17 February 2014
The pressure for higher wages and better working conditions looks unstoppable – and is being accompanied by a wave of new initiatives aimed at making it easier for factories to compete while making these changes. But will they work? asks Mike Flanagan.
10 January 2014
The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at M&S's latest trading update, the end of a strike by garment workers in Cambodia, and a new factory and worker safety business unit set up by Li & Fung.
7 January 2014
China-based shirt manufacturer and yarn supplier Luthai Textile is to open an office in New York as part of the firm's ambitions to grow its global business.
6 January 2014
Global sourcing giant Li & Fung has reorganised its factory support services into a new business unit that will focus more intensely on improving factory and worker safety in the garment industry.
16 December 2013
Retailers who sourced garments from Tazreen Fashions in Bangladesh are again being urged to pay "full and fair" compensation to the victims of the factory fire – more than one year after the blaze killed at least 112 people.
10 December 2013
Apparel giant Fifth & Pacific Companies has agreed to sell its Lucky Brand Jeans business to an affiliate of private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners, for US$225m, to focus on its popular Kate Spade label.
28 November 2013
The growth of inexpensive private label apparel is ending as the sector becomes less and less competitive, according to new research.
27 November 2013
Surfwear brand Quiksilver has entered into a licensing agreement with LF USA, a subsidiary of global sourcing giant Li & Fung, for children's apparel in the US.
22 November 2013
Campaign groups and unions are renewing calls for meaningful compensation for victims of the Tazreen Fashions factory fire – almost one year after the blaze killed at least 112 people.
28 August 2013
The Sustainability Consortium [TSC] is to expand its global reach to China, partnering with Nanjing University to provide new insight to help improve the sustainability of consumer products - with a focus on clothing, footwear and textiles.
22 August 2013
LF USA, a division of global sourcing giant Li & Fung, is partnering with high-end men's wear company Trinity International and British Heritage Brands (BHB) to launch the Kent & Curwen brand in the US.
16 August 2013
Top stories on just-style this week include: Li & Fung's continued focus on sourcing from China, a meeting to discuss compensation for victims of the recent Bangladesh tragedies has been delayed, and a survey has suggested that apparel sourcing costs in the US are set to rise.
15 August 2013
Garment sourcing involves much more than finding the place with the lowest labour rates - but the industry continues to obsess about finding the next successors to China's crown as the ultimate manufacturing destination. As David Birnbaum explains, it's a complex problem, and fast answers almost always tend to be silly ones.
15 August 2013
In its constant search for cheaper and cheaper production bases around the world, there are few places the apparel and textile industry has left untouched. But still the search goes on. From Africa to the Americas, Burma to Bangladesh, there seems to be a never-ending debate as to the next sourcing hotspot.
14 August 2013
Apparel supply giant Li & Fung has emphasised China's enduring importance as a sourcing destination, noting that the country continues to play a key role for both importers and retailers.
13 August 2013
A change in its business mix and one-off gains last year led to a 69% slump in first-half profit and flat revenues at sourcing and logistics giant Li & Fung.
24 July 2013
Retailers involved in the recent Bangladesh apparel factory tragedies are being called on to attend meetings to discuss compensation for victims.
22 July 2013
The Indian apparel industry has made progress with backward integration over the last five years, but needs to reorganise to play to its strengths, a conference was told last week. And if India does invest, it could rival China as clothing exporter.
7 May 2013
Today, many if not most importers and retailers are making an honest effort to make Bangladesh a better place to work for customers, suppliers and workers alike. But recent events such as the collapse the Rana Plaza factory building have brought out some important truths, believes David Birnbaum.
30 April 2013
Representatives from more than 40 apparel brands and retailers have called for a credible action plan to address workplace safety in the Bangladesh clothing sector as the death toll from last week's Rana Plaza building collapse climbs to 386.
16 April 2013
European retailers C&A, Kik and El Corte Ingles will contribute to a compensation plan for the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh in November last year.
2 April 2013
Social and environmental compliance are the main issues facing today's apparel supply chains, according to industry experts consulted by just-style. The continued shift towards faster and faster fashion cycles, along with pressure on retailers to adapt to an omni-channel experience, are also throwing up challenges when it comes to flexibility in global sourcing.
21 March 2013
Global sourcing giant Li & Fung Ltd has seen its full-year profit slump despite a slight rise in turnover, blaming ongoing restructuring costs and weakness in its distribution business.
6 March 2013
Men's Wearhouse has today (6 March) appointed Jon Kimmins as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.
15 February 2013
The most read stories on just-style this week include Puma launching its first closed-loop apparel and accessories collection, the global federation representing garment workers pledging its commitment to drive change in Bangladesh, and Fifth & Pacific ending its distribution agreement with Li & Fung.
11 February 2013
Apparel firm Fifth & Pacific has moved its distribution operations to a company-owned facility in Ohio after its agreement with global sourcing giant Li & Fung expired last month.
15 January 2013
International apparel retailers are looking to strengthen their presence in lower-tier cities in China amid increasing competition, a report by the Li & Fung Research Centre has found.
14 January 2013
Sourcing is influenced by a lot more than wages and fabric prices. Infrastructure, social tension, energy costs, currency rates, power availability and a buyer’s ability to control the uncontrollable all make sourcing as unpredictable as ever in 2013, says Mike Flanagan.
14 January 2013
Fibre producer Invista has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which works to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear production around the world.
11 January 2013
Global sourcing giant Li & Fung Ltd today (11 January) warned of a 40% fall in full-year core operating profit - and named a new president to lead its US unit where sales and margins have weakened.