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UK retailers key to domestic manufacturing growth

With the value of the UK clothing market set to soar over the next five years, and consumers taking more of an interest in the origin and qu...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Michelle Russell | 10 Mar 2016

UK department store group John Lewis saw growth in fashion sales last fiscal, and an increase in the division's market share, thanks to investment in its brands.

Michelle Russell | 6 Jan 2016

UK department store retailer John Lewis posted a robust Christmas performance, with fashion making a positive contribution to its results. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Michelle Russell | 17 Nov 2014

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

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.

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.

Michelle Russell | 24 Sep 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Michelle Russell | 21 Mar 2014

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

Latest blogs

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.

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.

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