Garment Industry

Cambodia's textile workers hang by a thread under Chinese bosses

Cambodian garment workers, who typically arrive from the provinces to work in the capital, live four or more to a small room in crowded buildings like this one in the southeastern suburbs of Phnom Penh

Pak Kok Heng used to make sweaters for the Pine Great Factory in Phnom Penh. Now, he and his former colleagues spend their days standing outside the Ministry of Social Affairs in the Cambodian capital.

Saturday, 27 July, 2013, 11:09am 2 comments

23 hurt in shelter collapse at Phnom Penh factory owned by Hong Kong firm

Cambodian rescue workers search for factory employees. Photo: EPA

A structure's collapse in Cambodia's capital injured 23 workers yesterday at a factory thought to be owned by a Hong Kong group and which produces garments for H&M, police said.

21 May 2013 - 9:15am

Retailers sign up to accord on Bangladesh factory standards

Rescuers carry the body of a victim retrieved from the rubble of the site of a garment factory that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka. Photo: AP

Labour umbrella groups Industrial Global Union and UNI Global Union yesterday praised top retailers for joining their drive to make Bangladesh's garment factories safer, after 1,127 people died in a factory collapse last month.

17 May 2013 - 2:10am

Old family firms are ripe for the picking

It will be easier to stitch up a deal for garment factories because they are considered a sunset industry in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong family businesses are increasingly becoming targets of takeovers by institutional investors as the older generation of entrepreneurs retires, bankers say.

Hundreds of listed companies controlled by wealthy families may be taken private in the coming decade because they face operational difficulties or the younger generation is not interested in holding on to them.

9 Nov 2012 - 8:47am

The suits have it

The fact that Savile Row has been tailoring clothes for 200 years makes London the original home of menswear. Even the Italian and French labels cannot match such a long history, which is coupled with the British capital's enviable legacy of street style. But in a typically understated manner, the city has not shouted about it - until now.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

From drug needles ... to a needle and thread

Kenny Shum spent years honing his skills as a tailor, specialising in the intricate detailing of women's suits.

At the same time, he fed an 18-year heroin habit that robbed him of his life savings.

He eventually had to stop working as a tailor and found himself doing menial labouring jobs.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Exorbitant suits - dressed in the finest fashion

Exorbitant suits - dressed in the finest fashion

Dressed in the finest fashion.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Dry your eyes!

'Inside myself is a place where you renew springs that never dry up'

Pearl Buck (1892-1973) - American writer who spent many years in China

A dry run

'Dry' is the opposite of 'wet', but what do the following terms mean?

1 dry-cleaning

a. wet clothes hanging on a line to dry

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Brand director at esteemed tailor vows they'll never stray too far from Savile Row

When you've been making suits for nearly two and a half centuries and have dressed some of England's biggest names in royalty, you don't need to stray from heritage or give in to what's trendy.

That's what Ray Clacher, brand managing director of Gieves and Hawkes, believes.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Fabrics and prints focus of trend forecasters

If the ever-changing world of textiles is your business, this season's Interstoff Asia Essential - at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre starting on Thursday - is not to be missed.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Boys will be men

A change is happening in the world of men's fashion - and it's not a passing fad. No, this is a major force that will have lasting implications. The return of classic menswear can be seen everywhere, championed this autumn-winter by the big Italian fashion houses - Zegna, Ferragamo, Armani, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Bottega Veneta.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Cutting edges

India was once known as the 'land of the unstitched cloth', highly regarded for its drapers rather than pattern-cutters and designers. But all that has changed in recent years as the country absorbed Western influences and reinvented its fashion industry with an eye to the modern woman.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Made to treasure

When you visit Savile Row, you know you are looking at something unique: the finest tradition of bespoke tailoring on a London street dedicated to the craft for more than 200 years, the sense of style and the whisper of money. But there is something else; the rare sight of men happily absorbed in the art of shopping.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bespoke menswear suits celebrity fashion plate Simon Yam to a T

For an enthusiastically metrosexual celebrity such as Simon Yam Tat-wah, 320-thread count Egyptian cotton and a template drawn from more than 20 measurements are musts for any shirt worthy of wear.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Suits me just fine

For the man who has everything, Frosdick of London is offering 'the most expensive wardrobe in the history of tailoring' for US$1 million. The Million-Dollar Dandy package includes 14 Savile Row suits, 28 dress shirts and silk ties, and 14 pairs of shoes and boots.

7 Jan 2011 - 12:00am