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Can Gap maintain its momentum minus Larsson?

The unexpected departure of Old Navy president Stefan Larsson to become CEO of Ralph Lauren has prompted analysts to ask whether parent Gap...

Brands back Cambodia industry-wide wage bargaining

Nothing less than industry-wide collaboration will work when it comes to creating living wages in the garment industry, unions say, as talks...

Athletic players well positioned amid disruption

Deflationary pressures, the rise of Amazon and the expansion of off-price and fast fashion chains all have the potential to disrupt traditio...

Can robotics redefine apparel manufacturing?

As Wal-Mart ramps up its efforts to reshore more US clothing production, the recipient of a $2m grant from the retailer’s Innovation Fund ta...

Mitigating footwear sourcing risks in Vietnam 22 Sep 2015

Leonie Barrie

As the second largest footwear supplier to the US, Vietnam is already an important part of the production portfolio for many US footwear companies. But with growth being fuelled by the possible Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), companies eyeing the country as a sourcing destination should also be navigating potential risks.

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 22 Sep 2015

Katie Smith

More than 200 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 in 2013.

Apparel and textile production rises in key regions 17 Sep 2015

Leonie Barrie

World apparel and textile production growth in the second quarter depicts a mixed picture, reflecting wider challenges in the global economy.

Los Angeles garment industry violations “alarming” 16 Sep 2015

Michelle Russell

While most allegations of factory worker abuses focus on Asia, an “alarming” number of health and safety violations are also occurring in Los Angeles' garment industry, a new report has found, including physical violence and sexual harassment.

Bangladesh Alliance remains a "work in progress" 15 Sep 2015

Katie Smith

The group of North American brands and retailers working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories continued to make progress in their second year. But challenges remain in remediation and financing, and more work is needed if the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is to leave a legacy of safer factories in 2018.

Next says wage inflation to lead to higher prices 11 Sep 2015

Katie Smith

UK fashion retailer Next Plc is expecting to increase prices by 6% between 2016 and 2020 to cover the government's new National Living Wage and general wage inflation.

UPDATE: US apparel retailers' August 2015 sales roundup 11 Sep 2015

Katie Smith

US consumer spending was hampered by international concerns, including a China slowdown and emerging market stress, currency devaluations, and extremely volatile equity markets in August. And although back-to-school spending picked up in the latter half of the month, the majority of clothing retailers reported comparable store sales declines.

Nicaragua seeks textile investments to grow exports 7 Sep 2015

Ivan Castano Freeman

Nicaragua is seeking $160m to build a synthetic textiles manufacturing base to help double exports to $2bn in five years and offset TPL losses, government officials have told just-style.

Vietnam continues to lead US apparel import growth 4 Sep 2015

Katie Smith

Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in July, with all but one of the top ten supplier countries booking year-on-year growth. While Vietnam led the pack, posting a solid double-digit gain for a fifth consecutive month, strong gains were also recorded by China, Bangladesh and Cambodia.

What's in store for US apparel back-to-school sales? 4 Sep 2015

Katie Smith

For the second year in a row, it seems consumers are being more restrained when it comes to back-to-school shopping. But with new fashions, a shift in spending away from electronics, and a more optimistic consumer, industry analysts are cautiously optimistic for clothing retailers.

Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m 2 Sep 2015

Leonie Barrie

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.

Nicaragua apparel and footwear firms to double in size 27 Aug 2015

Ivan Castano Freeman

Nicaragua's top textile and footwear manufacturers plan to double their size in three years as the Central American nation rushes to meet rising demand from US apparel brands, industry executives have told just-style.

Will Vietnam struggle to exploit impending trade deals? 26 Aug 2015

Jens Kastner

Clothing and textile industry specialists have warned just-style that the Vietnam-European Union (EU) free-trade deal struck earlier this month may ease exports, imports and investment - but that Vietnam will be a tough base from which to operate in the impending duty-free era.

Yuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms 25 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

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 its lowest rate against the US dollar in almost three years.

IN THE MONEY: Gap bullish on China growth opportunities 25 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

US retail giant Gap Inc has said it remains bullish on its long-term growth prospects in China despite the yuan deflation, while also revealing it is on track with its strategic restructuring.

Millennials to separate apparel retail winners and losers 20 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Millennial consumers are coming of age, with UK forecasts suggesting their spending on fashion over the next five years will grow at double the rate of apparel spend overall. Which means retailers need to have a strong digital presence and sophisticated product delivery in order to benefit, according to new research.

Hong Kong apparel industry pins future on innovation 19 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

China's rise over the past two decades as the leading location for apparel sourcing has had a knock-on effect on neighbouring Hong Kong, shifting its role from that of a manufacturer to a servicing and sourcing hub. And its competitive advantage going forward is likely to lie in innovation, industry executives suggest.

Colombia pushes fabric innovation to the fore 19 Aug 2015

Ivan Castano Freeman

Colombia's textiles and apparel industry is boosting innovation with a string of brands highlighting products featuring coffee-based fibres, slimming and quick-dry benefits during the recent Colombiamoda trade fair.

IN THE MONEY: JC Penney reiterates focus on supply chain efficiency 19 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

US department store retailer JC Penney has said it will continue to focus on enhancing the efficiency of its supply chain as one of a number of levers to help drive gross margin improvement.

TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas 18 Aug 2015

Ed Zwirn

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.

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