11 July 2006
Hong Kong – a Value-added Fashion Centre
Responding to Customers' Changing Needs
|(From left to right) TDC's Acting Executive Director Steve Alexander, Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology of the HKSAR Government Miss Yvonne Choi Ying-Pik, and Chairman of TDC's Garment Advisory Committee, Mr Andrew Leung officiated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.|
|Guests are appreciating the fine workmanship of a fur garment produced by a Hong Kong company.|
Over the last few decades, Hong Kong's fashion industry has been a master of change responding to customers' changing needs by constantly moving up the value chain, said Mr Andrew Leung, Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council's (HKTDC) Garment Advisory Committee, at the opening ceremony of Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/ Summer 2007 today (July 11).
Also officiating at the opening of the four-day event (July 11-14) were Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology of the HKSAR Government Miss Yvonne Choi Ying-Pik , and TDC's Acting Executive Director Steve Alexander.
"Hong Kong has transformed itself into a value-added fashion centre, specialising in areas as diverse as fabric procurement, quality control, logistic arrangements and clothing designs." Mr Leung said.
"That is one of the reasons why despite the changing quota situations, Hong Kong's clothing and accessories exports continue to show great promise." Mr Leung remarked.
Last year, Hong Kong's exports of clothing and clothing accessories rose by 9% to HK$ 212.2 billion posting double digit growth in the US, the UK and Germany markets. Hong Kong's fashion export figures continue to grow steadily with exports for the first five months of this year reaching HK$75.9 billion.
Since its debut, Hong Kong Fashion Week has become an international modish event where industry players converge to promote fashion-related products and services, and tune in to global trends.
This year, the fair is attracting a bigger party from far and wide. A total of 1,100 exhibitors- - 22% more than last year - are coming from 25 countries and regions including the Chinese mainland, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore,Vietnam, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States.
A wide array of exhibits are in the limelight, encompassing children's wear, men's and ladies' wear, lingerie, sportswear and a wide range of accessories such as costume jewellery, handbags, shoes and other garment-related services.
The exhibition is also divided into different zones to cater for the needs of different buyers:
- "Garment & Accessories Mart" features basic mass merchandise
- "Fashion Gallery" features high fashion and brand labels
- "International Fashion Designers' Showcase" presents 49 designers'
collections from all over the world
- "Body & Intimate Wear Zone"
- "Bridal & Evening Wear Zone"
On top of the exhibition, six catwalk shows will be staged during the week. A special highlight will be the "Hong Kong New Fashion Collection Award" - a joint-effort where 11 clothing businesses and talented young designers will strut their creative and marketable collections.
Hong Kong Fashion Week is also the trade information platform for the latest industry developments and trends. There will be four seminars, with industry experts elaborating on upcoming colour and fabric trends, as well as sharing their insights on hot topics such as "How to Build Brands and Tap the Chinese mainland Market."
For further information about the Fair, please visit http://www.hkfashionweekss.com
For press enquiries, please contact Winnie Hui of TDC's Corporate Communication Department at 2584 4537.