Waiting for a home: $3 billion in orders on hold (Paul Cochrane)
Just Style: The president of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (TGSD) has complained about the treatment his members have experienced at the hand of international brands during the Covid-19 crisis.
By cancelling current and future orders, extending payment terms and demanding discounts, brands have devastated the Turkish garment manufacturing sector, with 80% of factories stopping production, and leaving them with an estimated USD3 billion in inventory on hold, he says.
“Unfortunately we were caught at beginning of the season, so high inventory, which are their [buyers’] products, with their own labels, and fabrics and accessories that had been nominated,” Hadi Karasu, president of the TGSD, told just-style.
He told just-style: “But most of them said, freeze production, go home, and we will let you know what will happen. They have not informed us yet, from the beginning of March to the end of April, about their decision on inventory.”
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