15 of 2016


 Newsletter No. 15   13 May 2016

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Click on link to see…. The Department Of Trade And Industry: Launch Of The Industrial Policy Action Plan IPAP 2016/17 – 2018/19

Some of whats happening at Source Africa this year……….

Venue: Room 2.61 – 2.66, CTICC
08:30am – 09:30am:
WGSN Trendtalk: Spring/Summer 17 Buyers’ Briefing
Presented by WGSN Trend Speaker
At WGSN, we predict what’s coming next to help you get ahead and buy what’s going to be hot next season. The WGSN Buyers’ Briefing gives you a checklist of the season’s key trends in new and carry-over items to colours, key details, fabric and finishes, as well as print and pattern updates. Don’t miss this must-have trend forecast for Spring/Summer 17.
About WGSN
WGSN is the world’s leading trend authority, serving fashion and creative-led companies in over 86 countries. Our services cover fashion and lifestyle forecasting, data analytics, crowd-sourced design validation and expert consulting. We help drive our customers to greater success. Together, we Create Tomorrow. WGSN is part of WGSN Limited, comprising of market-leading products including WGSN Instock, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, WGSN Styletrial and WGSN Mindset our bespoke consultancy services. WGSN is owned by Ascential plc, a leading international media company that informs and connects business professionals in 150 countries through market-leading Exhibitions and Festivals, and Information Services. Ascential powers the prestigious Cannes Lions festival for the branded communications industry, the world’s premier payments and financial services congress Money 20/20, and the global fashion trend forecasting service WGSN. 23 of Ascential’s 32 product lines are marketing leading and occupy number one positions. Ascential exists to provide our customers with world class content and connections empowering their businesses to be the best informed and best connected. Our products enable focus, growth and value. Ascential.com

09:30am – 10:00am:
Topic: Textile, Apparel and Footwear: The main challenges for manufacturers and retailers from testing, to inspections and responsible sourcing.
Speaker: Christian Gerling, General Manager Consumer & Retail Services EMEA LA at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Germany
The softline sector is expanding more and more, creating new challenges for the industry. A deep understanding of regulations relative to safety and quality of apparel, footwear and textile products can help reduce the costly recall: this is why it is important and fundamental for manufacturers and retailers to launch on the existing and emerging markets products that comply with legal requirements. As a leading organisation in product testing, verification, inspections and audits, UL partners with companies throughout the production cycle from the early stages and offers innovative and customised responsible sourcing solutions.

Maps Maponyane and Dion Chang

Woolworths launches ‘Eco-Chic’ store at Mall of Africa

It’s being hailed as the largest shopping mall in the country but anchor tenant, Woolworths, aims to do its part to ensure that the new R5bn Mall of Africa in Midrand, Gauteng, treads lightly on the Earth.

The retail giant’s newest eco-chic outlet opened on Thursday 28 April to unbridled excitement from WRewards cardholders who each received a R1000 shopping spree for being among the first 100 customers in line. Attended by an exclusive mix of celebrities and media, the launch offered a glimpse into Woolies’ stylish approach to sustainability and innovative re-definition of the store experience.

Food that cares

In addition to a new-look Foods store complete with a chocolate hub, fish market and butchery, coffee connoisseurs can now indulge their senses at the in-house roastery within WCafe – the retailer’s deliberate move towards creating more “deli-type shopping environments”.

In keeping with the pillars of Woolworths’ Good Business Journey (www.woolworths.co.za/goodbusinessjourney), the 130 000 sqm2 store has been designed to mitigate the environmental impact of the “super-regional mall” through sustainability measures that include using waste heat from the refrigeration units to heat the store, to an array of energy-efficient lighting equipment and water-saving measures.

“Our Woolies’ Good Business Journey is at the heart of everything we do and it’s great to see our sustainability philosophy brought to life in our beautiful new store”, says Charmaine Huet, Group Director of Marketing at Woolworths.

Fashion that cares

Customers can now shop a dedicated footwear department and over 6000m2 of fashion from Studio.W, RE:, David Jones Collection and JT One, as well as Australian premium brands Country Road, Trenery, MIMCO and Witchery – all of which have standalone stores in-house. FoxBox express manicures and EyeCandy eyebrow threading offer a convenient stop within the glittering new beauty department which overlooks a large, dramatic atrium.

Collaborating exclusively on a once-off initiative called ‘Totes For Good’, Woolies commissioned three young designers – Pichulik, AKJP and Rich Mnisi – to customise a plain tote in a style or design of their choice. Each bag was sold via a first-of-its-kind Twitter auction on opening night, of which 100% of the proceeds benefitted The Clothing Bank (www.theclothingbank.org.za), a non-profit organisation that empowers unemployed mothers through enterprise development.

By MyNewsroom


Did you Know…….

  • In 1566, King Eric of Sweden owned 27 pairs of knitted silk stockings imported from Spain.  Each knitted pair cost the same as his valet’s yearly salary.
  • David Babcock entered the Guinness World Record when he finished the Kansas City marathon in 5 hours 48 minutes 27 seconds—all while knitting a scarf measuring 12 feet, 1¾ inches long. He eclipsed the previous Guinness World Record, held by Britain’s Susie Hewer. To be eligible, competitors must complete the marathon in less than six hours.
  • The longest French knitting is 16.36 miles (26.33 km) long by Edward Hannaford in Sittingbourne, UK. He has been working on the French knitting since 1989 and is working on it still.


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