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Comparable store sales were subdued for US apparel retailers in January

US apparel retailers' January 2016 sales roundup

Hurt by adverse weather conditions, a continued shift by consumers to invest in high-value items such as cars, and a general slump after the...

The TPP trade pact covers 40% of the world economy

TPP trade pact in milestone signing by 12 nations

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, involving 12 nations and covering 40% of the world economy, has finally been signed by minis...

Vietnam may overtake China as the largest importer of cotton this season

Cheap polyester contributes to cotton import shift

The ongoing drop in polyester prices is hurting cotton consumption in China, with Vietnam now poised to overtake China as the largest import...

Under Armour posted 'strong' fourth-quarter results

Under Armour defends questions over strategy

Hot on the heels of its best quarterly growth of the year, US sportswear giant Under Armour has defended questions over the competitive posi...

More than 60 brands and retailers have joined the angora ban

Who has pledged to ban the use of angora?

More than 90 brands and retailers have committed to end the use of angora in their future clothing and accessories collections, following on...

Colombia's textile and apparel industry eyed exports of $18bn last year

Colombia calls for more FTAs and export financing

Colombia needs a free-trade deal with Brazil, to fix a US cumulation dispute, and boost financing for export-hungry enterprises, if it is to...

Combating the new normal – 10 trends for 2016 27 Jan 16

A more promotional athleisure scene, the benefits of store rationalisation starting to come through, and in-store traffic continuing on its downward trajectory as consumers increasingly shop online, are among ten predictions likely to shape the US clothing and footwear sector this year, analysts say. They also look at what might be in store for Lululemon, Hanesbrands and Ascena Retail Group.

Gap deepens efforts on social and environmental issues 25 Jan 16

US apparel giant Gap Inc has set out new targets aimed at strengthening worker rights across its global supply chain – including all of its strategic branded apparel suppliers achieving a sustainability rating of green or yellow by 2020, and all self-reporting their performance in the Gap global sustainability data system within the next two years.  

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H&M and Primark price rivalry reaches equilibrium

Michelle Russell | 4 Feb 16

Price competition between fast fashion retailers Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Primark has now reached an equilibrium in the UK, according to an analyst evaluation, with Primark's prices now consistently around 60% lower than that of its rival. 

Southeast Asia – a strategic sourcing review

Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 16 Myanmar is starting to attract attention from several international brands

Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar continue to attract huge interest as apparel supply bases – and a new report from just-style aims to make it easier for retailers, brands and importers to evaluate the key advantages and challenges of sourcing and manufacturing in each country.

Bangladesh factory fire renews worker safety fears

Michelle Russell | 3 Feb 16

Labour rights groups say they are "disturbed" after a fire that broke out yesterday (2 February) at a Bangladesh garment factory supplying fashion retailers H&M and JC Penney that was "on track" with remedial action following an inspection by the US-based Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.

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Hanesbrands Q4 performance “disappoints”

Oeko-Tex sets new STeP certification criteria

No catalyst for change at Ralph Lauren until May

Matalan rating downgraded on profit "concerns"

Top stories this week on just-style...

Hugo Boss taps Hengstmann as sustainability chief

Unions call for Indonesia minimum wage review

UK fashion sales bounce back in January

Latest Apparel Interviews

Esquel CEO says automation core to competitiveness 1 Dec 15

Wang FangqingEsquel Group remains committed to China, says CEO John Cheh

While doomsayers have been waxing lyrically for the past two years about how the Chinese clothing industry could have a shaky future, John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, the Hong Kong-based vertically integrated cotton to shirt maker, is resolute in his optimism. 

Expansion and efficiencies key to Epic Group evolution 10 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie'Constant evolution' is key, according to Epic Group CEO Ranjan Mahtani

With new facilities opening in Bangladesh and Vietnam, an investment to take automation to the next level, and an eye on Africa, Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Epic Group is also on a relentless efficiency drive. Chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani tells just-style why constant evolution is key.

Interview: Patagonia's CSR commitments re-shaping the sector 29 Sep 15

Michelle RussellCara Chacon, Patagonia's director of social & environmental responsibility

Patagonia's goal of building "the world’s most socially and environmentally responsible supply chain" has made the outdoor wear specialist something of a pioneer in its industry. Cara Chacon, the group's director of social & environmental responsibility, however, is quick to admit that despite its successes, the company is far from perfect.

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Outdoor gear could be harmful

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 1 Feb 16

Outdoor brands are being urged to eliminate all PFCs from their products and supply chains after the hazardous chemicals were discovered in clothing, footwear and outdoor equipment.

What next for apparel sourcing?

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 26 Jan 16

While consumers increasingly crave instant gratification, one-of-a-kind merchandise, and more options than ever before in terms of products and how and where to buy them, retailers and brands are being hampered by supply chains that are legacies of a previous era. Is a fundamental redesign the answer? Or can existing ones be improved? We take a closer look at the Roadmap to the apparel supply chain of the future.

China manufacturing continues to change

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

US President Barack Obama last week used his final State of the Union address to appeal to Congress to ratifiy the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

Hot Apparel Issues

Under Armour defends questions over strategy

Under Armour defends questions over strategy

Hot on the heels of its best quarterly growth of the year, US sportswear giant Under Armour has defended questions over the competitive positioning of the group's footwear and women's wear categories, and the potential maturity of its domestic business.

WFSGI Manufacturers Forum discusses topical agenda

WFSGI Manufacturers Forum discusses topical agenda

The third annual World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) forum saw speakers from the sport and fashion industry discuss topics from circular manufacturing, and lean production, to labour issues in apparel and sporting goods supply chains.

Outlook 2016 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2016 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

For our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style has again asked leading executives for their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2016. Expect a continuing focus on compliance and factory safety, the need for more agile supply chains to meet the ongoing demands of omnichannel, a focus on total or end-to-end costs – and much more besides.

What the Paris climate deal means for clothing

What the Paris climate deal means for clothing

The global clothing industry should engage with the new Paris climate change deal, say experts, who warn that a warming planet imperils not only the raw materials the industry needs but also poses an existential threat to the sector's prevailing business model.

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)

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2021

Published: January 2016 - ($1390.00)

Practical Price Negotiation

Published: January 2016 - ($600.00)

Wearable technology: The future market potential for smart garments and e-textiles

Published: October 2015 - ($1390.00)

Practical Brand Sourcing Strategy

Published: October 2015 - ($600.00)

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