• Bangladesh crackdown has cost garment sector $100m

    Bangladesh crackdown has cost garment sector $100m

    The crackdown on Bangladesh labour activists has cost the country's garment industry around US$100m, its trade body says, as well as growing international concern regarding the treatment of garment workers.

  • US manufacturers urge passing of tax reform plans

    US manufacturers urge passing of tax reform plans

    Top executives from 16 major US manufacturers have sent an open letter to Congress urging elected officials to pass tax reforms and the controversial border tax in order to boost growth for domestic companies and taxpayers.

  • Hard hit Turkish industry is not knocked out

    Hard hit Turkish industry is not knocked out

    After a number of setbacks last year, including political upheaval, terrorist attacks and an influx of Syrian refugees, textile and clothing industry executives in Turkey are optimistic that better times lie ahead in 2017.

  • JC Penney to close up to 140 stores amid lower sales

    JC Penney to close up to 140 stores amid lower sales

    US retail giant JC Penney is to close two distribution facilities and around 130 to 140 stores over the next few months as part of plans to optimise its retail operations and drive profitability as it revealed a fall in fourth-quarter sales.

  • China leads US apparel sources with falling prices

    China leads US apparel sources with falling prices

    For all the claims that US apparel buyers are seeking alternative sources to China amid concerns it is losing its competitiveness, new data suggests otherwise, with the country's prices lower now than six years ago.

Latest Apparel Insights

Unregistered Syrian refugees working in Turkish factories is a key issued for European brands and retailers

Hard hit Turkish industry is not knocked out

After a number of setbacks last year, including political upheaval, terrorist attacks and an influx of Syrian refugees, textile and clothing...

China's apparel prices remain lower than its nearest rival Vietnam

China leads US apparel sources with falling prices

For all the claims that US apparel buyers are seeking alternative sources to China amid concerns it is losing its competitiveness, new data...

Vietnam has increased its share of the US apparel import market in volume terms

Vietnam grows share of US apparel imports in 2016

Falling prices and an industry focus on specialisation and increasing value added have all helped Vietnam increase its share of US imports o...

The British government intends to re-establish Customs control for all goods entering the UK

Trade Tracker – Trump's first weeks, Brexit agenda

New twists and turns are taking place on the trade front almost daily, largely driven by the UK’s Brexit vote to leave the EU and the Trump...

The Border Adjustment Tax could raise prices by as much as 20%

US apparel sector braces for potential cost hikes

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order b...

With so many companies exporting and importing across the EU, leaving the single market will impact the UK fashion and textiles sector

Does a hard Brexit mean hard times for UK fashion?

Brexit means Brexit and, following the Prime Minister's speech in late January where she set out what this will entail, Brexit appears to me...


Primark challenges critics with India cotton initiative 10 Feb 17

With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street is not at odds with efforts to improve ethical standards in its supply chain. just-style's deputy editor Michelle Russell found out more during a trip to northern India where the company's sustainable cotton programme is taking shape.


US apparel imports take a tumble in December 10 Feb 17

US apparel import volumes declined in December as the holiday season came to an end. But while shipments from Vietnam continue on an upward trajectory, other top-three suppliers China and Bangladesh have seen their fortunes fluctuate. 

Thought Leaders


Major Apparel News

JC Penney to close 140 stores amid lower sales

Michelle Russell | 24 Feb 17 JC Penney says it will close up to 140 of its stores and two distribution centres

US retail giant JC Penney is to close two distribution facilities and around 130 to 140 stores over the next few months as part of plans to optimise its retail operations and drive profitability as it revealed a fall in fourth-quarter sales.


US manufacturers urge passing of tax reform plans

Michelle Russell | 22 Feb 17 The border tax is among changes proposed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives

Top executives from 16 major US manufacturers have sent an open letter to Congress urging elected officials to pass tax reforms and the controversial border tax in order to boost growth for domestic companies and taxpayers.


Bangladesh crackdown has cost garment sector $100m

Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 17 The BGMEA says the affected units have lost over $50m in production

The crackdown on Bangladesh labour activists has cost the country's garment industry around US$100m, its trade body says, as well as growing international concern regarding the treatment of garment workers.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:29pm 24 Feb 2017)

Bangladesh government steps in on labour crackdown

US retailers call for halt to one-day port strike

Gildan books sales and profit hike in Q4

Hudson's Bay reveals Q4 sales slip

Coats moves to FY profit as restructuring pays off

Gap books "modest" Q4 gain but FY profit tumbles

US Q4 in brief – Foot Locker, Nordstrom, Carter's

American & Efird develops reflective thread

Latest Apparel Interviews

The "power of the many" drives change at Otto Group – Interview 22 Feb 17

Beth WrightAndreas Streubig, sustainability division manager at the Otto Group

With pressure mounting on apparel brands and retailers to give more weight to sustainability and social responsibility in their sourcing decisions, Andreas Streubig, sustainability division manager at German mail order and e-commerce giant Otto Group, is convinced that collaboration and the "power of the many" is key to driving lasting change.


Bagir CEO says suit-maker is back on track – Interview 28 Nov 16

Leonie BarrieEran Itzhak is making solid progress with Bagir's recovery plan

Exactly 12 months into his role as chief executive of Israel-based tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group, and Eran Itzhak is in a buoyant mood. The business is debt-free for the first time in nearly a decade, has refocused its manufacturing base on Ethiopia, Egypt and Vietnam, and is fighting back with new products and a return to innovation.


How TAL Apparel is staying ahead of the game – Interview 14 Oct 16

Michelle RussellDelman Lee, chief technology officer for TAL

As one of the world's leading garment manufacturers, Hong Kong-based TAL Apparel is continually looking to see how it can add value in the apparel supply chain, as chief technology officer Delman Lee tells just-style.

Apparel Blog

US border tax a contentious issue

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 20 Feb 17

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector is bracing itself for even greater cost increases to come.


Primark's sustainable cotton programme takes shape

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 13 Feb 17

With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street is not at odds with efforts to improve ethical standards in its supply chain.


Trump administration starts to shake up trade

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 23 Jan 17

Last week we marked the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States by taking a closer look at what's at stake for the textile and apparel trade – especially his promises to tear up US trade agreements, impose tariffs on imports from China and Mexico, and bring back US jobs and manufacturing.

Hot Apparel Issues

Primark challenges critics with India cotton initiative

Primark challenges critics with India cotton initiative

With the aim of ensuring all cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, Primark is adamant having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices is not at odds with efforts to improve ethical standards in its supply chain.

Outlook 2017 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2017 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

2017 is shaping up to be another uncertain year for the apparel industry and its supply chain, according to feedback from a panel of executives consulted by just-style.

State of Sourcing 2017 – just-style survey results

State of Sourcing 2017 – just-style survey results

The apparel supply chain will continue to be buffeted by rising costs and pressure for faster deliveries, smaller quantities and more styles in 2017, according to just-style's annual State of Sourcing survey.

Top 20 of 2016

Top 20 of 2016

just-style takes a look at the top news, analysis, comment, and interviews published on just-style in 2016.

Apparel Market Research

Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambod

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

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 Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Key questions addressed: Will Cambodia be able to retain its advantage? How will the forthcoming free trade agreements impact Vietnam; and What makes Myanmar so attractive?.. Read more

Published: February 2016 - ($900.00)


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

Published: July 2016 - ($900.00)


Africa-Med strategic sourcing review – comparing East Africa, North Africa and Turkey

Published: October 2016 - ($900.00)


Outdoor performance apparel 2016: A broader perspective

Published: December 2016 - ($1390.00)


When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing

Published: February 2017 - ($600.00)


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