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Millennials to separate apparel winners and losers

Millennial consumers are coming of age, with UK forecasts suggesting their spending on fashion over the next five years will grow at double...

Who has pledged to ban the use of angora?

More than 90 brands and retailers have committed to end the use of angora in their future clothing and accessories collections, following on...


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord?

Katie Smith | 24 Aug 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.


Sourcing East Africa: Collaboration key to success

Michelle Russell | 13 Aug 2015

Interest in East Africa as a potential apparel sourcing destination has been on the rise, yet the results of a new survey suggest the road ahead won't be an easy one.


H&M faces margin pressure on dollar impact

Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 2015

H&M Hennes & Mauritz will likely suffer gross margin pressure in the near-term, analysts believe, as the negative impact from the strong US dollar is compounded by increased purchasing costs and increasing wages.


Organic cotton market growing again

Michelle Russell | 9 Jun 2015

The organic cotton market is growing once more, after three consecutive years of declining production. This is the result of industry collaboration and innovative initiatives developed over the last 12 months, according to a new report.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Helena Helmersson, H&M

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.


The Bangladesh Accord tackles unsafe factories

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

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 4 Sep 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at H&M's efforts to scale up its fair living wage efforts to key suppliers, Myanmar's approval of its first minimum wage for garment workers, and why the world garment trade was transformed in August.


Better Cotton Initiative names McClay CEO

Katie Smith | 2 Sep 2015

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has appointed Alan McClay as its new CEO to lead the group during its next phase of growth.


H&M scaling up living wage effort to key suppliers

Michelle Russell | 1 Sep 2015

Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) is scaling up its fair living wage efforts with plans to add all of its strategic suppliers by 2018 - and is updating its purchasing practices to support those suppliers.


Myanmar approves first minimum wage

Michelle Russell | 1 Sep 2015

Myanmar has approved the country's first minimum wage for garment workers of MMK3,600 (US$3.2) per day, setting it at the level first proposed two months ago.


H&M offers $1m grant for sustainable innovations

Michelle Russell | 26 Aug 2015

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is looking to encourage sustainable innovation by offering a EUR1m (US$1.1m) grant and access to an innovation accelerator as part of a new global awards programme.


H&M sees double-digit sales growth for 10th month

Katie Smith | 17 Aug 2015

Swedish fashion giant H&M booked double-digit sales growth in July, marking the 10th consecutive month of double-digit increases.


Bestseller joins angora wool ban

Katie Smith | 17 Aug 2015

Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has become the latest company to ban the use of angora in its products as it works to tighten its animal welfare policy.


H&M supports cross-industry Myanmar wage

Michelle Russell | 20 Jul 2015

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has called on Myanmar's government to ensure a uniform minimum wage level is implemented across all industries in order to retain skilled labour and encourage foreign investment.


H&M sales rise for 27th consecutive month

Katie Smith | 15 Jul 2015

Swedish fashion giant H&M has booked a double-digit increase in June sales, marking the 27th month of consecutive growth.


Aligning tech fostering improved collaboration

Michelle Russell | 29 Jun 2015

Synchronising technology and process between brands and manufacturers can ensure a long-term, sustainable relationship that is more efficient and profitable for both, Lectra informed H&M suppliers in Bangladesh.


Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 26 Jun 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the potential for new technologies to shape a sustainable fashion future, Li & Fung teaming up with two Chinese retailers to develop their own private label clothing brands, and Gap and H&M showing support for new labour law reforms in Myanmar.


H&M warns of "negative" impact from dollar

Michelle Russell | 25 Jun 2015

H&M Hennes & Mauritz saw earnings and sales climb in its first-half but warned of a "very negative" impact from higher purchasing costs due to the strengthening of the US dollar for the remainder of the year.


H&M Q2 sales up but hit by currency

Michelle Russell | 15 Jun 2015

Swedish apparel retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) saw its sales grow in the second quarter and for the month of May, but was hit by currency and calendar effects.


G-Star joins forest-free viscose commitment

Katie Smith | 5 Jun 2015

Denim brand G-Star Raw has become the latest company pledging to eliminate the use of rayon and viscose fabrics derived from ancient and endangered forests in its clothes.


H&M April sales rise meets analyst forecasts

Katie Smith | 15 May 2015

Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz H&M saw its comparable store sales increase 10% in April, marking the 25th consecutive month of growth.


H&M shares climb on March sales growth

Katie Smith | 15 Apr 2015

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz H&M has seen its shares climb today (14 April) after booking its 24th consecutive month of sales growth.


H&M online in three new markets

Michelle Russell | 13 Apr 2015

Swedish apparel retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz has launched its shop online offer in Slovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria.


H&M and Kering trial recycling technology

Michelle Russell | 31 Mar 2015

Fashion retailer H&M and luxury lifestyle group Kering have joined forces with start-up Worn Again to test a new chemical recycling technology that aims to address the growing issue of clothes-to-landfill.


H&M extends global online offering

Michelle Russell | 30 Mar 2015

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has launched its shop online offer in Portugal, Poland and the Czech Republic.


Hennes & Mauritz records “strong” Q1

Michelle Russell | 24 Mar 2015

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has recorded a strong start to the year with sales and earnings up in the first quarter and plans to expand its global reach and brand portfolio.


Double-digit rise in H&M Q1 and February sales

Katie Smith | 16 Mar 2015

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has booked an increase in sales during both the first quarter and February, marking its 23rd consecutive month of gains.


H&M to stop short-term supplier labour contracts

Leonie Barrie | 12 Mar 2015

Fashion retailer H&M is to impose stricter requirements on the use of short-term, fixed duration contracts for workers at its supplier factories after acknowledging their use restricts worker rights.

Latest blogs

H&M leads on sustainable fashion

Leonie Barrie | 17 Apr 2015

H&M's new Conscious Exclusive collection, which launched this week, proves that high street fashion can be sustainable. And as the line gains momentum it’s using more diverse materials, including recycled beads, fabrics such as hemp, organic linen, and organic leather.


A look back as we move into 2015

Leonie Barrie | 5 Jan 2015

As we return to the swing of things, a good way to start 2015 is to take a look back at the top news stories, analysis pieces, comment articles and interviews published on just-style in 2014.

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