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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

UPDATE: Adidas seeking to resolve footwear supplier dispute 28 August 2015

Sporting goods giant Adidas Group says it has "actively" sought to help resolve a dispute at a subcontractor to one of its Indonesian footwear suppliers, even though it had no active business relationship with the factory when around 1,300 workers were dismissed three years ago.


Top stories this week on just-style... 28 August 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the potential impact of China's currency devaluation on garment imports and exports, whether Vietnam has the skills and capacity to cope with its impending trade deals, and an interview with Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of GT Nexus on apparel industry disruptors.


UK consumer confidence maintains momentum 28 August 2015

Confidence among UK consumers rose in August, helped by house price inflation, improving employment prospects, and lower day-to-day living costs and interest rates.


Products are expected to launch in spring 2016Cherokee inks licensing deal with 5 Horizons 27 August 2015

Global brand management business Cherokee Global Brands has entered into a licensing deal with 5 Horizons Group for its Everyday California brand.


Clothing continued to boost overall UK retail sales in August Clothing continues to drive UK retail sales growth 26 August 2015

Clothing remained one of the largest contributors to overall UK retail sales growth in August, as it continued to report strong increases, albeit lower than the prior month.


Luen Thai to continue investment in Vietnam 26 August 2015

Luen Thai Holdings says Vietnam will continue to be the country of choice for apparel manufacturing in the foreseeable future, thanks to prospects associated with the expected passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.


Nine West buys former Canadian licensee 26 August 2015

Nine West Holdings has acquired the retail and wholesale businesses of its former licensee Sherson Group, which previously held the rights to the Nine West, Anne Klein and Easy Spirit brands in Canada.


Gap is bullish on its opportunity in ChinaIN THE MONEY: Gap bullish on China growth opportunities 25 August 2015

US retail giant Gap Inc has said it remains bullish on its long-term growth prospects in China despite the yuan deflation, while also revealing it is on track with its strategic restructuring.


Charles Vögele "on track" despite wider H1 loss 25 August 2015

Swiss fashion retailer Charles Vögele has said its transformation remains on track despite seeing its first-half loss more than doubled, hurt by currency headwinds.


Pacific Brands looks to develop lean supply chain 25 August 2015

Australian apparel group Pacific Brands has said it will develop a sustainable, lean global supply chain and mitigate the impact of foreign exchange on its margins after narrowing its full-year loss.


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