Spotlight on... Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan

Adidas Group has said speed to market will be a key competitive advantage for the company over the next five years, as it looks to accelerate profit and sales growth. With this, the company is piloting automated production units closer to home.

Honduras “union-busting” rift unresolved

A meeting in Honduras between unions and an apparel factory that labour officials say has been participating in “union-busting" has been unsuccessful in reaching an agreement.

Organic cotton sustainability assessment tool launches

International non-profit organisation Textile Exchange (TE) has launched an online tool that measures the environmental, economic and social aspects of organic cotton production.

Spotlight on German apparel firms over transparency

German apparel and footwear brands are being urged to promote workers’ rights in their global operations by publicly disclosing the factories producing their products, an advocacy group has stated.

IN THE MONEY: SuperGroup to adapt souring model for speed

Superdry brand owner SuperGroup has revealed plans to adapt its buying model to source more directly and flexibly, with the aim of improving efficiency and speed to market.

Latest Apparel Insights

Who has signed up to the Greenpeace Detox Campaign

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

Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan

Adidas Group has said speed to market will be a key competitive advantage for the German sporting goods giant over the next five years, as i...

SuperGroup to adapt sourcing model for speed

Superdry brand owner SuperGroup has revealed plans to adapt its buying model to source more directly and flexibly, with the aim of improving...

Cutting-edge companies focus on consumer needs

Cutting-edge companies are hitting back at design and low quality stock manufactured by a faceless and perpetual assembly-line. In its place...

Rana Plaza fund call grows as anniversary nears

As the countdown to the second anniversary of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza tragedy begins, the call is getting louder for apparel brands to fil...

SOURCING: Production problems weigh on Pakistan

Pakistan's ambition to double its clothing and textile exports over five years, and its accession to the EU's GSP+ trade scheme last year, s...


Lesotho risks major clothing job losses if AGOA lapses 23 Mar 15

An estimated one-third of Lesotho's textile and clothing production will be decimated if the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is not renewed in September, a senior South African textile and clothing sector consultant has warned.


Smart sportswear faces mass production challenges 23 Mar 15

Athletes are increasingly using clothing embedded with sensors and biometric tools to measure their performance. But while the industry is edging closer to adapting these products for the mass market, the overriding challenge is the garments' washability.

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Major Apparel News

Transparency call for German apparel firms

Michelle Russell | 30 Mar 15

German apparel and footwear brands are being urged to promote workers’ rights in their global operations by publicly disclosing the factories producing their products, an advocacy group has stated.


Lululemon Athletica on “strong growth” track

Michelle Russell | 27 Mar 15

Lululemon Athletica may have put 'pantsgate' behind it, analysts believe, and be back on a strong growth trajectory after revealing increased earnings and sales in its fourth-quarter.


Organic cotton assessment tool launches

Katie Smith | 26 Mar 15

International non-profit organisation Textile Exchange (TE) has launched an online tool that measures the environmental, economic and social aspects of organic cotton production.

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Joe Fresh establishes Canada apparel R&D centre

Prada FY hit by slowdown in growth

Latest Apparel Interviews

INTERVIEW: Frank Henke discusses Adidas sustainability agenda 20 Mar 15

Leonie Barrie

“You cannot solve the sustainability agenda overnight,” explains Frank Henke, global director of social and environmental affairs at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group. Indeed, as he tells just-style, the company has faced a moving target since it launched its first sustainability programmes some 15 to 20 years ago – and that target is today moving faster than ever.


INTERVIEW: Alliance making good progress in Bangladesh 18 Feb 15

Leonie Barrie

From providing the first low-cost loans for factory remediation efforts, to setting up worker helplines and training 1.1m people on fire safety, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is making “good progress” on its goals. But this is just the beginning, according to Ian Spaulding, senior advisor to the Alliance, who talks to just-style about what still remains to be done.


INTERVIEW: Apparel industry gains traction says IAF chief 29 Jan 15

Ivan Castano Freeman

The global apparel industry is expected to grow 3.5% to over $500bn this year, matching a similar gain in 2014 and consolidating a three-year recovery, according to the International Apparel Federation's (IAF) new president Rahul Mehta.

Apparel Blog

Apparel firms tap into growing wearable tech market

Michelle Russell | 24 Mar 15

Smart fabrics and wearable technology go hand in hand. And with strong growth forecast over the coming years, it's no wonder fashion and software companies are developing new products to tap into the market.


Toxic-free fashion leaders

Leonie Barrie | 19 Mar 15

Esprit and Benetton have been quick off the mark to celebrate their ratings as “Detox leaders” in this year’s “Detox Catwalk” rankings. The online platform is designed to assess fashion brands’ records on removing toxic chemicals from the supply chain, and has just been published for the second time.


Embracing radical change in size and fit

Leonie Barrie | 16 Mar 15

Fashion brands and retailers need to embrace “radical change” in their apparel sizing and fit strategies if they are to remain competitive in a changing environment, according to executives at a recent conference on the issue.

Hot Apparel Issues

Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan

Adidas Group has said speed to market will be a key competitive advantage for the German sporting goods giant over the next five years, as it looks to accelerate profit and sales growth. With this, the company is piloting automated production units closer to its core consumers to reduce lead times.

Production problems weigh on Pakistan

Pakistan's ambition to double its clothing and textile exports over five years, and its accession to the EU's GSP+ trade scheme last year, suggest it should be an exciting prospect for apparel sourcing. However, in the last year two companies have pulled production out of the country, citing risk, delays and instability. This might not yet point to a wider trend, but their concerns highlight issues worth watching.

What next for smart fabrics and garments?

Smart fabrics and wearable technology go hand in hand. And with strong growth forecast over the coming years, it's no wonder fashion and software companies are developing new products to tap into the market. Katie Smith reports.

Tackling the challenges of sourcing cotton sustainably

Sourcing cotton more sustainably is increasingly moving up the agenda of global apparel brands and retailers as the environmental and social impacts become ever clearer. However, while many are already working to address these issues, it seems there is much more still to be done.

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 - ($1390.00)


Global market review of swimwear - forecasts to 2019

Published: February 2015 - ($1390.00)


The World Nonwovens Industry: Part 2 - 20 Medium Sized Producers, Part 2 of 3 - 2014-15

Published: March 2015 - ($910.00)


Management briefing: Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Published: January 2015 - ($250.00)


Global Technical Textiles Business Update - 4th Quarter 2014

Published: March 2015 - ($520.00)


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