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.
3 March 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.
24 February 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.
19 February 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.
24 January 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.
20 January 2014
Reports surfaced over the weekend that UK retail giant Tesco weighed up a bid for Mothercare around six months ago. The claims seem to have taken industry observers by surprise given Tesco's focus on sweating its existing assets and improving capital discipline. Some believe it more likely that any potential tie-up would see the supermarket chain strike a deal to sell the baby goods in its stores.
20 December 2013
Jones Group shares jumped nearly 5% in late trading yesterday (19 December) on the long anticipated news the struggling US clothing and footwear firm is finally set to get a new owner.
10 December 2013
US surfwear brand Quiksilver has had a somewhat busy year as it implements a long-term strategy designed to boost its bottom line. The company has chosen to divest some of its assets in a bid to strengthen its core brands, which industry observers believe may be key to turning the group's fortunes around.
4 October 2013
What do consumers really want from their fashion products and shopping experience? That was the question industry experts attempted to answer this week - with their conclusions suggesting retailers need to offer value, quality and convenience to shoppers, preferably all at the same time. Another challenge is for retailers to engage with their customers online or in-store to make sure they keep returning. Katie Smith reports.
13 September 2013
Concerns that three separate initiatives underway to boost the safety of factory workers in Bangladesh would lead to multiple audits and unnecessary bureaucracy for factories are beginning to be assuaged. The groups involved are now beginning to look at ways of reaching common standards, as Petah Marian reports.
23 August 2013
"America is open for business," was US secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker's rallying cry at Wal-Mart's US Manufacturing Summit yesterday (22 August).
1 July 2013
The Croatian Chamber of Economy (CCE) has told just-style that the country plans to utilise European Union (EU) funding to help boost its textile and clothing industry after it becomes the 28th EU member state today (1 July).
14 June 2013
Closing the loop in the clothing supply chain is continuing to make progress, with more brands beginning to launch products that use recycled fibres.
15 May 2013
Marks & Spencer is set to shake up its supplier base as part of plans to turn around its fortunes in women's wear through a focus on quality and style.
9 April 2013
Since Ron Johnson was appointed chief executive officer of department store retailer JC Penney just 18 months ago, the company has suffered a string of losses and has been forced to make a number of U-turns as it tried to make headway on its turnaround plans.
27 March 2013
H&M is continuing to drive its sustainability agenda forward, with the release of its fifth annual sustainability report.
15 February 2013
Textile and clothing industry groups on both sides of the Atlantic have welcomed the news that the EU and the US are to commence talks on the biggest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated.
16 January 2013
For all of the suitors circling Billabong, the Australian surfwear brand is yet to see much action. With four bidders showing interest over the past year, Petah Marian looks at why none of the interest has so far turned into a deal.
2 October 2012
The feasibility of reviving the UK manufacturing sector and moving garment production back onshore has been a key topic of discussion among British brands and retailers. While niche and high-end firms like cashmere specialist Johnstons of Elgin and countrywear brand J Barbour & Sons are synonymous with UK-based production, it can also be done for high street brands on a large scale, according to industry experts.
14 September 2012
The latest projections from the US government suggest global cotton stockpiles in the current season will be even higher than forecast just last month - with the expected rise putting even more downward pressure on world prices.
29 August 2012
Marks & Spencer might have indicated there is nothing to announce, but reports of private equity interest in the UK's largest clothing retailer have got the industry talking.