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Swedish fashion retailer H&M is one of the leaders of the move to change compliance, and is at the forefront of sustainability. However, at the same time H&M appears to show no interest in the safety of workers making its products, write Emma Birnbaum and David Birnbaum. What is the difference between compliance and worker safety? they ask.

Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 2016

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to place its first volume orders for shoes made with water-based vegan leather this year as part of new sustainability goals set out by the Swedish fashion retailer.

Michelle Russell | 6 Jan 2016

Seeing in the New Year might not have been the only reason American Apparel felt like popping the champagne last week after it won a plea for an extension to its period for filing a reorganisation plan. But while now on a cautious road to recovery, the bankrupt US teen fashion retailer may have stopped short of celebrating as it considers the questions that need answering if it is to be taken seriously again as a competitor in its space. 

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2015

A key component widely used alongside textiles in the clothing and footwear industry, the landscape for leather is undergoing a degree of change when it comes to production, retail and technology trends. Here, we take a look. 

Latest Interviews

Michelle Russell | 30 Apr 2014

The latest sustainability report released earlier this month by Swedish apparel retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz highlights the group's achievements over the last year. Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability for H&M, spoke with just-style about the company's major milestones, including closed loop clothing, collaboration, and the group's African sourcing plans.

Kitty So | 20 Feb 2014

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.

Latest News

Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 2017

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is among a number of Western apparel brands urging Bangladesh's Prime Minister to adopt a wage board for the country's garment sector, expressing concern over recent unrest among garment workers.

Beth Wright | 16 Jan 2017

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Maurtiz (H&M) has booked another rise in sales for December, albeit lower than the retailer has seen in recent months.

Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 2017

Various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, have been found in around 90% of spinning mills in South India producing yarn that makes its way into garment factories in India, Bangladesh and China supplying western brands and retailers, a new report claims.

Michelle Russell | 3 Jan 2017

Many of the key themes that dominated the European retail scene in 2016 are expected to continue into this year, analysts believe, as retailers prepare for more currency headwinds, unseasonal weather, a continued shift to e-commerce and whatever hurdles Brexit will bring.

Michelle Russell | 16 Dec 2016

Swedish fashion chain Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to take part in a sustainability pilot study run by research group Mistra Future Fashion aimed at finding a solution to the problem of ocean waste created by micro plastics from polyester fabrics. 

Leonie Barrie | 15 Dec 2016

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Maurtiz (H&M) has booked another rise in sales for November, broadly in line with its performance last month, but coming in well below consensus and company expectations.

Michelle Russell | 6 Dec 2016

Leading international businesses – including apparel and textile companies – are ill-prepared for the risk that comes from sourcing products linked to deforestation, a major cause of climate change, a new report claims. 

Beth Wright | 15 Nov 2016

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Maurtiz (H&M) has bounced back from weak sales growth in September, to book a double-digit hike in October.

Michelle Russell | 9 Nov 2016

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to make its retail debut in Vietnam with the opening of its first stores in the country next year. 

Beth Wright | 7 Nov 2016

Non-profit H&M Foundation, the charitable arm of Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Maurtiz (H&M), has created a digital, interactive jacket as part of its Uni_Form campaign, which aims to highlight the importance of early childhood development in partnership with the United Nations International Children and Education Fund (UNICEF).

Beth Wright | 4 Nov 2016

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is making education for refugee children the focus of a global campaign launched yesterday (3 November) by its non-profit H&M Foundation in support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Beth Wright | 18 Oct 2016

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Maurtiz (H&M) posted another monthly sales increase in September, albeit considerably lower than the retailer has seen in recent months after unseasonably warm weather weighed on demand for autumn fashions.

Beth Wright | 3 Oct 2016

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has re-signed its global framework agreement (GFA) with the IndustriAll Global Union and Swedish trade union IF Metall, converting an earlier deal into a permanent collaboration.

Michelle Russell | 30 Sep 2016

Swedish fashion group Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) saw its earnings tumble in the third quarter, hurt by increased markdowns and higher purchasing costs from the strengthened US dollar.

Beth Wright | 29 Sep 2016

Textile Exchange has revealed more brands and suppliers are pledging their commitment to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), taking the total number of brands on board to 15.

Michelle Russell | 29 Sep 2016

Around 200,000 Pakistani cotton farmers are set to benefit from a global cotton industry partnership that will train them on issues such as sustainability in farming and child labour thanks to funding from brands such as H&M and Levi Strauss & Co. 

Leonie Barrie | 27 Sep 2016

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has again been criticised over the working conditions at some of its "best in class" supplier factories in Cambodia.

Beth Wright | 15 Sep 2016

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has booked a 6% rise in revenue in its third quarter, despite sales being negatively affected in the second half of the month by exceptionally hot weather in most of the group’s markets.

Michelle Russell | 9 Sep 2016

Major apparel groups including Adidas, Gap Inc, Inditex, Gildan and Asics have been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), putting the companies among the best-in-class sustainability performers globally.

Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 2016

A new four-year global partnership has been set up between the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and the non-profit H&M Foundation to develop new technologies to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns.

Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 2016

Clothing made of citrus by-products, microbes that digest waste polyester, and an online marketplace for textile leftovers were some of the disruptive ideas that shared the first EUR1m (US$1.1m) Global Change Award last year – and now the non-profit H&M Foundation is looking for the next tranche of innovations to reinvent the fashion industry.

Michelle Russell | 17 Aug 2016

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) will continue to experience margin pressure from the rise of low-priced rivals such as Primark unless it can elevate its sales and customer perception above value apparel, analysts believe. 

Latest blogs

Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2015

Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.

Michelle Russell | 21 Sep 2015

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