Fresh efforts are being made to revitalize Hong Kong’s textiles and garments sector, with industry players and designers aiming to rebuild the city’s position as a fashion hub.
Among the initiatives, the family that controls Laws International Group — formerly known as Laws Fashion Knitters — has set up a non-profit organization called Fashion Farm Foundation to assist local fashion designers who seek to take their labels overseas, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
In a separate move, Nan Fung Group is turning an old textile factory building into a modern fashion complex “The Mills”, with HK$700 million investment, the paper noted.
The new shopping complex will group local fashion brands together with photographers, hair stylists, and other supplementary facilities like catwalk venues and exhibition halls.
The plan is said to have been approved by the Town Planning Board earlier this year.
Janko Lam, local fashion designer and founder of the Classics Anew brand, said the industry is grappling with many problems, including a rise in labor and rental costs.
Some designers want to develop the local market, rather than venture overseas, Lam said, adding that consumption culture in the city needs to be changed to ensure that locals appreciate home-grown labels.
Early this year, Lam set up her own studio in an industrial flat measuring several hundred square feet and hired three tailors. She aims to make less than 30 pieces under each order in a limited-edition strategy.
[Janko Lam's Facebook account]
Translation by Vey Wong
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