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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

Collaboration is key to the future of the smart textiles sector Collaboration key to the future of smart textiles 27 April 2016

A lack of collaboration between the textile and electronic industries continues to be one of the main obstacles to progress in smart garments, experts believe, although once this happens they could enter the mass market within five to ten years.


Aeropostale is not going to appeal the delisting determination Aeropostale delisted from New York Stock Exchange 25 April 2016

Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has been delisted by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) due to its "abnormally low" trading price, amid reports it is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.


The organisational changes are designed to drive further growth Nike promotes Spillane to product and merchandising role  25 April 2016

US sporting goods giant Nike has promoted Michael Spillane to the position of president of product and merchandising as one of a number of changes designed to drive further growth.


Some 1,138 workers were killed when the Rana Plaza building collapsed three years agoRana Plaza three years on – Timeline of change 22 April 2016

Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.


Acquisitions boost Hanesbrands Q1 profit  22 April 2016

Hanesbrands, one of the world's largest underwear and activewear apparel manufacturers, has posted first-quarter profit and sales growth, driven by its recent acquisitions. 


Top stories this week on just-style... 22 April 2016

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the news that Austin Reed has been acquired by Alteri Investors, a new worker training tool launched in China, and a new transparency index reveals a large number of global apparel companies are still operating with little knowledge or control of their supply chains. 


Oxford Industries buys Southern Tide for $85m 22 April 2016

US clothing business Oxford Industries is expanding its portfolio by acquiring lifestyle apparel brand Southern Tide in a deal worth US$85m. 


Retailers will be hoping their summer lines will lure consumers into storesUK retail sales "sluggish" in March  21 April 2016

With the weather improving, UK retailers will be hoping their new summer lines can lure consumers back into stores this month, after clothing sales continued on their downward trajectory in March. 


Unifi posts mixed Q3 performance  21 April 2016

US yarn manufacturer Unifi posted a mixed third-quarter performance, with both profit and sales falling due to the devaluation of the Brazilian real and the timing of the Easter holidays, while gross margin improved thanks to its international segment. 


The factory is set to complete in the first quarter of 2017Swedish company starts work on closed loop plant 21 April 2016

A Swedish technology company has started the construction of a closed loop recycling plant that will convert old textiles into textile pulp to produce new clothing.


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