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

Analysts see snags in China private label clothing

Late last month, Hong Kong-based sourcing giant Li & Fung formed a joint venture with Chinese retailers Bailian Group and Wangfujing Departm...


Michelle Russell | 30 Sep 2014

The great and the good of the retail industry have converged on Paris for three days for the annual World Retail Congress. New technologies, the rise of omni-channel, innovation and new business models are all on the agenda, and the 'disruptive consumer' is a key talking point.


Michelle Russell | 29 Sep 2014

Not content with dominating the global exporting landscape, China is now switching its focus to growth in domestic consumption. And according to Li & Fung chairman William Fung, this is likely to lead to “a rather bumpy ride” for the apparel industry.


Michelle Russell | 27 Aug 2014

Following its spin-off from Li & Fung last month, fashion apparel, footwear and accessories business Global Brands Group has outlined the firm's strategy as it heads into the second half. Its focus will include more licensing deals and fewer acquisitions.


Michelle Russell | 26 Aug 2014

Li & Fung has outlined a number of new frontiers the global sourcing giant is looking to explore as it works through its three-year roadmap, which it hopes will capture new customers in new categories and countries, and increase the group's cross-selling activities.

Latest Interviews

Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 2012

The theme of change resonates loudly with Harry van Dalfsen, who took on the role of president of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) two years ago at the height of the global economic crisis. Not surprisingly, ‘Fashion business in a changing environment’ is also the focus of the upcoming IAF World Apparel Convention, which takes place later this month.


Petah Marian | 18 Jul 2012

Following the acquisition of UK tailoring brand Gieves & Hawkes in April this year, Hong Kong-based Trinity today (18 July) outlined its aspirations for the British heritage brand.

Latest News

Michelle Russell | 3 May 2016

Global sourcing giant Li & Fung Limited has sold its Asia consumer and healthcare distribution business in a deal that will allow it to tighten its focus on its core trading and logistics operations.


Katie Smith | 17 Mar 2016

Sourcing giant Li & Fung has warned of tough times still to come, after seeing its net profit fall in what it described as a "challenging" year.


Michelle Russell | 20 Aug 2015

Li & Fung has revealed first-half results reflecting the ongoing weak macroeconomic conditions in its key markets, reporting lower first-half sales in the US and Europe.


Katie Smith | 26 Jun 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the potential for new technologies to shape a sustainable fashion future, Li & Fung teaming up with two Chinese retailers to develop their own private label clothing brands, and Gap and H&M showing support for new labour law reforms in Myanmar.


Katie Smith | 23 Jun 2015

Sourcing giant Li & Fung has formed a joint venture with Chinese retailers Bailian Group and Wangfujing Department Store to develop their own private label clothing brands and tap into its global supply chain.


Michelle Russell | 8 May 2015

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has appointed Li & Fung executive Helen Ford as senior executive director of its Asia division.


Michelle Russell | 26 Mar 2015

Global Brands has booked what it says is a “strong” set of results in its second-half, driven by growth in turnover, and despite a challenging market environment.


Richard Woodard | 19 Mar 2015

Consumer goods colossus Li & Fung has seen full-year profits decline following a year “of transition and investment” for the Hong Kong-listed business.


Michelle Russell | 20 Jan 2015

A subsidiary of Li & Fung spin-off Global Brands Group has signed a licensing deal with Kate Spade.


Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2014

Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2014 were stories relating to Nike's "manufacturing revolution", the development of Ethiopia and Myanmar as apparel sourcing destinations, and industry efforts to improve factory safety.


Michelle Russell | 10 Dec 2014

Publicly-listed firm by global sourcing giant Li & Fung has bought Primark and Next Plc supplier May Trading Ltd out of administration.


Katie Smith | 25 Nov 2014

An agreement on delivering compensation to the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh has been outlined - two years after the blaze killed at least 112 people and injured 300 others.


Michelle Russell | 20 Nov 2014

Global Brands Group, which was recently spun off from Hong Kong's Li & Fung, has provided its first trading update as a separate company.


Leonie Barrie | 17 Oct 2014

Several events are set to converge on the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka in December, including the Second International Trade Expo for Building and Fire Safety.


Katie Smith | 3 Oct 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include plans by China's Jiangsu Lianfa Textile Co to invest US$500m in an Ethiopian textile plant, the views of Li & Fung's chairman on China's efforts to grow its domestic consumption, and first results from a study into health and productivity of Cambodian garment workers.


Katie Smith | 1 Sep 2014

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has tapped two industry veterans to drive its global supply chain strategy.


Michelle Russell | 29 Aug 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the shifts in manufacturing costs that are driving companies to re-think their global production strategies, a closer look at Li & Fung's three-year strategy, and the continued unrest in Cambodia's garment industry.


Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2014

Global sourcing firm Li & Fung reported "solid" results in the first half, against a mixed economic landscape, with growth in both sales and earnings.


Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2014

Fashion apparel, footwear, and accessories business Global Brands Group has widened its net loss in the first half as a result of increased investment in new brand additions.


Katie Smith | 14 Aug 2014

Fashion apparel, footwear, and accessories business Global Brands Group has extended its sleepwear licensing arrangement with Disney Consumer Products.


Katie Smith | 4 Aug 2014

Product lifecycle management (PLM) software provider Centric Software has opened its first Asian office in Shanghai, as part of efforts to expand its presence in the region.


Michelle Russell | 9 Jul 2014

Global sourcing firm Li & Fung has completed the spin-off its Global Brands Group as a separate publicly-listed business, which has now begun trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Latest blogs

Leonie Barrie | 6 Oct 2014

Not content with dominating the global exporting landscape, China is now switching its focus to growth in domestic consumption. And according to Li & Fung chairman William Fung, this is likely to lead to "a rather bumpy ride" for the apparel industry.


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.

Company research

Li & Fung Limited (494) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Li & Fung Limited (494) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analy

Li & Fung Limited (Li & Fung) is a multinational consumer products trading company. It designs, develops, sources and distributes consumer goods for major retailers and brands across the world....

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Management briefing: Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Management briefing: Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues i

For our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style has again asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in...

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