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Price updates for 2022

Unfortunately, we have been advised by a number of our suppliers of further price increases due to come into effect from 4th January 2022.

The rationale for these changes are detailed below.

Further increases to the cost of raw materials

Raw cotton has continued to rise and has now risen another 17% since September 2021 and 42% since January 2021. Polyester has again continued to rise by a further 19% since September 2021 and 24% since January 2021.

Garment production and new COVID-19 variants

Garment production prices are starting to rise, due to a number of factors. COVID-19 lockdowns were imposed in manufacturing countries such as Bangladesh and China, due to the spread of the Delta variant earlier in the year, causing slowdowns and even stoppages in production and deliveries in these regions. Many factories in Myanmar (Burma) have also been closed down since the military coup in February, leading to higher demands from factories in Bangladesh and China. The new Omicron variant could further add to these issues.

General inflation in the UK economy

Inflation has continued to rise within the UK, in 2021. In September, the RPI was 3.9%; and in October, it was 6%.

Currency pressures

There is also the extra pressure of the value of GBP vs USD. Since September, GBP has fallen from $1.38 to $1.32 – a fall of 4.3%. As goods and freight are paid in USD, this increases the landed price.

If you have any further questions about these price changes, please do not hesitate to get in touch.