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Open Letter from An Apparel Manufacturer to German Chancellor
H.E. Angela Dorothea Merkel
Honorable Chancellor
Germany

Dear Excellency,

Me, Mostafiz Uddin, is a small apparel manufacturer from Bangladesh. If there is any favorite denim dress in your wardrove, there is ample possibility that it might be produced by loving stitches of my workers as my factory Denim Expert Limited has been working with pleasure and pride with some of the popular German brands. So, though you may not know us, me and my 2000 workers have a deep and warm connection with you built over a decade of our experience of exporting denim for the consumers of your country – Germany.

From this emotional connection, I would like to draw your kind attention to a fact related to the lives and livelihoods of our workers. Bangladesh is the 2nd largest exporter of readymade garment in the world. Germany is the 2nd largest export destination of our garments. Bangladesh exported apparel worth about USD 4.9 billion last year which is more than one seventh of the country’s total apparel export to the world. So, the wellbeing of the 4 million workers employed in Bangladesh apparel industry and their 20 million family members largely depends on German apparel retail market.

The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic hit hard the entire apparel supply chain of the world; workers became the worst victims of it. Apparel entrepreneurs across the world had been suffering to cope up with the crisis and somehow keeping their noses just above water eagerly waiting to resume export to Germany in the new year of 2021. But the retail stores in Germany have been remained closed for 10 weeks since 14th December due to lockdowns freshly imposed in the country for the 2nd wave of the pandemic. We are grateful to the German buyers like Takko who reacted responsibly and ethically in the pandemic to support our workers while many big brands of some other countries failed to behave ethically. As the stores are closed, the German brands and retailers themselves are struggling hard to survive. But on their very survival and smooth business hinges upon the lives and livelihoods of millions of apparel workers in the developing countries like Bangladesh.

Therefore, I would earnestly request you to consider opening the retail stores in Germany. As many of the western countries have already opened markets and stores maintaining proper health measures, if you kindly open the German retail stores following the same that would be life-saving for 4 million apparel workers of Bangladesh, 70 percent of whom are women, in particular and millions of apparel workers across the apparel supply chain. Germany is one of the countries that contributing to the development of least developed and developing countries of the world through various initiatives, including international aids. The opening of the retail stores will be meant much more for global apparel manufacturing hubs, almost of all of whom are least developed and developing countries.

Yours Faithfully,

Mostafiz Uddin
Managing Director
Denim Expert Limited, Bangladesh

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Fila collaborates with Flock Together initiative on capsule

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Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together

Sportswear label Fila has unveiled a collaboration with birdwatching initiative Flock Together in the form of an apparel and footwear capsule, to be exclusively sold through LN-CC.

In a range of hike-wear gear made for urban exploring, the collection intends to bring people into nature and engage with their community. The selection includes a reinvented version of the Fila Trailblazer hiking shoe and two shearling fleece designs.

The colourways of the line are inspired by the Kingfisher bird, with a scannable near field communication (NFC) tag present in the hiking shoe that takes buyers to a dedicated page outlining the best places in the UK to spot a Kingfisher.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together

15 percent of all sales of the collection will go towards the Flock Together community fund.

Buying and creative director at LN-CC, Reece Crisp, expressed his enthusiasm over the collaboration in a release, stating: “We’re super excited for LN-CC to be part of this project.

“Flock Together encompasses everything that’s great about community and wellness, two driving forces that are integral to LN-CC too.

“Flock Together’s growth has been both a reaction to, and antidote from, a difficult eighteen months by bringing people together and encouraging outdoor consciousness, so we are honoured to share our platform in amplifying its much-needed positivity while working with Fila in creating this tribute to the Kingfisher.”

Flock Together, founded back in the 2020 covid-19 lockdowns, brings BIPOC together to engage in birdwatching and other nature-oriented activities.

It has previously partnered on an event with Timberland, hosting a range of spoken word presentations at the nature reserve, Woodbury Wetlands. Sponsored by the apparel label, the event aimed to promote the voices in its growing community adjacent to guiding guests through the nature reserve.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
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