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: Leonie Barrie | 3 March 2014
It's one thing for apparel brands and retailers to talk about sustainability and traceability across their supply chains, but another altogether to put it into practice. Indeed, new research reveals that despite the well-documented risk of sourcing forced-labour Uzbek cotton, many firms are still not taking enough steps to prevent its use in their products.
By: Leonie Barrie | 21 February 2014
The hot topic of "reshoring" or "nearshoring" - returning the sourcing of fashion and textile products to the western hemisphere - continues to generate a buzz. But what's in it for brands and retailers looking to make the move?
By: Mike Flanagan | 17 February 2014
The pressure for higher wages and better working conditions looks unstoppable – and is being accompanied by a wave of new initiatives aimed at making it easier for factories to compete while making these changes. But will they work? asks Mike Flanagan.
By: David Birnbaum | 3 February 2014
While it may be too early to state with any degree of certainty that the Bangladesh bubble has burst, most sourcing professionals now accept that the bubble has developed sizeable leaks. These same sourcing professionals are also taking fast action not be caught in an increasingly probable implosion. The question, David Birnbaum asks, is where to move the Bangladesh business?
By: Katy Askew | 3 February 2014
News Wal-Mart has lowered its full-year earnings forecast reflects more than the drag of store closures as it adjusts its international portfolio. The US retail giant is struggling to grow its top-line at home and lower fourth-quarter comparable domestic sales suggest it failed to capitalise on the data breach scandal that hit key competitor Target Corp., Katy Askew suggests.
By: Leonie Barrie | 31 January 2014
Against the backdrop of a month of fierce protests, the worst state violence in Cambodia for 15 years, and an escalating crackdown on protesting workers, the United Nations this week launched its second Universal Periodical Review (UPR) of the country's human rights record.
By: Michelle Russell | 29 January 2014
Sainsbury's this morning (29 January) announced commercial director Mike Coupe will replace Justin King as the supermarket retailer's chief executive from July. While speculation will inevitably centre on what King will do next, the focus will also be on whether Coupe is a safe pair of hands for Sainsbury's and whether his focus will turn to the fast-growing area of clothing.
By: David Birnbaum | 27 January 2014
Successful garment exporters are taking a more academic approach to sourcing product. Instead of moving to the latest cheap labour country, their strategy is to reduce overhead by increasing worker productivity, training, and capital investment in cutting edge machinery. David Birnbaum explains why.
By: David Birnbaum | 13 January 2014
From the rise of the billion dollar transnational factory giants to the bursting of the Bangladesh bubble and the decline of the retail store, David Birnbaum offers his take on the key apparel industry issues to watch in 2014.
By: Mike Flanagan | 8 January 2014
The last two weeks of December threw up three huge issues that overturned most of the current wisdom about the garment industry. In this month's Flanarant, Mike Flanagan looks at why it is so difficult to forecast long-term trends in garment making.
By: Mike Flanagan | 18 December 2013
By: Mike Flanagan | 13 November 2013
By: Mike Flanagan | 17 October 2013
By: Wang Fangqing | 1 October 2013
By: Mike Flanagan | 11 September 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 10 September 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 9 September 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 29 August 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 15 August 2013
By: Mike Flanagan | 9 August 2013
By: David Birnbaum | 6 August 2013
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