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Who has pledged to ban the use of angora?

More than 90 brands and retailers have committed to end the use of angora in their future clothing and accessories collections, following on...

Where next for sustainability in fashion?

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry...

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord?

Katie Smith | 22 Sep 2015

More than 200 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.

Supply chain mapping using the Bitcoin blockchain

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.

M&S project benefits garment worker health

Michelle Russell | 2 Jul 2015

Marks & Spencer says it has seen an improvement in worker health issues in Cambodia - and the subsequent business benefits - since a new healthcare project was launched last year as part of its Global Community Programme.

M&S to launch transparency programme

Michelle Russell | 5 Jun 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer said it has plans in place to launch a programme that aims to improve transparency in its clothing supply chain.

Latest Interviews

M&S continuing to drive sustainability agenda

Michelle Russell | 12 Nov 2014

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is on something of a mission: To become the world's most sustainable retailer through its ambitious Plan A environmental and ethical programme. The person in charge of implementing this globally is Adam Elman, head of Plan A delivery, who discusses the initiative's challenging targets and the need for wider industry collaboration.

The Bangladesh Accord tackles unsafe factories

Kitty So | 20 Feb 2014

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.

Latest News

M&S promotes Ferrer to women's design head

Michelle Russell | 28 Sep 2015

UK retail group Marks and Spencer has promoted Queralt Ferrer as its first director of design for women's wear, lingerie and beauty.

UK apparel retail sales growth beats 5-yr average

Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 2015

UK apparel retail sales grew 2.4% in the 24 weeks ended 2 August, above the five-year average, estimates have shown.

UK retailers to answer over human trafficking

Michelle Russell | 30 Jul 2015

The UK Government is forcing retailers to play their part in helping eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains, under new measures to be included in the Modern Slavery Bill.

M&S clothing director John Dixon steps down

Michelle Russell | 17 Jul 2015

Marks & Spencer's share price fell this morning as the UK retailer's head of clothing and homewares, John Dixon, announced his decision to step down.

Analysts upbeat despite M&S Q1 clothing fall

Katie Smith | 7 Jul 2015

Analysts remain upbeat on Marks & Spencer's short-medium term potential, despite the UK retailer reporting a decline in first quarter like-for-like general merchandise sales, which includes clothing.

Cotton tracing "biggest challenge" for M&S

Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has said cotton remains the biggest challenge for the group when it comes to tracing its supply chain back to raw materials.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 3 Jul 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include news that Myanmar has introduced its first minimum wage for garment workers, Marks & Spencer is to launch a supply human rights policy, and Adidas has developed its first shoe upper made from ocean waste.

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.

GM margin helps M&S deliver FY profit

Michelle Russell | 20 May 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has delivered its first increase in profits in four years thanks to improved general merchandise gross margin, less discounting and better deals with suppliers.

Fashion recovery boosts Marks & Spencer Q4

Richard Woodard | 2 Apr 2015

A long-awaited recovery in clothing sales helped UK retailer Marks & Spencer to a brighter fourth-quarter, with group sales rising 1.9%.

Cambodia labour abuse claims disputed

Katie Smith | 23 Mar 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer and the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) have disputed the details of a report alleging labour rights abuses are still rife in the country's garment factories, with both claiming they are committed to providing and supporting safe working conditions.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 6 Mar 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include concerns that the freefalling euro is adding to Bangladesh's textile and clothing production woes, a closer look at Myanmar's new garment Code of Conduct, and news that a pay rise is being considered for Sri Lanka's garment workers.

M&S Asia head quits as China stores to close

Michelle Russell | 3 Mar 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is to close five of its stores in Shanghai and has confirmed its head of Asia is to step down.

Next's head of menswear design to join M&S

Michelle Russell | 30 Jan 2015

Next’s head of men's wear design, Simon Hawksworth, is to join UK retailer Marks & Spencer in the same role.

M&S clothing still fails to connect with consumers

Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2015

Marks & Spencer has not completely won back the confidence of consumers, analysts believe, after the retailer revealed a drop in like-for-like general merchandise sales and clothing sales impacted by unseasonal weather.

Jigsaw product director Horspool exits

Katie Smith | 11 Dec 2014

Jigsaw product director Barbara Horspool has left the UK fashion retailer after two years in the role to join clothing and homeware retailer The White Company.

Primark latest to blame weather for sales

Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2014

Value fashion retailer Primark has achieved like-for-like sales below the expectations of its parent company, as unusually warmer weather hurt revenues.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 5 Dec 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include M&S increasing the amount of Better Cotton it sources, Cache considering a third-party acquisition offer, and Tesco's management changes could help the retailer build a "a credible trading strategy".

M&S to appoint international supply chain chief

Michelle Russell | 4 Dec 2014

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is to appoint a head of international supply chain.

One-third of M&S cotton from Better Cotton sources

Michelle Russell | 2 Dec 2014

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has increased the amount of Better Cotton it sources, moving a step closer to achieving its Plan A commitment to procure 50% from sustainable sources by 2020.

M&S hires new CFO from John Lewis

Michelle Russell | 17 Nov 2014

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

Accord issues remediation guides for factories

Leonie Barrie | 14 Nov 2014

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has issued a manual and other remediation guidance to help its supplier factories as the implementation of fire protection measures gets underway.

Latest blogs

Nike and Wal-Mart join renewable energy pledge

Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2015

Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.

2015 starting to shape up

Leonie Barrie | 12 Jan 2015

With most holiday merchandise brought into the US early as retailers rushed to beat a possible shutdown of West Coast ports, it is perhaps not surprising that apparel imports fell in November.

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