30 January 2014
The number of textile companies from the US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe that have signed up to new programme that supplies responsibly-produced cotton has now more than doubled.
13 January 2014
From the rise of the billion dollar transnational factory giants to the bursting of the Bangladesh bubble and the decline of the retail store, David Birnbaum offers his take on the key apparel industry issues to watch in 2014.
2 January 2014
Thirty textile companies from the US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe have signed up to a new programme that supplies responsibly-produced cotton.
23 December 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.
17 December 2013
Biotech company Novozymes has teamed up with the China Knitting Industry Association (CKIA) under a three-year agreement to promote the use of enzyme technology, with the aim of saving water and energy.
29 November 2013
The most-read stories on just-style this week include plans set out by H&M to pay a fair living wage to workers in its clothing supply chain, an interview with John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, and rising Indian garment exports as orders divert from China and Bangladesh.
28 November 2013
Having spent the past two years building up massive cotton stockpiles that now account for an estimated half of the world's supply, the Chinese government is selling off some of its reserves.
27 November 2013
While many companies may be looking for strategies to exit China as its labour and manufacturing costs rise, that is certainly not the case for Hong Kong-based quality cotton shirt manufacturer Esquel Group. John Cheh, the company's vice chairman and CEO, tells just-style how the group continues to grow, sustain and innovate.
16 August 2013
Top stories on just-style this week include: Li & Fung's continued focus on sourcing from China, a meeting to discuss compensation for victims of the recent Bangladesh tragedies has been delayed, and a survey has suggested that apparel sourcing costs in the US are set to rise.
15 August 2013
In its constant search for cheaper and cheaper production bases around the world, there are few places the apparel and textile industry has left untouched. But still the search goes on. From Africa to the Americas, Burma to Bangladesh, there seems to be a never-ending debate as to the next sourcing hotspot.
14 August 2013
China's textile industry will face major challenges in dealing with the new administration's focus on improving the environmental performance of its economy, a sustainability conference hosted by top cotton shirt maker Esquel Group has heard.
10 October 2012
Leading apparel brands including Gap, Adidas and H&M Hennes & Mauritz are looking at ways to reduce pollution within their supply chains following accusations that they were purchasing clothing from suppliers who illegally discharge polluted water in China.
6 September 2012
The theme of change resonates loudly with Harry van Dalfsen, who took on the role of president of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) two years ago at the height of the global economic crisis. Not surprisingly, ‘Fashion business in a changing environment’ is also the focus of the upcoming IAF World Apparel Convention, which takes place later this month.
27 July 2012
Top stories on just-style included protests in Bangladesh erupting again, Esquel Enterprises beginning construction of a garment plant in Vietnam and the ongoing debate over what constitutes a living wage.
23 July 2012
Esquel Enterprises (Singapore) Pte, a subsidiary of Hong Kong based clothing giant Esquel Group, has begun construction on a US$25m apparel plant at the Luong Son industrial zone in the northern Vietnamese province of Hoa Binh.
4 April 2012
With increasing numbers of apparel and footwear brands, retailers and manufacturers weighed down by so-called "audit fatigue" - an estimated $2bn is spent by the industry each year on audits - it is no wonder that steps are being taken to work towards a common platform that will enable firms to share data and reduce the number of audits carried out across the supply chain.
15 September 2011
Global apparel manufacturer Esquel Group, which produces clothing for brands including Hugo Boss, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and Lacoste, has signed a deal to use FastReact's planning software as part of ambitious plans for the growth and increased productivity of its business.
5 August 2011
Over the past decade and more, industry associations and individual companies have launched numerous initiatives with the aim of addressing and reducing the environmental and social impacts of clothing manufacture. However, this year the clothing industry's collective effort witnessed what many hope will be a game-changing development with the formation of a new multi-stakeholder partnership.
8 April 2011
Using enzymes in textile manufacturing and finishing processes can save water and carbon dioxide emissions, as well as cutting processing times, according to enzyme provider Novozymes.
1 March 2011
Leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers and manufacturers including Nike, Gap Inc, H&M, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer and Walmart are driving a new initiative to improve sustainability across the entire apparel and footwear sector.
7 October 2010
Two of the apparel industry's leading suppliers say they intend to increase their sourcing from China in the coming year, despite seeing an end to the days when the country could be counted on for its low labour costs. They also warn that fashion retailers and brands should prepare themselves for rising prices in the foreseeable future.
7 October 2010
The impact of rising labour costs in China dominated early sessions at the 26th IAF World Apparel Convention in Hong Kong this week. Below are comments from some of the speakers at the event.
24 September 2010
The line-up for the 26th IAF World Apparel Convention, which takes place in Hong Kong next month, includes nearly 30 industry experts from around the world who will host discussions on the event's central theme of 'How retailer brands, internet and green manufacturing are transforming fashion business.'
16 December 2009
Danish biotechnology company Novozymes has teamed up with Hong-Kong based textile manufacturer Esquel to trial an eco-friendly textile treatment that claims to improve the softness of a fabric but also produce lower carbon emissions.
20 July 2009
Hong Kong-based Esquel Group has developed a new series of yarns combining Australian Merino wool and cotton to give its trans-seasonal garments a softer and more luxurious feel.
24 March 2009
Too many apparel companies in Hong Kong still lack transparency on labour standards despite recent improvements, according to the local office of charity Oxfam.
4 June 2008
Speakers from New Balance, VF Asia and Esquel have been lined up to talk about the impact of tightened product safety guidelines on the textiles industry at a special event in Hong Kong later this month.
9 May 2008
Hong Kong based Esquel Group, one of the world’s largest shirt manufacturers, is to begin a new source tagging program as part of plans to offer floor ready merchandise to its retail customers.
31 January 2008
Dr John Cheh, the newly appointed chief executive officer of Hong Kong based cotton shirt manufacturer Esquel, talks to just-style about social responsibility and sustainable development, life after quotas with the EU, and the soft market in both the US and EU.
5 December 2007
Cotton shirt maker Esquel Group has appointed Dr John Cheh as its new chief executive officer, starting from 1 January.