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VF’s Third Way shores up key supplier partnerships

US apparel giant VF Corp is extending its Third Way manufacturing programme to strategic suppliers in sub-Saharan Africa as it continues to...

Athletic players well positioned amid disruption

Deflationary pressures, the rise of Amazon and the expansion of off-price and fast fashion chains all have the potential to disrupt traditio...

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2015

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were William E Connor, chairman and CEO of William E Connor & Associates; Patagonia's director of social & environmental responsibility Cara Chacon; Frank Henke, global director of social and environmental affairs at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group; and Esquel Group vice chairman and CEO John Cheh. 

Katie Smith | 14 Aug 2015

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry experts believe improvements can come about through social change, collaboration and innovation.

Michelle Russell | 13 Aug 2015

Exchange rate variations could “significantly” influence China's textile and apparel exports, a consultancy has suggested, after the government cut the guiding rate for the yuan for a third consecutive day.

Michelle Russell | 31 Jul 2015

A new tool that could bring greater transparency to complex global apparel supply chains has been developed by UK start-up Provenance. Based on the Bitcoin blockchain platform, which enables digital asset transfers across the internet, the technology can create a unique digital record that verifies, tracks and traces each step of the production process, without the need for software.

Latest Interviews

Katie Smith | 8 May 2015

Outdoor wear behemoth The North Face has secured its position as a leader in the field since its inception 50 years ago. While "ahead of the game" on sustainability, the US2$bn brand is also just "scratching the surface," according to Adam Mott, the group's director of sustainability. Here he tells just-style how the company is re-evaluating and rethinking everything it does based on what's right for the worker, the environment, and the consumer.

Leonie Barrie | 28 Mar 2013

Overseeing international operations for one of the world's most-recognised brands, Tim Wheeler paints a picture of a business model fine-tuned for success.

Latest News

Katie Smith | 27 Jan 2016

Outdoor wear brand Haglöfs has withdrawn a line of boots from sale after an investigation found they contained hazardous chemicals, while other brands have updated their own progress on reducing PFCs in outdoor clothing and footwear.

Katie Smith | 8 Jan 2016

Outdoor wear behemoth The North Face has achieved its goal of fully integrating Responsible Down Standard (RDS)-certified down across its products, a year earlier than anticipated. 

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 

Michelle Russell | 23 Dec 2015

Lululemon Athletica has defended its position following the release online of an animal rights campaign video claiming the Canadian yoga wear brand continues to sell clothing items using "cruelly produced down".

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2015

Denim brand Wrangler has unveiled its new athleisure jeans collection which it claims are woven with innovative fabric technology.

Katie Smith | 18 Dec 2015

Denim brand Wrangler has joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in a bid to strengthen sustainability throughout its supply chain and the wider apparel industry.

Michelle Russell | 16 Dec 2015

The inclusion of the 'just transition' worker protection provision in the Paris climate change agreement is a "considerable achievement" a union has said, but pressure will continue to be placed on governments to deliver on the commitment.

Michelle Russell | 4 Dec 2015

A group of seven apparel companies, including Levis Strauss & Co, VF Corp and Gap Inc, have signed a declaration calling on government leaders to reach a strong climate change agreement. 

Katie Smith | 4 Dec 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the winning US apparel import countries, an interview with John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, on why automation is core to competitiveness, and a roundup of the latest launches and developments at this year's ITMA exhibition.

Michelle Russell | 2 Dec 2015

Outdoor wear behemoth The North Face has developed what it says is its "most breathable" waterproof jacket that permanently repels water. 

Michelle Russell | 1 Dec 2015

US apparel giant VF Corp and department store retailer Kohl’s are just two of a further 73 companies to have joined the White House pledge to address climate change and reduce their carbon footprints.

Katie Smith | 10 Nov 2015

US apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has said it continues to investigate opportunities in East Africa, with plans to increase its sourcing base in the region. 

Leonie Barrie | 13 Oct 2015

Denim brand Wrangler has teamed up with Westex by Milliken to launch a flame-resistant jean featuring four-way flex technology for enhanced comfort.

Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 2015

The US International Trade Commission has narrowed the scope of its ongoing patent infringement investigation of certain laser abraded denim garments by removing five respondents.

Katie Smith | 2 Sep 2015

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has appointed Alan McClay as its new CEO to lead the group during its next phase of growth.

Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2015

Nike, Hanesbrands and VF Corp have topped an analyst report of apparel and footwear firms that have made the most progress in managing environmental, social and governance issues.

Katie Smith | 31 Jul 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at VF Corp's interest in Africa as a sourcing destination, how G-Star Raw is pushing the boundaries of denim, and the launch of a metallised thread antenna for a new "revolutionary" RFID tag.

Michelle Russell | 24 Jul 2015

US apparel giant VF Corp has reported “strong” second-quarter earnings and sales growth, raising its profit guidance for the full year.

Katie Smith | 3 Jul 2015

Jeans produced under VF Corp's Lee ReThink denim programme in China - which aims to improve sustainability at every stage of the supply chain - require around 1,100 less gallons of water to produce compared to a typical pair of Lee jeans.

Leonie Barrie | 25 Jun 2015

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corporation has named Steven Rendle to the new position of president and chief operating officer, in a move designed to help fuel growth of the company behind The North Face, Vans, Timberland and Wrangler brands.

Leonie Barrie | 12 May 2015

VF Corporation is exploring potential apparel and footwear uses for an innovative new technology that adds high performance finishes to fabrics without the use of water or heat.

Richard Woodard | 7 May 2015

Denim brand Wrangler has expanded its product offering with the launch of its Premium Performance Cool Vantage jeans, which feature moisture-wicking technology.

Latest blogs

Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 2015

From retailing to manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2015. As the year draws to a close, just-style's annual review tracks those for whom 2015 will be memorable in more ways than one.

Michelle Russell | 23 Feb 2015

A tentative agreement on a new five-year contract has been agreed for some 20,000 dockworkers at 29 US West Coast ports, ending nine months of discussions. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been engaged in talks since 12 May to replace the existing six-year contact, which expired on 30 June.

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