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US footwear trade and sourcing snapshot

The US trade deficit in footwear rose 4% to US$23.8bn last year on the back of a sizeable increase in imports and a marginal drop in exports...

China's apparel sector ponders sustainability

China's clothing and textile manufacturers want to create a sustainable industry unreliant on cheap labour and poor environmental performanc...

US textile and apparel trade and sourcing snapshot

A snapshot of the current state of play in US textile and apparel trade shows imports last year rebounded from a modest decline in 2012, ret...

Rethink needed as low-cost labour options dwindle

Apparel businesses need to end the race from one low-cost sourcing country to another and rethink their entire sourcing philosophy in the fu...

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 27 Nov 2014

Katie Smith

More than 180 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people last year.

Customer input "part of the process" at Gerber Technology 25 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

To ensure its customers are "part of the process" when it comes to developing its CAD and PLM solutions, Gerber Technology's annual Ideation event gives them a platform to help set the agenda for future products. This year, faster development, improved workflow and better visibility were among the challenges up for discussion.

Slow fashion: a fast-growing opportunity? 24 Nov 2014

Michelle Russell

Decidedly at odds with fast fashion, the slow fashion movement offers an alternative to mass-produced clothing and is steadily gaining momentum. But while some believe more work is required if the message is to really take off, others see it as an ideal opportunity for middle market players.

African apparel sector needs cooperation to thrive 21 Nov 2014

Bertha M Rinjeu

Greater integration and cooperation among African states is needed to boost business and investment in the continent's cotton, textiles and apparel sector, a three-day industry conference in Nairobi, Kenya, has been told.

UK fashion sector prospects depend on partnerships 20 Nov 2014

Katie Smith

Another industry event looking at prospects for the British fashion industry has homed in on the need for partnership and collaboration if the sector is to thrive once more. Industry experts suggest working together on domestic manufacturing, rebuilding sector skills and technology trends, reports Katie Smith.

US retailers to face logistics issues into 2015 19 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

On top of mounting concerns over the impact of worsening delays on shipments of holiday merchandise arriving at US west coast ports, analysts are now warning retailers and manufacturers to expect tighter capacity and higher shipping rates to persist into 2015.

New wage ladder lifts garment workers towards living wages 19 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

An online tool to help apparel brands, retailers and manufacturers work towards improved wages for garment workers in global supply chains has been updated in a move that marks another step towards the eventual provision of a living wage.

New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles 17 Nov 2014

Debra Cobb

Driving meaningful change towards sustainability in textiles within organisations, within the industry, and with consumers topped the agenda at last week's Textile Exchange Conference.

Uzbekistan forces more adults into 2014 cotton harvest 17 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

The Uzbekistan government has continued to use "systematic, mass forced labour" in this year's cotton harvest, campaigners say, claiming more adults had to work against their will to make up for a reduction in the number of children in the fields.

IN THE MONEY: New Look to continue to build global brand 17 Nov 2014

Katie Smith

UK value fashion retailer New Look has said it will continue to focus on its strategy of building a global brand, despite puling out of Russia and Ukraine due to ongoing political uncertainty. And according to CEO Anders Kristiansen, the group is in better shape than six months ago and is making "good headway" in all aspects of the business.

Cambodia employers and unions unhappy at wage rise 14 Nov 2014

Poorna Rodrigo

Trade unions and employers in Cambodia's garment sector are denouncing the government's new US$128 minimum monthly wage for the clothing textile and footwear industry.

ANALYSIS: Port problems lead to US apparel supply bottleneck 12 Nov 2014

Craig Howie

American apparel retailers, distributors and manufacturers are being hit hard by delays at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and concerns are intensifying as the festive shopping period approaches.

Bangladesh slips as US imports surge in September 10 Nov 2014

Katie Smith

US apparel imports surged in September as retailers continued to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption to shipments due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports. Four of the top-ten supplier countries - China, Vietnam, Indonesia and India - saw strong double-digit gains, but Bangladesh sank for the seventh month in a row.

Port shutdown fears add to US apparel headwinds 7 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

US businesses are urging the government to intervene in the ongoing dispute at US west coast ports, amid worsening delays on shipments of holiday merchandise and fears a total shutdown may be imminent.

Trade efforts and port bottlenecks top US apparel concerns 7 Nov 2014

Ed Zwirn

Will America's mid-term elections this week make it more difficult to secure agreement on the critically important Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? That was one of the questions considered by US clothing industry leaders meeting in New York on Wednesday (5 November).

US apparel retailers' October 2014 sales roundup 7 Nov 2014

Katie Smith

October proved to be another mixed bag for US apparel retailers. While the majority reported comparable store sales gains thanks to an improving economy and strong consumer demand, others were impacted by warmer weather during the month.

China's Xinjiang steps up efforts to lure garment companies 6 Nov 2014

Elsa Reed

The Xinjiang regional government in China's north west is pushing ahead with its planned US$3.2bn package of incentives to attract investment from textile and garment companies, just-style has learnt.

M&S says women's wear target market "bang on" 5 Nov 2014

Michelle Russell

UK retailer Marks & Spencer says it is "bang on" with the target market for its women's wear, and that it feels it now has the right focus to move the division forward to higher growth.

Hanesbrands gears up to grow DBApparel in Europe 4 Nov 2014

Michelle Russell

US apparel maker Hanesbrands is gearing up to integrate newly-acquired DBApparel into its business using its its Innovate-to-Elevate platform and low-cost global supply chain as a lever for growth.

Kohl's cranks up efforts to reverse sluggish sales 3 Nov 2014

Michelle Russell

US department store retailer Kohl's Corporation last week held its first investor day for seven years, setting out detailed plans for future growth. Building on an agenda announced earlier this year, analysts say the new initiatives are necessary and overdue.

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