• Why Inditex is

    Why Inditex is "clear winner" in the fast fashion space

    Spanish retail giant Inditex, owner of the Zara brand, is the clear winner in the fast fashion space, analysts believe, with the competitive distance between the company and its peers continuing to increase thanks to its efficient business model.

  • Patagonia wool standard goes

    Patagonia wool standard goes "above and beyond"

    Nearly a year after deciding to re-build its wool programme after an investigation exposed "extreme cruelty" at one of its main suppliers, US outdoor brand Patagonia has developed its own wool standard.

  • China remains powerhouse for footwear sourcing

    China remains powerhouse for footwear sourcing

    China looks set to remain the powerhouse of global footwear manufacturing and a key supplier to the US, despite Vietnam gaining ground, a new report has found.

  • Brexit blow to global apparel industry confidence

    Brexit blow to global apparel industry confidence

    It is likely to be at least two years before the global apparel industry fully understands the implications of last month's vote by the UK to sever ties with the European Union (EU), according to a new survey carried out by just-style.

  • Inventory project sparks Kmart shut-down rumours

    Inventory project sparks Kmart shut-down rumours

    US retail giant Sears Holdings has denied media reports that it plans to close all of its Kmart stores and that the chain is facing bankruptcy after staff were seen moving merchandise out of the stockrooms and onto the sales floor.

Latest Apparel Insights

The Under Armour Sportswear brand will launch in September

Under Armour makes lifestyle push with new brand

Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour is evolving thanks to the launch of a new brand that will broaden its appeal to a more m...

Zara's business model drives value rather than volume gains

Why Inditex is "clear winner" in fast fashion

Spanish retail giant Inditex, owner of the Zara brand, is the clear winner in the fast fashion space, analysts believe, with the competitive...

China is increasingly negotiating on price

China remains powerhouse for footwear sourcing

China looks set to remain the powerhouse of global footwear manufacturing and a key supplier to the US, despite Vietnam gaining ground, a ne...

Four in ten respondents suggest it will take up to two years before the implications of the Brexit vote are fully understood

Brexit blow to global apparel industry confidence

It is likely to be at least two years before the global apparel industry fully understands the implications of last month's vote by the UK t...

Sir Philip Green's reputation as the 'king of retail' is lying in ruins

Sir Philip Green blamed for the collapse of BHS

"What kind of man is it who can count his fortune in billions but does not know what decent behaviour is?" The words of Rt Hon Frank Field M...

Zara is 'virtually vertically integrated' with its supply chain

Why fast fashion isn't a case of one size fits all

The fast fashion model, in all its guises, is ensuring some retailers thrive in spite of challenging market conditions. Here, Bob McKee, ind...


Brexit Trade Focus – How does a CANZ-UK FTA stack up? 22 Jul 16

As the UK government prepares the ground for new post-Brexit free trade deals, Mike Flanagan will, over the coming months, be evaluating their potential impact on the garment industry. Here he begins by looking at the first proposed deals with Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


Will Brexit trigger rise in UK manufacturing? 20 Jul 16

Brexit and its likely implications for UK manufacturing were a key talking point at this year's Fashion SVP event, held just days after the UK voted to withdraw from the European Union (EU).

Thought Leaders


Major Apparel News

Patagonia wool standard goes "above and beyond"

Leonie Barrie | 28 Jul 16 Audits will be carried out during the shearing process

Nearly a year after deciding to re-build its wool programme after an investigation exposed "extreme cruelty" at one of its main suppliers, US outdoor brand Patagonia has developed its own wool standard.


Ananta Group hits back at Bangladesh union claims

Michelle Russell | 28 Jul 16

A Bangladesh garment factory group has defended itself over union claims it had attempted to relocate workers, failed to make bonus payments and that one of its officers had "tortured" a pregnant worker.


Inventory project sparks Kmart shut-down rumours

Beth Wright | 28 Jul 16 Kmart's new inventory replenishment process sees deliveries directed to store shelves instead of stock rooms

US retail giant Sears Holdings has denied media reports that it plans to close all of its Kmart stores and that the chain is facing bankruptcy after staff were seen moving merchandise out of the stockrooms and onto the sales floor.

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Latest Apparel Interviews

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.


Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts 26 Apr 16

Leonie BarrieGuido Schlossmann, president and CEO of Synergies Worldwide

An apparel industry at a crossroads and an intertwined network of challenges and opportunities are among the issues facing Guido Schlossmann as he takes the helm of low-cost fast fashion sourcing specialist Synergies Worldwide. Unravelling this complexity requires a new, more global and integrated look at the industry, he tells just-style.

Apparel Blog

Long-term look at Vietnam sourcing post-TPP

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 18 Jul 16

Now that both the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and official trade statistics for 2015 have been released, we take another look at the likely impact of TPP's tariff phase-out schedule on US textile and apparel imports from Vietnam.


Dhaka attack deals new blow to Bangladesh

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 16

Two terrorist attacks in Bangladesh over the past week have left the country's key garment industry in turmoil, with buyers rethinking travel plans and potential economic fallout for a sector reliant on foreign investment. Observers say the sector must now join with the government in taking a lead on security and economic issues if it is to continue to thrive and attract customers.


Industry weighs up impact of Brexit

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 4 Jul 16

Britain's historic vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) has left retailers and manufacturers mulling the consequences as the nation prepares for a long period of political and economic uncertainty.

Hot Apparel Issues

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?

Britain votes for Brexit – what happens next?

Britain votes for Brexit – what happens next?

Britain's vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) after more than four decades marks the start of a very long process to unravel itself from the network of institutions and bureaucracy in Brussels.

Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins

Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins

Significant structural changes are needed across the apparel supply chain in order to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model that will help retailers improve margins, analysts have said.

Apparel Market Research

Global Technical Textiles Business Update - June 2016

Global Technical Textiles Business Update - June 2016

This report provides a round-up of recent corporate developments in the global technical textiles sector... Read more

Published: July 2016 - ($550.00)


Wearable Sensors 2016-2026: Market Forecasts, Technologies, Players

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Central America strategic sourcing review - a focus on Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

Published: July 2016 - ($900.00)


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

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The World Nonwovens Industry: Part 2 - 20 Medium Sized Producers - June 2016

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