We spoke to Demet Bas, Deputy General Manager at GLORIA Textile, making its debut at Fashion SVP.
Demet has over 15 years experience in the Manufacturing industry and has worked with the UK market for many years, with companies such as Arcadia, Next and M&S.
GLORIA Textile, based in Istanbul Turkey will be introducing its services to the UK Market at the show. They currently work with some of the industries’ well known names such as LPP Group and Inditex.
Tell us about GLORIA Textile, how long has it been running and what’s the story behind it?
GLORIA Textile is part of our parent company Almodo.
Gloria Textile is the ready made garment division which was founded 3 years ago and running fully for a year now – we will be bringing garment production examples as well as some fabrics to the show. We focus on womenswear woven garments such as shirts, blouses, dresses, trousers, skirts and jumpsuits.
Do you have a particular manufacturing niche which sets you apart? How do you set yourselves apart from other manufacturers?
Our prices are very efficient, we also have an in-house designer travelling globally and buying from Korea, Tokyo, Paris, London and Scandinavian countries. We create inspirational designs from this and aim at 50 new designs per month. We also have an agent in London working closely with us and our clients.
What are the minimum orders?
There are no minimums, as long as the fabric allows.
Are you being asked more about ethical practices?
Yes there is an increase concern on sustainability and ethical practices. We use sustainable fabrics such as ecovero, recycled polyesters and mostly tencel qualities. Ethical conduct is also key for us and we are certified by Sedex and BSI Groups.
What design trends have you seen coming over the past two or three seasons?
Looser fits in shirts, dresses and trousers, crinkled fabrics and puffy shoulders. Also our customers require sustainable fabrics more than before.
Are there any core staples that you are always asked for, irrespective of seasonal trend changes?
How do you adapt to the changes in the marketplace, how do you stay ahead of the curve?
We react very fast upon customer requests. We are flexible with the minimums. We offer our customers a very wide range of fabric alternatives by having our own mill, and we believe we have already cut tails by making one margin point.
Have customers become more demanding of suppliers?
For sure, YES! But it is understandable as customers become more consuming and looking for newness all the time.
What advice would you give sourcing professionals looking for a manufacturer?
To find a sustainable manufacturer; quality wise, price wise and visionary wise. The manufacturer has to have the financial strength not to let them down in any unexpected crisis. The manufacturer has to have acceptable increase on the prices otherwise it would be one shot business. The manufacturer should follow the newness in the market and should implement the newness in their business structure to provide their customers their benefits.