• Labour may limit Malaysia TPP apparel shipments

    Labour may limit Malaysia TPP apparel shipments

    US imports of apparel from Malaysia are expected to increase under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement – although gains would be smaller in absolute terms than those seen for Vietnam.

  • Bangladesh Accord severs five more apparel suppliers

    Bangladesh Accord severs five more apparel suppliers

    The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut ties with five more ready-made garment suppliers after they failed to implement workplace safety measures – with one fraudulently falsifying concrete strength test results.

  • What's the difference between compliance and safety?

    What's the difference between compliance and safety?

    Swedish fashion retailer H&M is one of the leaders of the move to change compliance, and is at the forefront of sustainability. However, at the same time H&M appears to show no interest in the safety of workers making its products, write Emma Birn...

  • Age not the only way to connect with consumers

    Age not the only way to connect with consumers

    For several years apparel brands and retailers have targeted millennial consumers to drive growth, but analysts are now warning a narrow focus risks ignoring other generations who also wield tremendous purchasing power.

  • BHS supplier Courtaulds Brands in administration

    BHS supplier Courtaulds Brands in administration

    The fall-out from the demise of UK apparel and homewares retailer BHS is starting to be felt as two of its suppliers have gone into administration, including the owner of the Pretty Polly hosiery brand.

Latest Apparel Insights

H&M has proved that compliance, CSR and sustainability go hand-in-hand with colossal financial success

The difference between compliance and safety?

Swedish fashion retailer H&M is one of the leaders of the move to change compliance, and is at the forefront of sustainability. However, at...

M&S chief executive Steve Rowe says turning around the retailer's clothing and home businesses is a priority

How M&S plans to revamp its clothing business

The new boss at British high street giant Marks & Spencer has set out his plans to turn around the retailer's key clothing division by lower...

There are opportunities for retailers to capitalise on the growth of UK manufacturing

UK retailers key to domestic manufacturing growth

With the value of the UK clothing market set to soar over the next five years, and consumers taking more of an interest in the origin and qu...

Sports and athletic footwear are among Vietnam's main footwear exports to the US

Footwear to see "significant" gains from TPP

Footwear is expected to be one of the clear winners when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, with significant g...

Under a yarn-forward rule, apparel made with imported textile inputs from non-TPP countries would not qualify for duty-free treatment

Yarn-forward rules weigh on Vietnam TPP potential

While Vietnam is likely to see some of the biggest apparel export gains from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new report confirms indu...

Apparel imports into the US from China in March were 39% down year-on-year

Is China really going through a slump?

Slowing economic growth and growing competition are hitting the profits of Chinese retailers, while the country's clothing exports to the US...


TPP likely to lead to rise in US apparel imports 19 May 16

A long-awaited report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has confirmed the agreement is likely to lead to a rise in US apparel imports – and that Vietnam would be the biggest beneficiary.


Can supplier ratings reform apparel purchasing practices? 18 May 16

A new initiative has been launched to try to improve the purchasing practices of apparel retailers and brands by asking suppliers to rate their performance – with the results listed and shared publicly.

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Major Apparel News

BHS supplier Courtaulds Brands in administration

Michelle Russell | 26 May 16 Courtaulds' West Mill hosiery plant was the first UK site to gain M&S eco-factory status

The fall-out from the demise of UK apparel and homewares retailer BHS is starting to be felt as two of its suppliers have gone into administration, including the owner of the Pretty Polly, Gossard and Aristoc brands.


Adidas Speedfactory eyes large-scale production

Leonie Barrie | 25 May 16 The new Speedfactory features automated production concepts

German sportswear giant Adidas is gearing up to begin large-scale footwear production next year at its "industry-changing" Speedfactory facility in Germany – and plans to extend the concept to the US.


H&M, Inditex and Nike rated supply chain leaders

Leonie Barrie | 25 May 16

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M, Zara brand owner Inditex and sportswear giant Nike are not only among the world’s leading brands, they also have some of the best supply chains too, according to a new review.

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US Q1 in brief - Sears, Abercrombie & Fitch

Gap accused of rights violations in supply chain

"Landmark" US chemical safety bill moves forward

Bangladesh tightens focus on migrant labour rights

Aquascutum COO to step down after three years

Debenhams new CEO is ex-Amazon vice-president

Bangladesh Accord axes five more apparel suppliers

Google and Levi Strauss team up on smart jacket

Latest Apparel Interviews

Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts 26 Apr 16

Leonie BarrieGuido Schlossmann, president and CEO of Synergies Worldwide

An apparel industry at a crossroads and an intertwined network of challenges and opportunities are among the issues facing Guido Schlossmann as he takes the helm of low-cost fast fashion sourcing specialist Synergies Worldwide. Unravelling this complexity requires a new, more global and integrated look at the industry, he tells just-style.


How Primark balances ethics and ultra-low prices 23 Mar 16

Michelle RussellPaul Lister says Primark's business model allows it to keep prices low and source ethically

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental retail issues. Paul Lister, responsible for Primark’s ethical trading team, tells just-style "the strength of a brand's ethics is not about a price point" – and that close engagement with the supply chain is key.


KTC refashioning the reputation of Made in China 19 Feb 16

Leonie BarrieGerhard Flatz is charting a new course for performance wear specialist KTC

Backed by his belief that the current apparel sourcing model is broken, Gerhard Flatz, managing director at high end performance wear specialist KTC, is charting a new course for the company. He’s trying to change the perception of what it means to be ‘Made in China’ by losing the factory tagline and instead building on the firm’s ethical credentials, its skilled workmanship, and repositioning it as a key ingredient of a high quality garment.

Apparel Blog

The most valuable apparel brand in the world is…

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 19 May 16

…Nike, at least according to Forbes. Its annual ranking of the top 100 most valuable companies is not surprisingly dominated by technology brands – led by Apple in the number one slot. But plenty of clothing brands and retailers also made it onto the list.


Innovation key focus for apparel and textile firms

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 17 May 16

Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry.


Who won the 2015 World Textile Awards?

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 12 May 16

Textured Jersey Lanka has again been recognised at the World Textile Awards sponsored by The Textile Institute, being named ‘Dyer & Finisher of the Year’ for the second year running.

Hot Apparel Issues

TPP likely to lead to rise in US apparel imports

TPP likely to lead to rise in US apparel imports

A long-awaited report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has confirmed the agreement is likely to lead to a rise in US apparel imports – and that Vietnam would be the biggest beneficiary.

Sourcing shifts: Where next for apparel sourcing?

Sourcing shifts: Where next for apparel sourcing?

Once clothing sourcing was all about China. Not any more. New manufacturing hubs offer a new competitive edge, while sourcing closer to home is a more commonly considered option. But this multiplicity of choices can bring its own headaches, requiring brands and retailers make subtle, complex and fluid purchasing decisions to keep ahead of the competition. We take a closer look in this month’s management briefing.

Hanesbrands becomes world's largest basic apparel company

Hanesbrands becomes world's largest basic apparel company

With agreements for two acquisitions totalling around $1bn in the space of just 21 days, Hanesbrands is positioning itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world. And the power of its company-owned supply chain is seen as the catalyst for substantial savings.

Rana Plaza: Three years on

Rana Plaza: Three years on

Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.

Apparel Market Research

adidas Group in Apparel and Footwear (World)

adidas Group in Apparel and Footwear (World)

adidas Q1 2016 results show that adidas Group is heading for recovery, following a number of years of weakened sales... Read more

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Nike Inc in Apparel and Footwear (World)

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Designer Apparel and Footwear (Ready-To-Wear) in the United Kingdom

Published: April 2016 - ($660.00)


Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar

Published: February 2016 - ($900.00)


Practical Price Negotiation for Apparel Sourcing Professionals

Published: January 2016 - ($600.00)


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