Speaking at Texbridge, which took place at Earls Court in London last week, Boden senior buyer Kendra Roche said: “Two years ago we stopped working with the Turkish mills and took more business to the Far East, but we are coming back to Turkey now.”
Omer Serif Mehmetoglu, chief executive of Turkish mill Naz, an exhibitor at the show, said: “Retailers and suppliers can place small orders and repeat them if they work, meaning they can be more careful with their budget. Retailers and suppliers want to come to Turkish mills because we can develop new products for them every week.”
Wallis assistant buyer Theresa Biggins agreed. “We are led by price, but lead times are becoming more important so we balance our sourcing. About 10% of our textiles now come from Turkey,” she said.