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Where next for sustainability in fashion?

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry...

Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, texti...


Responsible apparel sourcing requires teamwork

Katie Smith | 14 Oct 2014

Textile and apparel industry executives gathered in London last month to offer advice on some of the strategies they are employing how to help improve efficiency and gain a competitive edge. Responsible sourcing, nearshoring, strong partnerships, and fast response were among the issues discussed at the Fashion SVP conference. Katie Smith reports.


World Retail Congress 2014 Day Two: Quote/unquote

Michelle Russell | 30 Sep 2014

The second day of the annual World Retail Congress in Paris has shifted its focus onto cohesive supply chains, sustainable consumption, and how new design and R&D models are shaping the industry.


Size Stream measures up new market opportunities

Leonie Barrie | 24 Sep 2014

3D body scanners were first used to generate detailed size and shape data back in the late 1990s, and have since had a key role to play in helping retailers and brands create better-fitting garments. But as the technology improves, costs come down and the systems get smaller, the door is opening on a myriad of new opportunities, as Size Stream vice president David Bruner explains.


Retailers voice concerns on Scottish independence

Katie Smith | 17 Sep 2014

Ahead of Scotland's crucial referendum vote taking place tomorrow (18 September), retailers have weighed into the debate about the long-term implications if the country decides to go independent, and the impact it will have on their businesses. Katie Smith takes a closer look.

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George at Asda on responsible retail journey

Katie Smith | 20 Jan 2015

UK supermarket brand George at Asda is on a journey to a more sustainable supply chain through its Responsible Retail programme. Lynne Tooms, senior director of quality and sourcing, explains why retailers need to understand more about where their products come from and the challenges faced by suppliers.


Top ten interviews on just-style in 2013...

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2013

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were Tim Wheeler, president of Jockey's international division, Esquel Group's CEO John Cheh, and Joe Dixon, SVP of production at Brooks Brothers.

Latest News

Asda optimistic despite worst sales performance

Michelle Russell | 19 Aug 2015

UK retailer Asda has offered an optimistic outlook, despite posting its worst sales performance in the group's history, highlighting the fierce competition it faces from rivals.


Asos appoints Ashton as finance chief

Michelle Russell | 14 Apr 2015

Online fashion retailer Asos has appointed debt management executive Helen Ashton as its finance chief.


Asda Q4 sales fall as market slows

Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 2015

Asda has revealed a decline in revenues in a quarter in which the retailer said the market slowed significantly.


UK retail sales see strongest growth in 26 years

Katie Smith | 19 Dec 2014

UK retail sales grew at their fastest pace for almost 26 years in December, thanks, in part, to robust growth at clothing retailers.


UK clothing sales tumble in Christmas run-up

Katie Smith | 26 Nov 2014

A decline in sales volumes at UK clothing chains in the year to November failed to offset overall retail growth in the run-up to Christmas, the latest figures show.


Asda "pleased" despite Q3 like-for-like sales drop

Katie Smith | 14 Nov 2014

Supermarket retailer Asda has said it is "pleased" with its performance in the third quarter, despite a fall in like-for-like sales.


Sainsbury's clothing a bright spot in Q2 trading

Michelle Russell | 1 Oct 2014

Sainsbury's has said its clothing business continues to perform strongly as the UK retail group revealed a decline in second-quarter sales hurt by significant pricing activity and food price deflation.


Fashion sourcing event includes men's wear debate

Katie Smith | 18 Sep 2014

A near-shore fashion sourcing event set to take place later this month will include a debate on the challenges and opportunities for men's wear.


Sainsbury's UK favourite fashion retailer

Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 2014

In a recent survey of 6,000 consumers by retail analysts Conlumino, Sainsbury's topped the poll as the nation's favourite fashion retailer. We take a look at some of the other shops who came out on top.


New Look taps Mason as non-exec chairman

Katie Smith | 17 Sep 2014

UK fashion retailer New Look has tapped former Matalan and Levi Strauss executive Paul Mason as its new non-executive chairman.


Asda reveals George clothing continues to do well

Michelle Russell | 15 Aug 2014

Supermarket retailer Asda has said its George clothing brand continues to perform well as it revealed an increase in group like-for-like sales.


N Brown taps Haywood to lead systems overhaul

Katie Smith | 5 Aug 2014

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown has tapped Andy Haywood as its new chief information officer as it works to transform, modernise and grow the business.


UK clothing sales bounce back in July

Katie Smith | 24 Jul 2014

Sales bounced back at UK clothing stores in July thanks to warmer weather, new figures suggest, with growth set to be even stronger in August.


Asda to cut around 1,360 jobs in shake-up

Michelle Russell | 4 Jul 2014

UK supermarket retailer Asda has said it will go ahead with proposals to change the management structures across its store network, cutting around 1,360 jobs.


Clothing drags on UK retail sales growth in June

Leonie Barrie | 26 Jun 2014

The first fall in demand for clothing since the start of the year weighed on UK retail sales growth in June, according to new figures, although the pace is expected to pick up again next month.


UK clothing retail sales growth accelerates in May

Katie Smith | 29 May 2014

Sales growth at UK clothing retailers accelerated in May, with this increase set to be even higher next month, new figures suggest.


Asda confident after first-quarter sales climb

Katie Smith | 16 May 2014

Supermarket retailer Asda is confident it is moving in the right direction, after reporting a slight increase in first-quarter like-for-like sales.


Sainsbury's promotes clothing boss in reshuffle

Katie Smith | 1 May 2014

Sainsbury's clothing boss James Brown has been promoted to director of all non-food trading, as part of a reshuffle to prepare for the departure of CEO Justin King.


UK clothing retail sales growth slows in April

Katie Smith | 24 Apr 2014

UK clothing retail sales continued to increase in the year to April, but at a slower pace than the prior month, according to new figures.


SuperGroup appoints Asda exec to head up ecommerce

Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 2014

UK clothing retailer SuperGroup has poached Asda executive John Wragg as its new e-commerce chief.


ETI revises labour code clause on working hours

Leonie Barrie | 3 Apr 2014

Workers in global supply chains should not be asked to work more than 60 hours per week, according to a revised clause in the labour code drawn up by an alliance of companies that includes Tesco, Asda, M&S, Next, New Look, Primark and Zara.


New fund set up to aid Bangladesh workers

Richard Woodard | 27 Mar 2014

Charitable foundation BRAC USA has set up a new fund to aid and support workers in the Bangladeshi ready made garment industry.

Latest blogs

Tesco chairman successor list "drawn up"

Michelle Russell | 14 Oct 2014

As UK retail giant Tesco continues to fight its way through the fallout from its recent accounting crisis, it seems a board member has begun compiling a list of candidates to succeed chairman Sir Richard Broadbent.


Activewear sales surge on celeb workout selfies

Katie Smith | 17 Jan 2014

With the likes of Kim Kardashian and Lucy Mecklenburgh sharing their gym habits via workout selfies, it's hard not to think about getting into shape this new year, and what to wear when working out.

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