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Tips for developing the right sourcing strategy

When it comes to developing or adapting an apparel brand or retailer's production strategy, there are six key factors to consider, according...

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...

Where next for sustainability in fashion?

Katie Smith | 14 Aug 2015

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry experts believe improvements can come about through social change, collaboration and innovation.

Retailers voice concerns on Scottish independence

Katie Smith | 17 Sep 2014

Ahead of Scotland's crucial referendum vote taking place tomorrow (18 September), retailers have weighed into the debate about the long-term implications if the country decides to go independent, and the impact it will have on their businesses. Katie Smith takes a closer look.

Water scarcity a challenge to cotton supply chains

Leonie Barrie | 29 Aug 2014

With World Water Week kicking off in Stockholm this Sunday (31 August), the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources will be in the spotlight. And with water scarcity posing a potential risk to the global cotton industry, the apparel supply chain is being urged to do more to tackle the fibre's huge water footprint.

Education and training key to 'Made in UK' growth

Katie Smith | 20 Jun 2014

UK textile and apparel executives met in London last week to discuss the challenges and opportunities suppliers and retailers face by manufacturing in the UK. Educating consumers and retailers on what ‘Made in the UK' means for the fashion industry and training the younger generation in manufacturing skills were key themes throughout the conference. Katie Smith reports.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Peter Ruis, chief executive of Jigsaw

Michelle Russell | 8 May 2014

The arrival of new chief executive Peter Ruis at UK fashion retailer Jigsaw has seen the group shift to a more fashion-led focus. Eight months into the role, he talks to just-style about the group's sourcing ambitions, its focus on innovation, and Jigsaw's international expansion plans.

Speaking with style: John Miln, CEO of UKFT

Petah Marian | 31 Oct 2012

For all of the hype around a renaissance in British clothing and textile manufacturing, John Miln, CEO of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), believes that for now at least, it's mostly just talk. He spoke to Petah Marian about the state of UK manufacturing and some of the initiatives being undertaken by the industry body to grow the sector.

Latest News

John Lewis adds new productivity director role

Leonie Barrie | 10 Sep 2015

Retailer John Lewis Partnership has reshuffled its senior management team – including the addition of the new role of group productivity director – as it booked a 26% drop in first half profits.

John Lewis sets sustainable cotton target

Michelle Russell | 27 Apr 2015

Department store retailer John Lewis has set a target to buy 25% of its cotton from more sustainable sources by the end of 2015/16 and 50% by the end of 2020/21.

Supply chain investment ongoing at John Lewis

Katie Smith | 12 Mar 2015

Investments in supply chain and systems at John Lewis’s namesake business will exceed that in new stores and refurbishment this year, the department store retailer has revealed, after booking full-year profit and sales growth.

John Lewis hails market beating Christmas results

Katie Smith | 5 Jan 2015

Department store retailer John Lewis delivered a market beating performance during the Christmas trading period, with the standout being strong Black Friday sales

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.

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.

John Lewis appoints Woodhouse as acting CFO

Michelle Russell | 28 Nov 2014

UK department store retailer John Lewis has promoted company executive Loraine Woodhouse to the role of acting group finance director.

M&S hires new CFO from John Lewis

Michelle Russell | 17 Nov 2014

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed John Lewis finance chief Helen Weir as its next CFO.

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.

Department store market grows despite traffic fall

Michelle Russell | 7 Oct 2014

The UK department store market has recorded 21.4% growth in the past five years, even though shoppers have abandoned the format in favour of sector specialists and online pureplays.

John Lewis appoints Viet as online director

Michelle Russell | 24 Sep 2014

Department store retailer John Lewis has appointed Sienne Veit to the newly created role of director of online product.

Sainsbury's UK favourite fashion retailer

Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 2014

In a recent survey of 6,000 consumers by retail analysts Conlumino, Sainsbury's topped the poll as the nation's favourite fashion retailer. We take a look at some of the other shops who came out on top.

Online fashion boosts John Lewis H1

Richard Woodard | 11 Sep 2014

UK retail business The John Lewis Partnership recorded a double-digit first-half profit increase thanks to rising revenues, with online clothing sales a highlight.

Hobbs taps John Lewis' Lustman as CEO

Katie Smith | 17 Jul 2014

British women's wear retailer Hobbs has tapped John Lewis' Meg Lustman as its new chief executive officer, following the resignation of Nicky Dulieu earlier this year.

Shop Direct hires first fashion director from Gap

Leonie Barrie | 20 Jun 2014

Online retailer Shop Direct, operator of the Very and Littlewoods brands, has tapped Gap's European buying director Zoe Matthews as its first fashion director.

Connolly to take on John Lewis fashion buying role

Katie Smith | 10 Jun 2014

UK department store retailer John Lewis has confirmed the promotion of Ed Connolly as buying director for fashion, replacing Meg Lustman.

Alvanon brings "Fashion Fit Movement" to UK

Katie Smith | 2 Jun 2014

As part of efforts to restore fashion skills and manufacturing, fit specialist Alvanon has committed over GBP50,000 (US$83,860) worth of technical fit forms and pattern blocks to a garment manufacturer and training centre in the UK.

Software tool to help FitFlop product development

Leonie Barrie | 29 Apr 2014

'Function meets fashion' footwear brand FitFlop has selected Fast React's Vision solution for new product development to help improve its business processes and on-time delivery.

John Lewis womenswear buying head steps down

Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 2014

Jo Hooper, the head of buying for womenswear at department store retailer John Lewis is stepping down after six years in the role.

BRC appoints Sir Charlie Mayfield as chair

Michelle Russell | 21 Mar 2014

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has appointed Sir Charlie Mayfield as chair of the trade association from this autumn.

Online boosts John Lewis full-year profit growth

Katie Smith | 6 Mar 2014

UK department store operator John Lewis has recorded an increase in full-year profit, driven by strong online growth and innovation.

UK government and retailers to aid garment workers

Richard Woodard | 28 Jan 2014

The UK Government is to more than double its investment in emerging frontier economies, joining forces with leading retailers to improve conditions for garment factory and farm workers.

Latest blogs

World Retail Congress 2014

Michelle Russell | 28 Sep 2014

The annual World Retail Congress has returned to Paris this week for three days where the great and the good of the retail industry have converged to discuss the industry climate as we move out of a tough economic climate. New technologies, the rise of omni-channel, innovation and the supply chain of the future will all be discussed.

John Lewis retains UK's best retailer title

Michelle Russell | 29 Apr 2014

Department store retailer John Lewis has retained the number one spot as the UK's best retailer for customer satisfaction at the Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards.

Company research

Amazon Annual Update - UK Apparel 2014

Amazon Annual Update - UK Apparel 2014

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Mixed Retailers in the United Kingdom

Mixed Retailers in the United Kingdom

The UK’s department stores are investing in the modernisation of their outlets with the aim of making them more attractive to consumers and incorporate aspects of multichannel retailing more effective...

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Retailing in the United Kingdom

Retailing in the United Kingdom

The UK retailing industry registered positive growth in 2013 despite the fact that the economic climate in the country remained challenging as consumer spending habits remained under the influence of...

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