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Hong Kong's changing role in the apparel industry

China's rise over the past two decades as the leading location for apparel sourcing has had a knock-on effect on Hong Kong's role in the glo...

New consultancy to help navigate Americas sourcing

As US and European apparel firms scramble to move some of their Asian production to Central and South America in a bid to offset rising prod...

Getting smarter across the supply chain

Leonie Barrie | 27 Sep 2012

Instead of focusing on product costs as a way of offsetting the pressures faced in both retail and sourcing markets, the apparel supply chain should look instead at optimising processes, boosting collaboration and generally getting smarter, industry executives believe.

IAF Convention 2012: Is fast fashion sustainable?

Leonie Barrie | 26 Sep 2012

The rise of the fast fashion retail model that keeps consumer interest by feeding through fresh merchandise more frequently is out of kilter with the industry's increasing focus on sustainability issues, according to speakers at this year's IAF World Apparel Convention.

China continues to be key to apparel sourcing

Leonie Barrie | 4 Apr 2011

China will continue to be key to the sourcing strategies of apparel retailers and brands, according to industry executives speaking at the Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong over the past few days.

Prime Source Forum 2011: Quote/unquote - day 1

Leonie Barrie | 1 Apr 2011

Apparel industry issues tackled on the first day of the Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong included the challenges facing the apparel supply chain, including inflation, China's shift from major supplier to buyer, and labour issues. Here is a roundup of comments from some of the speakers at the event.

Latest Interviews

Speaking with style: Harry van Dalfsen, IAF

Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 2012

The theme of change resonates loudly with Harry van Dalfsen, who took on the role of president of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) two years ago at the height of the global economic crisis. Not surprisingly, ‘Fashion business in a changing environment’ is also the focus of the upcoming IAF World Apparel Convention, which takes place later this month.

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

Global news roundup

Michelle Russell | 25 Nov 2014

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

Lectra cutting room tool taps faster fashion trend

Leonie Barrie | 14 Nov 2014

Lectra has launched the latest release of its Optiplan cutting-room optimisation tool, with new features to help for apparel manufacturers streamline operations and improve efficiency.

Fits.me completes US$5.3m management buy-in

Michelle Russell | 24 Oct 2014

Virtual fitting room developer Fits.me has received EUR4.2m (US$5.3m) from its CEO and existing investors in a management buy-in.

Patagonia range uses material in its purest form

Richard Woodard | 9 Oct 2014

Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has launched a range of clothing made using “responsible manufacturing” techniques, including undyed cashmere and reclaimed cotton.

TAL Group improves pre-production efficiency

Katie Smith | 10 Sep 2014

TAL Apparel Group has saved US$2.1m or 1% of fabric consumption after implementing a cut plan and order management solution from Lectra.

Prime Source Forum gears up for sourcing debate

Leonie Barrie | 28 Mar 2014

In less than a week's time, senior sourcing executives from Marks & Spencer, Puma, Esprit, Perry Ellis, Under Armour, VF Asia, Luen Thai Holdings, Crystal Group and TAL Apparel will be sharing their views and insight with other industry stakeholders at Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.

Prime Source Forum returns for sourcing debate

Leonie Barrie | 14 Mar 2013

Senior executives from across the apparel industry and its supply chain will be heading to Hong Kong later this month for the annual Prime Source Forum.

SAC eco-index to help reduce supplier audits

Petah Marian | 16 Nov 2012

Suppliers may need to undergo only one audit a year on their sustainability and environmental credentials if an eco-index initiative by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) takes off.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition unveils eco-index

Petah Marian | 27 Jul 2012

Clothing and footwear firms including Nike, Marks & Spencer, Levi Strauss and Walmart are among those backing a new tool designed to measure sustainability and environmental impact across the industry supply chain.

Middlesex University opens TAL fashion studios

Petah Marian | 13 Feb 2012

Middlesex University has named its fashion studios after Hong Kong based clothing supplier TAL Apparel in recognition of the long-standing support the company has given the university.

Bodymetrics 3D body scanner launches in New Look

Leonie Barrie | 24 Oct 2011

Fast fashion retailer New Look has installed what is described as the "world's first full 3D body scanner" at its new store at the Westfield Stratford shopping centre in London.

Top stories on just-style this week...

Katie Smith | 29 Jul 2011

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

CHINA: Apparel fabric fair adds sustainability eve

just-style.com | 23 May 2011

This autumn's Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics trade fair is set to be nearly one-third larger in size than last year, and will host the debut Planet Textiles conference on sustainability.

Industry leaders back apparel eco-index scheme

Leonie Barrie | 1 Mar 2011

Leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers and manufacturers including Nike, Gap Inc, H&M, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer and Walmart are driving a new initiative to improve sustainability across the entire apparel and footwear sector.

TAL Group improves productivity with Lawson tool

just-style.com | 5 Feb 2010

Leading garment manufacturer TAL Group has rolled out a latest version of the Lawson enterprise software system.

Prime Source launches ThinkTank platform

just-style.com | 26 Oct 2009

The organisers of the annual Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong have expanded the event’s round-table discussion format with the launch of a new online platform where international apparel executives can discuss key industry issues throughout the year.

Prime Source Forum prepares for timely debate

just-style.com | 11 Mar 2009

Senior executives involved in sourcing, manufacturing and servicing the global apparel industry are heading to Hong Kong at the end of the month for the fourth edition of Prime Source Forum.

New Hong Kong group promotes sustainable fashion

just-style.com | 25 Apr 2008

A group of leading Hong Kong textile and apparel companies this week launched the ‘Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium’ (SFBC) to help the industry minimise its impact on the environment.

TAL drives fashion planning with Lawson

just-style.com | 1 Nov 2007

Hong Kong based garment manufacturer TAL Apparel has implemented two new software applications to help it become more efficient, more responsive to market trends, and to reduce total costs.

Company research

Management briefing: Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Management briefing: Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues i

For our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style has again asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in...

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