Fashion Industry Resources
Basic & Required Knowledge
"Mass production of apparel in Canada began in the mid-19th century in urban centers, which supplied needed semi-skilled labour, and, at the same time, were the major consumer markets. Today, the Canadian apparel industry produces women's, men's and children's wear, furs, foundation garments and a wide range of knitted apparel such as t-shirts, underwear, gloves, sweaters and hosiery.
Historically, the apparel industry has been highly dependent on women (as high as 94 percent in some apparel sectors) and immigrants (approximately 50 percent of the total workforce). Regionally, Québec accounts for 55 percent of the value of Canada’s apparel production. Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia are also significant contributors to apparel manufacturing.
"As one of Canada's largest manufacturing sectors, the Canadian apparel industry has grown from rather modest beginnings to a reliable supplier of a wide range of consumer, industrial and institutional apparel to meet the needs of both domestic and foreign markets. To remain competitive within the world's increasingly liberalized trading environment, the industry is aggressively innovating to higher value-added products, the latest technologies, and more efficient, flexible and lower-cost manufacturing processes."
— Eileen Melnick McCarthy, Director — Communications, Canadian Apparel Federation.
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"We’re the undisputed leader in talent recruitment for all areas of fashion, design to production including: accessories and apparel design, action sports, home furnishings, corporate retail and beauty. Additionally, we provide top tier advertising, marketing and creative talent for some of the world’s best known lifestyle brands."
"The Business of Fashion has gained a global following as an essential daily resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs in over 150 countries. It is frequently described as “indispensable,” “required reading” and “an addiction.”
Founded in 2007 by Imran Amed, a fashion business advisor, writer and entrepreneur, The Business of Fashion began as a project of passion, aiming to fill the void for an informed, analytical and opinionated point of view on the fashion business.
Today, the website has grown to leverage a network of savvy writers and fashion insiders in style capitals around the world, delivering fashion business intelligence on emerging designers, disruptive technologies and global brands that are making their mark on the industry at a time of unprecedented change."
Resources on how to start your business, sales & marketing tips, how to grow your business & more.
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"This web site provides an overview of the process of starting a Fashion business. It draws from the first chapter of Frances Harder's book
Fashion For Profit."
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Hudson, OH, United States
"I run a marketing firm that helps companies bridge the gap between providing a product/service and making a sale. Marketing Resources & Results was founded in 1998."
"Sheppard Mullin’s Fashion and Apparel team has firsthand experience working with companies that produce everything from hi-tech synthetic yarns to high fashion, fabrics to footwear, and bricks to clicks.
Fashion is a nearly $500 billion retail industry. It comprises a wide variety of skills and industry sectors, from fashion designers to contract manufacturers, from textile manufacturing to distributors, from financiers to factors. In addition, the major retail chains have a serious influence on the apparel and fashion business. Technology and global markets have rapidly changed how and where apparel is manufactured. Although the vast majority of clothing is sold in the most affluent nations, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, it is generally manufactured in foreign lands—China in particular. Contract manufacturing and outsourcing is booming and import/export trade issues continue to lead to heated debate."
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Technical Skills & Knowledge
"Little problems with the sewing machine can be very irritating and time consuming. They can happen to even the most experienced seamstress. The next time you have machine troubles, check this list to see if you can determined the cause of the difficulty and correct it. It may save you a service call and save you time as well. If you can't correct the trouble, it is wise to seek professional help."
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