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With a focus on individual companies, new or emerging markets, and issues such as product safety – this column takes a behind the scenes look that sheds new light on stories hitting the headlines.



Spotlight on...Enthusiasm for tech in outdoor apparel on the rise 27 Jan 2015

Innovation in materials and performance in the outdoor apparel and footwear category is on the increase as enthusiasm for technology grows, a recent industry conference highlighted.


Spotlight on...Nike sees "tremendous energy" in women's apparel 22 Dec 2014

Sporting giant Nike has homed in on the "tremendous energy" in women's apparel and believes there is a significant opportunity for the company to grow this business further globally.


Spotlight on...Rethink needed as low-cost labour options dwindle 25 Nov 2014

Apparel businesses need to end the race from one low-cost sourcing country to another and rethink their entire sourcing philosophy in the future, according to a new report.


Spotlight on...Mexico urges fast-fashion brands to source locally 28 Oct 2014

Global fast-fashion brands such as H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters who are keen to grow their business in Mexico are being urged to start sourcing apparel there instead of in Asia.


Spotlight on...Glenn Murphy's tenure at Gap Inc 14 Oct 2014

Gap CEO Glenn Murphy recently announced his decision to step down in February. He joined Gap as chief executive in 2007. Since then he has been on a mission to shake up the company's supply chain, introduce a wider and more fashionable product range, improve speed to market, and accelerate international expansion and omni-channel capabilities.


Spotlight on...Pacific Crystal Textiles gears up for Vietnam production 25 Sep 2014

A long-standing investment between two Hong Kong based companies - Crystal Group and Pacific Textiles Holdings - to set up a new fabric mill in Vietnam is nearing completion. Add in Crystal Group's new garment manufacturing facilities, and the site is expected to be the largest vertical textile and garment operation in the country.


Spotlight on...Organic cotton faces potential supply shortage 5 Aug 2014

Brands and retailers seeking to use more organic cotton in their ranges over the next few years are likely to face a potential supply crisis as new figures show a 21% decline in organic cotton production last year.


Spotlight on...Indian apparel exporters discuss policy changes 18 Jul 2014

Indian apparel exporters have demanded a series of favourable policy decisions from the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government while welcoming foreign buyers at the 53rd India International Garment Fair, held in New Delhi this week.


Spotlight on...Textile and garment makers discuss 'Made in the UK' 19 Jun 2014

The growing hunger for ‘Made in the UK' products is finally translating into business for many UK textile and garment manufacturers, according to exhibitors at the inaugural Make it British ‘Meet the Manufacturer' sourcing event in London last week. While some believe the move is still in its infancy, others are looking to expand their production capacity in response to growth and new opportunities. Katie Smith takes a closer look.


Spotlight on...South China Sea protests hit Vietnam production 14 May 2014

Escalating anti-Chinese protests by thousands of workers in Vietnam have led to the suspension of production at a number of Chinese and Taiwanese garment and footwear plants in Binh Duong province in the south of the country.


Spotlight on...Teen retail being rocked by fast fashion headwinds 11 Apr 2014

The popularity of fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21, H&M and Zara has changed the way consumers shop for value on a global basis. And according to new research, continued expansion of these concepts is likely to put more pressure on speciality retailers in the US - particularly those in the teen space.


Spotlight on...The reality of manufacturing fashion in the UK 3 Mar 2014

The idea of bringing mass-market garment production back to the UK is finally gaining momentum among manufacturers and retailers. But according to industry experts speaking at last week's ASBCI conference 'Making it in the UK - Ready or not?', there are still challenges to overcome if the 'Made in Britain' movement is to be successful once again. Katie Smith reports.


Spotlight on... Mothercare CEO departure comes as no surprise 24 Feb 2014

In what comes as another blow for UK clothing retailer Mothercare, chief executive Simon Calver stepped down today (24 February) in a move analysts view as inevitable given the group's recent struggles.


Spotlight on...Jos A Bank adds to armour with Eddie Bauer buy 19 Feb 2014

Jos A Bank Clothiers last week revealed its plans to acquire outdoor wear brand Eddie Bauer in deal worth $825m. Coming amid an onging buyout battle with rival Men's Wearhouse, some industry observers suggest the move was made to ensure the US men's apparel and footwear business remains independent. Michelle Russell takes a closer look.


Spotlight on...American Eagle CEO departure stuns industry 24 Jan 2014

Retailer American Eagle Outfitters stunned the industry when it announced the sudden departure of its CEO, Robert Hanson, earlier this week. Despite industry pressures and a tough year in the teen retail space, observers have voiced their disappointment at the departure of a chief executive they saw as amongst the best in retailing.


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