• What does supply chain mapping really mean?

    What does supply chain mapping really mean?

    The recent pledge by British prime minister Theresa May to invest a further GBP33m in fighting modern slavery, coupled with the importance of companies knowing what is happening in their supply chains, has led to an increased focus on supply chain...

  • EU relaxes origin rules on Jordan clothing exports

    EU relaxes origin rules on Jordan clothing exports

    New relaxed rules of origin – technical criteria determining if a product qualifies for preferential trade arrangements – will make it easier for manufacturers in Jordan to export clothes if they employ Syrian refugees, a European Commission spoke...

  • Cotton supply chain transparency an ongoing challenge

    Cotton supply chain transparency an ongoing challenge

    The revelation late last week that US department store retailer Target Corporation has pulled all luxury bed linen produced by Welspun Global Brands over concerns about the provenance of the cotton used in its products highlights the massive chall...

  • C&A helps grow organic cotton production in China

    C&A helps grow organic cotton production in China

    In a bid to boost the supply of organic cotton in China, the charitable arm of global fashion retailer C&A has partnered with C&A China and conservation partner Rare to help farmers grow more organic fibre.

  • Nike and Crystal Group

    Nike and Crystal Group "doing well by doing good"

    Sportswear giant Nike and Hong Kong based manufacturer Crystal Group are the only two apparel companies that have made it onto Fortune magazine's official 'Change The World' list for 2016, which ranks businesses on their sustainability efforts.

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Transparency in the cotton supply remains a major challenge for brands and retailers

Cotton supply chain transparency an ongoing issue

The revelation late last week that US department store retailer Target Corporation has pulled all luxury bed linen produced by Welspun Globa...

'Made in USA' sourcing continues to attract interest

Supply chain takeaways from Sourcing at MAGIC

From the new sourcing landscape, to increasing interest in ‘Made in USA’ apparel, and updates on sourcing destinations and sustainability, D...

Voters on both sides of the Atlantic are increasingly wary of more global supply chains

Why voters don’t want more global supply chains

Mike Flanagan spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning to stay in the EU. Not once, he writes, did I hear my opponents – or anyone in...

New fashions and innovations are expected to drive improved back-to-school demand

Denim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school

With the second-biggest shopping season of the year now underway, analysts are cautiously optimistic that back-to-school sales will provide...

A number of fashion companies are turning to 3D printing for innovation

What's 3D-printing doing for apparel and footwear?

3D-printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernste...

Today's garment labels carry washing and ironing instructions – as well as country of origin, material makeup, and other specifics

Labelling – The importance of the fine print

There are few things worse in the apparel business than developing and manufacturing a great product that can't find its way to the retail f...


A resilient outdoor industry seeks to broaden its base 15 Aug 16

With 29,000 visitors and 1626 exhibitors, this year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, which took place earlier this month in Salt Lake City, had its usual upbeat vibe. But there were signs that the outdoor industry is feeling the effects of 2016's "winter of our discontent," along with several retail bankruptcies, stock market disruptions in China, and the Brexit uncertainty in Europe.


Bangladesh leads US apparel import growth in June 12 Aug 16

Apparel imports into the US took a tumble in June, even though more than half of the top ten supplier countries booked growth. Bangladesh led the field with a near 5% increase, with Vietnam booking similar growth.

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Major Apparel News

C&A helps grow organic cotton production in China

Beth Wright | 26 Aug 16 The Bomao Ecological Agriculture Farm in Wuhan is one of the partnership's two organic cotton sites in China

In a bid to boost the supply of organic cotton in China, the charitable arm of global fashion retailer C&A has partnered with C&A China and conservation partner Rare to help farmers grow more organic fibre.


What does supply chain mapping really mean?

Guest author | 26 Aug 16 Brands and retailers struggle to get a clear view into their diverse and complex supply chains

The recent pledge by British prime minister Theresa May to invest a further GBP33m in fighting modern slavery, coupled with the importance of companies knowing what is happening in their supply chains, has led to an increased focus on supply chain mapping. But while there are many tools on the market offering such solutions, there is a lot of variation and confusion over what this actually means, according to Hannah Harris, product marketing manager at Historic Futures.


Nike and Crystal Group "doing well by doing good"

Leonie Barrie | 26 Aug 16 Crystal Group is scaling up Gap Inc's PACE (Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement) programme to reach 100,000 workers across its global operations by 2020

Sportswear giant Nike and Hong Kong based manufacturer Crystal Group are the only two apparel companies that have made it onto Fortune magazine's official 'Change The World' list for 2016, which ranks businesses on their sustainability efforts.

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Latest Apparel Interviews

No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO – Interview 25 Aug 16

Michelle RussellJason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

After working for the past seven years on a set of tools to measure the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has shared little evidence to suggest how, or even if, companies are using it. But the group is now ready to tackle transparency head-on with the roll-out of a raft of new activities and products, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the global alliance, tells just-style.


The North Face takes a holistic view on harmful chemicals – Interview 28 Jul 16

Leonie BarrieThe North Face sustainability manager James Rogers

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.


Omega Compliance committed to supply chain integrity 14 Jun 16

Michelle RussellJon White, managing director of Omega Compliance

Increasing requirements by apparel brands and retailers for specialist quality assurance, compliance and supply chain security services are fuelling the strong double-digit growth of Omega Compliance, a standalone subsidiary of sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the company tells just-style why its momentum on responsible sourcing shows no sign of slowing down.

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The rejection of globalisation

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 22 Aug 16

Mike Flanagan, CEO at industry consultancy Clothesource, spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning to stay in the EU. Not once, he says, did he hear his opponents - or anyone in Britain's new, Brexit-friendly government - say they wanted to reject global integration or repudiate over 30 years of globalisation.


US apparel imports take a tumble in June

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 15 Aug 16

Apparel imports into the US took a tumble in June, even though more than half of the top-ten supplier countries booked growth.


Under Armour shuns athleisure label

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

Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour is evolving thanks to the imminent launch of a new sportswear line that will help broaden its appeal to a more mainstream audience, and the signing of a new partnership deal with Kohl's.

Hot Apparel Issues

Denim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school

Denim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school

With the second-biggest shopping season of the year now underway, analysts are cautiously optimistic that back-to-school sales will provide a much-needed lift for US clothing retailers thanks to several key trends and well-controlled inventory levels.

Fuelling growth through strategic PLM

Fuelling growth through strategic PLM

Faster time-to-market is one of the clearest advantages of product lifecycle management (PLM) software. But connecting to other business processes such as retail metrics, supplier inventory and predictive analytics is opening up new possibilities. This briefing looks at how to use PLM to fuel growth and fulfil demand, choosing a vendor, and planning for a successful project.

Setting up a sustainable fashion supply chain

Setting up a sustainable fashion supply chain

Experts warn that setting up a sustainable supply chain is not a simple task. Indeed, deciding where to source materials, where to manufacture, how to monitor facilities to make sure they are compliant, and how to transport the goods, are all challenging questions that are considered in our latest management briefing.

Terrorist attack 'a tipping point' for Bangladesh?

Terrorist attack "a tipping point" for Bangladesh?

A fatal terrorist attack in the Bangladeshi capital at the weekend killed 20 people – many of whom worked in the country's textile and clothing industry. Is this latest attack a tipping point for Bangladesh?

Apparel Market Research

Too Many Standards

Too Many Standards

The Production Approval Process is the most critical but least acknowledged link in the entire apparel supply chain. The process addresses the way garments look, the way they feel, the way they fit and the way they perform after the consumer takes them home... Read more

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

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Under Armour Inc in Apparel and Footwear (World)

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New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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Fashion Accessories (UK) - Industry Report

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