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Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 2016

Instead of our regular roundup of 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 news stories on just-style in 2016. Cutting edge innovations, Africa growth, Brexit, worker safety, key apparel and footwear trends, and minimum wages were just some of the issues that made the headlines.


Leonie Barrie | 14 Sep 2016

As efforts continue to try to rescue cargo stranded in the wake of the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container shipper, fallout for apparel and footwear importers and exporters remains unclear.


Leonie Barrie | 18 Aug 2016

With the second-biggest shopping season of the year now underway, analysts are cautiously optimistic that back-to-school sales will provide a much-needed lift for US clothing retailers thanks to several key trends and well-controlled inventory levels.


Guest author | 17 Aug 2016

3D-printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernstein Research seems to suggest much more progress still needs to be made before it has the potential to impact apparel.

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Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2014

Levi Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.


Leonie Barrie | 23 Apr 2014

Without knowing the precise history of the products it sells and then being able to verify the claims it makes, Tim Wilson, CEO of Historic Futures, believes the apparel industry will never be able to make a real difference to issues ranging from sustainability to illegal subcontracting. He is now taking the company's String platform back to the drawing board to tackle the issue of total traceability across the clothing supply chain.

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Beth Wright | 26 May 2017

Parisian fashion house Christian Dior, US sporting goods behemoth Nike, and Spanish clothing giant Inditex have all topped Forbes' 2017 The World's Biggest Public Companies ranking.


Michelle Russell | 25 May 2017

Asos, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co and Nike are among 13 clothing and textile brands who have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.


In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions. 


Michelle Russell | 12 May 2017

A new initiative has launched that brings together key stakeholders such as C&A Foundation, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Nike to build a circular economy for textiles – starting with fashion.


Michelle Russell | 25 Apr 2017

Sporting giant Nike has filed a patent for "architecturally reinforced denim" intended for athletic endeavours such as extreme sports.


Beth Wright | 22 Mar 2017

US sporting giant Nike booked what it called a "solid" third-quarter after delivering a double-digit profit hike and witnessing demand for its namesake brand across all geographies.


Beth Wright | 15 Mar 2017

US sporting goods giant Nike has retained its position as the world’s most valuable apparel brand after a 13% rise in brand value to US$32bn, new figures show.


Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 2017

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has topped a new benchmark ranking that aims to incentivise companies in a race to the top for the moral and commercial advantages of a strong human rights record.


Beth Wright | 6 Mar 2017

US sporting goods giant Nike has unveiled a new plus size range of apparel for women, using both science and fit as key elements in the design process. 


Beth Wright | 21 Feb 2017

US sporting goods giant Nike has unveiled its most powerful and resilient underfoot platform as part of anniversary celebrations for its innovative Air Max 1 shoe, which introduced visible Nike Air cushioning.


Beth Wright | 14 Feb 2017

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says demand for more sustainable cotton is on the rise, with Swedish retailer H&M and sportswear giants Adidas and Nike leading the field in its 'Better Cotton league'.


Beth Wright | 26 Jan 2017

US apparel business Perry Ellis International has inked a number of new license agreements to distribute Nike Swim across Europe.


Beth Wright | 23 Jan 2017

US apparel business Perry Ellis International has inked a number of new license agreements to distribute Nike Swim across Latin America.


Beth Wright | 18 Jan 2017

Retail giant JC Penney is to roll out hundreds of Nike "shops" across its stores in a move the company says "underscores its commitment to activewear".


Michelle Russell | 22 Dec 2016

US sporting goods giant Nike is looking to speed up its supply chain process and deliver products to market quicker through the scaling up of a new 'Express Lane' manufacturing initiative.


Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 2016

US sporting giant Nike has booked higher second-quarter earnings on stronger demand in China and its domestic market, while indicating a potential rebound in its basketball business.


Beth Wright | 20 Dec 2016

Mark Parker, chief executive officer, president and chairman of US sporting goods giant Nike, is to be honoured for his leadership by the National Retail Federation (NRF).


Michelle Russell | 6 Dec 2016

Leading international businesses – including apparel and textile companies – are ill-prepared for the risk that comes from sourcing products linked to deforestation, a major cause of climate change, a new report claims. 


Beth Wright | 14 Nov 2016

US sporting goods giant Nike has confirmed to just-style it had to postpone the opening of its newest retail experience, Nike Soho, last week.


Beth Wright | 31 Oct 2016

US sporting goods giant Nike has launched a US$50,000 challenge inviting designers, engineers and makers to come up with new innovations to help people more easily put on, secure and take off their shoes.


Michelle Russell | 24 Oct 2016

Emanuel Chirico, chief executive of PVH Corp, and Richard Noll, chief executive of Hanesbrands, have both been named '2016 Responsible CEO of the Year' – with Chirico also picking up a  Lifetime Achievement award.


Michelle Russell | 7 Oct 2016

US sporting giant Nike has promoted company veteran Tom Peddie as vice president and general manager of its North America division. 

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Leonie Barrie | 19 May 2016

…Nike, at least according to Forbes. Its annual ranking of the top 100 most valuable companies is not surprisingly dominated by technology brands – led by Apple in the number one slot. But plenty of clothing brands and retailers also made it onto the list.


Michelle Russell | 17 May 2016

Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry.

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