TECHNOLOGY: Li & Fung capital helps PLM firm expand into Asia

Global sourcing firm Li & Fung is investing in US-based Centric Software, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software to the apparel industry, helping the US company's expansion into Asia.

BANGLADESH: Accord says there is "no funding shortfall"

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has issued a statement clarifying it is well funded and capable of meeting the objectives its five-year programme effectively.

IN THE MONEY: Diversification a key focus for Under Armour

With abundant growth opportunities in the pipeline at Under Armour, the performance apparel, footwear and accessories brand has said it aims to look back on 2014 as a pivotal year in its diversification.

ANALYSIS: New pricing strategy pays off for Nike

Sporting goods giant Nike is raising its prices at a time when other firms are turning to increased markdowns and heavy promotional activity to drive traffic. And analysts say the strategy is single-handedly driving growth in the US sneaker market.

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Li & Fung capital helps PLM firm expand into Asia

Global sourcing firm Li & Fung is investing in US-based Centric Software, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software to the a...

UK retail profit warnings hit new high

Intense competition, pricing pressure and currency headwinds are still denting UK retailer's expectations of an economic recovery, taking pr...

Next Q2 trading update: What the analysts say

Next this morning (29 July) saw its share price climb after it announced it was upping its full-year sales and earnings guidance....

Africa courts clothing and textile investment

East African countries are aggressively courting foreign investors to revive their textiles and apparel industries....

Diversification a key focus for Under Armour

With abundant growth opportunities in the pipeline at Under Armour, the performance apparel, footwear and accessories brand has said it aims...

Bangladesh Accord calls on firms for more funding

More than a year after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety is calling on retailers and clothing...

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Major Apparel News

Footwear “facing increased compliance challenges"

Richard Woodard | 30 Jul 14

Footwear companies are facing ever higher levels of compliance challenges thanks to increasing regulation, according to new research.


Matalan defends its position on Bangladesh

Michelle Russell | 29 Jul 14

UK apparel retailer Matalan has moved to defend its position following accusations it has violated terms of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, and is dragging its feet over paying into the compensation fund.


Adidas investigating Cambodia faintings

Michelle Russell | 29 Jul 14

Sporting giant Adidas has said it is investigating an incident involving over 200 faintings at a garment factory in Kandal province, Cambodia.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:04pm 30 Jul 2014)

Arrests made at US REI/North Face protests

Bangladesh Accord says "no funding shortfall"

Destination Maternity Q3 earnings and sales slide

Ghana task force to tackle textile design piracy

“Fashion’s new frontiers” what’s next?

Cameroon inks trade agreement with EU

Raymond will continue to invest as Q1 loss narrows

South Africa cotton strike enters seventh day

Latest Apparel Interviews

INTERVIEW: William E. Connor discusses global sourcing shifts 28 May 14

Leonie Barrie

With a global vendor base of around 6,000 factories working with leading retailers and brands, sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. has an enviable view into worldwide sourcing shifts. In the second instalment of a two-part interview with just-style, company chairman and CEO William E. (Chip) Connor discusses opportunities, challenges and concerns.


INTERVIEW: William E. Connor talks transparency and trust 27 May 14

Leonie Barrie

Transparency and integrity are two words that crop up repeatedly in conversation with William E. (Chip) Connor, chairman and CEO of Hong Kong based global sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Indeed, these have been cornerstones of the business since it was founded 65 years ago, and continue to underpin every aspect of an operation set up to act as its clients' alter-ego.


INTERVIEW: David Nieper pushes Made in UK momentum 16 May 14

Katie Smith

The momentum for 'Made in the UK' products might be growing in popularity - both with retailers and consumers - but a lack of skilled labour and an ageing workforce are weighing on its progress. One company working to reverse this is women's wear and nightwear fashion brand, David Nieper. Managing director Christopher Nieper tells Katie Smith why.

Apparel Blog

Esprit launches vegan hantags

Katie Smith | 30 Jul 14

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit is introducing vegan hangtags, in a bid to increase transparency in textile labelling and better inform conscious consumers.


Bangladesh Alliance and Accord update on progress

Michelle Russell | 28 Jul 14

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety have both issued their first annual reports, providing an update on the work carried out on improving safety and working conditions in the country to date.


Exporters back India's budget but seek more

Leonie Barrie | 21 Jul 14

Indian apparel exporters are seeking a series of favourable policy decisions from the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, including export subsidies to offset import duties imposed by the EU while talks continue towards an EU-India free trade agreement.

Hot Apparel Issues

Change management key to PLM project success

It's one thing to invest in a product lifecycle management (PLM) system - but another altogether to get the most value out of the solution. Indeed, according to industry experts speaking in London last week, PLM projects should be driven from a business perspective if they are to deliver real gains in terms of revenue, margin improvement and inventory efficiency - with users on board from the beginning.

Alliance and Accord publish annual reports

This month, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety both issued their first annual reports, providing an update on the work carried out on improving safety and working conditions in the country to date. just-style took a closer look.

Clothing remains key focus for retail giant Tesco

Tesco this week announced its CEO, Philip Clarke, is to step down as it issued another profit warning. The news has come as little surprise to the industry who believe his successor, Dave Lewis, could be just what the retail behemoth needs.

Indian apparel exporters discuss policy changes

Indian apparel exporters have demanded a series of favourable policy decisions from the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government.

Apparel Market Research

Survey of the European Fabric Fairs: Spring/Summer 2015

Survey of the European Fabric Fairs: Spring/Summer 2015

The latest update in this series of reports summarises the trends which were on show at the European fabric fairs for the spring/summer 2015 season... Read more

Published: June 2014 - ($520.00)


World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: South-East Asia, June 2014

Published: June 2014 - ($785.00)


Plunkett's Apparel & Textiles Industry Almanac 2014: Apparel & Textiles Industry Market Research, Statistics, Trends & Leading Companies

Published: July 2014 - ($349.99)


Womenswear: Top 5 Emerging Markets Industry Guide

Published: June 2014 - ($995.00)


Myanmar - ISA Country Report

Published: July 2014 - ($89.00)


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