• Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m

    Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m

    Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit since 2011 – and has now set its sights on yet more savings from supply chain improvements.

  • H&M scaling up living wage effort to key suppliers

    H&M scaling up living wage effort to key suppliers

    Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) is scaling up its fair living wage efforts with plans to add all of its strategic suppliers by 2018 - and is updating its purchasing practices to support those suppliers.

  • Myanmar approves first minimum wage

    Myanmar approves first minimum wage

    Myanmar has approved the country's first minimum wage for garment workers of MMK3,600 (US$3.2) per day, setting it at the level first proposed two months ago.

  • PVH “well-positioned” in China despite headwinds

    PVH “well-positioned” in China despite headwinds

    PVH Corp says it is “very well-positioned” in China and has not suffered as a result of the recent yuan devaluation, but will be “more conservative” with its Calvin Klein business in the country heading into 2016.

  • Global sourcing snapshots

    Global sourcing snapshots

    Just-style has re-launched its interactive tool designed to help sourcing executives in the clothing industry. The snapshots have also received a mini facelift in order to better highlight and improve interaction with the data.

Latest Apparel Insights

Billabong sees AUD30m (US$21m) in potential annual profit improvement from its global sourcing and logistics initiatives

Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m

Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit s...

By abandoning EU trade talks, India is the only South Asian country subject to European import duty

Chaos in the world’s trade agreements

The world garment trade was transformed in August, writes Mike Flanagan, with the biggest casualty likely to be India’s plans to increase te...

Nicaragua offers low wages and a stable economic and political environment

Nicaragua apparel and shoe firms to double in size

Nicaragua's top textile and footwear manufacturers plan to double their size in three years as the Central American nation rushes to meet ri...

Doubts have been cast over whether Vietnam will be able to make the most of the impending duty-free era

Will Vietnam struggle with impending trade deals?

Clothing and textile industry specialists have warned just-style that the Vietnam-European Union (EU) free-trade deal struck earlier this mo...

The currency devaluation could benefit exports from China thanks to lower prices

Yuan devaluation impact mixed for garment firms

Apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value of the yuan to...

Gap is bullish on its opportunity in China

Gap bullish on China growth opportunities

US retail giant Gap Inc has said it remains bullish on its long-term growth prospects in China despite the yuan deflation, while also reveal...


China devaluation: what’s the big deal? 24 Aug 15

Why the fuss about China’s yuan devaluation earlier this month? While pretty trivial by the standards of the past 50 years, it has managed to raise all sorts of hackles, writes Mike Flanagan.


Asian union development: is there another way? 21 Aug 15

The efforts of multinational brands, retailers and importers to impose minimum wages and better working conditions in their supplier factories, while good in the short run, will result in greater problems in the long run, says David Birnbaum. Instead, he proposes that customers who want to raise worker standards in their supplier factories must find a third way forward.

Thought Leaders


Major Apparel News

H&M scaling up living wage effort to key suppliers

Michelle Russell | 1 Sep 15 H&M launched its Fair Wage Method in 2013

Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) is scaling up its fair living wage efforts with plans to add all of its strategic suppliers by 2018 - and is updating its purchasing practices to support those suppliers.


Myanmar approves first minimum wage

Michelle Russell | 1 Sep 15 The new wage is based on five-days work at eight hours per day, and Saturday work at four hours per day

Myanmar has approved the country's first minimum wage for garment workers of MMK3,600 (US$3.2) per day, setting it at the level first proposed two months ago.


EU clothing buyers should brace for higher prices

Leonie Barrie | 1 Sep 15 The depreciation of the euro against the US dollar made EU imports markedly more expensive

The average price of EU textile and clothing imports jumped by 14.2% during the first four months of 2015 – and is set to continue to rise in 2015 and 2016, new research suggests.

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Van de Velde in H1 profit hike

Uniqlo sales bounce back in August

Latest Apparel Interviews

Interview: The new age of disruption on apparel production 27 Aug 15

Leonie Barrie'Smart companies are going to survive,' says Kurt Cavano

In the first part of this two-part interview, Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus, discussed how easy access to capital and technology is shaking up the retail industry. Here he talks about its impact on apparel production.


Interview: Kurt Cavano on “the Uberfication of everything” 26 Aug 15

Leonie Barrie“There's this massive disruption that's about to take place,' says Cavano

Easy access to cheap capital, infinite computing power, and “the Uberfication of everything” are converging to create a perfect storm of disruption that's already starting to shake up the apparel retail industry, according to Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus.


INTERVIEW: G-Star RAW pushes the boundaries of denim 28 Jul 15

Michelle RussellRemco Nijs is global brand manager for Dutch jeans giant G-Star RAW

G-Star RAW thrives on innovative design, new wash and dye techniques, and sustainability - weaving these into its products and processes for the last 26 years. And for global brand manager Remco de Nijs, the edgy label's DNA continues to push the boundaries of denim.

Apparel Blog

Social media and selfies sway fashion sales

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 21 Aug 15

As if retailers didn’t have enough to contend with as they try to get to grips with doing business in a digitally-connected omni-channel world, it seems the rise of the “selfie” is also beginning to impact the way consumers shop.


Public opinion matters more than Modern Slavery Act

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 17 Aug 15

Britain’s Modern Slavery Act, which began coming into force at the end of July, sets new disclosure standards on an extraordinary number of garment businesses. But its legal niceties won’t really determine the law’s impact, says one industry observer, who believes public opinion matters more.


Race on to secure TPP agreement

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 12 Aug 15

After the latest round of TPP talks failed to clinch a deal, the race is now on to secure an agreement before the US presidential elections halt progress. Trade ministers are scrambling to try and forge a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement within two months, after a meeting of trade ministers in Hawaii failed to clinch a deal last week.

Hot Apparel Issues

Yuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms

Yuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms

Apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value the yuan to its lowest rate against the US dollar in almost three years.

Asian union development: is there another way?

Asian union development: is there another way?

The efforts of multinational brands, retailers and importers to impose minimum wages and better working conditions in their supplier factories, while good in the short run, will result in greater problems in the long run, says David Birnbaum. Instead, he proposes that customers who want to raise worker standards in their supplier factories must find a third way forward.

TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas

TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas

Defying high hopes, last month's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Hawaii failed to result in a deal, leaving US textile and apparel companies in the lurch when it comes to everything from sourcing outlooks to export scenarios. And industry executives now warn that the TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas.

What will Britain’s Modern Slavery Act achieve?

What will Britain’s Modern Slavery Act achieve?

Britain’s Modern Slavery Act (MSA), which began coming into force on 31 July, sets new disclosure standards on an extraordinary number of garment businesses. But its legal niceties won’t really determine the law’s impact.

Apparel Market Research

Global market review of lingerie - forecasts to 2020

Global market review of lingerie - forecasts to 2020

By 2020, just-style estimates that the lingerie market in total will be worth US$30.65bn at retail value, with potential growth of 3.8% over 2015. This is a welcome return to growth for an apparel sector for which performance between 2010 and 2014 was hardly dynamic. However, there are warning bells ringing, particularly for the European market. With almost 40 tables and figures, this report provides the essential facts, insights and data for lingerie's global market and supply chain... Read more

Published: July 2015 - ($1390.00)


Global market review of workwear - forecasts to 2019

Published: April 2015 - ($1390.00)


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

Published: March 2015 - ($1083.20)


Global Sports Footwear Market 2015-2019

Published: August 2015 - ($2500.00)


Myanmar's Garment Sector in 2015 - now with updated members' directory

Published: January 2015 - ($400.00)


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