Top ten interviews on just-style in 2012...
Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were Ranjan Mahtani, CEO of Epic Group; Henry Tan, CEO of Luen Thai Holdings; Andrew Lo, CEO of Crystal Group; and Marks & Spencer's Kate Bostock and Steven Sharp.
- Speaking with style: Ranjan Mahtani, CEO, Epic Group
Faced with what he describes as a "never-ending battle" against rising costs, Ranjan Mahtani, the CEO of Hong Kong based apparel supplier Epic Group, is in fighting mood.
- Spotlight on... M&S bolsters design and merchandise teams
After Marks & Spencer admitted to being caught short in women's wear during the fourth-quarter, it has moved to bolster its design and merchandise teams as well as ramping up the amount of clothing it sources on a fast-fashion basis. M&S executive director of general merchandise, Kate Bostock, spoke to journalists about its clothing strategy yesterday (22 May) on the sidelines of the retailer's annual results.
- Speaking with style: Fernando Capellán, founder and president, Grupo M
With apparel manufacturing operations bridging the Dominican Republic and neighbouring Haiti, Grupo M's co-production model is an exemplary example of trade preferences in action. Here company founder and president Fernando Capellán tells just-style about the opportunities that lie ahead.
- Speaking with style: Henry Tan, CEO, Luen Thai Holdings (Part I)
Luen Thai Holdings is Hong Kong's largest listed garment firm, with 34,000 employees, revenues of around US$1bn and a flagship business that produces over 80m garments a year - as well as footwear and bags - from production bases in China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Cambodia. In the first of two articles based on a conversation with just-style managing editor Leonie Barrie at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, CEO Henry Tan calls for industry-wide collaboration in a bid to increase efficiency and offset rising costs in the apparel supply chain.
- M&S trying to change the way consumers buy clothes
The UK's biggest clothing retailer Marks & Spencer hopes to recycle up to 350 million garments a year under a new scheme that calls on its customers to donate one item of clothing every time they buy another. Executive director of marketing, Steven Sharp, spoke to Petah Marian about the new Shwopping initiative, launched today (26 April) in partnership with Oxfam.
- Speaking with style: Andrew Lo, CEO, Crystal Group
Hong Kong based Crystal Group is one of Asia's largest apparel manufacturers, producing more than 230m garments a year for customers including Victoria's Secret, Levi's, A&F, H&M, M&S, Uniqlo, JC Penney and Gap. Here CEO Andrew Lo talks to just-style about supply chain consolidation, productivity, setting up offshore factories, and why big is better when it comes to building a competitive edge.
- Speaking with style: Gemma Metheringham, MD, Karen Millen
Karen Millen managing director Gemma Metheringham is powering ahead with ambitious international and online expansion plans for the fashion brand, despite the firm's eponymous founder launching a legal battle for the name.
- Speaking with style: Henry Tan, CEO, Luen Thai Holdings (Part II)
In the second of two articles based on a conversation with just-style managing editor Leonie Barrie at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, Henry Tan, the CEO of Hong Kong's largest listed garment firm Luen Thai Holdings, talks about the push into new production bases and the changing role of China.
- Spotlight on...Trinity reveals ambitions for Gieves & Hawkes
Following the acquisition of UK men's wear tailor Gieves & Hawkes in April this year, Hong Kong-based Trinity Ltd today (18 July) outlined its aspirations for the British heritage brand. Petah Marian reports.
Some 190 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 yea...
Closing the loop in the clothing supply chain is continuing to make progress, with more brands beginning to launch products that use recycled fibres. ...
Retailer Marks & Spencer issued a rallying cry for sustainability at its Plan A supplier conference today, where former US vice president and environmental activist Al Gore talked about some of the is...
The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group has launched version two of its Joint Roadmap, aimed at attaining a "new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwea...
Textile and garment industry workers in Jordan have reached an agreement with two employer associations that should lead to better working conditions....
A double-digit hike in corporate apparel sales and a 4.4% rise in retail revenues helped retailer Men's Wearhouse to post a 23% increase in first quarter net profit....
Canadian department store retailer Hudson's Bay has seen its first-quarter losses narrow to CAD80.7m (US$79.4m) for the 13 weeks to 4 May, boosted by strong sales at its namesake stores growth as well...
H&M Hennes & Mauritz recorded flat comparable sales during May, as macroeconomic challenges and poor weather in many of the company's major markets dampened growth....
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