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Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 2016

Instead of our regular roundup of the most-read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top news stories on just-style in 2016. Cutting edge innovations, Africa growth, Brexit, worker safety, key apparel and footwear trends, and minimum wages were just some of the issues that made the headlines.


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. 

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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.

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Beth Wright | 24 Feb 2017

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how the crackdown on Bangladesh labour activists has cost the country's garment industry around US$100m, Adidas and Burberry have been recognised for their sustainability practices, industry executives in Turkey are optimistic that better times lie ahead, and Inditex and H&M boycott the BGMEA's Dhaka Apparel Summit.


Beth Wright | 23 Feb 2017

A cohort of leading apparel companies, including Spanish clothing giant Inditex, have withdrawn from the Dhaka Apparel Summit, organised by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).


Beth Wright | 16 Feb 2017

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Maurtiz (H&M) has posted another sales increase in January, marking the 46th consecutive month of growth. 


Beth Wright | 16 Feb 2017

Bangladesh union representatives have signed a collective agreement with H&M and Inditex supplier Natural Denims Ltd for the first time, entitling workers to an annual wage increase, sick leave and a bonus scheme. 


Beth Wright | 14 Feb 2017

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says demand for more sustainable cotton is on the rise, with Swedish retailer H&M and sportswear giants Adidas and Nike leading the field in its 'Better Cotton league'.


Beth Wright | 8 Feb 2017

Digital fashion start-up Ivyrevel, supported by the H&M group, is partnering with internet behemoth Google to create "personalised" dresses, designed using a smartphone app that tracks the user's activity and lifestyle.


Beth Wright | 7 Feb 2017

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has teamed up with yarn maker Bionic, whose products are created from upcycled plastic found in coastal communities and marine environments, on the latest offering from its Conscious line.


Beth Wright | 1 Feb 2017

An upgrade of its supply chain is being planned by Swedish fashion group Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) after booking an 11% drop in full-year earnings.


Beth Wright | 26 Jan 2017

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is stepping up its commitment to circular supply chains with the launch of 500 items made entirely out of used denim as part of its latest Conscious initiative.


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.

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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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