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Elimination of textile quotas brings new opportunities and challenges for clothing industry

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(From Left to Right) TDC's Executive Director, Mr Fred Lam, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board, Mrs Selina Chow and Chairman of TDC's Garment Advisory Committee, Mr Andrew Leung officiating at the Opening Ceremony.
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VIP guests visit the booth of Giordano, a home-grown Hong Kong brand at World Boutique, Hong Kong.
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International brands like Guy Laroche are also presented at World Boutique, Hong Kong.

New challenges and opportunities arising from the elimination of textile quotas from January 1, 2005 will top the agenda during one of the seminars held at Asia's largest fashion trade fair, which opens today in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2005 and World Boutique, Hong Kong 2005, will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from January 18 to 21. A programme of concurrent seminars will address the impact of quota elimination, for example, the realignment of clothing production and the rise of protectionist measures, as well as other hot industry topics.

"We've had a robust year," said Andrew Leung, Chairman of the Trade Development Council's Garment Advisory Committee. "Hong Kong's clothing and accessories exports grew by nine per cent in the first eleven months of 2004 [HK$178.8 billion]."

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the two fairs, Mr Leung said: "But, while Hong Kong is well positioned to enjoy the advantages of trade liberalisation, it does not come without challenges."

World Boutique, Hong Kong, now in its third year, has established itself as an exhibition tailored to high-end fashion and lifestyle accessories.

"The fair demonstrates Hong Kong's role as an important fashion hub in Asia, where designers and style experts from around the region and the rest of the world come to display their unique and fashionable clothing and accessories," said Mr Leung.

This year, World Boutique, Hong Kong, will showcase 194 companies, offering more than 300 brand names and collections from Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, the Chinese mainland, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. Well-known labels include ESCADA, Disney, Playboy, Giordano and G.O.D.

The Hong Kong Fashion Week, with 1,087 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions, has grown by almost 11 per cent over the previous year. It highlights a wide range of products, including mass-market garments, high fashion, fabrics and accessories.

Thousands of visitors are expected during the four-day fair, including almost 100 TDC-organised buying missions of some 3,500 buyers. Key buying managers will attend from Selfridges (UK), Robinsons Department Store (Singapore), Link Boutique (Singapore), All Nippon Department Stores (Japan), Keio Department Store (Japan), Gaysorn Plaza (Thailand) and Tesco (Malaysia).

Highlights of the Fairs include:

  • 16 fashion shows including:
    • Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest 2005

    16 finalists will compete for nine awards in Hong Kong's leading event for up-coming and student designers. Categories include 'Overall Winner Prize', 'Casual Street Wear Group Winner', 'Contemporary Daywear Group Winner', 'Partywear Group Winner', 'Style Hong Kong Magazine Prize', 'WestEast Magazine Prize', 'U-Right Prize for the Most Innovative Use of Fabrics', 'Sau San Tong Prize for the Best Silhouette' and 'Photographer's Prize for the Most Outstanding Collection'.


    Style Hong Kong Icons
    As part of the Young Fashion Designers' Contest, TDC will name 10 'Style Hong Kong Icons' in recognition of their support to Hong Kong fashion. Awards will be made to Cecilia Cheung, Karen Mok, GiGi Leung, Daniel Wu, Michele Reis, Izumi Ogino, Flora Cheong-Leen, Vivienne Tam, Vanessa Kung and Wing Shya.

    • Style Hong Kong Magazine presents 'Shooting Stars' by Veggie Legend, featuring YD Alumni and O4 Hairstyling

    This shows brings together creative talents from fashion, hairstyling and the visual arts. The YD Alumni Club was formed recently bringing together previous winners and finalists of the Young Fashion Designers' Contests to create a talent pool of quality design services.

  • Six salon shows at the Wine Cellar of World Boutique, Hong Kong

  • Industry and market specific seminars
    • Nine seminars cover subjects such as 'Latest Development of Cotton Apparels in the US Retail Market' and 'Impact of EU environmental legislations on textile and clothing industry'.
  • An on-site survey of market and industry trends will be conducted by Oracle Market Research. Findings will be presented on January 21.

For more details, visit www.worldboutiquehk.com and www.hkfashionweekfw.com.

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