HONG KONG — Asian accessories makers are moving upmarket in response to the triple pressures of shrinking European and North American orders, rising labor and materials costs and local currency appreciation.
Asian exhibitors at the Fashion Access fair, which took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Wednesday to Friday, showed an increasing interest in offering branded goods. Anecdotally, it appeared that every other manufacturer was touting not only its goods but also its own brand name.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"