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Official data shows recent growth in some textile production in the UK

What's behind Britain’s apparel export boom?

When it comes to apparel-making in Britain, there's one thing we all think we know: there isn't very much of it. But Britain's official trad...

For many years, retailers' response to falling demand has been to simply slash prices

Apparel retail in the age of austerity

What's wrong with retail these days? asks Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc. Like some slow-motion car wreck, global apparel re...

The evoPOWER Vigor 1 was developed in partnership with Covestro and uses Puma's Accufoam technology

Texprocess & Techtextil 2017 – Material innovation

A number of new smart fibre and fabric concepts were on show alongside eco-innovations for more sustainable clothing and footwear at last we...

Cambodia has skills shortages across all industries, including clothing

Cambodia clothing sector faces up to skills gap

Cambodia's apparel industry – of critical importance to its national economy – is struggling to retain experienced workers, which means the...

Fashion supply chains are being put under a relentless public spotlight

'Who Made My Clothes?' will redefine supply chains

24 April marked the anniversary of the horrific collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the years since,...

Sustainability across production from fibres to finishes was one of the key discussion points at the recent Kingpins Amsterdam

Technology and sustainability help transform denim

Technological innovation continues to transform every step of the jeans industry from fibre blends, alternatives to indigo dyes, use of sust...

Brazil's textile and apparel recovery shifts into gear 11 May 17

Brazil's textile and apparel sector expects to generate 10,000 jobs this year and lift revenues by 1% to BRL123bn ($39bn) as Latin America's largest economy begins to emerge from its worst recession in history. 

Bangladesh Accord – New phase should protect unions 11 May 17

Apparel companies involved in a widely hailed effort to protect garment workers in Bangladesh factories from harm need to take another step to make sure the gains are sustainable. Making that happen depends in large part on workers' ability to organise and to call out dangerous conditions without fear of being beaten or fired, says Aruna Kashyap, senior counsel for the women's rights division of Human Rights Watch. 

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US textile sector welcomes NAFTA renegotiations

Michelle Russell | 19 May 17

The US textile industry has welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to renegotiate NAFTA, saying it is in America's national interest to modernise the trade agreement.

"Disastrous" Q4 as Ralph Lauren moves to a loss

Beth Wright | 19 May 17 In the three months ended 1 April, net loss on a reported basis accounted to US$204m, compared to net income of $41.3m in the year-ago period

Ralph Lauren Corporation has posted what one analyst has dubbed a "disastrous" set of results for its final quarter after the company moved to a loss in the period and sales saw a sharp double-digit decline.

Why now is the time to empower workers in Ethiopia

Leonie Barrie | 18 May 17 Women represent 85-90% of the apparel workforce

As international apparel brands and retailers eye Ethiopia’s potential as a global sourcing hub, research is also underway to look at the best ways to ensure the new jobs created empower women workers.

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Fashion industry's environmental pulse scores low

Smart factory investment fuelling productivity

Clarks FY profit plunges on sterling weakness

Wage initiative is recognised by G20

More effort required in Bangladesh RMG sector

G-III Apparel inks DKNY deal in US and Canada

US Q1 in brief – JC Penney, Foot Locker

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Latest Apparel Interviews

Ethiopia sets its sights on $30bn apparel exports 3 May 17

Leonie BarrieDr Arkebe Oqubay is the visionary leader driving Ethiopia's textile and apparel growth strategy

Ethiopia is raising the bar on its garment and textile ambitions, targeting exports worth $30bn by 2025: a huge goal for a country whose annual shipments currently sit at just $115m. Speaking for the first time about the plans, Dr Arkebe Oqubay, a minister and special advisor to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, shares with just-style the "bold vision" he believes will transform this East African nation into a compelling new sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

How KiK is raising the bar on working conditions – Interview 11 Apr 17

Leonie BarrieAnsgar Lohmann, head of the Corporate Social Responsibility department at KiK Textil and Non-Food GmbH (KiK)

After garments made for KiK were found at each of the factories involved in the apparel industry’s biggest tragedies, the low-cost German clothing chain is on a mission to raise the bar on working conditions within its supply chain. Recent developments include legally binding audits at supplier factories, and the extension of building safety assessments to Pakistan, as Ansgar Lohmann, head of KiK’s Corporate Social Responsibility department, explains.

The "power of the many" drives change at Otto Group – Interview 22 Feb 17

Beth WrightAndreas Streubig, sustainability division manager at the Otto Group

With pressure mounting on apparel brands and retailers to give more weight to sustainability and social responsibility in their sourcing decisions, Andreas Streubig, sustainability division manager at German mail order and e-commerce giant Otto Group, is convinced that collaboration and the "power of the many" is key to driving lasting change.

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Cutting edge technology defining apparel industry

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

Cutting-edge textile processing products including a new technology for dyeing yarns in a more sustainable manner and a digitalised sewing machine set up via a touchscreen or app, were among the most exciting developments at last week's Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ethiopia apparel and textile industry making massive gains

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 8 May 17

just-style's editor Leonie Barrie recently visited Ethiopia to see for herself the massive developments taking place to elevate this East African nation into a compelling new garment and textile sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

Collaboration remains a challenge

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 3 May 17

Collaboration between retailers, brands and their suppliers is a mission critical element in developing a slicker and more cost-effective supply chain. But in an increasingly complex fashion environment, putting it into practice is still a considerable challenge.

Hot Apparel Issues

Apparel made in Ethiopia

Apparel made in Ethiopia

just-style’s editor Leonie Barrie recently visited Ethiopia to see for herself the massive developments taking place to elevate this East African nation into a compelling new garment and textile sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

Rana Plaza - Four year anniversary

Rana Plaza - Four year anniversary

On the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry.

PSF 2017 – Navigating the perfect storm in fashion sourcing

PSF 2017 – Navigating the perfect storm in fashion sourcing

Global political frictions and economic uncertainty, investment in automation and efficiencies, digitalisation, data and skills shortages are among the challenges facing today’s apparel sourcing executives.

Primark challenges critics with India cotton initiative

Primark challenges critics with India cotton initiative

With the aim of ensuring all cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, Primark is adamant having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices is not at odds with efforts to improve ethical standards in its supply chain.

Apparel Market Research

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2022

This ever-popular report summarises the global production and market consumption of denim jeanswear worldwide. In this edition of the report, just-style has combined the idea of fashionability with that of price, in the form of a price-fashion matrix. Fashionability is a very subjective issue in clothing, and no more so than in the jeans sector. What is one person’s commodity, a five pocket Western jean, may be high fashion to another because of a change to cut, such as straight leg, or skinny, or flared... Read more

Published: April 2017 - ($1390.00)

Global Licensing Trends in Children’s Apparel and Footwear

Published: April 2017 - ($1325.00)

Clothing Market in Singapore to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts

Published: March 2017 - ($525.01)

Clothing Market in the Top 5 African Countries to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts

Published: March 2017 - ($2025.05)

Menswear Market in United States to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts

Published: March 2017 - ($525.01)

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