Latest Apparel Insights

VF Corp has been manufacturing uniforms in Kenya for the past two years

VF Corp confirms interest in Africa sourcing

US apparel giant VF Corp has confirmed its interest in Africa as a sourcing destination as it continues to create a "balanced portfolio" of...

Amazon’s sales are thought to have grown by around 25% a year

Will Amazon take over the US apparel market?

A prediction this week that internet giant Amazon could take the top spot for US apparel retailing by 2017 is a gross exaggeration, accordin...

Textiles and clothing make up more than 50% of Pakistan's merchandise exports

Pakistan textile mills fear rash of closures

Pakistan’s textile industry is pessimistic about its prospects, warning of wholesale closures amongst fabric mills unless the government ste...

A waterproof garment is only as weatherproof as its seams

Temperature control key to successful seam sealing

Fabrics, and the processes of joining them together, continue to evolve. One of the key factors that can deliver successful seam sealing and...

Khine Khine Nwe discusses production process management with a group of supervisors at MGMA's training institute. (Photo credit: The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association)

Factory funding gap has mixed impact in Myanmar

Myanmar’s garment export industry as a whole is developing rapidly. But the battle for growth and added value is heavily weighted against th...

Modern technology has a key role to play in finding news sources for forecasting online fashion trends

What sells when - and how to source ahead

What sells when, and how to source ahead to make the most of it, is one of the biggest challenges facing fashion brands and retailers. But m...


THE FLANARANT: When will Bangladesh take compliance seriously? 17 Jul 15

Are Bangladesh’s garment factory owners about to destroy their extraordinary apparel success story? On the face of it, the question sounds absurd, writes Mike Flanagan. But neither the BGMEA nor the Bangladesh government have shown any real interest in developing a compliant garment industry.


Is garment industry compliance fundamentally flawed? 17 Jul 15

Compliance in the global garment industry is fundamentally flawed, and has been from the beginning, according to industry expert David Birnbaum. In order to bring about change, he suggests, the industry must face up to these flaws, and work towards a single standard of compliance.

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Major Apparel News

US upgrades Uzbekistan despite cotton concerns

Leonie Barrie | 28 Jul 15 The use of forced labour remains endemic in Uzbekistan's cotton harvest

A decision by the US to upgrade Uzbekistan in its annual report on human trafficking has been slammed by human rights groups.


VF Corp ups guidance on "strong" Q2

Michelle Russell | 24 Jul 15 VF Corp's sales growth was driven by the group's outdoor & action sports and jeanswear coalition

US apparel giant VF Corp has reported “strong” second-quarter earnings and sales growth, raising its profit guidance for the full year.


Bangladesh workers rally for unpaid wages

Leonie Barrie | 23 Jul 15

A sit-in protest by more than 1,000 workers at the Swan Garment and Swan Jeans factories in Bangladesh has entered its second week, as they seek payment of several months’ wages and bonuses following the “sudden and illegal closure” of the factories in April.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:26pm 28 Jul 2015)

Berghaus launches eco-friendly garment label

US upgrade paves way for Malaysia in TPP

Analysts upbeat after Next lifts FY outlook

Eliminating risk tops sustainability agenda

Kering shares climb on mixed H2

Wal-Mart makes greenhouse gases pledge

Century Q1 textile earnings climb

Cambodia sets up libraries for garment workers

Latest Apparel Interviews

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.


INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss raises the bar on sustainability 26 Jun 15

Michelle RussellMichael Kobori, Levi Strauss' VP of sustainability

"We're best when we're leading and pioneering," is Michael Kobori's take on denim giant Levi Strauss & Co's responsibility in ensuring it has an ethical supply chain. But it is competition, believes the company's VP of sustainability, more so than collaboration, that really raises the bar when it comes to sustainability.


INTERVIEW: William E. Connor "dialled in" to sourcing sensitivities 4 Jun 15

Leonie BarrieAs an ethical business, 'we have to measure up every year,' William E. (Chip) Connor explains

Hot on the heels of another record financial year and being named one of world's most ethical firms for the fourth time in a row, William E. (Chip) Connor, chairman and CEO of sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd., remains characteristically modest about the company's achievements. But drill down, and he sees the realignment of retail and being "dialled in" to sourcing sensitivities, as key pointers for the future.

Apparel Blog

just-style’s 5 days of deals

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 28 Jul 15

We’re offering a range of daily deals on just-style research this week, with each day offering an opportunity to purchase two different reports at reduced rates.


Intriguing questions about the impact of Amazon

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 27 Jul 15

A lot was written about Amazon on just-style last week, following a prediction that the internet giant could take the top spot for US apparel retailing by 2017. The retailer also posted a surprise second-quarter profit, giving it a valuation that is higher than Wal-Mart. The figures raise intriguing questions about Amazon’s possible impact on the clothing market.


Vietnam's exports to the US continue to surge

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 14 Jul 15

Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in May, with China bouncing back from its second decline this year, Vietnam surging and Bangladesh up again. But while eight of the top-ten supplier counties saw growth, those further down the list suffered.

Hot Apparel Issues

Will Amazon take over the US apparel market?

Will Amazon take over the US apparel market?

A prediction this week that internet giant Amazon could take the top spot for US apparel retailing by 2017 is a gross exaggeration, according to Mike Flanagan. But it does raise intriguing questions about Amazon’s possible impact on the clothing market.

When will Bangladesh take compliance seriously?

When will Bangladesh take compliance seriously?

Are Bangladesh’s garment factory owners about to destroy their extraordinary apparel success story? Neither the BGMEA nor the Bangladesh government appear to show any real interest in developing a compliant garment industry.

Wage plans leave Myanmar garment industry in limbo

Wage plans leave Myanmar garment industry in limbo

Myanmar’s garment industry is in hiatus due to uncertainty over the proposed minimum wage announced by the government at the end of last month.

China bounces back as May US apparel imports grow

China bounces back as May US apparel imports grow

Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in May, with China bouncing back from its second decline this year, Vietnam surging and Bangladesh increasing further. But while eight of the top-ten supplier counties saw growth, those further down the list suffered.

Apparel Market Research

Global market review of workwear - forecasts to 2019

Global market review of workwear - forecasts to 2019

This latest edition of just-style's global workwear report updates its market valuation data post-recession and provides a complete worldwide picture of the state of the sector. The report inclues: Forecasts for the market size by major region out to 2019; and a breakdown of workwear categories and routes of industry supply. Categories covered in the data include: General workwear; Health workwear; Corporate career clothing; Promotional casual clothing; Uniforms. Get a complete top-down view of the historic, present and future global market for workwear with this easy-to-reference market report... Read more

Published: April 2015 - ($1070.30)


Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2020

Published: July 2014 - ($653.30)


Technical Textile Markets: Product Developments and Innovations - 1st Quarter 2015

Published: June 2015 - ($520.00)


Global Technical Textiles Business Update - 1st Quarter 2015

Published: June 2015 - ($520.00)


NIKE, Inc. : Retailing - Company Profile, SWOT & Financial Report

Published: April 2015 - ($125.00)


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