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Fusing ethics and finance to boost the bottom line

Ethical performance and supply chain finance are an unlikely partnership – but fusing the two can be a winning combination for the fashion a...

Levi Strauss ramps up worker welfare scheme

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is expanding its worker wellbeing programme to key suppliers in more countries, with plans to reach 140,000 wo...


Michelle Russell | 31 Jul 2015

A new tool that could bring greater transparency to complex global apparel supply chains has been developed by UK start-up Provenance. Based on the Bitcoin blockchain platform, which enables digital asset transfers across the internet, the technology can create a unique digital record that verifies, tracks and traces each step of the production process, without the need for software.


Michelle Russell | 13 Feb 2015

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has said the “volatile” and “unpredictable” delays occurring on the West Coast ports could adversely affect its supply chain and product availability if it continues.


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.


Katie Smith | 10 Dec 2014

As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Three of the top-ten supplier countries - Vietnam, Honduras and India - saw strong double-digit growth, but Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.

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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.


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.

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Beth Wright | 14 Oct 2016

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is expanding and publicly sharing its Worker Well-being initiative – which now aims to reach more than 300,000 workers by 2025 – and developing a toolkit to help suppliers measure key wellbeing metrics.


Beth Wright | 12 Oct 2016

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has seen an increase of almost 70% in its third-quarter profit after a reduction in restructuring and related charges charges related to moves last year to streamline its operations.


Michelle Russell | 29 Sep 2016

Around 200,000 Pakistani cotton farmers are set to benefit from a global cotton industry partnership that will train them on issues such as sustainability in farming and child labour thanks to funding from brands such as H&M and Levi Strauss & Co. 


Leonie Barrie | 9 Sep 2016

US jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has named Liz O’Neill as its new chief supply chain officer, after promoting David Love to lead its commercial operations in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.


Leonie Barrie | 5 Sep 2016

US jeans giant Levi Strauss is to roll-out a programme to reduce water, energy, chemical use at six textile factories in four major sourcing countries.


Leonie Barrie | 12 Jul 2016

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has more than doubled its second-quarter profit after a reduction in charges and lower product costs helped offset flat revenues.


Beth Wright | 12 Jul 2016

Clothing maker Hampshire Group is to transition its Dockers clothing brand licenses back to Levi Strauss & Co after reaching an agreement with the US denim giant.


Michelle Russell | 2 Jun 2016

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has launched a global fellowship programme that will see it partner with socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs to accelerate innovation in sustainable apparel.


Beth Wright | 25 May 2016

A year-long partnership between Levi Strauss and Google has led to the launch of what the companies claim is the world's first garment to feature Project Jacquard smart technology.


Michelle Russell | 12 May 2016

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has partnered with textile technology start-up Evrnu to create what it says are the world's first jeans made using discarded cotton T-shirts. 


Michelle Russell | 4 May 2016

US denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has promoted Roy Bagattini to the role of president of the group's Americas division. 


In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Destination Maternity and Perry Ellis saw their losses narrow, while New York & Co moved to a net profit. However, Iconix Brand Group cut its outlook after swinging to a loss, Finish Line saw its net profit plummet 90%, and Cherokee Global Brands posted a mixed performance. 


Katie Smith | 13 Apr 2016

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has reported a 73% hike in net profit during its first quarter as foreign exchange headwinds eased, but warned the second quarter will be "difficult" compared to last year.


Katie Smith | 4 Apr 2016

Levi Strauss & Co is partnering with Italian fibre company Aquafil to develop a collection using fibres made from regenerated nylon from waste materials such as fishing nets and spent carpets. 


Leonie Barrie | 24 Mar 2016

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is sharing its innovative Water


Katie Smith | 10 Mar 2016

Six large Chinese rayon and viscose producers have joined a commitment to stop sourcing the raw material from ancient and endangered forests.


Michelle Russell | 3 Mar 2016

US denim giant Levi Strauss has rolled out its clothing recycling initiative in the UK, with plans to extend the programme across the rest of Europe by the end of 2017.


Katie Smith | 22 Jan 2016

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at a roadmap to the apparel supply chain of the future, the news that the head of Asda's George clothing division is to step down amid HQ job cuts, and how the outerwear industry is facing up to the challenge of climate change.


Michelle Russell | 19 Jan 2016

Levi Strauss has said it does not set retail prices according to gender after a report cited the denim giant as one of a number of UK high street stores charging women up to twice as much as men for almost identical items. 


Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2016

A global framework agreement, initiated by H&M and the IndustriAll global union, has succeeded in helping to reinstate sacked workers at garment factories in Myanmar and Pakistan just months after coming into force.


Michelle Russell | 22 Dec 2015

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has appointed Nike executive, Carrie Ask, as its president of global retail.


Michelle Russell | 4 Dec 2015

A group of seven apparel companies, including Levis Strauss & Co, VF Corp and Gap Inc, have signed a declaration calling on government leaders to reach a strong climate change agreement. 

Latest blogs

Michelle Russell | 17 May 2016

Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry.


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.

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