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Who has pledged to ban the use of angora?

More than 70 brands and retailers have committed to end the use of angora in their future clothing and accessories collections, following on...

Consumer engagement a new challenge for retailers

The growth of e-commerce and m-commerce is on the rise but retailers still need to do more to better meet consumer expectations online, acco...


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord?

Katie Smith | 27 Jul 2015

More than 200 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.


Debenhams struggles to shed promotional image

Michelle Russell | 20 Jun 2014

It could be some time before Debenhams returns to a quality proposition, analysts believe, despite the UK department store retailer revealing several developments it hopes will remedy ongoing struggles.


Turkey sets sights on sourcing business from Asia

Jonathan Dyson | 4 Jun 2014

Brands and retailers in the UK and other parts of Europe are "coming back" to Turkey as a source of textiles and clothing as they seek to diversify their supply chains away from Asia.


Mauritius overview: Textile and apparel firms

Michelle Russell | 13 May 2014

The Mauritian textile and apparel industry has overtaken sugar to become the country's largest export, with a turnover of around US$885m in 2013, a marginal increase of just 0.07% over the year before. Local textile and clothing manufacturers are working hard to sustain this growth, with several sharing their future ambitions with just-style.

Latest Interviews

Echo Sourcing unveils new supply opportunities

Katie Smith | 5 Sep 2014

Garment supplier Echo Sourcing has been building its business in Bangladesh since 2005 and is confident of continued growth in a country that has been rocked by a number of safety issues. The company, however, is keen to broaden its horizons and is eyeing potential new markets such as Ethiopia. Mark Bannister, head of sustainability and projects, talks to just-style.


M&S bolsters design and merchandise teams

Petah Marian | 23 May 2012

After Marks & Spencer admitted to being caught short in women's wear during the fourth-quarter, it has moved to bolster its design and merchandise teams as well as ramping up the amount of clothing it sources on a fast-fashion basis. M&S executive director of general merchandise, Kate Bostock, spoke to journalists about its clothing strategy yesterday on the sidelines of the retailer's annual results.

Latest News

Debenhams H1 profit grows as strategy takes hold

Katie Smith | 16 Apr 2015

Department store retailer Debenhams has recorded a better-than-expected set of first-half results, after making “good progress” against its strategy to become a leading international, multi-channel brand.


Mixed response to Debenhams Christmas update

Richard Woodard | 13 Jan 2015

Department store operator Debenhams recorded a 4.9% rise in like-for-like sales over the Christmas period, but endured a “challenging” season for clothing.


Sports Direct silent on USC "store closures"

Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 2015

UK retailer Sports Direct International has remained tight lipped over reports it is planning to close up to a third of its loss-making USC fashion stores.


Mothercare appoints Smothers as finance chief

Michelle Russell | 9 Dec 2014

Struggling UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has appointed Richard Smothers as its chief financial officer.


Sports Direct raises interest in Debenhams

Michelle Russell | 7 Nov 2014

Sports Direct has raised its stake in UK department store retailer Debenhams, taking owner Mike Ashley's shareholding to 12.7%.


UK Primark supplier goes into administration

Michelle Russell | 30 Oct 2014

Value fashion retailer Primark says it stopped placing orders with one of its UK supplier that has since gone into administration.


Debenhams FY profits tumble on discounting

Michelle Russell | 23 Oct 2014

UK department store retailer Debenhams saw its profits tumble in last fiscal due to the impact of sales on last year's warm winter weather and heavy discounting during its crucial Christmas period.


Department store market grows despite traffic fall

Michelle Russell | 7 Oct 2014

The UK department store market has recorded 21.4% growth in the past five years, even though shoppers have abandoned the format in favour of sector specialists and online pureplays.


Sports Direct takes Debenhams stake to 11.2%

Michelle Russell | 3 Oct 2014

Sports Direct has acquired a further 4.6% stake in UK department store retailer Debenhams.


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.


Rana Plaza Trust Fund awards $1.4m to victims

Katie Smith | 9 Sep 2014

The International Labour Organization-backed fund for victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy has distributed BDT108m (US$1.4m) to 700 cases.


High Street Textile Testing Services joins MTS

Leonie Barrie | 5 Sep 2014

Textile and consumer product testing laboratory High Street Textile Testing Services (HSTTS) has been acquired by Modern Testing Services (MTS) in a move that helps expand its global reach.


Mothercare CFO takes Debenhams finance chief role

Michelle Russell | 28 Jul 2014

UK department store retailer Debenhams has appointed Mothercare CFO Matt Smith as its finance chief.


Ted Baker “no plans” to stop using wool

Katie Smith | 17 Jul 2014

UK apparel lifestyle brand Ted Baker has told just-style it has no plans to boycott wool, despite calls to from an animal rights group, which exposed a series of violations in the industry.


Primark launches investigation after wool probe

Katie Smith | 15 Jul 2014

UK value fashion retailer Primark has launched an investigation following the release of video footage exposing a series of violations in the wool industry.


PETA urges wool boycott after undercover probe

Katie Smith | 14 Jul 2014

Retailers and consumers are being urged by animal rights activists to boycott wool products after an investigation is said to have exposed a series of violations in the industry.


Brands back new talks on Cambodia worker rights

Richard Woodard | 23 May 2014

Clothing brands and retailers including H&M, Gap and Levi Strauss are set to renew talks with the Cambodian government on Monday (26 May) over the alleged violation of worker rights in the country.


Debenhams utilises tracking technology

Michelle Russell | 21 May 2014

UK department store retailer Debenhams has partnered with Segura Systems to explore different methods of production tracking across its apparel brands.


Debenhams signs sustainable clothing action plan

Katie Smith | 2 May 2014

UK department store operator Debenhams is the latest retailer to sign a sustainability plan, designed to reduce the environmental footprint of clothing over its lifecycle.


City sees "no quick fix" for Debenhams

Katie Smith | 15 Apr 2014

There is "no quick fix" for Debenhams, according to one analyst, after the UK department store retailer saw its first-half profit decline by almost a quarter.


North Face firm on commitment to supplier wages

Michelle Russell | 2 Apr 2014

The North Face says it remains committed to ensuring its suppliers meet the group's ethical standards despite a report accusing the outdoor wear brand of failing workers by not paying a living wage.


Retailers failing supply chain workers says study

Michelle Russell | 31 Mar 2014

European retailers including Debenhams, Matalan and North Face are failing workers in their supply chain by not paying a living wage, according to a new brand survey.

Latest blogs

A troubled start for Cambodia

Leonie Barrie | 6 Jan 2014

2014 has got off to a troubled start in Cambodia, where protests over a new minimum wage for garment workers have been turning increasingly violent.


Retailers urged to use plus-size mannequins

Katie Smith | 9 Sep 2013

UK apparel retailers have been urged to put plus-size mannequins in their stores to promote healthier attitudes to realistic body images for women.

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