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Growth in smart garments and wearable technology

Long touted as "the next big thing", wearable technology has until now been held back by concerns ranging from cost to style, comfort and pr...

UK retail profit warnings hit new high

Intense competition, pricing pressure and currency headwinds are still denting UK retailer's expectations of an economic recovery, taking pr...


Change management key to PLM project success

Leonie Barrie | 23 Jul 2014

It's one thing to invest in a product lifecycle management (PLM) system - but another altogether to get the most value out of the solution. Indeed, according to industry experts speaking in London last week, PLM projects should be driven from a business perspective if they are to deliver real gains in terms of revenue, margin improvement and inventory efficiency - with users on board from the beginning.


Tesco takes second stab at US market with F&F

Michelle Russell | 17 Apr 2014

Retail behemoth Tesco this week revealed plans to open a chain of F&F clothing franchise stores in the US, marking the group's return to the States following the sale of its Fresh & Easy chain seven months ago. The announcement was shadowed somewhat by the group's second year of falling profits, published a day later. Nonetheless, industry observers believe the move appears to be a logical one, despite the failure of its food venture.


Sourcing: More action needed to trace raw material

Leonie Barrie | 3 Mar 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.


Burberry sees further growth opportunities in Asia

Katie Smith | 15 Jan 2014

Burberry continues to see further growth opportunities in Asia, according to CFO Carol Fairweather, after the region helped the British luxury brand to report a 14% increase in third-quarter retail revenues. And ongoing investment in digital will also play an important role.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Sportsgirl CEO Elle Roseby

Petah Marian | 7 Nov 2011

Trendy Australian fashion retailer Sportsgirl has spent the last five years working to establish a presence in all areas of its customers' lives. CEO Elle Roseby spoke to Petah Marian about how the 63-year-old brand has managed to remain relevant for its internet-savvy shoppers.


Speaking with style: Dr Harry Lee, TAL Apparel

Leonie Barrie | 26 Jul 2011

TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers, has turned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into an opportunity to do things differently. Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tells just-style how the Hong Kong based firm's long-time focus on efficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping to combat rising costs and set it apart from the competition.

Latest News

Burberry shares slide on outlook uncertainty

Michelle Russell | 20 May 2015

UK fashion business Burberry saw its shares fall this morning (20 May) as it revealed an expected GBP50m boost to profits in 2016 would be lower if exchange rates remain at current levels.


Burberry cautious but delivers “robust” H2

Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 2015

Fashion business Burberry has offered a cautious outlook for the year but delivered what it says was a “robust” performance in its second half.


Burberry tight-lipped on takeover reports

Michelle Russell | 10 Apr 2015

Fashion business Burberry has remained silent on reports it has been approached by a US private equity firm over a potential takeover.


Burberry Q3 sales rise despite Hong Kong disruptio

Richard Woodard | 14 Jan 2015

Third-quarter sales at fashion business Burberry were up 15% on an underlying basis to GBP604m (US$921.3m), despite disruption in the high-margin Hong Kong market.


Currency weighs on Burberry H1 profit

Katie Smith | 12 Nov 2014

Weighed down by currency exchange rates, British luxury brand Burberry has reported a double-digit drop in first-half net profit - which one analyst says is a "blip on its habitually consistent record of success".


Jimmy Choo IPO could boost store count by 50%

Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 2014

High-end footwear and accessories brand Jimmy Choo could increase its store count by 50% over the next five years, fuelled by cash generated from the sell-off of shares, analysts believe.


Burberry in strong position for festive rush

Michelle Russell | 14 Oct 2014

Fashion business Burberry is in a strong position to capitalise on the Christmas rush, analysts believe, after the company this morning (14 October) reported a double-digit rise in first-half revenues.


Burberry posts double-digit H1 revenue rise

Richard Woodard | 14 Oct 2014

Fashion business Burberry saw first-half revenues top GBP1.1bn, up 14% on an underlying basis, thanks to strong performances across all regions and continued digital growth.


Italian firms reaffirm chemical removal commitment

Michelle Russell | 22 Sep 2014

Six of Italy's largest textile suppliers have reaffirmed their commitment to eliminating hazardous chemicals from their supply chains, highlighting the work they have completed to date.


Fashion brands defend stance on fur farms

Michelle Russell | 18 Sep 2014

Following the launch of an online campaign aimed at raising awareness of animal cruelty in Spain's fur industry, a number of fashion brands have moved to defend their position.


Burberry warns of FY currency headwinds hit

Katie Smith | 11 Jul 2014

British luxury brand Burberry has warned that exchange rates could weigh on full-year profit, despite booking a double-digit increase in first-quarter retail sales.


Burberry appoints Heaf to head up e-commerce

Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 2014

Fashion business Burberry has appointed former BBC executive, Daniel Heaf, to the new position of senior vice president of digital commerce.


China retail to soar as export growth falters

Textiles Intelligence | 9 Jun 2014

China's retail market looks set to soar over the next few years as the government acts to encourage domestic growth to offset a possible slowdown in clothing exports.


Clothing firms agree limits for textile chemicals

Leonie Barrie | 6 Jun 2014

The group working towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the apparel and footwear supply chain has reached a significant milestone by releasing its long-awaited Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL).


UK event to focus on product innovation in apparel

Leonie Barrie | 27 May 2014

Experts from leading fashion and apparel brands including Gucci, Adidas, Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger are taking part in a two-day event in London that will look at the opportunities offered by modern technology in helping to improve and streamline the apparel product development process.


Burberry delivers record FY sales and profit

Richard Woodard | 21 May 2014

Fashion business Burberry posted an 8% rise in underlying full-year profits, boosted by a double-digit revenue surge and a 19% hike in retail/wholesale revenue.


Bailey takes helm at Burberry as Ahrendts exits

Katie Smith | 1 May 2014

Christopher Bailey has formerly started his new role as CEO of Burberry, six months after Angela Ahrendts said she would step down to take up a new role with Apple.


Burberry re-emphasises China growth opportunities

Katie Smith | 16 Apr 2014

British luxury brand Burberry has re-emphasised the growth opportunities it sees in China, after reporting a double-digit increase in second-half sales today (16 April).


Freudenberg commits to transparency through SAC

Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 2014

Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb Company says it is committing to increased transparency and openness through its decision to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.


Jaeger sets up team to develop UK supply base

Katie Smith | 18 Mar 2014

Signs that the 'Made in the UK' movement is gaining momentum came today (18 March) with the news that upscale fashion brand Jaeger has created a dedicated team to ramp up its domestic sourcing.


Burberry files trademark lawsuit against SBW

Michelle Russell | 14 Mar 2014

Luxury business Burberry has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against South Korean underwear manufacturer SBW.


Hazardous chemicals found in Italian luxury goods

Katie Smith | 17 Feb 2014

Hazardous chemicals have been found in children's clothing and footwear produced by luxury fashion brands Versace, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana, according to a new investigation.

Latest blogs

Burberry bags two British fashion awards

Katie Smith | 3 Dec 2013

Burberry won two awards at this year's British Fashion Awards. The luxury brand was awarded designer brand of the year and menswear designer of the year.


H&M leads the apparel brand wagon

Leonie Barrie | 11 Oct 2013

The latest listing of the best global brands might be dominated by the technology, financial services and automotive sectors - but apparel, sporting goods and luxury names managed a strong showing too.

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