UPDATE: Benetton $1.6m Rana Plaza payment “insufficient”

Italian fashion retailer Benetton Group is to double the amount of compensation paid into the Rana Plaza Trust Fund to US$1.6m following an independent assessment by PwC.

TECHNOLOGY: 3D printing gears up for fashion industry change

The organiser of a 3D print fashion show in New York has told just-style there will be major changes in fashion industry supply chain because of this new technology.

China textile and garment firms eyeing Morocco?

The Moroccan government is negotiating a strategic industrial partnership with China that could see Chinese investment flow into the Moroccan clothing and textile manufacturing industry.

Hanesbrands eyes 600 job cuts in European restructure

US apparel maker Hanesbrands, owner of DBApparel and Maidenform businesses, is proposing a restructure that could see some 600 jobs cut in Europe, but has said "manufacturing is unaffected".

Growth returning to global workwear market

Growth is set to return to the global workwear market, but a static population and high unemployment will be a barrier to progress in Europe, a new report suggests.

Latest Apparel Insights

US fashion industry applauds trade bills package

A package of bills introduced in the House and Senate yesterday (16 April) has sparked hope that a long-delayed trade agenda could finally m...

Growth returning to global workwear market

Growth is set to return to the global workwear market, but a static population and high unemployment will be a barrier to progress in Europe...

3D printing gears up for fashion industry change

The organiser of a 3D print fashion show in New York has told just-style there will be major changes in fashion industry supply chain becaus...

Cutting pollution saves China textile mills money

Annual savings of $14.7m in operating costs are being claimed for an initiative helping to cut water, energy and chemical use at textile mil...

Spotlight on...Target's Canada debacle

Just days after the closure of its remaining Canadian stores, just-style explores how empty shelves, mismanagement and over-hype combined to...

Adidas worker hotline bridges communication gap

Sporting goods giant Adidas is evolving its factory monitoring system away from auditing to track supply chain compliance and is instead wor...


COMMENT: Myanmar - right time, right place, new challenges 14 Apr 15

As apparel retailers and brands continue to seek alternatives to their traditional suppliers, David Birnbaum contends that Myanmar is the last remaining place in Asia that can support a major garment industry. But if it is to reach its true potential, manufacturers and customers must work together to overcome some serious problems.


SOURCING: Apparel working conditions linked to profit 14 Apr 15

If proof was ever needed of the commercial benefits of better working conditions in garment factories, a recent study from Better Work Vietnam suggests both productivity and profitability improve.

Thought Leaders


Major Apparel News

Orta and Garmon launch denim chemical screening

Michelle Russell | 21 Apr 15

Turkey denim manufacturer Orta Anadolo and Garmon Chemicals have joined forces to be the first in the industry to apply the GreenScreen chemical hazard screening methodology on denim fabrics.


Adidas to use ocean plastic waste in products

Richard Woodard | 21 Apr 15

Sporting goods giant Adidas Group has announced a long-term partnership with maritime awareness group Parley for the Oceans to coincide with the release of the company’s annual sustainability report.


Primark H1 mixed on currency headwinds

Michelle Russell | 21 Apr 15

Value fashion giant Primark has booked mixed results in its first-half with sales boosted by new store openings, and profit and margins hit by currency headwinds.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:30pm 21 Apr 2015)

North Face to recycle 100K lbs of apparel in 2015

Rana Plaza committee pays $9.8m in compensation

EC plans to restrict NPEs in textiles

Calls for greater social dialogue in Bangladesh

Frederick’s of Hollywood in bankruptcy filing

Mango FY profit falls despite turnover growth

UK consumer spending could reach 10-year high

Shoe Zone issues H1 profit warning

Latest Apparel Interviews

INTERVIEW: Multi-channel a "powerful proposition" for N Brown 10 Apr 15

Michelle Russell

A "constant run to keep up" with consumer demands is keeping multi-channel retailer N Brown on it toes as it adapts its sourcing model, its systems and international growth to keep apace. Paul Kendrick, customer, financial services and international director, explains.


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.

Apparel Blog

H&M leads on sustainable fashion

Leonie Barrie | 17 Apr 15

H&M's new Conscious Exclusive collection, which launched this week, proves that high street fashion can be sustainable. And as the line gains momentum it’s using more diverse materials, including recycled beads, fabrics such as hemp, organic linen, and organic leather.


Strikes underscore Vietnam challenges

Michelle Russell | 13 Apr 15

Strikes and protests are rare in Vietnam, but recent demonstrations by thousands of footwear factory workers underscore some of the challenges facing one of the industry's main manufacturing hubs. It also exposes a looming pension crisis and worker shortage in a country that many see as a key sourcing alternative to China.


A sourcing hub for the future?

Leonie Barrie | 7 Apr 15

If global brands, manufacturers and mills could come together and build vertical supply chains in Africa, they would set themselves up with a sourcing hub for the future.

Hot Apparel Issues

Adidas worker hotline bridges communication gap

Sporting goods giant Adidas is evolving its factory monitoring system away from auditing to track supply chain compliance and is instead working to develop self-governance programmes for its suppliers. Part of the process has been to improve communication with workers at its supplier factories - including the launch of an SMS hotline, which will reach 250,000 workers by the end of the year.

Pou Yuen strike underscores Vietnam challenges

Strikes and protests are rare in Vietnam, but recent demonstrations by thousands of footwear factory workers underscore some of the challenges facing one of the industry’s main manufacturing hubs.

Apparel software trends: The outlook for 2015

In this annual management briefing, just-style canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2015 and the ways technology can help tackle some of these issues. We also ask where firms should be focusing their investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future.

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.

Apparel Market Research

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