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Katie Smith

Katie SmithBiography

In her role as news editor at just-style, Katie Smith oversees the site's daily news feed, researching and writing news and analyses, tracking down exclusive stories, and interviewing industry executives for their insight into the key stories.  

With a post-graduate qualification in magazine journalism, Katie honed her business knowledge on just-style's sister titles just-food and just-auto.

Articles by Katie Smith

Lee ReThink has resulted in savings of 44% in waterVF Corp's Lee ReThink taps into sustainable supply chain 3 July 2015

Jeans produced under VF Corp's Lee ReThink denim programme in China - which aims to improve sustainability at every stage of the supply chain - require around 1,100 less gallons of water to produce compared to a typical pair of Lee jeans.

Top stories this week on just-style... 3 July 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include news that Myanmar has introduced its first minimum wage for garment workers, Marks & Spencer is to launch a supply human rights policy, and Adidas has developed its first shoe upper made from ocean waste.

Late discounting was unable to lift fashion sales in June Late discounting fails to lift UK fashion sales in June 3 July 2015

Late discounting was unable to lift UK fashion sales in June, as many consumers remained reluctant to increase overall spending on the high street.

Gerber debuts new fabric spreading and cutting table 3 July 2015

Gerber Technology has introduced a new fabric spreading and cutting table which it says will optimise processes for apparel manufacturers and make it easier for operators to move materials.

Textured Jersey is set to become the only Sri Lankan-based multinational fabric mill Textured Jersey to buy Ocean India for $15m 2 July 2015

Textured Jersey Lanka (TJL), one of Sri Lanka’s leading textile mills, is to acquire knit fabric manufacturer Ocean India for US$15m, a move that will make it the only Sri Lankan-based multinational fabric mill and a leading textile player in South Asia.

Off-price segment growth is set to range from 6-8% over the next five yearsOff-price to outperform US apparel sector 2 July 2015

Off-price apparel is set to continue to outperform the overall US apparel and home sector for at least the next five years, a new report suggests.

Cooler weather weighed on UniqloCooler weather halts Uniqlo June sales growth 2 July 2015

Cooler weather led to a double-digit decline in June sales for casual clothing brand Uniqlo, ending two consecutive months of growth.

Cady has outlined VFVF pushes ahead on chemicals management 1 July 2015

A chemical management programme developed by apparel giant VF Corp to identify and eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from its supply chain has been rolled out to eight countries - with work now underway to extend the initiative industry-wide.

Conference to address future prospects for fibres 1 July 2015

The impact of sustainability challenges, global health issues, and lifestyle and demographic changes on demand for raw materials, fibres and textiles as well as the location of supply chains, will be addressed at a conference in Italy later this year.

From left to right: Aaron Davenport, MD of SK Capital Partners; and Christian Fischer,
president of BASF’s performance chemicals divisionArchroma closes BASF textile chemicals takeover 1 July 2015

Specialty chemicals company Archroma has completed its acquisition of BASF's global textile chemicals business, which it says will help businesses prosper as the industry undergoes “transformational change”.

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