• Rana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change

    Rana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change

    Just days before the fourth 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 h...

  • Using worker surveys to drive change in supply chains

    Using worker surveys to drive change in supply chains

    Getting brands and retailers to think differently about the way they connect with workers in their supplier factories is key to producing more reliable audits in the future, says Heather Franzese, executive director and co-founder of Good World So...

  • Trade Tracker: The Trump Revolution and Brexit get a dose of pragmatism

    Trade Tracker: The Trump Revolution and Brexit get a dose of pragmatism

    After months of loud – and often unrealistic – sloganeering, both the Trump Revolution and Britain’s Brexit plans got a transforming injection of hard-nosed practicality in the first few weeks of April.

  • Driving ban intensifies Myanmar logistics hurdles

    Driving ban intensifies Myanmar logistics hurdles

    Myanmar apparel makers have warned that a ban on moving lorries and trucks to seaport terminals through the busy streets of Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon has placed a heavy logistical burden on the country's growing clothing sector.

  • Human rights groups call for supply chain transparency standard

    Human rights groups call for supply chain transparency standard

    In the face of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse, a cohort of unions and human rights groups are calling for more apparel and footwear companies to join the likes of Nike, Adidas, H&M and C&A in pledging their commi...

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

Rana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change

On the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve...

The Alliance says Bangladesh's garment industry is now moving toward being one of the world's safest

Industry groups reaffirm commitment to Bangladesh

Industry groups, brands and unions have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the completion and long-term reform of Bangladesh's apparel...

Donald Trump's team during April began announcing practical programmes for dealing with the trade issues they'd previously been merely vocal about

Trump and Brexit get a dose of pragmatism

After months of loud – and often unrealistic – sloganeering, both the Trump Revolution and Britain’s Brexit plans got a transforming injecti...

Laborlink uses mobile technologies to survey factory workers, giving brands and retailers a real-time insight across their supply chains

Using worker surveys to drive supply chain change

Getting brands and retailers to think differently about the way they connect with workers in their supplier factories is key to producing mo...

Myanmar garment exports to the US averaged about US$4m per month in 2016’s fourth-quarter

No US rush to Myanmar despite end to sanctions

America may have scrapped its major sanctions against emerging outsourcing centre Myanmar, and brought back the southeast Asian country's GS...

VF Corp owns 24 manufacturing sites, including this facility in Mexico

Where does VF supply chain sit in growth strategy?

VF Corp’s latest five-year growth plan sets out the company’s goals to 2021, including a ramped-up focus on its top-performing Vans, Timberl...


Foreign investment continues in Ethiopia clothing sector 13 Apr 17

Ethiopia attracted foreign investments of US$1.2bn in the first six months of the 2016/17 fiscal year, with these financial injections dominated by major Chinese companies – half of which are licensed in textile and garment manufacturing.


Is China losing its edge as a US apparel supplier? 12 Apr 17

The outlook for China as a supplier of textiles and apparel (T&A) to the US market remains a topic of heated debate among industry professionals and academics. But an analysis of 2016 trade data by Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, shows that while the country looks set to maintain its lead into the future, increasing competition is coming from suppliers in the Western Hemisphere who offer faster speed to market.

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Major Apparel News

Calls for supply chain transparency standard

Beth Wright | 20 Apr 17 The Transparency Pledge aims to create a level playing field in the industry and move it toward a minimum standard for publishing supplier factory information

In the face of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse, a cohort of unions and human rights groups are calling for more apparel and footwear companies to join the likes of Nike, Adidas, H&M and C&A in pledging their commitment to supply chain transparency.


Driving ban intensifies Myanmar logistics hurdles

Jeremy Mullins | 19 Apr 17 An estimated 85% of Myanmar's ocean trade passes through Yangon's ports

Myanmar apparel makers have warned that a ban on moving lorries and trucks to seaport terminals through the busy streets of Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon has placed a heavy logistical burden on the country's growing clothing sector.


UK textile & clothing manufacturing seeing revival

Michelle Russell | 13 Apr 17 The Textiles Growth programme is focused on creating and safeguarding jobs

UK textile and clothing manufacturing is enjoying a revival, new figures suggest, with production increasing by 2.5% to GBP9.1bn (US$11.4bn) over the last two years.

Recent News - (Updated: 11:23am 25 Apr 2017)

Project seeks sustainable ideas for EUR2.4m grant

Gap unveils five-year sustainable fibres pledge

Fairtrade cotton footprint five times lower

Adidas and Reebok top transparency index

Adidas to launch three new ocean waste shoes

UK consumer confidence softens in first-quarter

Sports Direct snaps up two US outdoor retailers

Bebe to shutter all stores by end of next month

Latest Apparel Interviews

How KiK is raising the bar on working conditions – Interview 11 Apr 17

Leonie BarrieAnsgar Lohmann, head of the Corporate Social Responsibility department at KiK Textil and Non-Food GmbH (KiK)

After garments made for KiK were found at each of the factories involved in the apparel industry’s biggest tragedies, the low-cost German clothing chain is on a mission to raise the bar on working conditions within its supply chain. Recent developments include legally binding audits at supplier factories, and the extension of building safety assessments to Pakistan, as Ansgar Lohmann, head of KiK’s Corporate Social Responsibility department, explains.


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.

Apparel Blog

Why digital supply chains are top of mind

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 3 Apr 17

Confirmation that digital supply chains are top of mind for apparel industry executives came last week with the latest plans from global sourcing specialist Li & Fung.


Navigating global political frictions and economic uncertainty

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 28 Mar 17

As a barometer of the issues top of mind for apparel sourcing executives, it is hard to beat the annual Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.


Trump and Brexit generate more confusion

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 17

Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics of "Brexit means Brexit" left no-one better informed. Mike Flanagan has taken a closer look in his monthly Trade Tracker update.

Hot Apparel Issues

Rana Plaza - Four year anniversary

Rana Plaza - Four year anniversary

On the fourth 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.

PSF 2017 – Navigating the perfect storm in fashion sourcing

PSF 2017 – Navigating the perfect storm in fashion sourcing

Global political frictions and economic uncertainty, investment in automation and efficiencies, digitalisation, data and skills shortages are among the challenges facing today’s apparel sourcing executives.

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.

Apparel Market Research

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2022

This ever-popular report summarises the global production and market consumption of denim jeanswear worldwide. In this edition of the report, just-style has combined the idea of fashionability with that of price, in the form of a price-fashion matrix. Fashionability is a very subjective issue in clothing, and no more so than in the jeans sector. What is one person’s commodity, a five pocket Western jean, may be high fashion to another because of a change to cut, such as straight leg, or skinny, or flared... Read more

Published: April 2017 - ($1390.00)


High visibility apparel: providing protection, safety, comfort and style

Published: April 2017 - ($750.00)


Performance apparel markets: business update, April 2017

Published: April 2017 - ($350.00)


Clothing Market in Eastern Europe to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts

Published: March 2017 - ($6203.73)


Footwear in Australia

Published: March 2017 - ($990.00)


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