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Fashion’s Missed Muslim Market Opportunity

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Socio-economic and political developments, aided by the connectivity of the Internet, have galvanised a newly emergent Muslim consumer demographic, creating significant, if complex, opportunities for international fashion brands. LONDON, United Kingdom — Muslim fashion. Simply juxtaposing these two words can cause consternation in some circles. Interpretations of a Koranic verse (an-Nur chapter 24, verse 30) advocating modesty…

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Muslims’ spending on clothes to rise to $322 billion by 2018

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There is a huge gap in the global Islamic clothes, fashion and design market in the absence of major Islamic brands capable of meeting the requirements of the Muslim population, especially women, a research note by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry based on a study by Thomson Reuters revealed. The Islamic clothes, fashion and…

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sass & bide in 48 per cent profit jump

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Australian fashion label sass & bide has successfully fended off the invasion of foreign retail giants such as Spanish fast-fashion giant Zara and Topshop and a slew of online competitors like ASOS to post a robust 48 per cent rise in full-year net profit to $7.68 million. [dropcaps type=’normal’ color=’#fff’ background_color=’#000′ border_color=”]S[/dropcaps]ass & bide, wholly…

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A Silver Lining to Australia’s Fashion Crisis?

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Although Australia is the only advanced economy that did not enter a deep recession as a result of the global financial crisis, today, the country’s fashion industry is facing tough times, affecting established retail chains, independent designers and luxury boutiques alike. [dropcaps type=’square’ color=’#ffffff’ background_color=’#000000′ border_color=”]A[/dropcaps]mong them are womenswear retailer Ojay; Bettina Liano, which went…

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Why more Australian designers are showing at Fashion Week

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Look at the calendar for New York Fashion Week this season, and you may notice that not only are there plenty of new names at Lincoln Center and Milk Studios, but that many of those new names hail, curiously enough, from Australia. [dropcaps type=’normal’ color=’#fff’ background_color=’#000′ border_color=”]H[/dropcaps]istorically, Australian designers have built cult followings in Australia…

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New kids on the block: Can Australian retailers compete against new International brands?

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Challenges faced by Australian fashion labels, including Lisa Ho, Kirrily Johnstone and Alannah Hill, have left many wondering whether Australian fashion retailers can compete with international players like Zara, Topshop and GAP. [dropcaps type=’normal’ color=’#fff’ background_color=’#000′ border_color=”]T[/dropcaps]he entry of international competitors into the Australian fashion market is posing challenges for domestic retailers. In the last…

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Global shift: Australian fashion’s coming of age

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Fifty years ago, the notion of Australian fashion may have been regarded as an oxymoron. This is not a critique of Australians’ capacity to be intrinsically stylish, as there is plenty of evidence to reflect the contrary. [dropcaps type=’normal’ color=’#fff’ background_color=’#000′ border_color=”]R[/dropcaps]ather, the Australian fashion industry, historically, was based on adopting and adapting the looks…

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Can Australia’s struggling fashion industry support its new stars?

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Designers such as Dion Lee, Tome, Bianca Spender and Ellery are leading a new generation of Australian fashion talent. But the industry needs more support and funding. [dropcaps type=’normal’ color=’#fff’ background_color=’#000′ border_color=”]A[/dropcaps]t its peak it boasted three boutiques and more than 70 wholesale accounts and David Jones concessions. But savvy and talented designer Kirrily Johnston last…

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4 ways the Australian fashion industry is benefiting the economy

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Inspired by our celebrated week of fashion ahead, Smarter takes a look into why the Australian fashion industry is proving to be a valuable industry in our ever struggling economy. [dropcaps type=’normal’ color=’#fff’ background_color=’#000′ border_color=”]W[/dropcaps]ith the start of Mercedes Benz Fashion week underway, fashionistas flutter among the streets of Sydney to immerse in the hype…

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