Design houses in the Cape Town clothing value chain of production

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Godfrey, Shane en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Zimba, Machilu en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-06T11:20:34Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-06T11:20:34Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Zimba, M. 2008. Design houses in the Cape Town clothing value chain of production. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8115
dc.description Includes abstract. en_ZA
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 79-81). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This exploratory study aimed to investigate the role that design houses play in the Cape Town clothing value chain of production. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with key informants, buyers in clothing retail companies, heads of design rooms in design houses, and homeworkers. Findings reveal that design houses act as intermediaries between retailers and clothing manufacturers or between retailers and homeworkers. In their latter role design houses are forging links between the informal and formal clothing economy. As in buyer-driven chains of production, retailers in the clothing value chain wield a substantial amount of power in determining prices. It was found that design houses are not completely powerless in their relationship with retailers, in fact, they posses knowledge that enables them to bargain over prices. The relationship between design houses and homeworkers was found to be an oppressive one, with homeworkers possessing little to no bargaining power. The increase in the number of design houses in Cape Town has assisted in the survival of the industry in the face of a number of difficulties. The continued presence of design houses creates the potential for development in the industry. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Workplace Change and Labour Law en_ZA
dc.title Design houses in the Cape Town clothing value chain of production en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Sociology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Zimba, M. (2008). <i>Design houses in the Cape Town clothing value chain of production</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Sociology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8115 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Zimba, Machilu. <i>"Design houses in the Cape Town clothing value chain of production."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Sociology, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8115 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Zimba M. Design houses in the Cape Town clothing value chain of production. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Sociology, 2008 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8115 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Zimba, Machilu AB - This exploratory study aimed to investigate the role that design houses play in the Cape Town clothing value chain of production. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with key informants, buyers in clothing retail companies, heads of design rooms in design houses, and homeworkers. Findings reveal that design houses act as intermediaries between retailers and clothing manufacturers or between retailers and homeworkers. In their latter role design houses are forging links between the informal and formal clothing economy. As in buyer-driven chains of production, retailers in the clothing value chain wield a substantial amount of power in determining prices. It was found that design houses are not completely powerless in their relationship with retailers, in fact, they posses knowledge that enables them to bargain over prices. The relationship between design houses and homeworkers was found to be an oppressive one, with homeworkers possessing little to no bargaining power. The increase in the number of design houses in Cape Town has assisted in the survival of the industry in the face of a number of difficulties. The continued presence of design houses creates the potential for development in the industry. DA - 2008 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2008 T1 - Design houses in the Cape Town clothing value chain of production TI - Design houses in the Cape Town clothing value chain of production UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8115 ER - en_ZA


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