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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.


Speaking with style: Mike Barry, head of sustainable business, M&S 25 Sep 2009

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Recessions are difficult times for most retailers but Marks & Spencer (M&S) arguably has a harder time than most. Not only does it endure the leaner pickings all retailers suffer, but it does so under the glare of the media spotlight. That said, one area where it looks set to stay well ahead of the game is in the sustainability stakes, as Mike Barry, head of sustainable business at M&S, tells just-style.


Speaking with style: Phil Wrigley, New Look chairman - Part II 20 Aug 2009

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Value fashion retailer New Look has taken the opportunity to cash in on affordable fashion during the recession. The company's chairman and former CEO Phil Wrigley explains how in the second part of his interview session with just-style news editor Joe Ayling.


Speaking with style: Phil Wrigley, New Look chairman - Part I 13 Aug 2009

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Value fashion chain New Look is living proof that an economic downturn can bring opportunity to some retailers. New Look chairman Phil Wrigley discusses how the current climate has impacted business, from retail sales through to the supply chain, in part one of this exclusive interview with just-style news editor Joe Ayling.


Speaking with style...Edward Kang, chief executive, Ever-Glory 15 Jul 2009

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Ambitious Chinese garment maker Ever-Glory is pushing ahead with its expansion into retailing. The company’s chief executive, Edward Kang, tells Dominique Patton how the firm is eyeing both the domestic and international markets in its drive to turn itself into a leading producer of branded as well as wholesale clothing.


Speaking with style: Motoi Oyama, president, Asics 12 Jun 2009

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Core values have served Japan's Asics Corporation well down the years, and are continuing to do so at a time when the world is trying to come to grips with the worst global economic crisis in living memory, as company president Motoi Oyama tells just-style.


Speaking with style: Beth Holzman, CSR strategy manager, Timberland 30 Apr 2009

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Beth Holzman, manager of corporate social responsibility strategy and reporting at Timberland, speaks with Ben Cooper about how the company’s CSR strategy brings not only intrinsic environmental and social benefits but also helps reinforce the Timberland brand image.


Speaking with style: Alex Cara, franchise director, Cortefiel 26 Mar 2009

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Spain’s armada of fashion retailers has taken the world’s high streets by storm with Inditex becoming the largest such enterprise and smaller rivals such as Mango rushing to gain domination. Not to be outdone, Madrid-based Cortefiel Group has drafted its own ambitious expansion with plans to roll out 440 franchised stores in the next five years to operate over 2,000 shops. Speaking to just-style, franchise director Alex Cara outlines the strategy and explains how Cortefiel plans to stay competitive in coming years.


Speaking with style: Darshan Lal Sharma, Vardhman Textiles 19 Feb 2009

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Tough times face the Indian textile and garment sector as foreign exchange losses, high input costs and a slowdown in orders from the US and Europe were this week exacerbated by what firms see as a lack of support from the government in its interim budget. Speaking to just-style, Darshan Lal Sharma, managing director of Vardhman Yarns & Threads and a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) national committee on textiles, calls for targeted support for Indian textile and clothing firms.


Speaking with style: Bruce Rockowitz, president, Li & Fung Trading 27 Jan 2009

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As retailers across Europe and the US brace for more months of falling sales and thousands of factories in the east are forced to close, one company director is eyeing opportunities from the global recession fallout. Bruce Rockowitz, president of Li & Fung Trading, tells just-style how the world’s largest sourcing group is tapping into demand for lower prices.


Speaking with style: Wolfgang Bentheimer, Adidas Group 28 Oct 2008

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The battle for a share of the Chinese sportswear market is probably the most intense in the world. For Adidas, however, 2008 is the year the brand finally took pole position, buoyed by its sponsorship of the Olympic Games and the opening of hundreds of new stores. The challenge now is to retain its lead, as Wolfgang Bentheimer, managing director of Adidas Greater China, tells Dominique Patton.


Speaking with style: Brian Brink, executive director, Texfed 3 Oct 2008

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South African restrictions on imports of Chinese textiles and clothing have not come to the rescue of the country’s ailing textile sector as effectively as had been hoped. Brian Brink, executive director of South African industry group Textile Federation (Texfed), tells just-style why firms continues to struggle.


Speaking with style: Janice Wang, CEO, Alvanon 28 Aug 2008

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With western high street stalwarts like Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Zara, H&M and C&A all setting their sights on China's 700m middle-class consumers, the pressure is on to make sure their investments generate as many sales as possible. Adapting their clothes sizes to Chinese body shapes is one sure way says Janice Wang, CEO of size and fit expert Alvanon.


Speaking with style: Jonathan Petty, Patagonia UK 29 May 2008

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Rock climbing-inspired apparel and footwear brand Patagonia has pioneered the use of organic cotton and recycled polyester in its outdoor clothing and posted sales of US$330m last year. Joe Ayling interviews the company's UK sales and marketing manager, Jonathan Petty, to find out to what peaks an already ambitious sustainable business model can climb to next.


Speaking with style: Emma Ormond, PricewaterhouseCoopers 30 Apr 2008

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Some sense of normality was restored for retailers and importers when the European Commission (EC) abolished quotas on imports of Chinese clothing at the beginning of this year. But the silence that has followed doesn’t convince international trade expert Emma Ormond the matter is now closed. Anti-dumping complaints are a near certainty she tells Leonie Barrie.


Speaking with style: Nick Robertson, CEO, Asos 20 Mar 2008

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Online fashion retailer Asos seems to be coasting through the retail slump with two main selling points - Internet and celebrity. Joe Ayling interviews Asos CEO Nick Robertson to find out more.


Speaking with style: Dr John Cheh, CEO, Esquel 31 Jan 2008

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Dr John Cheh, the newly appointed chief executive officer of Hong Kong based cotton shirt manufacturer Esquel, talks to just-style about social responsibility and sustainable development, life after quotas with the EU, and the soft market in both the US and EU.

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