The CUTIS project and the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, under the CUTIS apparel trade mission, organized a visit to Ukraine by a representative of the Canadian fashion industry who is interested in finding reliable clothing manufacturers.
Sonali Nayak, Fashion Priests president, met with representatives of five Ukrainian companies participating in U CAN Export CUTIS support program for small and medium enterprises. They are:
- OLTEKS (outwear)
- JENADIN (knitwear)
- SOHO Chic (women’s clothing)
- Feeelings (socks)
- Athletic Union (TM Berserk, sportswear)
Fashion Priests is a relatively new company with ambitious plans. It operates in several markets (including Canada, the USA, and India), and is constantly expanding purchasing geography.
Thanks to the Conference Board of Canada and TFO Canada, Sonali Nayak also visited Indonesia with a buyers’ trade mission. ‘Ukrainian companies are more ready to enter the Canadian market, the samples and models presented by Ukrainian manufacturers may be interesting for Canadian buyers,’ she said.
‘During the mission, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives of five Ukrainian companies (from the sports swimwear and leggings producer to the outwear factory) who made a positive impression on me.
Interesting models, modern equipment, high technology, good quality fabrics, creative teams are the components of Ukrainian clothing producers’ potential success in foreign markets,’ Sonali Nayak mentioned.
‘I definitely see the prospects for further cooperation. We have to harmonize, for example, size guides, because in Ukraine and Canada they are different, to choose the optimal styles and fabrics. I hope that the Fashion Priests specialists will visit the selected Ukrainian enterprises once again in the spring and will discuss all the details as well as made trial orders’, Fashion Priests president explained.
Thanks to the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, Ukrainian clothing is imported to Canada without paying import duties (18% on average). This is an additional plus for business partnership with Ukrainian manufacturers.
Maria Guzman, CUTIS Canadian expert and TFO Canada consultant, advises Ukrainian manufacturers to pay additional attention to details such as size matching, curves, seam size, etc. Ignoring such things can lead to Canadian buyers refusing to make an order, even if they generally like the style and clothing model, Maria Guzman concluded.