In October, as autumn turns into winter, many of us are going to be spending some time outside, but it’s a long time before we’ll be able to afford to buy clothes in our own yards.
For the first time in years, a new crop of clothes is hitting stores.
In the last five years, the number of clothes that have been launched to be available online has tripled from two million to four million, according to research firm iSuppli.
These are the clothes that people will be wearing, but they’ll be made in the UK.
The vast majority of these are now produced in China, with a little over 100 of the big brands now making the clothes in Britain.
“The trend of the last two years is a really big shift from clothes coming from factories in the US or Europe, which is a very expensive process,” says Steve White, managing director of iSupplic, who says that if you’re in the market for a new pair of jeans you can get them in China.
“We’re seeing a really dramatic shift, particularly as the Chinese economy is doing really well, and as we’re seeing factories being closed down in the United States.”
“China is a major consumer of our clothes,” says White.
“So we’re always looking for ways to bring our products back to China and the UK.”
As well as being a source of cheap clothes, Chinese manufacturers have also found a way to make their clothes globally.
A recent study from iSupplo found that in 2014, China was the second biggest source of foreign direct investment in the clothing industry after the US.
As part of its plans to open a factory in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, the Chinese government has been looking to boost its textile industry, and this has seen Chinese manufacturers investing in manufacturing overseas.
But in the case of the new clothes, many are made in Britain and it’s hard to know whether the Chinese will ever return to making clothes in the West.
According to iSupplli, China accounted for around 20% of all clothing exports in 2014 but it only made up around one-third of the clothing in the British market.
There is one way that the Chinese could change this: they could invest in clothing in Britain, and the new UK factories could be built here.
That means that the country could create a new industry for British-made clothes, which would create jobs for British workers and would be a huge boost to the local economy.
It’s a way for the UK to diversify its clothing industry.
For many people in the country, it’s not just about the clothing but about the food too, with food in the shape of clothes, shoes and toys, is very much a part of their identity.
“It’s not something that is just a luxury, but a means of living,” says Sarah Bickford, a fashion designer from Oxfordshire.
Bickford founded a company called Fashioning Fashion in 2010 to design, produce and market clothing for fashion designers and designers in the local area.
Since then, Fashioning has been selling fashion accessories, bags and clothing for the fashion industry, which has now doubled in size.
The company has also created a fashion-focused website, called Fashioned Fashion, which showcases the work of British designers, designers from other parts of the world and the latest in fashion and lifestyle.
When asked if the Chinese would return to the UK, Bickfield says: “I think they would have a lot of different products, and they would want to do it for themselves, and I think it would be very difficult to stop them.”
As the UK continues to grow and expand, the opportunities for British companies and the British industry are huge, and it would make sense for them to continue investing in the industry,” she says.
The new clothing made in China will not only boost the local market, but could also create a wealth of new jobs.
While Chinese factories will continue to produce clothes in their own factories, the UK will be the only place where they will be manufactured.
So for some people in Britain who might not have the option to buy their clothes from China, this is a chance to go back to a world where they can enjoy clothes that they would normally buy at home.
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