Top ten news stories on just-style in 2012...
Instead of our regular look at the most read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top stories on just-style in 2012. From Nike's Flyknit seamless running shoes to garment factory strikes, innovation and labour problems were some of the issues that made the headlines.
- UK: Women's wear retailers urged to rethink sourcing strategies
Rising costs and pressure on margins will force women's wear retailers to rethink their pricing and sourcing strategies this year, according to new research, with British manufacturing poised to make a comeback.
- BANGLADESH: Garment exports could triple in a decade
Bangladesh has the potential to be the next apparel sourcing hotspot, and could see ready-made garment exports nearly triple within a decade as buyers move some sourcing away from China, a new report says.
- CHINA: China to become "e-commerce super power"
China is set to become the world's next e-commerce super power, overtaking the US by 2015, according to research released by luxury Chinese e-commerce group VIPStore.
- NICARAGUA: To harvest first organic cotton crop
Nicaragua is preparing to harvest its first crop of organic cotton as part of an ongoing project to boost the growth of the country's textile and apparel sector.
- US: Nike unveils Flyknit seamless running shoes
Ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, sportswear giant Nike has unveiled an ultra-lightweight and virtually seamless shoe, which it claims "redefines the idea of running footwear".
- UK: Fenn Wright Mason sold to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams
The administrators of Fenn Wright Mason have sold the business to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams, the daughter of Matalan founder John Hargreaves.
- US: Macy's lifts full-year outlook as Q3 profit rises
Department store retailer Macy's today (7 November) raised its full-year earnings guidance as it booked a 4.3% rise in third-quarter net profit, helped by its strategy of tailoring merchandise to the needs of local markets.
- US: Nike backs waterless fabric dyeing process
Sporting goods giant Nike Inc has teamed up with a Dutch textile machinery company that has developed a way to dye fabrics without using water - and says it hopes to boost the technology's uptake throughout the apparel industry.
- BANGLADESH: PVH commits $1m to improving factory safety
Apparel maker PVH Corp today (21 March) revealed plans to commit $1m to improving conditions in Bangladesh's garment factories - as an ABC News report prepares to criticise it for continuing to source clothes at a facility where dozens of workers died in a fire.
- BANGLADESH: Garment factories remain closed following strikes
Bangladesh garment factory owners have refused to reopen factories closed in the country's troubled Ashulia industrial zone until striking textile and clothing workers who vandalised their factories are brought to book.
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 ...
Adversely affected by the slowdown of domestic economy and shrinking consumption, sportswear players collectively faced increasing challenges in China in 2012. As the leader of sportswear in China, Ni...
The Rana Plaza factory disaster should be a wake-up call for everyone involved in the apparel industry - and the catalyst for real, systematic change in Bangladesh - the US Senate was told during a sp...
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...
The Warnaco and Tommy Hilfiger businesses drove a 59% surge in underlying first quarter profit at apparel giant PVH, with revenues up 36% on last year....
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which is working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of global apparel and footwear production, has launched a new interactive tool to help provide ...
Although major US companies have shown interest in importing garments from Burma/Myanmar, systems and infrastructure need to be improved and restructured before significant US-Burma clothing and texti...
- Where next for 3D design and prototyping?
- What Marks & Spencer's numbers mean for clothing
- Balance essential in garment supply chain
- Apparel buyers miss out on commodity cost savings
- Tanzania adds to Africa’s apparel sourcing mix
- Brandix named PVH ‘Global Supplier of the Year’
- Earthquake damage at Bangladesh garment factories
- Ascena Retail to buy Ann Taylor owner for $2bn
- China and India to exploit trade relationship
- AGOA delays drag on sourcing decisions