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NZ's ethical fashion opportunity

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OPINION: Those who know me won't be surprised to learn I do not know a lot about fashion.

I spend most of my week in a tie and suit and, owing to a newfound obsession with kitesurfing, much of my weekend in a wetsuit.

But it's with some interest that I've been observing a change in the conversation about fashion in Asia.

In years gone by when Asia was mentioned in the context of clothing and fashion, our minds immediately leapt to sweatshops in China, or polluted rivers outside factories, or Indian farmers poisoned by the pesticides used to make cotton.

* Asia turned out to be bigger than we all anticipated
* There's reason to be optimistic about trade in 2019
* New Zealand an honest broker with a big role in shaping Asia
* New Zealand is finding its place in a quickly changing world
* Our general knowledge about Asia is a 'fail' when tested
* Simon Draper: We aren't recognising Asian children's potential
* Simon Draper: Kiwis need more confidence with Asia

While this is still a reality in some parts of Asia, it is an increasingly dated view as there is a shift in the way those in the know talk about fashion and clothing in........

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