Top Ten Sources of Info for Smart Apparel Merchants and Supply Chain Professionals

I am going to share with you my favorite top ten information sources that I used to keep myself up to date and informed about the affairs of apparel industry. I am sure you will find them useful too.  Share with me if you have any more resources to add to the list.

  1. http://www.just-style.com/

You will find all the apparel industry news, insights, updates, viewpoints here. Since 1999, this British online publication has been a source of apparel and textile industry information. The paid subscription can get you more access to research reports. Even with free subscription its quite useful to stay in touch with the latest news.

  1. http://www.birnbaumgarment.com/

The oldest ‘garmento’ (he likes to call garment industry professionals that) around and the most insightful and irreverent one in my opinion. I got exposed to him by reading his book Birnbaum’s Global Guide to Winning the Great Garment War. Needless to say, I was impressed by sheer ‘no nonsense’ approach to showing us garmentos the folly of what we do each day and continue to do till date, despite his book, in terms of how we approach garment costing. His Full Value Cost Analysis is indeed a refreshing and sensible take on costing. The context of the book is a bit old, however the blog is updated. Although I wish he updated it more often with his views, since he is such a remarkable brain.

  1. http://apparel.edgl.com/home

An authoritative information source for all things related to apparel industry. News, Whitepapers, Trends, Articles etc. You will find it all here.

  1. http://www.statista.com/topics/965/apparel-market-in-the-us/

If ever you are in the need for some cool and updated statistics, facts and figures about the U.S apparel trade, this is the place to look.

  1. https://fashionunited.com/

This is a recent find in my arsenal of news sources. They have a section on data which gives you neat input on Global Fashion Industry statistics. I recently joined their network to share inputs on their forum. Let’s hope this one proves to be useful.

  1. http://www.dutycalculator.com/

If you want to find out anything to do with duty rates, HTS codes, calculate duty costs, well this is the coolest place to be. A free subscription allows you to do 3 lookups, 3 calculations free. It might make sense for an organization to invest in a monthly subscription for its sheer ease of use. Highly recommended. The best is it gives you duty rates information for all the countries!

  1. http://interlaced.co/about-us/

This is again a new addition to my rocking go to resources to know about the latest happenings in the fashion world especially with respect to innovation and technology. We need to stay relevant in the future, and how the industry is likely to shape in the coming times is the focus of this entire platform. Kudos to the people behind it. Here’s to the future of fashion whether its wearable tech, smart clothing, innovation in fashion!

  1. https://sourcingjournalonline.com/

The good old sourcing journal is the go to place for good quality news related to the apparel sourcing world. Never disappointed me and I am sure it won’t you either.

  1. http://otexa.trade.gov/

This is The Office of Textiles and Apparels – the go to source for knowing all about US Apparel and Textile Trade data, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Country reports and what not.

  1. http://www.onlineclothingstudy.com/

This is another website worthy of mention in my top ten list. For the sheer effort put in by Blogger and Industry Expert Prasanto Sirkar to share knowledge and information for apparel merchandising and manufacturing professionals. I salute the effort and the genuine intention behind this website.

So there, you have my top ten list. I have lots more sources. But then we have to shortlist and chose the top ten for this piece. Hope you find this information useful. If you do, show your appreciation by liking our FB page Anjuli Gopalarkishna Training and Consulting.  You can subscribe to our newsletter at www.anjulig.com

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Anjuli Gopalakrishna