House of Fraser is under huge pressure at present and the latest initiative for the chain shows management is thinking both flexibly and globally as it links with its parent to launch premium Chinese brands in the UK.
Known for its export potential, the Portuguese textile industry is currently seeking to balance its historical manufacturing models and raw materials with a young, sustainable fashion scene and its commercial ambitions.
Apparel and footwear products do not feature on the proposed list of 1,300 Chinese imports marked for additional US tariffs published by the USTR on Tuesday. Textile machinery, however, is slated for further duties.
Clothing and footwear have so far been excluded, drawing a sigh of relief from US retailers who had feared higher costs for American consumers. China pushed back on Wednesday, vowing to impose retaliatory tariffs.
The Trump administration this week will unveil the list of Chinese imports targeted for U.S. tariffs. While the focus is on technology, clothing and footwear may still be included on the list, despite industry protests.