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The reality of manufacturing fashion in the UK

The idea of bringing mass-market garment production back to the UK is finally gaining momentum among manufacturers and retailers. But accord...

Making clothes should never mean life or death

Is Bangladesh is a place where workers are safe to make clothes sold by Western retailers and brands - and is the lure of low costs a risk w...


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord?

Katie Smith | 27 Jul 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.


Making it in the UK - Ready or not? Quote/unquote

Katie Smith | 28 Feb 2014

Industry experts this week assembled to share their views on the reality of manufacturing textiles and apparel in Britain. Here is a roundup of some of the comments made at the the ASBCI conference 'Making it in the UK - Ready or not?'


Garment size and fit a "moving target"

Leonie Barrie | 19 Apr 2013

Fashion retailers, brands and manufacturers are facing a "moving target" when it comes to garment sizing and fit. A focus on changing consumer shapes, communication with both offshore factories and customers, pattern blocks and fit forms, as well as processes and training are all needed now if the industry is to prevent problems in the future, say leading executives.


Top ten news stories on just-style in 2012...

Katie Smith | 21 Dec 2012

Instead of our regular look at the most read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top stories on just-style in 2012. From Nike's Flyknit seamless running shoes to garment factory strikes, innovation and labour problems were some of the issues that made the headlines.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Andy Dunkley, CEO, Lee Cooper

Petah Marian | 13 Aug 2013

Andy Dunkley, the CEO of Lee Cooper has set some ambitious targets for the licensed denim brand, with plans for it to double its revenue to US$1bn over the next five years. Dunkley told Petah Marian about the Lee Cooper "family" and its plans at the company's recent licensee conference.

Latest News

Matalan eyes growth despite Christmas sales drop

Katie Smith | 12 Jan 2015

Value fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has said it expects to record full-year profit growth, despite posting a drop in Christmas sales.


New Look taps Mason as non-exec chairman

Katie Smith | 17 Sep 2014

UK fashion retailer New Look has tapped former Matalan and Levi Strauss executive Paul Mason as its new non-executive chairman.


Rana Plaza Trust Fund awards $1.4m to victims

Katie Smith | 9 Sep 2014

The International Labour Organization-backed fund for victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy has distributed BDT108m (US$1.4m) to 700 cases.


Matalan slammed again for “token” fund donation

Richard Woodard | 7 Aug 2014

Campaigners have renewed their condemnation of cut-price clothing retailer Matalan, claiming that the company has made only a “token” contribution to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund.


UK minister urged to match Rana Plaza donations

Richard Woodard | 5 Aug 2014

Union confederation the TUC is urging the UK government to match-fund corporate donations to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, and to pressure the Bangladesh government to increase and openly declare its own contribution.


Matalan makes payment to Rana Plaza fund

Michelle Russell | 31 Jul 2014

UK apparel retailer Matalan has made a contribution to the Rana Plaza Compensation Trust Fund but insists it has never been ordered by any organisation to pay compensation.


Matalan defends its position on Bangladesh

Michelle Russell | 29 Jul 2014

UK apparel retailer Matalan has moved to defend its position following accusations it has violated terms of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, and is dragging its feet over paying into the compensation fund.


Creative director Sykes exits Nicole Farhi

Katie Smith | 23 Jul 2014

Nicole Farhi's creative director, Joanna Sykes, is leaving the upmarket fashion brand after less than two years in the role.


Retailer Matalan embraces 3D product development

Leonie Barrie | 20 May 2014

Value fashion retailer Matalan is implementing Lectra's Modaris 3D product development solution to enhance the fit, style and quality of its garments.


Matalan full-year profit drops as revenue slips

Katie Smith | 13 May 2014

Value fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has reported a drop in full-year profit, but stressed that earnings have improved for the start of the new fiscal year.


Sainsbury's promotes clothing boss in reshuffle

Katie Smith | 1 May 2014

Sainsbury's clothing boss James Brown has been promoted to director of all non-food trading, as part of a reshuffle to prepare for the departure of CEO Justin King.


Benetton defends its position on Bangladesh

Michelle Russell | 3 Apr 2014

Italian fashion firm Benetton has moved to defend its position on Bangladesh following accusations it has violated terms of the Accord and is dragging its feet over paying into the compensation fund.


North Face firm on commitment to supplier wages

Michelle Russell | 2 Apr 2014

The North Face says it remains committed to ensuring its suppliers meet the group's ethical standards despite a report accusing the outdoor wear brand of failing workers by not paying a living wage.


Retailers failing supply chain workers says study

Michelle Russell | 31 Mar 2014

European retailers including Debenhams, Matalan and North Face are failing workers in their supply chain by not paying a living wage, according to a new brand survey.


Former Mulberry exec named Nicole Farhi chief

Katie Smith | 31 Mar 2014

Former Pringle, Mulberry and Tanner Krolle executive, Martin Mason, has been named chief executive of upmarket British fashion brand Nicole Farhi, with effect from 1 April.


Bangladesh aid call stepped up as funds fall short

Michelle Russell | 26 Mar 2014

Campaigners are stepping up their calls for brands to pay into the Rana Plaza compensation fund after it was revealed to just-style that less than 20% of the amount required to make payments to all workers has so far been received.


Rana Plaza compensation to begin next month

Leonie Barrie | 19 Mar 2014

The committee set up to pay compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse aims to distribute US$2m to around 3,600 workers and families before the one-year anniversary of the tragedy on 24 April.


Funds fall short as Rana Plaza compensation nears

Leonie Barrie | 14 Mar 2014

Compensation payments to victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse are due to start next month - but campaigners admit funds still fall far short of the $40m needed to make payments to all workers.


New Look chairman McGeorge to depart

Katie Smith | 6 Mar 2014

New Look non-executive chairman Alistair McGeorge is to step down after three years at the value fashion retailer.


Nicole Farhi owner outlines growth plans

Katie Smith | 18 Feb 2014

The owner of upmarket fashion brand Nicole Farhi is looking to hire a global CEO and marketing director as part of wider plans to drive growth.


Matalan Q3 earnings drop despite sales rise

Richard Woodard | 21 Jan 2014

Out-of-town fashion and homeware retailer Matalan recorded a drop in third quarter earnings, despite increasing revenues in the three months to 30 November.


Industry conference to look at 'Made in the UK'

Leonie Barrie | 16 Jan 2014

The reality of manufacturing fashion in Britain is the focus of a new industry conference set to take place at the end of next month.


Report criticises Rana Plaza compensation progress

Richard Woodard | 24 Oct 2013

Not enough progress has been made on delivering compensation to families and workers affected by the Rana Plaza building collapse, according to a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign and the International Labour Rights Forum.

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