• US apparel retailers' August 2015 sales roundup

    US apparel retailers' August 2015 sales roundup

    US consumer spending was hampered by international concerns in August, including a China slowdown and emerging market stress, currency devaluations, and extremely volatile equity markets.

  • H&M scaling up living wage effort to key suppliers

    H&M scaling up living wage effort to key suppliers

    Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) is scaling up its fair living wage efforts with plans to add all of its strategic suppliers by 2018 - and is updating its purchasing practices to support those suppliers.

  • Myanmar approves first minimum wage

    Myanmar approves first minimum wage

    Myanmar has approved the country's first minimum wage for garment workers of MMK3,600 (US$3.2) per day, setting it at the level first proposed two months ago.

  • Trade agreements: Where next for textiles and clothing?

    Trade agreements: Where next for textiles and clothing?

    This month's management briefing looks at trade agreements with some of the most significant implications for the clothing and textile industry - including the elusive but tantalising TPP, and the renewed AGOA.

  • What's in store for US apparel back-to-school sales?

    What's in store for US apparel back-to-school sales?

    For the second year in a row, it seems consumers are being more cautious when it comes to back-to-school shopping. But with new fashions, and a shift in spending away from electronics, industry analysts are cautiously optimistic for retailers.

Latest Apparel Insights

Vietnam continued to lead US apparel import growth in July

Vietnam continues to lead US apparel import growth

Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in July, with all but one of the top ten supplier countries booking year-on...

Analysts are cautiously optimistic for apparel retailers this back-to-school season

What's in store for US back-to-school sales?

For the second year in a row, it seems consumers are being more cautious when it comes to back-to-school shopping. But with new fashions, a...

The majority of US apparel retailers saw sales fall in August

US apparel retailers' August 2015 sales roundup

US consumer spending was hampered by international concerns, including a China slowdown and emerging market stress, currency devaluations, a...

Billabong sees AUD30m (US$21m) in potential annual profit improvement from its global sourcing and logistics initiatives

Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m

Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit s...

By abandoning EU trade talks, India is the only South Asian country subject to European import duty

Chaos in the world’s trade agreements

The world garment trade was transformed in August, writes Mike Flanagan, with the biggest casualty likely to be India’s plans to increase te...

Nicaragua offers low wages and a stable economic and political environment

Nicaragua apparel and shoe firms to double in size

Nicaragua's top textile and footwear manufacturers plan to double their size in three years as the Central American nation rushes to meet ri...


Will Vietnam struggle to exploit impending trade deals? 26 Aug 15

Clothing and textile industry specialists have warned just-style that the Vietnam-European Union (EU) free-trade deal struck earlier this month may ease exports, imports and investment - but that Vietnam will be a tough base from which to operate in the impending duty-free era.


Yuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms 25 Aug 15

Apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value of the yuan to its lowest rate against the US dollar in almost three years.

Thought Leaders


Major Apparel News

Thousands of workers in Indonesia wage rally

Leonie Barrie | 3 Sep 15 Indonesian workers want a new minimum wage for 2016 and improved labour laws (Photo credit: IndustriAll)

Thousands of workers took part in demonstrations across Indonesia on Tuesday (1 September), calling for higher wages and improved labour laws.


Vietnam apparel industry calls for lower wage

Michelle Russell | 3 Sep 15 A 12.4% national minimum wage increase has been recommended

Vietnam's textile and apparel industry is calling for a lower minimum wage to be set after a consensus was reached for a 12.4% increase to take effect from January 2016.


H&M scaling up living wage effort to key suppliers

Michelle Russell | 1 Sep 15 H&M launched its Fair Wage Method in 2013

Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) is scaling up its fair living wage efforts with plans to add all of its strategic suppliers by 2018 - and is updating its purchasing practices to support those suppliers.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:11pm 4 Sep 2015)

UK fashion sales fall in “disappointing” August

Continued pressure forecast for Gap brand

Dystar surpasses 2020 energy target

Top stories this week on just-style...

Cherokee launches Cove kids line in India

Mulberry finance chief Mather steps down

US Q2 in brief: Genesco, Oxford, Sears Canada

Limited growth forecast for cotton consumption

Latest Apparel Interviews

Interview: The new age of disruption on apparel production 27 Aug 15

Leonie Barrie'Smart companies are going to survive,' says Kurt Cavano

In the first part of this two-part interview, Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus, discussed how easy access to capital and technology is shaking up the retail industry. Here he talks about its impact on apparel production.


Interview: Kurt Cavano on “the Uberfication of everything” 26 Aug 15

Leonie Barrie“There's this massive disruption that's about to take place,' says Cavano

Easy access to cheap capital, infinite computing power, and “the Uberfication of everything” are converging to create a perfect storm of disruption that's already starting to shake up the apparel retail industry, according to Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus.


INTERVIEW: G-Star RAW pushes the boundaries of denim 28 Jul 15

Michelle RussellRemco Nijs is global brand manager for Dutch jeans giant G-Star RAW

G-Star RAW thrives on innovative design, new wash and dye techniques, and sustainability - weaving these into its products and processes for the last 26 years. And for global brand manager Remco de Nijs, the edgy label's DNA continues to push the boundaries of denim.

Apparel Blog

Social media and selfies sway fashion sales

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 21 Aug 15

As if retailers didn’t have enough to contend with as they try to get to grips with doing business in a digitally-connected omni-channel world, it seems the rise of the “selfie” is also beginning to impact the way consumers shop.


Public opinion matters more than Modern Slavery Act

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 17 Aug 15

Britain’s Modern Slavery Act, which began coming into force at the end of July, sets new disclosure standards on an extraordinary number of garment businesses. But its legal niceties won’t really determine the law’s impact, says one industry observer, who believes public opinion matters more.


Race on to secure TPP agreement

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 12 Aug 15

After the latest round of TPP talks failed to clinch a deal, the race is now on to secure an agreement before the US presidential elections halt progress. Trade ministers are scrambling to try and forge a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement within two months, after a meeting of trade ministers in Hawaii failed to clinch a deal last week.

Hot Apparel Issues

Trade agreements: Where next for textiles and clothing?

Trade agreements: Where next for textiles and clothing?

This month's management briefing looks at trade agreements with some of the most significant implications for the clothing and textile industry - including the elusive but tantalising Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the renewed African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). We also look at the impact of deals already in place with the US and EU and their trading partners.

Yuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms

Yuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms

Apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value the yuan to its lowest rate against the US dollar in almost three years.

Asian union development: is there another way?

Asian union development: is there another way?

The efforts of multinational brands, retailers and importers to impose minimum wages and better working conditions in their supplier factories, while good in the short run, will result in greater problems in the long run, says David Birnbaum. Instead, he proposes that customers who want to raise worker standards in their supplier factories must find a third way forward.

TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas

TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas

Defying high hopes, last month's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Hawaii failed to result in a deal, leaving US textile and apparel companies in the lurch when it comes to everything from sourcing outlooks to export scenarios. And industry executives now warn that the TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas.

Apparel Market Research

Global market review of lingerie - forecasts to 2020

Global market review of lingerie - forecasts to 2020

By 2020, just-style estimates that the lingerie market in total will be worth US$30.65bn at retail value, with potential growth of 3.8% over 2015. This is a welcome return to growth for an apparel sector for which performance between 2010 and 2014 was hardly dynamic. However, there are warning bells ringing, particularly for the European market. With almost 40 tables and figures, this report provides the essential facts, insights and data for lingerie's global market and supply chain... Read more

Published: July 2015 - ($1390.00)


Global market review of workwear - forecasts to 2019

Published: April 2015 - ($1390.00)


Global Database of the Top 1000 Apparel Producers - Company Names, Financial Performance, and Contact Details

Published: March 2015 - ($1083.20)


Global Sports Footwear Market 2015-2019

Published: August 2015 - ($2500.00)


Myanmar's Garment Sector in 2015 - now with updated members' directory

Published: January 2015 - ($400.00)


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