Latest Apparel Insights

Yangon II, Bogart Lingerie's second factory in Myanmar, which opened in April 2015

Ultimate frontier Myanmar uplifts Bogart Lingerie

One of the world's largest intimate apparel exporters, Bogart Lingerie, is set to open its third plant in Myanmar in June, three years after...

Vietnam's relatively weak textile sector means the EU will erase many duties immediately

What the EU-Vietnam trade deal means for duties

Recently released details of the European Union's trade agreement with Vietnam show how the deal could boost garment sourcing by EU brands i...

China continued to rebound from its decline in October

US apparel import growth led by Bangladesh

Apparel imports into the US wound down in December as the holiday season came to an end, yet all but two of the leading supplier countries b...

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...

Colombian companies are scrambling to raise capacity for items such as cotton pants

Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US deman...

Esquel's Chinese cotton yarn feeds its fabric mill in Gaoming, Guangdong province

Esquel backs Chinese Sea Island cotton production

Hong Kong-based Esquel Group, the major vertically integrated cotton to shirt supplier, is making progress in a research programme to develo...


TPP trade pact in "milestone" signing by 12 nations 4 Feb 16

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


Cheap polyester contributes to shifts in cotton imports 2 Feb 16

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

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Major Apparel News

US apparel execs see China sourcing lead narrowing

Michelle Russell | 11 Feb 16

US apparel executives believe China will still be the first choice sourcing destination over the next two years, but they expect the country's lead to narrow, a new survey has found.


Clarks to cut 170 jobs in global restructure 

Katie Smith | 11 Feb 16

UK footwear brand Clarks is to lay off 170 people across its global operations in a move aimed at making the business leaner, faster and more effective and better able to respond to customer demand and rapidly changing markets.


JC Penney moves in on millennials with Belle + Sky

Leonie Barrie | 9 Feb 16 JC Penney is rolling out its Belle + Sky brand across 500 stores

Following the successful pilot last autumn of a new private label fast-fashion brand targeting millennials, US department store retailer JC Penney now plans to roll out the Belle + Sky line across 500 stores from the end of this week.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:20pm 11 Feb 2016)

Adidas lifts outlook after beating 2015 targets 

US retail sales set to grow 3.1% this year 

Stores becoming "pivotal" for purchase returns

Eileen Fisher gains B Corp certification

US cotton industry to face “challenging” year

Colombia eyes export boost with business forum

Sears looks to lift apparel via sourcing changes

Record cargo volumes at US East Coast port complex

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.

Apparel Blog

Speed needed on safety renovations

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 9 Feb 16

Just days after international representatives expressed concerns that many "priority areas" still need to be tackled to improve safety in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment sector, a fire broke out at a factory deemed to be on track with remedial action.


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.

Hot Apparel Issues

Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US demand while heightening competition.

TPP trade pact in 'milestone' signing by 12 nations

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 ministers in New Zealand.

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.

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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