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the rag trade

The garment industry; the business of making or selling clothing. Known as the king of the rag trade, he has created one of the most distinctive styles in modern fashion.
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the ˈrag trade

(old-fashioned, informal) the business of designing, making and selling clothes: He’s worked in the rag trade all his life.
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It includes everything from Compact - a drama about women working in the magazine industry starring Jean Harvey - to TV comedies like The Rag Trade and The Liver Birds.
Miguel Schyfter, president of the Central American Council for the Textile industry talks with LATIN TRADE Reporter Benedicte Constans about fixing what ails the rag trade.
Precisely for that reason, Thomas Krens of the Guggenheim Museum and others who relentlessly pursue a policy of trivializing art (having already done homages to the Armani rag trade and Harley Hawg Heaven) have chosen Rockwell for the next level.
Rag trade entrepreneur Nabil Sawas stepped in to save the Karp Design business when it folded last year with debts of pounds 2m.
After reading this explanation, I spent considerable time trying to decipher the phrase "negative gross profit." I also had trouble with Albright's iconoclastic use of the word "success." Clearly, the WebHouse Club's merchandising approach was a variation on the old rag trade dictum that, while individual sales might end up costing the seller money, "the volume overcomes the loss"--at least, in the short term.
Even as a junior high school student, Tucker knew he wanted to get into the rag trade. "On the first day of school, It was always a big deal to wear a certain thing, but I never wanted to wear what everyone else was wearing," he recalls.
While the rag trade grapples with a solution, I could not help but snigger at a famous fashion designer recently when they talked about their range being sustainable.
ANGRY MPs will today demand that rag trade tycoon Sir Philip Green is stripped of his knighthood.
Her breakthrough came in 1960s sitcom The Rag Trade. Other early SPOTLIGHT productions include Carry On Cleo, But Seriously, It's Sheila Hancock, and How I Won the War.
The October fire was the fifth in the last 18 months in Bangladesh, involving blazes and building collapses that had taken the lives of over 1,200 local workers, bringing the global rag trade to international attention.
After leaving school the women worked in the rag trade as machinists and sewers and thought they had a job for life.
THE rag trade and private landlords will be targeted by tax cheat investigators.
2002 A petition was launched today as support grew for the Chronicle's campaign to save hundreds of rag trade jobs.
Mick says: "Apart from a short spell when I served in the merchant navy I always worked with my father, first in the rag trade and then the dogs.
Jewish people are in the rag trade because it comes natural to them." And, "We live in a modern era." Not with that 80s-inspired Meatloaf hair, you don't, Joel.