• Why have US FTA apparel imports fallen to a record low?

    Why have US FTA apparel imports fallen to a record low?

    In the past ten years the number of free trade agreements (FTAs) implemented in the United States has almost doubled. So why have US apparel imports entering under free trade agreements fallen to a record low? Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor in t...

  • US looks to boost trade with Sri Lanka

    US looks to boost trade with Sri Lanka

    The US and Sri Lanka last week adopted a joint action plan to boost bilateral trade and investment between the two countries over the next five years – including strengthening worker rights and promoting ethical and sustainable manufacturing.

  • Vietnam textile sector calls for strategy update

    Vietnam textile sector calls for strategy update

    Vietnam's apparel and textile industry is calling on the country's government to revise its "out of date" 2020 development plan with a vision that will match the country's progress and improve its competitiveness.

  • Bangladesh still needs essential reforms to fix factories

    Bangladesh still needs essential reforms to fix factories

    Efforts to improve worker and building safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry have brought tangible progress over the three years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse – but it is also clear that essential reforms are still needed and ...

  • BHS receives

    BHS receives "expressions of interest"

    UK high street stalwart BHS has received a number of expressions of interest, its administrators have said, just days after filing for administration.

Latest Apparel Insights

Plugging in to Hanesbrands' large-scale, low-cost global supply chain is expected to drive down unit costs at Pacific Brands by at least 20%

Hanesbrands sourcing to cut Pacific Brands costs

With agreements for two acquisitions totalling around $1bn in the space of just 21 days, Hanesbrands is positioning itself as the largest ba...

Collaboration is key to the future of the smart textiles sector

Collaboration key to the future of smart textiles

A lack of collaboration between the textile and electronic industries continues to be one of the main obstacles to progress in smart garment...

Bangladesh's apparel exports continue to rise

First figures show Bangladesh exports climb

Bangladesh's garments exports have continued to grow at a steady pace despite the country's image taking a hit following the Tazreen and Ran...

Bangladesh's remediation work needs to be sped up

Bangladesh still needs reforms to fix factories

Efforts to improve worker and building safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry have brought tangible progress over the three year...

Some 1,138 workers were killed when the Rana Plaza building collapsed three years ago

Rana Plaza three years on – Timeline of change

Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been mad...

The use of SMS technology in the cotton industry is still in its infancy

Using SMS to improve cotton sustainability

A key fibre in the global textile and apparel industry, cotton production is under threat from factors such as climate change, competition f...


H&M sustainability goals include water-based PU shoes 15 Apr 16

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to place its first volume orders for shoes made with water-based vegan leather this year as part of new sustainability goals set out by the Swedish fashion retailer.


Bangladesh Alliance factory suspensions a "wake-up call" 15 Apr 16

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it hopes its suspension of factories for lack of progress on remediation will be a final wake-up call to owners to step up their efforts as the third anniversary of Rana Plaza nears. 

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Major Apparel News

Gildan moves into Mexico with Alstyle Apparel buy

Leonie Barrie | 5 May 16 Alstyle's operations will be integrated into Gildan's Printwear business

Clothing maker Gildan Activewear is expanding its manufacturing presence into Mexico after agreeing to buy the apparel division of Ennis Inc for US$110m.


Aeropostale to close 154 stores amid bankruptucy

Michelle Russell | 4 May 16 Aeropostale has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has filed for bankruptcy protection with plans to initially close around 154 stores in the US and Canada.


US looks to boost trade with Sri Lanka

Leonie Barrie | 3 May 16

The US and Sri Lanka last week adopted a joint action plan to boost bilateral trade and investment between the two countries over the next five years – including strengthening worker rights and promoting ethical and environmentally sustainable manufacturing, especially in Sri Lanka’s ready-made garment sector.

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Gildan Activewear reports 13% jump in Q1 profit

Cherokee brand expands with new US licensing deals

Local Boyz selects all-in-one fashion software

Kering calls for collaboration on sustainability

EU reduces retaliatory duties on US-made jeans

Joules set to list on AIM as it eyes growth

Under Armour merchandise chief Stafford steps down

US Q1 in brief: Wolverine Worldwide, Weyco

Latest Apparel Interviews

Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts 26 Apr 16

Leonie BarrieGuido Schlossmann, president and CEO of Synergies Worldwide

An apparel industry at a crossroads and an intertwined network of challenges and opportunities are among the issues facing Guido Schlossmann as he takes the helm of low-cost fast fashion sourcing specialist Synergies Worldwide. Unravelling this complexity requires a new, more global and integrated look at the industry, he tells just-style.


How Primark balances ethics and ultra-low prices 23 Mar 16

Michelle RussellPaul Lister says Primark's business model allows it to keep prices low and source ethically

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental retail issues. Paul Lister, responsible for Primark’s ethical trading team, tells just-style "the strength of a brand's ethics is not about a price point" – and that close engagement with the supply chain is key.


KTC refashioning the reputation of Made in China 19 Feb 16

Leonie BarrieGerhard Flatz is charting a new course for performance wear specialist KTC

Backed by his belief that the current apparel sourcing model is broken, Gerhard Flatz, managing director at high end performance wear specialist KTC, is charting a new course for the company. He’s trying to change the perception of what it means to be ‘Made in China’ by losing the factory tagline and instead building on the firm’s ethical credentials, its skilled workmanship, and repositioning it as a key ingredient of a high quality garment.

Apparel Blog

Contrasting fortunes characterise the clothing industry

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 3 May 16

Contrasting fortunes characterised the global clothing industry last week. On the one hand Hanesbrands has positioned itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world after agreeing to buy Australian rival Pacific Brands in an US$800m deal. But on the other, the UK high street stands to lose 204 years of combined retailing history as retailers BHS and Austin Reed Group both called in the administrators.


Goodbye from your news editor

Katie Smith, just-style editorial team Katie Smith | 22 Apr 16

Having contributed to just-style for five years, serving as news editor for the last two, it has been a pleasure to observe and report on the global textile and apparel industry.


TPP continues to garner industry attention

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 19 Apr 16

The US footwear industry has voiced its disappointment that athletic brand New Balance has come out in opposition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

Hot Apparel Issues

Hanesbrands becomes world's largest basic apparel company

Hanesbrands becomes world's largest basic apparel company

With agreements for two acquisitions totalling around $1bn in the space of just 21 days, Hanesbrands is positioning itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world. And the power of its company-owned supply chain is seen as the catalyst for substantial savings.

Rana Plaza: Three years on

Rana Plaza: Three years on

Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.

Apparel software trends – The outlook for 2016

Apparel software trends – The outlook for 2016

just-style’s annual management briefing canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in the year ahead – 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, and take a look at what else is likely to be topping the apparel industry's technology agenda.

Egypt apparel sector underperforming but ambitious

Egypt apparel sector underperforming but ambitious

With advantages that include the best cotton in the world, thousands of textile and garment factories, low labour costs and duty-free access to key markets in the US, European Union (EU), the Middle-East and Africa, Egypt should have formidable potential. But at the same time it's facing a mountain of problems, including low labour productivity, lack of investments in ginning, spinning and weaving, difficult access to finance, and poor infrastructure.

Apparel Market Research

Womenswear in China

Womenswear in China

Womenswear recorded current value growth of 7% in 2015, to achieve sales of CNY834 billion... Read more

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Menswear in Germany

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Childrenswear in the US

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Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2021

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

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