The Mills Remembers Hong Kong’s Textile Past and Promotes Its Future

HONG KONG — Like a lot of children who grow up in magnate families, Vanessa Cheung wasn’t so sure she wanted to work for the family business.
Cheung’s grandfather, Chen Din Hwa, founded Nan Fung Group as a textiles business in 1954. It was the days before Mainland China had opened up as an option for global manufacturing and Chen’s business grew quickly, earning him a place in the billionaires’ club and the nickname the “king of cotton yarn.” At its textiles operations height, Nan Fung employed more than 3,000 people to operate in their mills, producing up to 32.5 million pounds of yarn a year.
But the industry migrated across the border into China proper in the Eighties — lured by cheap labor and other costs at a fraction of the price — and Nan Fung shifted gears, focusing instead on developing a property empire across East Asia. The textiles operations faded away and by the time Cheung, who had embarked on a career as a landscape architect, was convinced to join Nan Fung, three of the former six mills the company owned had been turned into residential units, and the other three simply were used as warehouse space.
It was those three

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Nick Graham Promotes John Kammeier to President

John Kammeier, a 30-year men’s wear veteran, has been promoted to president of NGL, the licensed division of dress shirts, neckwear and furnishings for Nick Graham. Kammeier joined the company in January 2016 as executive vice president of sales and merchandising.
He succeeds Chuck Hellman, who is leaving the company to pursue a personal retail venture. Hellman will remain an adviser to the brand.
“Over the last 18 months, John has made a significant contribution to the brand’s growth and has dramatically expanded our distribution,” Graham said, “He’s one of the best merchandisers in the men’s wear industry and has taken the product and brand to another level.”
Kammeier began his career in retail, holding buying positions at Woodward & Lothrop, Neiman Marcus and Britches of Georgetown. From 2004 to 2015, he was at Randa, where he held various merchandising positions working with brand including Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Ben Sherman and others. His most recent position at Randa was president of neckwear and jewelry.
“I’ve known Nick a long time and love his vision for his new brand,” Kammeier said. “Giving men contemporary solutions at an affordable price is a huge opportunity and I’m honored to accept a bigger role in the development of

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