quilting machine that runs on a DOS based system with an obsolete motherboard.

The motherboard is easy to replace with a newer one but the peripheral equipment communication is via an obsolete bus called an ISA bus. Modern motherboards do not have such busses or slots as they are too slow by modern computer standards. We managed to solve this problem using a new motherboard fitted into a specially made backplane that has both PCI and ISA slots.

This allowed us to use a solid state hard drive, format it for a DOS boot sector and load the old fashioned yet stable platform of PC DOS onto the new motherboard. Once we loaded the machine operating software the machine was back in production with modern hardware that is replaceable. New life in the old girl yet.

This conversion was carried out by O’Neill Electro who specialise in the supply and service of electronic sewing, quilting and embroidery machinery.


28th Nanjing Wool Market Conference

This year NWM will be held in Wuxi China from 23-25 September 2016. The NWM Conference is organised by China Wool Textile Association (CWTA) and SDIC Trade and NWM. This year the theme is – New Market New Rules.

The Conference schedule includes NWM 28th Plenary, 8th Global Wool Summit, 6th International Wool Salon, Wool Trade Fair, and Cocktail Party & Banquet.

This is an annual conference held each September attracting over 600 delegates. It is a major conference for the wool and early wool processing industry in China and is attended by executives of all major Chinese wool buying and processing companies. It is also attended by over 150 delegates from outside China including major wool export companies.

The conference provides an excellent opportunity for all international delegates to meet with China’s biggest wool buyers, all in one place. It also offers exhibition space for companies wishing to exhibit their products. The Conference is open to delegates from all around the world. Speakers at the Conference offer insight into the China wool industry and its future plans. It offers an opportunity for delegates to mix with current and new clients.

Registration is now open – www.woomarket.com.cn – njwoolmarket@163.com


Did you Know…….

1.When the knitting machine was invented, hand knitting became useful but nonessential. Like quilting, spinning, and needlepoint, knitting has become a leisurely activity

2.The knitting machine was invented in 1589 (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth) by William Lee, a clergyman. After the invention of the knitting machine, knitting was gradually taken over by guild-organized cottage industries in the 17th and 18th centuries.

3.The full-fashioned knitting machine was invented in 1864 by William Cotton of Leicestershire, England


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