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Christopher Walker
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Apparel Production Advisor in Vietnam
Apparel Production Advisor in Vietnam

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I heard the term "greenwashing" for the first time this weekend. Anyone want to explain the meaning of "greenwashing" in the context of the Sustainability Movement? So I started my Monday by reading the Preamble of the CPTPP and one paragraph caught my eye...the one that mentions sustainable development. Question for my sustainability network: Do you have any + or - experience with free trade agreements impacting sustainability initiatives?
#greenwashing @greenwashing
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If you are based in London and need high end fashion apparel manufacturing in small quantities then meet Rebecca Pickard at the fabric fair she is hosting!

#fabricsourcing

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http://www.sourcestudio.co/blog/2018/3/15/fabric-fair-again-20-23rd-march-moq-20-units-fully-factored-service
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Step 1 is to start reading the #CPTPPFullText if we want to know what HS Codes will get what tax reduction. Both the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade website and VCCI website offer full text versions. Happy reading! I will start reading today!

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When in Rome do as the Romans do.

Today I photographed the Vietnamese gardener on the left cutting grass the Vietnamese way. I was brought up cutting grass like the pic on the right. When I first moved here and had a yard, I immediately bought a lawn mower like the one on the right. I planned to make it my mission to keep the lawn looking nice. I encountered three problems. First it was hard to find my kind of lawn mover. Second neighbors watched me from a distance laughing under their breath because I was using a mower that they thought was ridiculous. Third, I felt a lot of peer pressure to stop doing the work myself and let the gardener do it.

I figure that the Vietnamese way of thinking is that mowing a lawn is not something you do for fun and take pride in. It's an American thing I guess. I finally gave up and let the gardener do it his way and just accepted the yellow and brown patches where the blade practically cut into the dirt.

It's just another example of when in Rome do as the Romans do. Letting go of our beliefs and customs when living in a foreign culture is one key to success. Any comments from the peanut gallery?
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I just spend 30 minutes trying to figure out if CPTPP will allow Canada to import garments duty free. As far as I can tell, no. What about Mexico? Chile? CPTPP will go into force as soon as 6 out of the 11 members complete the domestic ratification process. Stay tuned!
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What is the official date this CPTPP is planned to go into force? Can you please guide me in my quest to understand the CPTPP? Where do I start to understand what EIF, B4, B6, B11 mean?

https://shenglufashion.com/2018/03/10/cptpp-tariff-phaseout-schedule-for-textiles-and-apparel/
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Thank you for the commentary. I look forward to the change that will occur when this happens.
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Wow! I am happy to work with you and hope that we grow together. Once we get some initial success under our belt the sky is the limit. Google and Apple have one thing in common. In the beginning there were two people that worked together to build something big. Let's build something big!
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Before you start learning about factories, manufacturing costs, shipping times and import duties out of Vietnam, get your business plan ready to show to people that will help you along the way. #vietnambusinessplan  
First Step to Manufacturing in Vietnam
First Step to Manufacturing in Vietnam
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Do you need an RN number if you produce apparel in Vietnam?
I am reading Fashion for Profit by Frances Harder to decide if I want to start a clothing company. In chapter two she explains what an RN Number is. The question I want to address today is: do you need an RN number to produce apparel in Vietnam and why the word manufacturer is ambiguous? In short, if you start a fashion brand in the US then you need an RN number even if you produce apparel in Vietnam. Don't be confused by the word manufacturer.

First let's define what RN number is. In her book for fashion start ups, Frances explains that "as soon as you start to manufacture your own clothes, each garment will need a RN number. The RN number is used to identify the garment's manufacturer. RN stands for Registered Identification Number. It is a number issued by the Federal Trade Commission to U.S. businesses that manufacture, import, distribute, or sell products covered by the Textile, Wool, and Fur Acts. Businesses can use this number on product labels in lieu of the company name. There is no charge for the RN number."

When she says "each garment will need an RN number" she means the same number for all garments, not separate numbers for each garment. Every garment you manufacture will have your RN number clearly visible on the product label. If it does not then you will be liable.

If you are a fashion brand in the US then you need an RN number. You might argue, "but I am not the manufacturer. I am hiring a Vietnamese sewing factory to produce my apparel in Vietnam. They are the manufacturer and they will put their RN number on the product labels." Be careful. According to the FTC you are the manufacturer - regardless who actually sews your garments together. Allow me to explain.

The point of confusion lies within the definition of manufacturer? Is the brand owner the manufacturer or is the Vietnamese sewing factory the manufacturer? From my perspective working for a Vietnamese sewing factory this question can lead to confusion and deserves an explanation. Technically, the US brand owner is not a manufacturer if they pay a Vietnamese sewing factory to do the manufacturing; therefore the brand owner doesn't need an RN number, right? Wrong, the brand owner does need the RN # and they are considered to be the "manufacturer" even though they might outsource the sewing to factories in Vietnam, Mexico and China for example. So, if you are starting a fashion business remember that in the eyes of the FTC you are the manufacturer even though your staff does not do any sewing; and you need to get an RN number, not the sewing factory in Mexico.

Look at it from Vietnam's point of view. Sewing factories that produce apparel in Vietnam don't need an RN number even though they ARE a manufacturer and they do export into the US. All they should do is back up their US customers and question them if their care labels don't have RN numbers printed on them. In fact they will not be negatively affected if the brand owner forgets to print the RN number on the labels because the Vietnamese sewing factory is not responsible for shipping and getting goods through US Customs and Border Patrol inspections. Your freight forward company should be advising to get an RN number if you don't have one.

I am glad to be reading Fashion for Profit and appreciate the clarification about RN #s. The point I would like to clarify is: it is not the manufacturer's responsibility, it is the brand owner's responsibility to have a RN number. The word manufacturer is used ambiguously. Be sure you are clear on who is the "manufacturer" when asking yourself the question: do I need an RN number if I produce my apparel in Vietnam?

http://www.vietnaminsider.net/vgi/blog_files/do-you-need-an-RN-number-if-you-produce-apparel-in-Vietnam.html
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