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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

The first store is to open at King of Prussia Mall in PennsylvaniaPrimark inks US lease deal with Sears Holdings 20 October 2014

UK value fashion retailer Primark has inked a deal with Sears Holdings which will see it lease space in seven stores in the US, a move that could be a sign of things to come.


Steve Madden cuts outlook after "disappointing" Q3 20 October 2014

US footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has lowered its full-year outlook on the back of "disappointing" third-quarter results.


Warm weather hits UK shopper traffic 20 October 2014

UK shopper numbers are forecast to improve in October, despite being hit by unusually warm weather in September.


Top stories last week on just-style... 20 October 2014

The most-read stories on just-style last week included a look at the impact of China tightening up on corporate social responsibility, analyst opinion on JC Penney's new CEO, and an overview of Glenn Murphy's seven-year tenure at Gap.


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 20 October 2014

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.


Blank Generation to deploy apparel PLM 20 October 2014

Design, fashion and licensing business Blank Generation has become the first US customer for South African product lifecycle management (PLM) software firm iSyncSolutions.


Lynne Tooms, senior director of quality and sourcing at George, was one of the speakers at Fashion SVP Responsible apparel sourcing requires teamwork 14 October 2014

Textile and apparel industry executives gathered in London last month to offer advice on some of the strategies they are employing how to help improve efficiency and gain a competitive edge. Responsible sourcing, nearshoring, strong partnerships, and fast response were among the issues discussed at the Fashion SVP conference. Katie Smith reports.


Many European textile and apparel producers are looking to invest in new machinery and people European suppliers see investment key to new business 10 October 2014

High prices, lack of government investment and an ageing workforce are among the challenges faced by European textile and garment producers. But exhibitors at the annual Fashion SVP sourcing event in London are choosing to invest in new machinery and people in the hope of opening up new opportunities. Katie Smith takes a closer look.


Top stories this week on just-style... 10 October 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the news that Prada has acquired a French leather tannery, an analysis on how product lifecycle management (PLM) systems can speed up processes from design to delivery, and plans by China's Jiangsu Lianfa to build US$44m a textile plant in Kenya.


Rana Plaza Trust Fund makes first compensation payments 8 October 2014

The first round of compensation payments to the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, including the families and dependents of those who were killed in the tragedy.


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