Latest Apparel Insights

Bangladesh export growth – and price declines – accelerated during 2015

Are apparel prices really rising?

There's hardly an apparel industry commentator on the planet who's not forever going on about rising cost prices, writes Mike Flanagan. But...

Yangon II, Bogart Lingerie's second factory in Myanmar, which opened in April 2015

Ultimate frontier Myanmar uplifts Bogart Lingerie

One of the world's largest intimate apparel exporters, Bogart Lingerie, is set to open its third plant in Myanmar in June – three years afte...

Greenpeace has been calling on apparel brands to remove hazardous chemicals from its supply chains and products

Who has joined the Greenpeace Detox Challenge

In 2011, Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report, which found toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing fa...

Vietnam's relatively weak textile sector means the EU will erase many duties immediately

What the EU-Vietnam trade deal means for duties

Recently released details of the European Union's trade agreement with Vietnam show how the deal could boost garment sourcing by EU brands i...

China continued to rebound from its decline in October

US apparel import growth led by Bangladesh

Apparel imports into the US wound down in December as the holiday season came to an end, yet all but two of the leading supplier countries b...

Comparable store sales were subdued for US apparel retailers in January

US apparel retailers' January 2016 sales roundup

Hurt by adverse weather conditions, a continued shift by consumers to invest in high-value items such as cars, and a general slump after the...


Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive 8 Feb 16

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US demand while heightening competition.


Esquel backs sustainable Chinese Sea Island cotton supply 8 Feb 16

Hong Kong-based Esquel Group, the major vertically integrated cotton to shirt supplier, is making progress in a research programme to develop a sustainable Chinese supply of Sea Island cotton – also known as extra-long staple (ELS) cotton – in Xinjiang.

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Cambodia garment exports reached $5.7bn in 2015

Poorna Rodrigo | 12 Feb 16 Cambodia's garment exports rose to US$5.7bn in 2015

Cambodia's garment and footwear exports earned around US$6.3bn in 2015, recording a growth rate of nearly 6.7% when compared with the year before, according to just-released figures from the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.


Italy’s largest fashion supply chain joins Detox

Katie Smith | 11 Feb 16 The move is part of the Greenpeace Detox campaign

Some 20 companies from Italy’s Prato textile district have pledged to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from their supply chains by 2020, in what has been described as the largest commitment of its kind. 


Direct sourcing helps M&S narrow the gap with Next

Katie Smith | 11 Feb 16 Next's logistics process will help it remain stronger than M&S

More sourcing directly from suppliers has improved the profitability of Marks & Spencer's general merchandise business, narrowing the gap with Next Plc, according to a report published this week.

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Hunkemöller acquisition given go-ahead

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Footwear exec returns as Clarks Americas president

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Latest Apparel Interviews

Esquel CEO says automation core to competitiveness 1 Dec 15

Wang FangqingEsquel Group remains committed to China, says CEO John Cheh

While doomsayers have been waxing lyrically for the past two years about how the Chinese clothing industry could have a shaky future, John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, the Hong Kong-based vertically integrated cotton to shirt maker, is resolute in his optimism. 


Expansion and efficiencies key to Epic Group evolution 10 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie'Constant evolution' is key, according to Epic Group CEO Ranjan Mahtani

With new facilities opening in Bangladesh and Vietnam, an investment to take automation to the next level, and an eye on Africa, Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Epic Group is also on a relentless efficiency drive. Chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani tells just-style why constant evolution is key.


Interview: Patagonia's CSR commitments re-shaping the sector 29 Sep 15

Michelle RussellCara Chacon, Patagonia's director of social & environmental responsibility

Patagonia's goal of building "the world’s most socially and environmentally responsible supply chain" has made the outdoor wear specialist something of a pioneer in its industry. Cara Chacon, the group's director of social & environmental responsibility, however, is quick to admit that despite its successes, the company is far from perfect.

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Speed needed on safety renovations

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 9 Feb 16

Just days after international representatives expressed concerns that many "priority areas" still need to be tackled to improve safety in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment sector, a fire broke out at a factory deemed to be on track with remedial action.


Outdoor gear could be harmful

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 1 Feb 16

Outdoor brands are being urged to eliminate all PFCs from their products and supply chains after the hazardous chemicals were discovered in clothing, footwear and outdoor equipment.


What next for apparel sourcing?

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 26 Jan 16

While consumers increasingly crave instant gratification, one-of-a-kind merchandise, and more options than ever before in terms of products and how and where to buy them, retailers and brands are being hampered by supply chains that are legacies of a previous era. Is a fundamental redesign the answer? Or can existing ones be improved? We take a closer look at the Roadmap to the apparel supply chain of the future.

Hot Apparel Issues

What the EU-Vietnam trade deal means for duties

What the EU-Vietnam trade deal means for duties

Recently released details of the European Union's trade agreement with Vietnam show how the deal could boost garment sourcing by EU brands in this key emerging south-east Asian player.

Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US demand while heightening competition.

TPP trade pact in 'milestone' signing by 12 nations

TPP trade pact in "milestone" signing by 12 nations

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, involving 12 nations and covering 40% of the world economy, has finally been signed by ministers in New Zealand.

Under Armour defends questions over strategy

Under Armour defends questions over strategy

Hot on the heels of its best quarterly growth of the year, US sportswear giant Under Armour has defended questions over the competitive positioning of the group's footwear and women's wear categories, and the potential maturity of its domestic business.

Apparel Market Research

Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambod

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

This report is aimed as a strategic tool for both buyers and suppliers to assess and compare the advantages and challenges of sourcing and manufacturing apparel garments in the Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Key questions addressed: Will Cambodia be able to retain its advantage? How will the forthcoming free trade agreements impact Vietnam; and What makes Myanmar so attractive?.. Read more

Published: February 2016 - ($900.00)


Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2021

Published: January 2016 - ($1390.00)


Practical Price Negotiation

Published: January 2016 - ($600.00)


Wearable technology: The future market potential for smart garments and e-textiles

Published: October 2015 - ($1390.00)


Practical Brand Sourcing Strategy

Published: October 2015 - ($600.00)


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