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Speaking with style: Harry van Dalfsen, president, IAF 6 Sep 2012

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The theme of change resonates loudly with Harry van Dalfsen, who took on the role of president of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) two years ago at the height of the global economic crisis. Not surprisingly, ‘Fashion business in a changing environment’ is also the focus of the upcoming IAF World Apparel Convention, which takes place later this month.


Speaking with style: Andrew Lo, CEO, Crystal Group 31 Aug 2012

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Hong Kong based Crystal Group is one of Asia's largest apparel manufacturers, producing more than 230m garments a year for customers including Victoria's Secret, Levi's, A&F, H&M, M&S, Uniqlo, JC Penney and Gap. Here CEO Andrew Lo talks to just-style about supply chain consolidation, productivity, setting up offshore factories, and why big is better when it comes to building a competitive edge.


Speaking with style: Fernando Capellán, founder and president, Grupo M 31 Jul 2012

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With apparel manufacturing operations bridging the Dominican Republic and neighbouring Haiti, Grupo M's co-production model is an exemplary example of trade preferences in action. Here company founder and president Fernando Capellán tells just-style about the opportunities that lie ahead.


Speaking with style: Stella Bray, Wal-Mart director of ethical sourcing 14 Jun 2012

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Wal-Mart's Supplier Development Programme, which helps to improve working conditions and develop socially and environmentally friendly practices in factories the US retail giant sources from, was launched in November 2011. The retailer's director of ethical sourcing, Stella Bray, spoke with Petah Marian about the initiative.


Speaking with style: Henry Tan, CEO, Luen Thai Holdings (Part I) 9 May 2012

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Luen Thai Holdings is Hong Kong's largest listed garment firm, with 34,000 employees, revenues of around US$1bn and a flagship business that produces over 80m garments a year - as well as footwear and bags - from production bases in China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Cambodia. In the first of two articles based on a conversation with just-style managing editor Leonie Barrie at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, CEO Henry Tan calls for industry-wide collaboration in a bid to increase efficiency and offset rising costs in the apparel supply chain.


Speaking with style: Henry Tan, CEO, Luen Thai Holdings (Part II) 9 May 2012

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In the second of two articles based on a conversation with just-style managing editor Leonie Barrie at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, Henry Tan, the CEO of Hong Kong's largest listed garment firm Luen Thai Holdings, talks about the push into new production bases and the changing role of China.


Speaking with style: Francisco Sánchez, US Department of Commerce 11 Apr 2012

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New bilateral trade deals struck by the Obama administration with South Korea, Panama and Columbia should have a positive impact on the US textile and clothing sector, Francisco Sánchez, Under-Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, tells just-style.


Speaking with style: Ranjan Mahtani, CEO, Epic Group 28 Feb 2012

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Faced with what he describes as a "never-ending battle" against rising costs, Ranjan Mahtani, the CEO of Hong Kong based apparel supplier Epic Group, is in fighting mood. But what is also clear is his concern that the apparel industry's current preoccupation with price leaves it in danger of failing to see an even bigger and more worrying issue: the lack of new supply countries coming through.


Speaking with style: Mike Shearwood, CEO, Aurora Fashions 8 Dec 2011

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Women's wear retailer Aurora Fashions, owner of the Coast, Warehouse and Oasis brands, has moved beyond multichannel retail to something that CEO Mike Shearwood describes as "omnichannel". Here he tells just-style in an exclusive interview how this strategy is having wide-ranging impacts across the retailer's business, from ensuring a seamless offer to opening up inventory across multiple channels.


Speaking with style: Bernie Brookes, CEO, Myer 7 Nov 2011

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Bernie Brookes, the CEO of Myer, Australia's largest department store chain, speaks to just-style about how the retailer is working to improve its operations and tempt shoppers into its stores.


Speaking with style: Michael Massey, CEO, Collective Brands 20 Oct 2011

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Footwear retailer Collective Brands is in a state of flux, on the one hand announcing plans to shutter almost 500 stores in the US, but on the other inking deals to expand its distribution in a number of emerging markets. Here CEO Michael Massey speaks to just-style's Petah Marian about how the company is developing its presence overseas and online.


Speaking with style: Kim Glas, US Department of Commerce 20 Sep 2011

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The US is "well on its way" to expanding textile and apparel exports by 15% a year by 2014, particularly to Western trading partners in the Americas, according to Kim Glas, deputy assistant secretary for textiles and apparel at the US Department of Commerce. She tells just-style that shipments could rise to nearly $30bn in the next three years.


Speaking with style: Aidan O'Meara, president, VF Asia Pacific 18 Aug 2011

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The easing of cotton costs this year has lifted the price pressure on major brands, according to VF Asia Pacific president Aidan O'Meara. And he tells just-style that the stellar growth of VF's brands across the region is continuing apace, offsetting headwinds that include increased competition, rising wages, inflation, and a more challenging Chinese economic outlook.


Speaking with style: Dr Harry Lee, CEO of TAL Apparel 26 Jul 2011

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TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers, has turned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into an opportunity to do things differently. Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tells just-style how the Hong Kong based firm's long-time focus on efficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping to combat rising costs and set it apart from the competition.


Speaking with style: Abi Rushton, founder of Ethical Expert 27 Jun 2011

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With 20 years of experience across manufacturing, retail and international development to her name, Abi Rushton is well-placed to help steer apparel sourcing strategies of the future. just-style news editor Joe Ayling found out more in the first part of an extended inteview on the global supply chain.


Speaking with style: Geert Peeters, head of Levi's global supply chain 23 May 2011

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Heading up supply chain operations for Levi Strauss, the world's largest denim brand, Geert Peeters strives to source jeans in a sustainable, fashionable and compliant way. just-style news editor Joe Ayling caught up with him at the sidelines of a London event to launch its new WaterLess line.


Speaking with style: Kurt Cavano, CEO, TradeCard 31 Mar 2011

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There's plenty of talk about the uphill battle confronting apparel supply chains in the face of cautious consumer spending and the pressure on margins from rising raw material, labour and transportation costs. What's needed are constructive ways to counter these pressures. Kurt Cavano, CEO of the TradeCard supply chain platform, believes technology has a key role to play.


Speaking with style: Ashroff Omar, CEO, Brandix 25 Feb 2011

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Few have been more instrumental in the positioning of Sri Lanka's 'garments without guilt' apparel industry than Ashroff Omar. Joe Ayling interviewed the Brandix Lanka chief executive during a recent visit to the country.


Speaking with style: Steve Jesseph, CEO, WRAP 31 Jan 2011

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In the ten years that Steve Jesseph has been involved with certification group WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), massive steps have been taken to improve working conditions at factories around the world. But he is now on a mission to draw attention to the next set of challenges that face the apparel industry - including the dwindling natural resources on which the sector depends.


Speaking with style: Raphael le Masne de Chermont, Shanghai Tang 9 Dec 2010

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Raphael le Masne de Chermont has been executive chairman of Hong Kong-based Shanghai Tang - China's leading luxury lifestyle brand - since 2001. Not only is he the driving force behind the brand's global expansion, but he is a veteran of both Asia and the luxury goods sector. Here, le Masne de Chermont speaks to Marie-Hélène Corbin about the potential and pitfalls of the luxury market in China.


Speaking with style: Sandra Smith, consultant at Bureau Veritas 25 Nov 2010

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With the apparel industry facing higher costs and widening sourcing networks, supply chain expert Sandra Smith tells just-style news editor Joe Ayling how retailers are adapting. She explains how cost pressures, ethics, sustainability and technology fall into today's sourcing considerations.


Speaking with style: Anthony Corsano, CEO, Anvil Knitwear 29 Oct 2010

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Anvil Knitwear is ahead of some of the world's biggest clothing brands when it comes to sustainability. Here, CEO Anthony Corsano talks to just-style about the business case for social and environmental responsibility, and explains why it is a defining feature of the future of the apparel industry.


Speaking with style: Ben Eavis, Sainsbury’s 3 Sep 2010

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Corporate sustainability is seen by sceptics as too often being 'more talk than action'. Ben Eavis, head of corporate responsibility at Sainsbury’s, spoke with Ben Cooper about how the various steering groups, reporting processes and stakeholder discussions at Sainsbury's facilitate action rather being an end in their own right.


Speaking with style: Isak Halfon, expansion director, Mango 14 Aug 2010

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It may be ten times smaller than archrival Inditex (owner of the Zara stores) but Spanish women's fashion chain Mango is nearly as well known, thanks to clever adverts featuring glamorous movie stars and a relentless expansion which has taken it to 100 countries in recent years. And there is room for more - much more - growth, expansion director and board member Isak Halfon tells just-style.


Speaking with style: Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer 1 Jul 2010

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Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer is confident that major investments in the World Cup this summer are paying off. In an interview with just-style news editor Joe Ayling, he also discusses sourcing, currencies and his vision for the Reebok brand.


Speaking with Style: Fazlul Hoque, president of the BKMEA 8 Jun 2010

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Bangladesh faces labour, cost and infrastructure challenges as it matures into a key global garment exporter. But as Fazlul Hoque, president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) tells just-style, "the game is just starting."


Speaking with style: Janet Fox, JC Penney 27 Apr 2010

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Modern day sourcing demands that retailers control their inventory and supplier matrix, while keeping tabs on the growing list of manufacturing hot-spots. just-style news editor Joe Ayling discusses the challenge with JC Penney sourcing boss Janet Fox.


Speaking with Style: Carlos Arias, president, Denimatrix 19 Jan 2010

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Last March, a group of savvy investors bought the remains of former struggling Guatemalan denim firm Koramsa – just as the jewel in the crown of the country’s flagship textiles industry had begun to rust under the credit crisis. The move gave genesis to Denimatrix which, according to president and co-founder Carlos Arias, is now making headway in its efforts to become a global heavyweight in jeanswear design.


Speaking with style: Ingrid Schullström, CSR manager, H&M 30 Nov 2009

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H&M has a solid reputation for social and environmental responsibility, and launched a new sustainability strategy last year aimed at further embedding ethical tenets into every area of the company. But corporate social responsibility manager Ingrid Schullström believes there is potential to communicate more directly to consumers how sustainability is informing the way it does business.


Speaking with style: Dieter Braun, MD, Triumph International 23 Oct 2009

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Underwear, lingerie and swimwear manufacturer Triumph International celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2011. Here the company’s managing director and co-owner Dieter Braun, and Jörg Wagner from the Corporate Process Organisation (CPO) department in charge of global CAD and CAM, tell just-style about their formula for success.

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