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14 steps to becoming an M&S eco-factory

Marks and Spencer opened its first eco-factories in Sri Lanka in 2008 in partnership with two of the country's biggest garment producers, Br...

IMB Select: web-based systems on show

IMB Select, the new two-day textile and apparel IT exhibition in Germany, promised a platform to showcase the latest software developments s...

just-style’s research roundup | 23 May 2011

This week the latest reports available from just-style evaluate the clothing, accessories and luxury goods market in Bulgaria, the UK apparel retailing sector, and trends in the US clothing import market.

Sri Lankan suppliers shrug off GSP+ impact

Joe Ayling | 19 Nov 2010

Two of Sri Lanka's most prominent manufacturing groups say they have not yet felt the effect of losing the GSP+ (generalised system of preferences) status with the EU.

Sri Lanka tackles sizeable challenges

Joe Ayling | 15 Nov 2010

Leading figures in Sri Lanka's garment industry continue to invest in building a manufacturing nation viewed as both green and ethical by international buyers.

Reducing time for fitting samples

Niki Tait | 2 Jun 2010

One of the biggest challenges faced by retailers, brands and their suppliers is how to speed up garment design and development when most of the people involved in the process work in different places - often in different time zones and speaking different languages.

Latest Interviews

Top ten interviews on just-style in 2013...

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2013

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were Tim Wheeler, president of Jockey's international division, Esquel Group's CEO John Cheh, and Joe Dixon, SVP of production at Brooks Brothers.

Speaking with style: Dilan Gooneratne, Bodyline

Petah Marian | 2 Jan 2013

Bodyline was one of the first factories set up by Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant MAS Holdings in partnership with Victoria's Secret and Triumph. Looking back over the past 20 years, the company's CEO Dilan Gooneratne tells Petah Marian about the challenges Bodyline faced, and how the business was turned around in the midst of the economic crisis.

Latest News

MAS Active accesses supplier finance scheme

Leonie Barrie | 13 Nov 2013

Apparel manufacturer MAS Active is to benefit from access to capital under a new trade supplier finance facility for Sri Lanka.

Attune Consulting placed for growth with new team

Richard Woodard | 18 Sep 2013

Fashion and lifestyle business consultant Attune Consulting has announced a number of new executive appointments after securing a US$20m investment from MAS Holdings, the South Asia-based manufacturer of intimate wear, sportswear and swimwear.

Stretchline launches Fit-U elastic to improve fit

Katie Smith | 11 Jul 2013

Narrow fabrics and knitted elastics supplier Stretchline has launched a new elastic to help lingerie and activewear manufacturers offer a better fit and more comfort for their customers.

iStone becomes DeSL Fashion PLM partner

Leonie Barrie | 22 May 2013

UK-based software provider DeSL is partnering with Swedish IT consultancy iStone as its Fashion PLM partner.

India raises Sri Lanka duty-free apparel imports

Dilshani Samaraweera | 25 Sep 2012

The government of India has agreed to increase Sri Lanka's duty-free export quota for apparel by 5m pieces, more than doubling the previous allocation.

Top stories on just-style this week...

Petah Marian | 28 Oct 2011

Top stories this week included an article on the steps required to become an M&S eco-factory, the shifting focus of Chinese manufacturers towards their domestic market, and concerns about that country's economic relationship with the US.

MAS opens US$5m factory for Pink Collegiate line

Dilshani Samaraweera | 7 Oct 2011

MAS Holdings has opened a new US$5m factory dedicated to the production of clothing for Victoria's Secret's 'Pink Collegiate Collection,' which also calls on the group's lean manufacturing skills.

Annual festival to showcase design edge

Joe Ayling | 14 Oct 2010

This year's Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) will take place under the theme of Design Difference, as part of an industry strategy to add more value to its apparel production.

Dogi to sell stake in Sri Lanka unit

Joe Ayling | 23 Jun 2010

Spanish textiles company Dogi International Fabrics has announced the sale of its stake in Sri Lankan unit DogiEFA to a local partner for US$800,000.

MAS lingerie brand tackles Indian market

Dilshani Samaraweera | 10 May 2010

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer MAS Holdings has succesfully launched its first own-label brand in India, called Amante, the brand's boss has told just-style.

MAS selects DeSL’s PLM solution | 2 Feb 2010

MAS Holdings, one of Sri Lanka’s largest fashion manufacturing companies, has selected DeSL’s PLM solution to manage its entire product development process.

Sri Lankan eco-plans undeterred by label setback

Leonie Barrie | 3 Dec 2009

The Sri Lankan apparel industry has been thwarted in its plans to label garments stocked in major US and EU retailers with its 'Garments without Guilt' slogan – but believes its focus on eco-factories will continue to drive the campaign forward.

Nike and MAS team on apparel training centre | 28 Sep 2009

MAS Active, the sports and active wear division of MAS Holdings, has partnered with Nike Inc to set up an apparel innovation and training centre in Sri Lanka.

TradeCard-MAS deal to speed financial transactions | 20 Aug 2009

Sabre Technologies, a subsidiary of garment giant MAS Holdings, and TradeCard Inc of the US, have established a new company called TradeCard Services to offer “financial supply chain automation” tools for apparel and footwear firms in the South Asian region.

Sri Lankan fabrics firm puts LZR in fast lane | 15 Aug 2008

Sri Lanka’s Stretchline Holdings, a specialist in performance enhancing apparel products, was one of the firms that helped Speedo produce the LZR Racer swimsuit that has proved so popular at the Olympics.

MAS sets up brand protection unit | 3 Jun 2008

Lingerie maker MAS Holdings has set up a central ‘Brand Protection Unit’ to protect its customers’ brand names from counterfeiting and unauthorised sale.

Dogi to supply fabrics for M&S lingerie | 13 May 2008

Spanish textiles company Dogi has won a contract to supply Marks & Spencer's Sri Lankan lingerie supplier with stretch fabrics for upcoming lines, the company has announced in a statement to just-style.

M&S opens first green garment plants | 25 Apr 2008

Marks & Spencer CEO Sir Stuart Rose today (25 April) paid a one-day flying visit to Sri Lanka to open the world’s first ‘green’ garment manufacturing plants which will supply clothing to M&S stores.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 25 Apr 2008

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

MAS Holdings goes green for M&S bra production | 3 Apr 2008

The MAS Fabric Park in Sri Lanka has signed an agreement with a local private power producer to supply ‘green’ power to manufacture bras for Marks and Spencer.

M&S inks eco-friendly supply deals | 22 Feb 2008

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has linked up with the Brandix group, MAS Holdings and the Hirdaramani group in Sri Lanka for the supply of eco-friendly garments for its retail outlets.

Top stories on just-style this year... | 21 Dec 2007

Here is a list of the top ten stories published on just-style during the past year. To read the stories in full, please click on the headlines.

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