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Esprit outlines next stage of transformation

After reporting its return to a full-year profit earlier this week, Hong Kong-listed casual fashion brand Esprit Holdings has outlined the n...

Mauritius apparel sector faces up to challenges

Textile and apparel has grown to become one of the main pillars of Mauritius' economy in the last decade. Trade deals in place with Europe a...


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.


Mauritius apparel sector faces up to challenges

Michelle Russell | 22 May 2014

Textile and apparel has grown to become one of the main pillars of Mauritius' economy in the last decade. Trade deals in place with Europe and the US have certainly contributed, helping boost the country's exports last year. While the sector still faces a number of challenges, the opportunities appear to be outweighing those. Michelle Russell reports.


Rana Plaza one year on: Timeline of change

Leonie Barrie | 24 Apr 2014

The Rana Plaza factory disaster has proved to be a catalyst for change in Bangladesh. While there has been criticism of the speed of the factory inspection process and efforts to improve worker safety, a timeline of major milestones shows that progress is being made.


PSF 2014: Ten sustainability takeaways

Leonie Barrie | 14 Apr 2014

Being sustainable might be "the right thing to do," but it impacts each and every stage of the apparel industry and its supply chain. Here some of the participants at this year's Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong share their thoughts on the issue.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Henry Tan, CEO, Luen Thai Holdings

Leonie Barrie | 9 May 2012

Luen Thai Holdings is Hong Kong's largest listed garment firm, with 34,000 employees, revenues of around US$1bn and a flagship business that produces over 80m garments a year - as well as footwear and bags - from production bases in China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Cambodia. In the first of two articles based on a conversation with just-style managing editor Leonie Barrie at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, CEO Henry Tan calls for industry-wide collaboration in a bid to increase efficiency and offset rising costs in the apparel supply chain.

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Esprit signs Kids licensing deal in Europe

Michelle Russell | 6 Jul 2015

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit has signed a five-year licensing deal with French kid's wear retailer Groupe Zannier for its children's line in Europe.


Esprit warns of “substantial” FY loss

Katie Smith | 18 May 2015

Hong Kong-listed casual fashion brand Esprit has said it expects to record a “substantial” loss for the year ending 30 June, blaming one-off costs, weaker sales and a forecast operating loss.


Esprit highlights progress despite turnover fall

Katie Smith | 5 May 2015

Hong Kong-listed casual fashion brand Esprit has said its transformation continued to make “good progress” during the third quarter, despite posting a 25.5% decline in turnover.


"Challenging environment” hits Esprit H1

Michelle Russell | 25 Feb 2015

Hong Kong-listed casual fashion brand Esprit has blamed the challenging operating environment for its decline in first-half sales and earnings.


Esprit issues H1 profit warning

Katie Smith | 22 Jan 2015

Hong Kong-listed casual fashion brand Esprit warned first-half earnings are likely to decline by up to 58%, due to a steeper than expected fall in turnover.


Online fashion retailer Boohoo bans angora

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2014

Online fashion retailer Boohoo has become the latest retailer to ban the use of angora in its products following pressure from animal rights group PETA.


Esprit ahead of schedule with PFC elimination

Michelle Russell | 10 Dec 2014

Hong Kong-listed casual fashion brand Esprit Holdings says it is four months ahead of schedule in phasing out all perfluorinated carbons (PFCs) in its clothing by 2014.


Lacoste joins ban on angora

Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2014

French fashion brand Lacoste has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.


Jack Wolfskin taps ex-Esprit executive as CEO

Katie Smith | 5 Nov 2014

German outdoor clothing specialist Jack Wolfskin has appointed former Esprit chief product and design officer Melody Harris-Jensbach as its new chief executive.


Monsoon Accessorize joins ban on angora

Katie Smith | 29 Oct 2014

UK apparel and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.


French Connection commits to stop selling angora

Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 2014

French Connection has become the latest firm to impose a ban on the use on angora from its future collections following pressure from animal rights group PETA.


Esprit fabric off-cuts in new Recycled Collection

Leonie Barrie | 9 Oct 2014

Retailer Esprit has recycled its fabric off-cuts into its latest sustainable fashion collection, which has again been developed in cooperation with Hong Kong based NGO Redress.


Esprit returns to FY profit as business stabilises

Katie Smith | 23 Sep 2014

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit has turned a corner on its road to recovery, with a return to full-year profit thanks to stabilising sales, reduced costs and improved inventory levels.


Puma Q2 beats consensus despite profit slide

Katie Smith | 29 Jul 2014

German sportswear business Puma delivered a second-quarter performance in line with both analyst and company expectations, despite posting a 76.2% drop in net earnings.


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.


Esprit highlights progress with PFC elimination

Katie Smith | 3 Jul 2014

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit has highlighted the progress it has made with its aim of phasing out all perfluorinated carbons (PFCs) in its clothing by 2014.


Esprit Q3 sales hit by Easter shift

Katie Smith | 1 May 2014

A shift in the timing of Easter and its mid-season sale to April, coupled with a weaker-than-expected performance in Asia Pacific, led to a 9.9% decline in third-quarter turnover for Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit.


Jeanologia and Vinatex commit to jeans production

Michelle Russell | 9 Apr 2014

Spanish sustainable textile technology firm Jeanologia is building its partnership with the Vinatex group with the aim of making Vietnam a global centre of excellence in the production of jeans.


Esprit still sees UK as a "viable" business

Katie Smith | 2 Apr 2014

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit has reaffirmed its commitment to the UK retail market, describing it as "a viable business environment for now and in the future".


Prime Source Forum gears up for sourcing debate

Leonie Barrie | 28 Mar 2014

In less than a week's time, senior sourcing executives from Marks & Spencer, Puma, Esprit, Perry Ellis, Under Armour, VF Asia, Luen Thai Holdings, Crystal Group and TAL Apparel will be sharing their views and insight with other industry stakeholders at Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.


Esprit cautious despite swinging to H1 profit

Katie Smith | 21 Feb 2014

Hong Kong fashion brand Esprit has returned to profit in the first half, as efforts to reduce costs, normalise inventory levels and overhaul its operations start to gain traction.

Latest blogs

Esprit launches vegan hantags

Katie Smith | 30 Jul 2014

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit is introducing vegan hangtags, in a bid to increase transparency in textile labelling and better inform conscious consumers.


Factory compensation talks stall

Leonie Barrie | 16 Sep 2013

Talks last week to try to agree compensation payments for the victims and survivors of two Bangladesh factory disasters failed to reach a decision, with brands and retailers set to meet again in a fortnight to consider their next steps.

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