I’ve just read 2 articles from different sources that predict a rise in clothing costs of 10%. Bad growing seasons for cotton in China, India and Pakistan are said to be the problem. It’s hard to tell how this will affect different areas, but well good marketing it’s still possible to survive well. Last year there was a lot of interest in vintage clothing. As an idea, while you may not have a lot of vintage clothes to hand, there is often stock left from previous years. Maybe it could be displayed for sale on vintage mannequins as an eye-catcher. It’s just one idea of many – there are always solutions around.