42 of 2017


Newsletter No. 42                                                                                                 03 November 2017

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Book your seat today at the insightful breakfast seminar presentations which will take place alongside the ATF – China Premium Tex Trade Exhibition this month.

The ATF Trade Exhibition & China Premium Tex will take place from 21 – 23 November in Hall 4A at the CTICC in Cape Town and will offer key industry decision makers from chain stores, independent retailers, mini-chains, boutiques, importers, distributors, factory managers, etc. the opportunity to meet with international manufacturers and suppliers. More than 140 exhibitors from 10 countries will be showcasing an extensive range of products including  garments, fabrics, footwear, home textiles & made-ups, fashion accessories, trims and fasteners, yarn and much more. Register online @ www.atfexpo.co.za or call 021 790 5849 for more info. No entry fee but open to trade only.

To book your seat at the breakfast seminar/s below, email atfexpo@worldonline.co.za. There is no fee to attend but seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Wednesday, 22 Nov – 9.30am-10.15am

Speaker: Dave Nemeth, Owner, Trend Forward

A leading international company recently identified Dave as one of the top creative influencers in the country. Dave is a qualified designer who has held a variety of senior, as well as executive positions, with some of the country’s leading retail groups, spanning a career of twenty years.

Topic: The Future of Business & Retail

Brief Overview: The only certainty in business today is the death of business as we know it. This presentation, which is based on a year’s research will look at the disruptions which businesses and specifically retail are currently facing. It will cover areas such as – macro trends affecting business and retail, current consumer attitudes, technology and retail space, the future of retail, the changing face of corporate culture, the changing face of company structure.

Thursday, 23 Nov – 9.30am-10.15am

Speaker: Brett Kaplan, Independent Retail Consultant, Choppies Superstores

Brett was the Managing Director Clothing and General Merchandise at Woolworths for 37 years. He was instrumental in building the clothing and general merchandise business into the success that it is today. Brett has extensive experience in Global Sourcing after having set up the company’s sourcing office.

Topic: The changing Apparel Retail  Landscape in SA

Brief Overview: The globalisation of retail is a reality with both northern and southern hemisphere taking full advantage of the ‘untapped African opportunity’ with SA at the centre of this development. What many retailers learn about  SA is that a ‘cut and paste’ approach does not always deliver results as SA consumers have a specific fashion appreciation which is unlike other regions including Australia albeit  a southern hemisphere lifestyle. SA demographic changes  taking shape in SA are significant with a nice long term trajectory of a growing black middle class with an appetite for the better things in life. This is coupled with the growth of the 30 – 39 year age band which is also good news for retail as this is the age group that fully exploits ‘consumerism’. The entrance of international retailers such as H & M and Cotton On with significant footprints in prime locations have changed the competitive landscape forever and local retail need to think and act differently to meet this change and win. Key to meeting this challenge is twofold – Firstly, the sourcing  of better product at better margins is key to protect the profitability with ‘going direct’ to suppliers critical. Secondly, the design aesthetic is an important component of the appeal of the brand as the taste level/fashion sense of the South African consumer is quite different to other regions esp the “ eurocentric “ trends that drive fashion. These are some of the challenges and opportunities of apparel retail in SA.

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12 Finalists for “Threads Accelerator Programme” announced

By Gwethu Otowe Mentoor

Threads Accelerator Programme has decided on the 12 fashion entrepreneurs that will take their programme which will take place over a 12 week duration in classroom hubs in Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. From over 400 entries received across South Africa, twelve South African fashion industry creatives will kick off the programme this week.

“Selecting the finalists from the deluge of entries we received was thrilling and somewhat overwhelming – we really had our work cut out for us in whittling the list down to the final 12” comments Tania Habimana, co-founder of the Threads programme “The creativity in the South African fashion industry is world class – all “marketing rigor that’ll take their businesses to the next level. We at Threads, alongside with our sponsor Standard Bank, and partner Mercedes-Benz, cannot wait to commence this journey with these very deserving entrepreneurs.”

The finalists certainly represent the inspiring diversity of the South African fashion aesthetic – from designers of maternity wear, modesty wear and luxury women ranges, to belts and handbag design houses and denim wear designers, the participants in the inaugural Threads programme have one thing in common – they are each running fashion businesses with enormous potential to become major industry power players. The 12 participants of the Threads – Stitched by Standard Bank accelerator programme are:

1. Anthony Smith of 2Bop – street wear label based in Cape Town. They manufacture and produce headwear, apparel and accessories.

2. Majda Rabin of Chimpel – a Cape Town based luxury leather accessories (belts and handbags) design house. Website: www.chimpel.co.za, Instagram @Chimpel_South Africa, Facebook Chimpel – Luxury Leather Accessories, Twitter @ChimpelM

3. Evans Zemba of Walk In Closet (WIC) Designs, a Port Elizabeth based men & womens leisurewear fashion house , Instagram @wicdesigns

4.Thabo Makhetha of Thabo Makhetha an African luxury brand, well known for her Basotho blanket “Kobo” creations, the brand’s Classic Starburst piece, was nominated for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2016(MBOISA) at the Design Indaba. Website – Thabomakhetha.com, Instagram @Tmakcc

5. Junior Mmotla of MAMAGASEHOME, a men & womans streetwear fashion range – Twitter/Instagram @Mamagasehome

6. Yamkela Lize of Refined Revolt, an East-London based textile designer and handbag accessory manufacturer. Twitter & Instagram – @refinedrevolt, website www.refinedrevolt.com

7. Asanda Mali of Mal’stones – a Port Elizabeth based body-positive women’s wear fashion house. Instagram/Twitter – @Malstones

8. Tshego Manche of La Manche Clothing a Joburg based premium womanswear fashion house. Instagram – @lamancheofficial, Facebook – La Manche, twitter @LaMancheSA

9. Jacqueline Munsami of JSE Couture – a Durban based fashion house that has three lines, Jacqui Emmanuel Couture, Jacqui Emmanuel Pret n’ Porter and Emmanuel Sportsluxe. Their prints are exclusive to their label, as are their laser cuts, embroidery and embossing. Instagram: @Emmaneulsportsluxe, Facebook Jacqui Emmanel ii, Website www.jacquiemmanuel.com

10. Lyndall Moodley of Hannah Grace Maternity, a Durban based maternity wear designed to provide expectant and nursing mothers with comfortable, affordable and versatile clothing. Website – www.hannahgrace-sa.com

11. Sabiha Badsha of Haya Collective , a Johannesburg based contemporary modest wear brand – website www.hayacollective.com , Instagram, Facebook & Twitter – @HayaCollective

12. Tshepo Mohlala of Tshepo the Jeanmaker – a premium lifestyle denim brand with strong roots in South Africa. Instagram@Tshepothejeanmaker Website – Tshepothejeanmaker.co.za

Going forward, the twelve creatives will participate in the programme, the curriculum of which was co-created with the e4 Impact Foundation, an initiative of the Universita Cattolico of Milan, which focuses on impact entrepreneurship. The curriculum covers the broad swathe of business operations, including financing and retaining employees, lean manufacturing, eCommerce and specialized procurement methods and marketing. At the conclusion of the 12 week programme, they will present their new business models to the panel of judges, businesswoman Basetsana Kumalo, branding guru Timothy Maurice Webster, creative Jacqui Burger, CEO of online retailer Spree, Vincent Hoogduijin, and Maxhosa fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo. The participant that the panel of judges ultimately selects as the winner will receive a package of prizes that’s designed to set them up for sure success – a Mercedes-Benz ambassadorship, which will see them driving a brand new vehicle for a year-long period, a Standard Bank curated SME start-up pack, and international trade trip to Europe, where they’ll present their businesses to wholesale buyers and retailers, a high-impact private distribution network, and attend industry trade fairs.

Eskom’s 19.9% tariff hike will destroy jobs

The COSATU affiliated-SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has made a submission at NERSA’s public hearings on Eskom’s tariff application for 2018/19, setting out why Eskom’s proposed 19.9% tariff increase should be rejected.  The union’s research head, Etienne Vlok, told NERSA that Eskom’s proposed tariff hike will have a detrimental impact on workers’ job security and livelihoods.

The stagnant economy, including the slump in clothing retail sales and lower government demand due to tighter budgets, has had a negative impact on the stability of the clothing, textile, footwear and leather industry. This, combined with the looming credit downgrades and low economic growth forecasts, threaten thousands of jobs. A 19.9% increase will worsen matters significantly.

To quantify the impact of a 19.9% increase in tariffs, SACTWU surveyed the biggest and most important textile factories in South Africa. These factories reported that electricity constituted about 8% of their manufacturing costs in 2007. Following several sharp increases in electricity prices over the last decade, electricity now constitutes almost 14%. Should Eskom’s proposed 19.9% increase be granted, electricity will be more than 16% of total manufacturing costs. With electricity costs increasing much quicker than other costs, companies’ ability to pay wages and for inputs and supplies are squeezed.

A 19.9% increase in one year is so significant that it will have the following consequences:

•    Textile factories, that have very little supplier power in the CTFL value chain, will have to absorb the price increases, which will threaten the already ultra-low margins seen in the industry.

•    If price increases are passed on, customers, including retailers, will turn to imports. The above will tip struggling factories into freefall and will be a catalyst for retrenchments and factory closures.

In light of the above SACTWU called on NERSA to reject the proposed electricity tariff increase and to consider any increase only once all allegations of mismanagement and the misuse of funds at Eskom have been finalised.

Issued by Andre Kriel, General Secretary, SACTWU

For comment please contact Etienne Vlok on 021 4474570 or 082 4480506

8th Avenue Trading

Fabric to Fashion


We will be at the ATF Trade Exhibition at the Cape Town Convention Centre

Exhibiting fashion products which include clothing, footwear, fashion accessories and homewear textiles.

The brand 8th Avenue Trading was founded in 1957.   In spite of the setbacks that the textile industry has endured over the past few years we have grown in strength utilising the South African resources that remained.

We have become a forerunner of African ranges inspired by African tradition, nature and custom.

The blended yarn dyed jacquard woven fabrics offer a new dimension to fashion and décor in warm earthy and colourful shades.

We strive to promote quality products proudly manufactured in South Africa.

We look forward to seeing you at Stand A6 to view our ranges of interesting and unusual fabrics which can be adapted effectively to create fashion items.

Did you know……..

It was not acceptable for women to wear shorts in public until World War 2.

The first fashion magazine was published in Germany in 1586.

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NewsBriefs will be exhibiting again at ATF this year

Please come and say hello at Stand Number A38 and see what special advertising opportunities we will have on offer at the show. CTICC 21-23 November.

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