The best views and opinions in apparel and textile industry publishing, all in one place, from just-style's monthly columnists and in-house experts.
By: Mike Flanagan | 13 November 2013
Despite a decision eight years ago by Japanese brands and retailers to cut the amount of clothing sourced from China, garment imports from the country are on the rise. Mike Flanagan believes the reasons should resonate with buyers in the US and EU too.
By: Mike Flanagan | 17 October 2013
A huge change has come over the clothing industry since the decision by around 120 fashion retailers and brands to sign the Bangladesh Accord or Alliance. But while buyers are becoming more relaxed about seeing factory audits published, trade associations seem to be increasingly out of touch.
By: Wang Fangqing | 1 October 2013
Despite compliance issues, Bangladesh remains number one alternative Bangladesh's advantages in low cost and convenience will help to ensure the continued growth of its clothing sector keeps growing, Dr Achim Berg, a partner at consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, has reiterated.
By: Mike Flanagan | 11 September 2013
The issue of productivity in garment making countries around the world refuses to go away. But as Mike Flanagan writes here, there's no point in asking where the most productive workers will be in five years' time. It's the environment they're working in, and how that compares with other locations, he explains.
By: David Birnbaum | 10 September 2013
In his previous article David Birnbaum suggested that the availability of local fibre appears to be a handicap for garment-making countries. Here he adds evidence that countries producing cotton fibre and textiles pay a price for their failure – while those without the benefit of local cotton fibre and textiles benefit.
By: David Birnbaum | 9 September 2013
For most industries, the availability of local raw materials is a decided advantage. Not so for the garment industry, says David Birnbaum, as he charts the relationship between a country's access to local fibre and its ability to follow changes in customer demand.
By: David Birnbaum | 29 August 2013
Turning the issue of compliance on its head, David Birnbaum believes that responsibility for improving working conditions and raising the garment export industry to higher level lies with the better factories, both in Bangladesh and elsewhere.
By: David Birnbaum | 15 August 2013
Garment sourcing involves much more than finding the place with the lowest labour rates - but the industry continues to obsess about finding the next successors to China's crown as the ultimate manufacturing destination. As David Birnbaum explains, it's a complex problem, and fast answers almost always tend to be silly ones.
By: Mike Flanagan | 9 August 2013
The impact of unpredictable weather, over-geared retailers and uncertain consumers magnifies as it passes down the supply chain. But while pressure groups are adept at focusing on social and environmental scandals linked to the clothing industry, the impact of buyer behaviour rarely gets a look-in. Here, Mike Flanagan speaks up for garment factory owners.
By: David Birnbaum | 6 August 2013
A fundamental difference between Cambodia and Bangladesh is that the Cambodian government and industry are held accountable for making the necessary improvements to factory working conditions. And this, says David Birnbaum, will ensure Cambodia moves up the economic ladder.
By: Mike Todaro | 22 July 2013
By: Doug Miller | 15 July 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 11 July 2013
By: Leonie Barrie | 9 July 2013
By: Shane Godfrey | 25 June 2013
By: Mike Flanagan | 10 June 2013
By: [TC]² | 5 June 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 30 May 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 20 May 2013
By: Leonie Barrie | 15 May 2013
By: Petah Marian | 14 May 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 7 May 2013
By: Mike Flanagan | 3 May 2013
By: Leonie Barrie | 2 May 2013
By: Mike Flanagan | 17 April 2013
By: Petah Marian | 9 April 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 19 March 2013
By: Mike Flanagan | 13 March 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 7 March 2013
By: Richard Woodard | 28 February 2013