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Alliance and Accord urged to harmonise efforts

A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progr...

Apparel retailers balance bricks and clicks

Where once retailers invested in e-commerce as an extension of their physical stores, an acceleration in shopping online means they are now...


Alliance members buy more products from Bangladesh

Leonie Barrie | 23 Jul 2014

The group of North American brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc and VF Corporation - working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories appears to be sourcing more products from the country as efforts to upgrade the industry take hold. But one year on, progress is "far from over", with the total cost likely to be in the region of $150m and take 12-18 another months to complete.


How do the Bangladesh safety pacts measure up?

Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 2013

Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.


February off to a slow start for US retailers

Leonie Barrie | 8 Mar 2013

US retailers battled significant headwinds in February, with sales of early spring merchandise getting off to a slow start in the face of cool weather, higher payroll taxes and economic uncertainty.


Retailers' January 2013 sales roundup

Katie Smith | 7 Feb 2013

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe retailers' January 2013 sales results.

Latest Interviews

Hampshire Group CEO hails turnaround progress

Leonie Barrie | 27 Aug 2014

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.


Speaking with style: Dr Harry Lee, TAL Apparel

Leonie Barrie | 26 Jul 2011

TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers, has turned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into an opportunity to do things differently. Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tells just-style how the Hong Kong based firm's long-time focus on efficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping to combat rising costs and set it apart from the competition.

Latest News

Nordstrom reaffirms FY despite Q1 profit slide

Michelle Russell | 18 May 2015

US upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom has reaffirmed its full-year EPS outlook despite seeing earnings slide in its first quarter on the back of acquisition costs.


Canada Goose targets US with New York office

Katie Smith | 3 Dec 2014

Outdoor luxury apparel company Canada Goose has opened a sales office in New York as it gears up to meet surging demand for its products in the US.


LVMH investment arm acquires Seafolly swimwear

Katie Smith | 2 Dec 2014

L Capital Asia, the private equity firm backed by luxury goods group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has acquired a controlling stake in Australian swimwear company Seafolly.


Nordstrom faces challenges despite strong Q3

Katie Smith | 14 Nov 2014

Analysts have praised Nordstrom for a "strong" third-quarter helped by higher sales, but warned the US retailer faces near-term challenges.


Phoenix Footwear Group in Q3 profit jump

Katie Smith | 6 Nov 2014

Phoenix Footwear Group has booked a 71.6% jump in third-quarter net profit, thanks to higher sales.


Finish Line appoints Sato as president

Michelle Russell | 21 Oct 2014

US athletic apparel and footwear retailer The Finish Line has appointed Samuel Sato, formerly president if the Finish Line brand, as group president.


DL1961 Premium Denim launches odour-control jeans

Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2014

Performance jeans brand DL1961 Premium Denim is to treat its entire autumn men's collection with an antimicrobial to provide long-lasting odour control and freshness.


Nordstrom enters Canada with first store

Michelle Russell | 22 Sep 2014

Upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom has opened its first store in Canada, making it the company's first international location.


Billabong reveals supply chain appointments

Katie Smith | 1 Sep 2014

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


Nordstrom Q2 profit flat after investments

Richard Woodard | 15 Aug 2014

Retailer Nordstrom’s second-quarter profit was flat on last year despite rises in sales, thanks to a series of company investments.


Alliance doubles displaced worker compensation

Katie Smith | 14 Jul 2014

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has extended compensation for garment factory workers displaced due to factory remediation from two months' up to four months' wages.


Men's Wearhouse and Jos A Bank deal approved

Michelle Russell | 2 Jun 2014

The deal by Men's Wearhouse to acquire US men's apparel and footwear business Jos A Bank Clothiers has been given the green light by The Federal Trade Commission (FTC).


Lectra and Spectraflow join on colour management

Leonie Barrie | 30 May 2014

Lectra is joining forces with Spectraflow to offer a range of colour management solutions for fashion and apparel designers from conception to production.


Alliance inspections reveal dozens of deficiencies

Leonie Barrie | 28 May 2014

The first round of inspection reports released by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety show that "dozens of deficiencies" have been identified in every garment factory. And the group now has just six weeks to release data on the remaining 600 factories supplying its member companies.


Nordstrom Q1 beats analyst expectations

Michelle Russell | 16 May 2014

Upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom has reported first-quarter results that beat analyst expectations thanks to a comp store sales increase and tight expense management.


Alliance wants to close five Bangladesh factories

Leonie Barrie | 6 May 2014

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it has so far sought the immediate suspension of production in five factories following concerns about the safety of the buildings where they are located.


Software tool to help FitFlop product development

Leonie Barrie | 29 Apr 2014

'Function meets fashion' footwear brand FitFlop has selected Fast React's Vision solution for new product development to help improve its business processes and on-time delivery.


Alliance inspections more than 50% complete

Richard Woodard | 22 Apr 2014

Inspections have been completed on more than half of the nearly 700 Bangladesh factories used by members of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety - which is also pledging to help pay the wages for workers at factories closed for renovation.


Apparel gives strong showing in brand rankings

Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 2014

The latest listing of the best global brands show clothing performed well, with US department store retailer Macy's increasing its brand value by more than 25%, and H&M ranking as the top retailer in its region.


Nordstrom Q4 earnings tumble 5.6%

Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 2014

Upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom has booked a drop in fourth-quarter earnings and guided for full-year profit below analyst expectations.


Hampshire Group buys James Campbell brand

Leonie Barrie | 21 Feb 2014

Fashion apparel maker Hampshire Group has added the James Campbell luxury men's wear brand to its portfolio after acquiring the privately held business from Maverick J LLC.


World department store market set for 22% surge

Richard Woodard | 19 Feb 2014

Sales in department stores around the world are set to rise by 22% over the next five years, fuelled by growth in China, according to a new report.

Latest blogs

Gap results a rare retail bright spot

Leonie Barrie | 23 Aug 2013

What a difference two years makes. In the past couple of weeks major US retailers including Walmart, Target, Macy's and Nordstrom have all lowered their forecasts for the rest of the year citing sluggish sales, cautious consumers and general economic uncertainty. But for specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc it's a different story.

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