Textiles and apparel were the largest piece of Turkey’s $32 billion in exports last year. The country for years served as a nearby, low-cost source of fabrics and garments for European firms, playing a similar role to what Mexico and the Caribbean nations have to the U.S. apparel industry. The nation is also a significant grower of cotton, which gives it a highly vertical industry that allows great creation of value along the supply chain and has encouraged strong economic development. As Turkey’s industry has developed, its costs have risen accordingly and today Turkish manufacturers try to walk a fine line, balancing themselves in a niche that’s not as expensive as European production, but that they claim offers higher quality than can be found in Far Eastern nations like China and Vietnam. Turkey has also sought to boost the profile of its designers, offering buyers more full-package services and holding fashion events in Istanbul intended to attract the notice of the world’s fashion community. Turkish lobbyists ruffled some feathers in the Washington trade community this spring, after they pushed aggressively for trade breaks from the U.S. in exchange for allowing the U.S. to use Turkish bases as a launch point for ground troops prior to the Iraqi invasion. After negotiators agreed to the deal, the Turkish parliament failed to approve the proposal, squashing the deal and causing the administration to restrategize its war plans and invade from the south.
* FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED APRIL 2003, COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING YEAR-AGO PERIOD. SOURCES: THE CIA WORLD FACTBOOK, U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT, OANDA.COM
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia