• Ethiopia opens flagship textile and apparel park

    Ethiopia opens flagship textile and apparel park

    Ethiopia’s flagship industrial park in Hawassa city, south of the capital Addis Ababa, opened last week, with facilities dedicated solely to the textile and apparel sector.

  • Why fast fashion isn't a case of one-size-fits-all

    Why fast fashion isn't a case of one-size-fits-all

    The fast fashion model, in all its guises, is ensuring some retailers thrive in spite of challenging market conditions. Here, Bob McKee, industry strategy director, Infor Fashion, takes a closer look at some of the secrets of its success.

  • Inditex and Lenzing close the loop on textile waste

    Inditex and Lenzing close the loop on textile waste

    Inditex has signed an exclusive agreement with cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing to manufacture premium raw materials from textile waste as part of the Spanish fashion giant's commitment to the circular economy.

  • Brexit Trade Focus – How does a CANZ-UK FTA stack up?

    Brexit Trade Focus – How does a CANZ-UK FTA stack up?

    As the UK government prepares the ground for new post-Brexit free trade deals, Mike Flanagan will, over the coming months, be evaluating their potential impact on the garment industry. Here he begins by looking at the first proposed deals with Can...

  • Adidas makes plans for US Speedfactory

    Adidas makes plans for US Speedfactory

    German sportswear giant Adidas is preparing to roll out its "industry-changing" Speedfactory facility in the US, bringing the total annual capacity up to 1m pairs with the company claiming further expansion is possible over the course of the comin...

Latest Apparel Insights

Zara is 'virtually vertically integrated' with its supply chain

Why fast fashion isn't a case of one size fits all

The fast fashion model, in all its guises, is ensuring some retailers thrive in spite of challenging market conditions. Here, Bob McKee, ind...

Free trade agreements between the UK and Canada, Australia and New Zealand may disrupt the garment industry

Brexit Trade Focus – How a CANZ-UK FTA stacks up

As the UK government prepares the ground for new post-Brexit free trade deals, Mike Flanagan will, over the coming months, be evaluating the...

Vietnam is widely regarded as the largest potential beneficiary of TPP in the textile and apparel sector

TPP tariff phase-out guides Vietnam sourcing plans

A close look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s tariff phase-out schedule on US textile and apparel imports from Vietnam can guide sourcing...

The Alliance says 28 factories have been fully remediated after completing their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), a 17% increase since the last update in April.

Alliance brands "staying the course" in Bangladesh

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it will stay the course in the south Asian country despite two recent terrorist attacks  – an...

Central America has always been an interesting destination for sourcing garments

How Central America garment sourcing measures up

The Central American garment industries in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras must continue investing in growth and ensure factories are sa...

A lot of the quick wins are around 'let me see' visuals

Quick wins a key part of 3D virtual design puzzle

While the fashion industry still grapples to find the best ways to leverage the business benefits of 3D design and virtual prototyping tools...


How virtual garments are set to shape fashion retail 13 Jul 16

As well as offering new opportunities for apparel design and prototyping, 3D tools also have the potential to change the way retailers and brands interact with their customers.


Where next for Walmart’s 3D apparel design pilot? 11 Jul 16

For the uninitiated, 3D design and prototyping software is hailed as a disruptive technology with the potential to boost efficiency and product development workflow, speed decision-making, fuel creativity, and save time and cost. For US retail giant Walmart, it has been fraught with unexpected challenges.

Thought Leaders


Major Apparel News

VF Corp cuts guidance as Q2 profit plunges 70%

Leonie Barrie | 22 Jul 16 Timberland brand revenue was down 7% in the quarter

US apparel giant VF Corporation, owner of the North Face, Lee and Timberland brands, has lowered its revenue guidance for the year amid a "challenging environment" in the second quarter.


Apparel firms making progress on preferred fibres

Beth Wright | 22 Jul 16 There has been an increased understanding that organic cotton programmes deliver real benefits

The organic cotton market is continuing its upward trajectory, while leading apparel brands and retailers are carefully balancing their use of a range of preferred fibres and materials in order to achieve the best sustainability results, according to two new reports.


US back-to-school apparel spend set to rise 8%

Beth Wright | 22 Jul 16 Back-to-school spend on clothing and footwear in the US is set to rise this year

After tightening their belts and trimming back-to-school spending in 2015, US families are set to spend more freely on school and college supplies this year as they embark on a "stock-up" cycle as opposed to "making do".

Recent News - (Updated: 4:58pm 22 Jul 2016)

New Tencel fibre based on cotton waste fabrics

Debate rages on China market economy status

Lindex listed in top ten users of organic cotton

LVMH targeting buyer for DKNY?

EMS and Bob’s restructured into Eastern Outfitters

JC Penney CEO Ellison succeeds Ullman as chairman

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Fake Ralph Lauren shirts worth $16,000 seized

Latest Apparel Interviews

Omega Compliance committed to supply chain integrity 14 Jun 16

Michelle RussellJon White, managing director of Omega Compliance

Increasing requirements by apparel brands and retailers for specialist quality assurance, compliance and supply chain security services are fuelling the strong double-digit growth of Omega Compliance, a standalone subsidiary of sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the company tells just-style why its momentum on responsible sourcing shows no sign of slowing down.


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.

Apparel Blog

Dhaka attack deals new blow to Bangladesh

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 16

Two terrorist attacks in Bangladesh over the past week have left the country's key garment industry in turmoil, with buyers rethinking travel plans and potential economic fallout for a sector reliant on foreign investment. Observers say the sector must now join with the government in taking a lead on security and economic issues if it is to continue to thrive and attract customers.


Industry weighs up impact of Brexit

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 4 Jul 16

Britain's historic vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) has left retailers and manufacturers mulling the consequences as the nation prepares for a long period of political and economic uncertainty.


Weak merchandise margins blamed on sourcing woes

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 20 Jun 16

A lack of speed in the apparel supply chain is being blamed for weaker merchandise margins, with significant structural changes needed to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model.

Hot Apparel Issues

Setting up a sustainable fashion supply chain

Setting up a sustainable fashion supply chain

Experts warn that setting up a sustainable supply chain is not a simple task. Indeed, deciding where to source materials, where to manufacture, how to monitor facilities to make sure they are compliant, and how to transport the goods, are all challenging questions that are considered in our latest management briefing.

Terrorist attack 'a tipping point' for Bangladesh?

Terrorist attack "a tipping point" for Bangladesh?

A fatal terrorist attack in the Bangladeshi capital at the weekend killed 20 people – many of whom worked in the country's textile and clothing industry. Is this latest attack a tipping point for Bangladesh?

Britain votes for Brexit – what happens next?

Britain votes for Brexit – what happens next?

Britain's vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) after more than four decades marks the start of a very long process to unravel itself from the network of institutions and bureaucracy in Brussels.

Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins

Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins

Significant structural changes are needed across the apparel supply chain in order to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model that will help retailers improve margins, analysts have said.

Apparel Market Research

Central America strategic sourcing review - a focus on Guate

Central America strategic sourcing review - a focus on Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

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 Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Key issues covered: Compliance and sustainable production seems to be the most discussed topic after labour laws and tax incentives in Guatemala. Approximately 66% of the apparel manufacturing industry in El Salvador now offers full package services and the industry makes up around 46% of the country’s total exports. Will Honduras remain competitive and retain its leading exporter share in the US market if Vietnam starts exporting duty free to the US under the TPP agreement?.. Read more

Published: July 2016 - ($900.00)


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

Published: February 2016 - ($900.00)


E-Textiles 2016-2026: Technologies, Markets, Players

Published: July 2016 - ($4976.90)


Global Technical Textiles Business Update - June 2016

Published: July 2016 - ($550.00)


Tennis Apparel Market in the Americas 2016-2020

Published: June 2016 - ($2500.00)


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