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Slow fashion: a fast-growing opportunity?

Decidedly at odds with fast fashion, the slow fashion movement offers an alternative to mass-produced clothing and is steadily gaining momen...

African apparel sector needs cooperation to thrive

Greater integration and cooperation among African states is needed to boost business and investment in the continent's cotton, textiles and...

UK fashion sector prospects depend on partnerships

Another industry event looking at prospects for the British fashion industry has homed in on the need for partnership and collaboration if t...

US retailers to face logistics issues into 2015

On top of mounting concerns over the impact of worsening delays on shipments of holiday merchandise arriving at US west coast ports, analyst...

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.

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 11 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.

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.

Fashion's new frontiers: what's next for retail? 3 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

The massive growth in internet use and consumer connectivity is one of the biggest trends - and challenges - facing retailers right now. Insight on embracing change from Google UK, as well as tackling the "massive problem" of online returns, and the emergence of 3D printing as a worrying new front for counterfeiters, were all discussed at a recent industry conference.

Fashion's new frontiers: managing sourcing risk 31 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

Faced with an increasingly complex sourcing environment, more volatility and less predictable consumer demand, retailers and brands are having to navigate higher levels of risk in their apparel supply chains. But finding the right solution is a complex trade-off between high risk, low cost and value.

Apparel retailers react to India forced labour allegations 30 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

A number of retailers have responded to allegations of "forced labour" amongst female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M blacklisting one of the five named.

Who has signed up to the Greenpeace Detox Campaign - update 30 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

In 2011, Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report, which found toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China supplying global apparel firms. Since then, the environmental pressure group has been calling on clothing brands to remove hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products by 2020 as part of its Detox challenge.

Wearable technology a key trend for 2015 29 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Wearable technology, synced mobile devices, the growing on-demand culture of the digital world, and an increasing awareness of corporate misbehaviour are all trends expected to come to the fore next year, a new report suggests.

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