Export performance of the Turkish apparel sector has been comparatively better than all the other sectors in the country, said the Turkey Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (TGSD) chairman Cem Negrin at the recently concluded 7th edition of the Istanbul Fashion-Apparel Conference held in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Mr. Negrin said during the conference that the apparel sector’s exports amounted to US$ 1.5 billion in April 2014, whereas during the same period last year, the country’s apparel exports totaled $1.3 billion.
The two-day conference shall further contribute towards the growth of garment sector exports and Turkey would be able to achieve the set target of $18.4 billion apparel exports by the end of the year, he added.
Mr. Negrin also informed that the Japanese casual wear manufacturer and retailer Uniqlo has announced plans to open an office in Turkey and make the country its production base in order to increase trade in Europe.
Uniqlo vice president Yoshihiro Kunii announced during the business-to-business (B2B) meeting at the conference, that the firm has chosen Turkey as a gateway to increase trade in Europe and would be opening an office by October this year in the country in order to double its production volume, he added.
The two-day conference organized by TGSD saw participation from renowned fashion and apparel industry representatives from 40 different countries, who shared their expertise on the latest trends in the global apparel and fashion sector.
Keynote speakers at the event included Uniqlo Group vice president Yoshihiro Kunii, Tom Ford Made to Measure (MTM) manager Luigi D Orsogna Bucci, Arcadia Group chief operating officer (COO) David Shepherd and fashion designer Antonio Berardi.