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Athletic players well positioned amid disruption

Deflationary pressures, the rise of Amazon and the expansion of off-price and fast fashion chains all have the potential to disrupt traditio...

Performance apparel set for continued growth

As new outdoor performance apparel brands enter the market in record numbers, retailers are introducing new innovations and technologies to...

High inventories at US retailers causes concern

Leonie Barrie | 29 Apr 2014

Stung by unseasonably cold spring weather that blanketed many parts of the US just as they were rolling out their spring merchandise, retailers have not only been hampered by sluggish sales but are also battling high levels of inventory, analysts warn.

Cambodia and Bangladesh count cost of disruption

Lee Adendorff | 15 Jan 2014

Cambodian garment factories are to sue over recent strikes, while those in Bangladesh are counting the cost of three months of political turmoil.

just-style’s research roundup

Liz Hague | 6 Aug 2012

Featured reports from just-style's research store this week include a look at global technical textiles, a report on the clothing and footwear market in Russia, and a company profile on Foot Locker.

Apparel industry edges closer to eco-index

Leonie Barrie | 13 Aug 2010

The apparel industry is edging closer to an eco-index that will allow companies to assess the environmental impacts of individual products along their supply chain.

Latest Interviews

William E. Connor talks transparency and trust

Leonie Barrie | 27 May 2014

Transparency and integrity are two words that crop up repeatedly in conversation with William E. (Chip) Connor, chairman and CEO of Hong Kong based global sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Indeed, these have been cornerstones of the business since it was founded 65 years ago, and continue to underpin every aspect of an operation set up to act as its clients' alter-ego.

Speaking with style: Kurt Cavano, CEO, TradeCard

Leonie Barrie | 31 Mar 2011

There's plenty of talk about the uphill battle confronting apparel supply chains in the face of cautious consumer spending and the pressure on margins from rising raw material, labour and transportation costs. What's needed are constructive ways to counter these pressures. Kurt Cavano, CEO of the TradeCard supply chain platform, believes technology has a key role to play.

Latest News

China market woes could hit consumer spending

Michelle Russell | 25 Aug 2015

Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China could deliver a tough blow to several specialty retail and apparel companies - with the biggest risks including China revenue exposure and a potentially slower economy driving lower consumer spending, one analyst has suggested.

Nike, Hanesbrands and VF top sustainability index

Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2015

Nike, Hanesbrands and VF Corp have topped an analyst report of apparel and footwear firms that have made the most progress in managing environmental, social and governance issues.

Columbia Sportswear lifts outlook despite Q2 loss

Katie Smith | 31 Jul 2015

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has raised its full-year guidance, despite seeing its second-quarter loss widen.

Columbia develops OutDry waterproof technology

Michelle Russell | 15 Jun 2015

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has developed a rainproof jacket that features the waterproof membrane on the outside for permanent water repellency and durability.

Supply chain promotions at Columbia Sportswear

Michelle Russell | 28 May 2015

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has made four key leadership appointments, two of which include SVP of global sourcing and SVP of supply chain.

Columbia Sportswear ups FY guidance on “solid” Q1

Michelle Russell | 1 May 2015

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has upped its full-year guidance on the back of “solid” first-quarter results, the strengthening of advance orders in North America and Europe.

Columbia Sportswear seeks growth with appointments

Michelle Russell | 3 Mar 2015

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has made a number of strategic organisational changes, including appointing a president, in a bid to drive growth.

PrAna achieves Fair Labor accreditation

Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 2015

Columbia Sportswear's prAna brand has had its social compliance programme accredited by the Fair Labor Association.

Analysts upbeat as Columbia's Q4 profit grows

Katie Smith | 16 Feb 2015

A number of initiatives, including investment in direct-to-consumer channels, the development of the newly acquired Prana brand, and its joint venture in China, helped Columbia Sportswear to book a double-digit increase in fourth-quarter profit.

Columbia Sportswear ups FY profit guidance

Michelle Russell | 31 Oct 2014

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear Company has upped its full-year outlook as it revealed increased earnings and sales in its third-quarter.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 3 Oct 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include plans by China's Jiangsu Lianfa Textile Co to invest US$500m in an Ethiopian textile plant, the views of Li & Fung's chairman on China's efforts to grow its domestic consumption, and first results from a study into health and productivity of Cambodian garment workers.

Columbia TurboDown adds to insulation innovations

Leonie Barrie | 29 Sep 2014

Outdoor brand Columbia Sportswear has introduced a 'performance enhanced down' system that combines two of its existing technologies and creates such outsized results it's like a "down jacket on steroids."

Columbia Sportswear hires global manufacturing VP

Katie Smith | 26 Sep 2014

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear Company has tapped former VF Corp executive Steve Woodside to the newly-created position of vice president of global manufacturing.

Columbia Sportswear narrows Q2 net loss

Michelle Russell | 25 Jul 2014

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has narrowed its net losses in the second quarter, despite incurring costs from its acquisition of prAna.

Columbia Sportswear fined for mislabelled clothing

Richard Woodard | 23 Jul 2014

Columbia Sportswear Company has agreed to pay a US$100,800 penalty after it admitted distributing mislabelled clothing containing insect repellent.

Columbia Sportswear closes PrAna deal

Michelle Russell | 3 Jun 2014

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has closed its acquisition of lifestyle apparel brand, PrAna Living.

Patent ruling favours Columbia Sportswear's OutDry

Leonie Barrie | 6 May 2014

A court in Italy has ruled in favour of Columbia Sportswear Company in its ongoing dispute over a patent used to create waterproof-breathable footwear.

Columbia Sportswear to buy prAna Living for $190m

Katie Smith | 30 Apr 2014

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has agreed to acquire lifestyle apparel brand, PrAna Living, for US$190m, in a deal that will help it expand and reduce its dependence on cold-weather items.

Columbia Sportswear doubles Q1 profit

Katie Smith | 30 Apr 2014

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear Co has raised its full-year sales guidance, after more than doubling its first-quarter net profit, driven by "robust" demand for its namesake and Sorel brands.

Apparel president Sandquist exits Wolverine

Katie Smith | 7 Mar 2014

US clothing and footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has confirmed the departure of its global apparel president Mark Sandquist earlier this year.

Columbia Sportswear shows Q4 sales momentum

Richard Woodard | 19 Feb 2014

Columbia Sportswear recorded a 7.1% reduction in fourth quarter profit, with a small gain wiped out by a $5.6m non-cash asset impairment charge.

Labour groups urge brands to back Cambodia wages

Leonie Barrie | 10 Jan 2014

Labour rights groups and trade unions are calling on global clothing brands to support a rise in the minimum wage for Cambodian garment workers, and to look at the long-term implications of their purchasing practices.

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