🇳🇿 New Zealand Style Week’s future unsure after cancellation. Only one month after asserting the cancellation of the 2024 version, the annual occasion’s normal supervisor Yasmin Farry has indicated that she can not but affirm plans for a 2025 version. “With no good variety of New Zealand designers in a position to present, it merely wasn’t viable as we didn’t have a compelling programme, befitting of the world-class occasion that vogue week is,” she mentioned, regardless of shifting to a biennial cadence. “Manufacturers and retailers are going through some fairly robust headwinds proper now in New Zealand. The fee-of-living disaster has meant a lower in client spending throughout most retail, smaller manufacturers are closing down and one among our iconic shops is closing its doorways after 144 years (Auckland’s Smith and Caughey’s). Fairly sobering stuff.” In line with Australian commerce media Ragtrader, native manufacturers which have lately shuttered or plan to take action embody Carly Harris Design, Kate Sylvester, Maaike and Hej Hej. Based in 2001 by Pieter Stewart, New Zealand Style Week was acquired by Feroz Ali’s Aligroup Ltd. in 2021 because it launched into a three-year hiatus throughout the pandemic earlier than making a return in 2023. [Ragtrader, 1News]

🇮🇳 Indian magnificence main Good Glamm Group appoints worldwide president. The Mumbai-based group has appointed Lauren Bloomer, a US-based trade veteran who served in govt roles at Becca Cosmetics, Estée Lauder and Clinique, to steer its worldwide development and growth efforts. The content-to-commerce unicorn that started as DTC make-up model MyGlamm earlier than buying a steady of magnificence, private care and media manufacturers struck a three way partnership in April with Serena Williams to launch the tennis star’s cosmetics model Wyn Magnificence within the US. [Economic Times]

🇨🇳 Diesel seizes massive haul of counterfeits in China. The OTB Group-owned Italian denim model has confiscated over 40,000 purses in Wuqia, Xinjiang province, beneath the supervision of Chinese language customs. In January, Diesel revealed {that a} complete of 80,000 counterfeit items has been seized because the starting of 2023, primarily from China, Turkey and Kosovo. [Sourcing Journal]

🇲🇽 TJX Corporations to ink three way partnership with Mexico’s Grupo Axo. The American off-price vogue retailer with over 4,900 shops throughout 9 nations, together with chains TJ Maxx, Marshalls and TK Maxx has partnered with Axo, a serious multi-brand and multi-channel retailer of manufacturers bought by means of greater than 6,900 factors of sale in Latin American markets equivalent to Mexico, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. The transaction, which might see the joint enterprise comprising Axo’s current off-price community in Mexico together with Promoda, Diminished and City Retailer banners, is anticipated to shut later this 12 months. [BusinessWire]

🇹🇲 Turkmenistan considers methods to cut back compelled labour in cotton harvest. The Central Asian nation is claimed to be reviewing suggestions by the Worldwide Labour Group that may see it undertake a roadmap of “precedence actions” geared toward stopping state workers from being compelled into native cotton fields. If adopted, the brand new system would permit for employed labourers to lodge complaints about coercion and extortion and set a minimal wage. Over 100 manufacturers and retailers beforehand signed a Cotton Marketing campaign coalition pledge to boycott cotton from the world’s Tenth-largest producer of the fibre whereas compelled labour is in use. [Fibre2Fashion, BoF]

🇨🇳 Extra European clothes firms diversify away from China. Regardless of longer lead instances and better prices, a bigger share of garment manufacturing goes to India, Bangladesh and Vietnam, based on Naveen Jha, who runs The Sourcing Place in China. Nonetheless, China’s general export quantity throughout many classes is just not being impacted too severely as Chinese language exporters discover new markets past Europe and the US and extra Chinese language-built factories crop up in abroad manufacturing hubs like Vietnam and Mexico. “What number of sneakers are produced in China continues to be just about the identical because it was a few years in the past [in this] musical chair kind situation,” mentioned Maersk CEO Vincent Clerc. [Financial Times]

🇹🇷 Turkey’s attire exports decline 11.1% in Jan-Apr 2024. The whole worth of exports throughout the interval reached $5.6 billion. The knitted and crocheted clothes class fell by 8.9 p.c, and non-knitted attire class fell by 13.7 p.c. [Fibre2Fashion]

🇮🇳 Indian skincare start-up Chosen raises $1.2 million in seed funding. The spherical, which secured funding from undisclosed family and friends members, follows an equity-free grant of $100,000 from Peak XV Companions (previously Sequoia Capital India & SEA). “Our purpose is to safe pre-series funding of $10 to $20 million later this 12 months,” mentioned Dr. Renita Rajan, founding father of the Chennai-based formulations- and IoT solutions-focused model.

🇦🇺 Australia Institute recommends sin tax-style penalty on quick vogue. The Canberra-based suppose tank has proposed a number of measures that it believes the Australian authorities ought to pursue, together with a quick vogue tax on unsustainable, “problematic” merchandise much like the invoice at the moment going by means of the French parliament. [Sourcing Journal]

🇱🇷 TLG Capital invests in Liberian-Burkinabe model Liberty & Justice. The London- based mostly Africa-focused different asset administration agency based by Zain Latif has injected an undisclosed quantity within the swimsuit model based by Burkina Faso native Georgie Badiel Liberty and her husband, Liberia-born Chid Liberty. Additionally, “our manufacturing facility in Liberia is getting an injection from a possible acquisition that we hope to shut which can supply product from Liberia,” mentioned Liberty, who at the moment produces in Morocco and sells in over 250 Goal shops within the US. [Semafor, BoF Inbox]

🇨🇳 Zara is increasing its Chinese language reside commerce mannequin to the US and Europe. The Spanish excessive road model has employed digital catwalks, becoming room excursions, and “behind-the-scenes” content material for its livestream e-commerce periods on native TikTok counterpart Douyin since November, utilizing a Shanghai-based group of round 70 folks for the China-based broadcasts. [Jing Daily]

🇦🇺 Australian jeweller Lovisa names John Cheston as chief govt. The Sydney-based Australian listed firm based by billionaire Brett Blundy in 2010 that at the moment has a retail footprint of 854 shops throughout greater than 40 nations and territories has appointed the boss of native stationery and equipment chain Smiggle, to exchange Victor Herrero who will depart the corporate in Could subsequent 12 months. [Australian Financial Review]

🇮🇳 India’s Hindustan Unilever Restricted promotes Arun Neelakantan. The Mumbai-based magnificence and private care big, whose portfolio contains manufacturers like Lakmé, Glow & Pretty, Dove and Pond’s, has named its former chief digital officer as govt director, buyer improvement, changing Kedar Lele. [Economic Times]

🇯🇵 Japan’s Kosé opens a standalone retailer within the US. Kosé Company, one of many nation’s largest magnificence conglomerates with a portfolio of 37 manufacturers equivalent to Decorté, Sekkisei, Dependancy and Tarte bought throughout 68 nations and areas, has opened a Maison Kosé retailer in Los Angeles. Till now the corporate’s Japanese manufacturers have solely been obtainable within the US by means of shops and different multi-brand channels. [Morningstar]

🇺🇾 Brazil’s O Boticario enters Uruguay with associate Grupo AJ Vierci. The Brazilian cosmetics and skincare big has opened two shops within the Uruguayan capital Montevideo by means of a partnership with the Paraguay-based regional agency. The model’s Curitiba-based guardian firm Grupo Boticario has over 4,000 shops in Brazil, together with mono-brand retailers and multi-brand chain Magnificence Field, and operations in additional than 15 nations. [FashionNetwork]

🇨🇳 Anta names China’s Fan Zhendong as model ambassador. The Chinese language activewear model has added the Olympic desk tennis champion to its endorsement roster, which incorporates Zhang Jike and Ma Lengthy. [Jing Daily]