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Where next for Corporate Human Rights Benchmark?

First feedback on last week's launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has welcomed the move – but warns against drawing conclusions t...

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...


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 | 25 Sep 2015

Deflationary pressures, the rise of Amazon and the expansion of off-price and fast fashion chains all have the potential to disrupt traditional US apparel retailers - but it is the athletic players that are “well positioned” to come out on top, analysts suggest.


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.


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.

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Leonie Barrie | 28 Jul 2016

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.


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.

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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 | 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 | 28 Feb 2017

US apparel giant VF Corp, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has unveiled its first-ever Forest Derived Materials Policy, which sets formal guidelines for the company's purchasing preferences and use of sustainable forest materials and products.


Beth Wright | 17 Feb 2017

US apparel giant VF Corporation, owner of the North Face and Timberland brands, said it expects revenue to decline in the first half of 2017 after revealing a fall in both sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2016.


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 | 7 Feb 2017

US clothing and footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has named former The North Face brand president, Todd Spaletto, as president of its Wolverine outdoor and lifestyle group.


Beth Wright | 6 Feb 2017

The jeanswear division of US apparel giant VF Corp, which includes its Wrangler and Lee brands, is partnering with the University of North Carolina to incorporate 3D design technology into its curriculum, to help prepare students for careers in the apparel and retail industries.


Beth Wright | 3 Feb 2017

US apparel giant VF Corp, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has named Brendan Sullivan as president of sportswear, responsible for its global Nautica brand and Kipling brand in North America.


Beth Wright | 27 Jan 2017

US apparel giant VF Corp, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has named Travis Campbell as brand president of its wool apparel line Smartwool.


Beth Wright | 19 Dec 2016

US apparel giant VF Corp, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has revealed its commitment to achieving gender parity throughout its corporate leadership structure by 2030, in partnership with the Paradigm for Parity coalition.


Michelle Russell | 15 Dec 2016

Having saved 3bn litres of water in the denim production process over the past decade, VF Corp-owned jeanswear brand Wrangler has now set a new goal to reduce usage at its facilities by 20% by 2020.


In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Sears Holdings remained optimistic despite widening its net losses, while Vince Holding blamed challenging conditions and warm weather for a fall in both earnings and sales. Abercrombie & Fitch, meanwhile, revealed a "disastrous" quarter as sales fell and earnings plummeted 80%, while American Eagle Outfitters booked record sales and its 9th consecutive quarter of profit improvement.


Leonie Barrie | 8 Dec 2016

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corporation says Aidan O’Meara will be the next vice president and group president of VF International following the retirement of Karl Heinz Salzburger at the end of next year.


Michelle Russell | 25 Oct 2016

The majority of large apparel brands are ignoring the "endemic" abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish clothing factories supplying European retailers, a new report has found. 


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 | 6 Oct 2016

US apparel giant VF Corp has partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help build the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of the textile wet processing sector in Bangladesh.


Michelle Russell | 5 Oct 2016

US apparel giant VF Corporation has named COO Steve Rendle as its next chief executive, succeeding Eric Wiseman who is stepping down at the beginning of next year. 


Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 2016

The Riders by Lee value-priced women’s apparel brand is launching a "smart denim" line that moves with the body while maintaining its shape.


Beth Wright | 30 Aug 2016

Israel-based lingerie, underwear and activewear manufacturer Delta Galil Industries has completed its purchase of VF Corp's Contemporary Brands businesses in a deal worth US$120m.


Beth Wright | 9 Aug 2016

US apparel giant VF Corporation has promoted Jim Pisani to the role of global brand president of Timberland, effective immediately.


Leonie Barrie | 22 Jul 2016

US apparel giant VF Corporation, owner of the North Face, Lee and Timberland brands, has lowered its revenue guidance for the year amid a "challenging environment" in the second quarter.


Michelle Russell | 21 Jul 2016

US clothing giant VF Corp, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has expressed confidence the company is building a "solid roadmap" for sustainability as it continues to make strides on its renewable energy goals. 

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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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