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Levi Strauss warns of port delays on supply chain

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has said the “volatile” and “unpredictable” delays occurring on the West Coast ports could adversely affect it...

Bangladesh falls deeper as US apparel imports grow

As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute...

Top ten interviews on just-style in 2014...

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2014

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were William E Connor, chairman and CEO of William E Connor & Associates; Crystal Group's CEO Andrew Lo; Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability for H&M; and Seth Ellison, Levis Strauss & Co's president for Europe.

Bangladesh slips as US imports surge in September

Katie Smith | 10 Nov 2014

US apparel imports surged in September as retailers continued to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption to shipments due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports. Four of the top-ten supplier countries - China, Vietnam, Indonesia and India - saw strong double-digit gains, but Bangladesh sank for the seventh month in a row.

China tightens on corporate social responsibility

Jens Kastner | 16 Oct 2014

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.

Vietnam surges ahead in US apparel import gains

Leonie Barrie | 10 Oct 2014

Spurred on by the back-to-school season and fears of potential disruption to shipments of holiday merchandise amid the dockworkers contract dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports in August reached their highest level in more than a year.

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Levi Strauss raises the bar on sustainability

Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 2015

"We're best when we're leading and pioneering," is Michael Kobori's take on denim giant Levi Strauss & Co's responsibility in ensuring it has an ethical supply chain. But it is competition, believes the company's VP of sustainability, more so than collaboration, that really raises the bar when it comes to sustainability.

Levi Strauss refocuses on profit through principle

Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2014

Levi Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.

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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.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Michelle Russell | 5 Jun 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include at look at US apparel sales figures for May, just-style speaks with the chairman of sourcing specialist William E. Connor, and Levi joins forces with internet behemoth Google to design "smart jeans".

Levi and Google partner on "smart" jeans

Michelle Russell | 1 Jun 2015

Taking wearable technology to a new level, US denim giant Levi Strauss is joining forces with internet behemoth Google to design jeans that enable a consumer to perform certain actions on their smart phones.

Levi Strauss upbeat despite Q1 declines

Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 2015

Denim giant Levi Strauss has offered an upbeat outlook for the year despite booking a decline in first quarter earnings and sales hit by unfavourable currency effects.

Levi Strauss swings to Q4 loss on revamp costs

Michelle Russell | 13 Feb 2015

Levi Strauss & Co has booked mixed results in its fourth-quarter as it swung to a loss on revamp expenses but revenues grew thanks to an additional sales week in the period, which included Black Friday.

Levi Strauss settles ITC denim patent dispute

Michelle Russell | 6 Feb 2015

Levi Strauss & Co has settled an investigation through the US International Trade Commission (ITC) over patent infringement regarding certain laser abraded denim garments.

Top ten news stories on just-style in 2014...

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2014

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 2014. Minimum wage rises, toxic substances in clothing, job cuts, and factory safety issues were some of the issues that made the headlines.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 12 Dec 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include an interview with Seth Ellison, group president for Europe at Levi Strauss, Bangladesh's apparel exports to the US continue to slide in October, and VF Corp issues Bangladesh factory safety funding.

VF Corp issues Bangladesh safety funding

Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2014

VF Corp, and the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC), have provided loans to three Bangladeshi garment factories under a new funding programme for fire and building safety improvements.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 14 Nov 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the news that Levi Strauss will cut 500 jobs as part of a restructure, a 28% increase in wages for Cambodia garment workers, and Bangladesh seeing its apparel exports to the US decline in September.

Levi Strauss to axe 500 jobs in restructuring

Leonie Barrie | 11 Nov 2014

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is axing 500 jobs as part of a $143m deal to outsource some of its global business services including information technology, finance, human resources, customer service and consumer relations.

Hampshire Group moves to profit in Q3

Michelle Russell | 7 Nov 2014

US apparel business Hampshire Group has moved to a profit in its third-quarter thanks to strong growth in sales driven by the addition of new brands earlier this year.

Levi Strauss offers ethical suppliers cheap loans

Katie Smith | 6 Nov 2014

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to provide low-cost loans to help its garment suppliers in developing countries to upgrade environmental, health, safety and labour standards - with better terms available to those who perform well on sustainability metrics.

Levi Strauss and M&S join Canopy fibre initiative

Richard Woodard | 29 Oct 2014

Leading fashion players including Levi Strauss & Co and Marks & Spencer are the latest names to sign up to non-profit organisation Canopy’s Fashion Loved by Forest sustainability initiative.

Crystal Group steps up effort in carbon monitoring

Leonie Barrie | 24 Oct 2014

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal Group has stepped up its efforts to disclose greenhouse gas emissions by becoming one of just two unlisted companies taking part in a climate change questionnaire.

Levi Strauss Q3 profit hit by charges

Richard Woodard | 7 Oct 2014

Levi Strauss & Co recorded a double-digit reduction in third quarter profit, thanks to the impact of charges linked to the company’s productivity initiative.

ITC proceeds with denim patent investigation

Michelle Russell | 19 Sep 2014

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has said it will proceed with the launch of an investigation into a patent infringement complaint regarding certain laser abraded denim garments.

New Look taps Mason as non-exec chairman

Katie Smith | 17 Sep 2014

UK fashion retailer New Look has tapped former Matalan and Levi Strauss executive Paul Mason as its new non-executive chairman.

US retailers urge ITC to drop denim patent case

Richard Woodard | 4 Sep 2014

Retailers and fashion businesses have joined forces to call on the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to abandon a patent investigation into laser-abraded jeans.

Jeans brand once owned by Levi Strauss up for sale

Leonie Barrie | 4 Sep 2014

A vintage jeans brand once owned and manufactured by denim giant Levi Strauss & Co is up for sale.

Former Wet Seal CEO returns as Goodman exits

Katie Smith | 3 Sep 2014

Former Wet Seal CEO Edmond Thomas is to return to the helm of the teen apparel retailer, replacing John Goodman who has left the company.

Clothing retailers set out case for EU-Vietnam FTA

Leonie Barrie | 13 Aug 2014

A group of European retail clothing brands is calling for the elimination of duties on apparel, along with more flexible rules of origin, as part of the free-trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam.

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Bangladesh's ambitious goal on apparel exports

Leonie Barrie | 14 Dec 2014

The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of recent tragedies.

Firms urged to stay committed to Cambodia

Leonie Barrie | 17 Nov 2014

Apparel brands have been urged to stay committed to Cambodia after a 28% rise in the minimum monthly wage was agreed for textile, garment and footwear workers.

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