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Newsletter No.14    21 April  2017

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It is all happening at Source Africa next month!

If you have not yet registered to visit the Source Africa Trade Show which will take place on 24 & 25 May 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town, you can do so online at www.sourceafrica.co.za. Entry to the show is free but pre-registration necessary. Source Africa will feature top class manufacturers, suppliers and service providers from 15 countries.

In addition to the Source Africa Trade Show, there will be fashion walks, wine tastings, exhibitor promotions and important industry presentations including –

Wednesday, 24 May

 Time: 11:00am – 11:30am: Responsible Sourcing Auditing: Essentials for Suppliers to Save Time and Money

Presented by Christian Gerling, General Manager EMEA LA, UL Consumer & Retail Services, Germany

Venue: Hall 1, CTICC, Cape Town

Clients in Europe, North America, and Africa are placing an increasing emphasis on social responsibility in the supply chain. The result of this added scrutiny is that factories may be required to undergo social compliance audits, the costs of which are to be shouldered by the supplier. This segment provides an introduction to important points that a supplier needs to understand when commissioning and preparing for a social audit. This includes the standards against which the supplier will be audited, the level of announcement of the audit, possibilities to share one audit result with multiple customers, and expectations for post-audit corrective action. A clear understanding of applicable requirements will enable suppliers to have a better audit result and potentially eliminate duplicative audits by sharing that positive audit result with multiple end clients.

Technology Presentations

 Time: 14:15pm – 14:45pm: State of the Art of Dyeing and Finishing

Presented by Jürgen Brockmann, Director, Thies GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

Venue: Hall 1, CTICC, Cape Town

 Time: 15:00pm – 15:30pm: Weaving Technologies, Innovation, Energy Saving, Weaving Machinery and World Markets/Tendencies

Presented by Bruno Caffieri, Sales Manager, Picanol, Belgium

Venue: Hall 1, CTICC, Cape Town

Thursday, 25 May

WGSN Trendtalks

Time: 08:30am – 09:25am: Spring/Summer 18 Buyers’ Briefing – Womenswear

Time: 09:30am – 10:25am: Spring/Summer 18 Buyers’ Briefing – Menswear

Presented by Sara Maggioni, Director of Retail & Buying, WGSN, United Kingdom

Venue: Meeting Room 1.41 – 1.44, CTICC, Cape Town

The Buyers’ Briefings provides a comprehensive guide to support buying and range planning, rounding up the key messages, items, colours, fabrics and print directions for the S/S 18 season. This presentation will guide you through the key trends emerging from the global market place, including catwalks and social media, and will highlight product evolution and updates with the support of data from catwalk analytics and WGSN Instock.

There are still some stands left so, if you would like to EXHIBIT, contact the Organisers, Lte – leaders in trade exhibitions, Tel: +27 21 790 5849, Email: william@sourceafrica.co.za. To Register for any of the seminars and the trade show, click on  www.sourceafrica.co.za.

EA Hub holds workshop for home dėcor manufacturers – Kenya

The USAID East Africa Trade Hub recently held a one-day practical workshop for home décor and fashion accessories producers interested in exporting to the US. Participants gained information and tips on US market trends; identifying customers and meeting their needs; gaining market access; finding distributors and buyers; and costing and pricing their goods.

Close to 40 people participated in the workshop. They also learned how to make use of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) duty-free benefits and how to tackle export logistics at the workshop. The participants also received a manual that outlines product design and production; costing and pricing; understanding US standards and compliance; and understanding US distribution and exports under AGOA.

“Today’s training was a real eye opener especially in marketing our products in the US under AGOA. I learnt about the standards and regulations we need to meet to enable us to export our products, product development, costing and pricing,” said Elizabeth Nzilani of Machakos Cooperative Union.

“The training was very informative and detailed. It answered all the questions I had about AGOA and export-related activities,” said Nicholas Angwenyi of Tomhogany.

“The session was amazing just when you think you are implementing the best systems you learn something new that enhances your capacity in terms of operations and production,” said Jennifer Muli of Katchy Collection.

The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to boost trade and investment with and within East Africa. The goal of the Hub is to deepen regional integration, increase the competitiveness of select regional agriculture value chains, promote two-way trade with the US under AGOA and facilitate investment and technology that drives trade growth intra-regionally and to global markets.


Think knitting is just for geriatrics? Think again

Created by Spanish designer Gerard Rubio, the Kniterate is a knitting machine that turns digital designs into fully realised garments. Initially developed as a more basic open source 3D knitting machine called OpenKnit, the product has since grown into a device that aims to be an affordable, compact alternative to other industrial machines like it.

It was during his time at design school that Rubio noticed just how much students struggled with older, out-dated knitting machines. Because traditional automated digital knitting machines are extremely costly and take up enormous amounts of space, he decided to make it his mission to come up with another method that was more practical.

“We have developed Kniterate because we want everyone to be able to explore knitting’s potential,” the Kniterate team says on its Kickstarter campaign page. “Until now the only similar tools available were industrial knitting machines, which cost upwards of $50,000, take a lot of space, and require a technician to run. With Kniterate you can make personalised professional knitwear at the click of a button, and repeat and share your favourite designs over and over again.”

Even those with little to no knitting experience should find working with Kniterate a breeze. Featuring computer-controlled needles, Kniterate also features six yarns along with tensioners and sensors for preventing yarn breakage and knotting. The machine employs software that allows the user to design and edit templates as they work – or you can simply upload an image of a garment you’d like to create, and the machine does the rest of the work for you.

Promising to “bring fashion fabrication back to your neighbourhood”, the Kniterate also aims to promote the huge potential of knitwear to cut waste in the process of producing garments. Unlike cut-and-sew patterns, knitted products are made to shape, and the excess yarn is reusable, meaning that far less waste is produced. It is the hope of the team behind Kniterate that it will encourage designers to consider these issues and rethink their approach to knitwear.

Did you know….

The first fashion magazine was published in 1678, in France (of course). It was called Le Mercure Galant and aimed at male readers. A female fashion mag followed 16 years later.

The most expensive pair of shoes are the ruby slippers designed by Harry Winston, inspired by the ones Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz. They cost a cool $3 million.

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