Water scarcity a challenge to cotton supply chains

With World Water Week kicking off in Stockholm this weekend, the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources will be in the spotlight.

SOURCING: Worldwide changes in cost competitiveness

Decisions on where to focus supply chains involve a complicated mix of wages, productivity, energy costs, currency values and other factors - all of which are quietly but dramatically redrawing the map of global manufacturing cost competitiveness, ne

UK: Stemming tide of decline a priority for Tesco

Stemming the tide of decline in the core has to be the priority for Tesco, analysts believe, after the UK retailer today (29 August) issued another profit warning and said incoming CEO Dave Lewis will take up his new role a month early.

ANALYSIS: Hazardous chemical removal a key industry issue

Greenpeace has been calling on apparel firms to remove these from their supply chains. While a number of companies have signed up to the group's Detox campaign, it appears there is still much more work to be done.

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Water scarcity a challenge to cotton supply chains

With World Water Week kicking off in Stockholm this Sunday (31 August), the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources will...

ANALYSIS: Back-to-school spending a waiting game

The second biggest shopping season of the year is drawing to a close, but it appears many people have yet to wrap up their back-to-school bu...

SOURCING: Worldwide change in cost competitiveness

Decisions on where to focus supply chains involve a complicated mix of wages, productivity, energy costs, currency values and other factors...

Fitness fashion propels Athleta towards $1bn sales

Any talk of Gap Inc's portfolio invariably focuses on its Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands. But new number crunching suggests the co...

More licensing and less M&A for Global Brands

Following its spin-off from Li & Fung last month, fashion apparel, footwear and accessories business Global Brands Group has outlined the fi...

Li & Fung looks to new frontiers for growth

Li & Fung has outlined a number of new frontiers the global sourcing giant is looking to explore as it works through its three-year roadmap,...


ANALYSIS: Better Work programme poised to expand 26 Aug 14

The Better Work programme is set to expand its activities and influence over the next few years in an effort to drive up working conditions across the global garment industry.


IN THE MONEY: Gap impressed with supply chain platforming progress 22 Aug 14

Apparel giant Gap Inc has said it is impressed with how much progress it has made on its supply chain fabric platforming as it shifts its relationships from vendor-based to mill-based.

Thought Leaders


Metamorphosis into Color – CoolVisions®

Requirements in the textile industry have been ratcheting up, challenging the industry to adapt and m...

Fashion and apparel industry trends: in the digital age

Inspired by a recent Webinar by industry insider and Lectra's director of fashion and...


Major Apparel News

Adidas to use only Bluesign-approved chemicals

Leonie Barrie | 29 Aug 14

Sporting goods giant Adidas Group is planning to set targets for its suppliers to switch to using only Bluesign approved chemicals in its supply chain.


Stemming tide of decline a priority for Tesco

Michelle Russell | 29 Aug 14

Stemming the tide of decline in the core has to be the priority for Tesco, analysts believe, after the UK retailer today (29 August) issued another profit warning and said incoming CEO Dave Lewis will take up his new role a month early.


Weak traffic slows sales for Abercrombie & Fitch

Michelle Russell | 28 Aug 14

US teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has posted earnings that came in ahead of analysts expectations in the second quarter, but weak traffic held back sales.

Recent News - (Updated: 4:06pm 29 Aug 2014)

Myanmar and US to develop labour rights initiative

Etam Group H1 profit and sales climb

Salvatore Ferragamo earnings fall in H1

Yarn firm CS Carolina to expand Burlington plant

China and India sign MoU to explore textile busin

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Pacific Sunwear moves to profit in Q2

Dollar General reveals Q2 earnings growth

Latest Apparel Interviews

INTERVIEW: Hampshire Group CEO hails turnaround progress 27 Aug 14

Leonie Barrie

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.


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.

Apparel Blog

Zara under fire over "Holocaust" T-shirt

Michelle Russell | 28 Aug 14

Inditex-owned fast fashion chain Zara has gone and done it again.


Cambodia garment industry approaching crossroads

Michelle Russell | 27 Aug 14

If Cambodia's US$5.5bn garment industry is not yet at a crossroads, it is approaching one, according to participants at an industry trade show held in Phnom Penh. Many industry suppliers believe that while Cambodia remains a growing market for their textile and garment products, there are challenges ahead, from rising labour costs to increased competition from neighbouring countries.


Apparel industry reacts to Russia tensions

Michelle Russell | 18 Aug 14

Retail shares have been among the biggest fallers in the last two weeks as financial markets react to President Vladimir Putin's retaliation to the imposition of sanctions on Russia.

Hot Apparel Issues

Li & Fung looks to new frontiers for growth

Li & Fung has outlined a number of new frontiers the global sourcing giant is looking to explore as it works through its three-year roadmap, which it hopes will capture new customers in new categories and countries, and increase the group's cross-selling activities.

Hazardous chemical removal a key industry issue

Since Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report in 2011, revealing toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China, the environmental pressure group has been calling on apparel firms to remove these from their supply chains.

Cambodia's future outsourcing prospects uncertain

If Cambodia's US$5.5bn garment industry is not at a crossroads, it is approaching one, according to participants speaking to just-style at an industry trade show held in Phnom Penh.

Apparel industry reacts to Russia tensions

The escalating tensions between Russia and the West came to a head last week when Putin ordered a year-long restriction on food imports. B while related to food, the apparel industry is unlikely to be immune from the effects of the standoff.

Apparel Market Research

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2020

Whether we buy for functionality, authenticity or fashionability, our love affair with denim continues. In this latest edition of the denim and jeanswear report, just-style has combined the idea of fashionability with price, in the form of a price-fashion matrix which we believe is central to understanding why and how consumers buy their jeans... Read more

Published: July 2014 - ($1390.00)


Global Database of the Top 1000 Cut and Sew Apparel Producers - Company Names, Financial Performance, Key Executives, and Contact Details

Published: August 2014 - ($1330.49)


Opportunities and Applications for Digital Textile Printing

Published: August 2014 - ($520.00)


H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB in Apparel and Footwear (World)

Published: July 2014 - ($520.00)


Childrenswear: Global Industry Almanac

Published: July 2014 - ($2995.00)


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