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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...

Who has pledged to ban the use of angora?

More than 90 brands and retailers have committed to end the use of angora in their future clothing and accessories collections, following on...

Where next for sustainability in fashion?

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.

Yuan devaluation to impact clothing sector

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.

Supply chain mapping using the Bitcoin blockchain

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.

VF Corp confirms interest in Africa sourcing

Michelle Russell | 27 Jul 2015

US apparel giant VF Corp has confirmed its interest in Africa as a sourcing destination as it continues to create a "balanced portfolio" of countries where it can manufacture its products.

Latest Interviews

North Face ahead of the game on sustainability

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.

Interview: Tim Wheeler, Jockey International

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.

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US Q3 in brief: Burlington Stores, Guess, Chico's

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 25 Nov 2015

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Abercrombie & Fitch recorded higher earnings thanks to less discounting, while Foot Locker revealed a mixed quarter, and Destination XL narrowed losses. Also, Kate Spade & Co returned to profit, while L Brands, Ross Stores, and Perry Ellis lifted their full-year guidance. Guess revealed declining earnings as a result of the stronger US dollar, while Dollar Tree's earnings fell on acquisition costs, and DSW recorded "disappointing" figures.

VF continues to explore Africa sourcing options

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. 

Wrangler teams with Westex by Milliken on FR jean

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.

ITC narrows denim laser abrasion patent probe

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.

Better Cotton Initiative names McClay CEO

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.

Nike, Hanesbrands and VF top sustainability index

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.

Top stories this week on just-style...

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.

VF Corp ups guidance on "strong" Q2

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.

Lee ReThink taps into sustainable supply chain

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.

Steven Rendle promoted to new COO role at VF Corp

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.

VF Corp testing new fabric finishing technology

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.

Wrangler launches moisture-wicking denim jeans

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.

VF Corp lifts outlook despite Q1 profit fall

Katie Smith | 1 May 2015

US apparel giant VF Corp has lifted its full-year earnings outlook and said it remains confident, despite seeing both its first-quarter profit and margin decline.

North Face to recycle 100K lbs of apparel in 2015

Katie Smith | 21 Apr 2015

Outdoor wear brand The North Face has set its sights on recycling more than 100,000 lbs of apparel and footwear in 2015, after announcing plans to expand its closed loop programme to all of its stores in the US.

VF Corp to develop nanofibre apparel fabrics

Katie Smith | 9 Apr 2015

US apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has formed a strategic partnership with nanofibre solutions company FibeRio Technology to develop performance apparel fabrics using nanotechnology.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 20 Feb 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the impact VF Corp's global supply chain is having on gross margin, Pakistan's new textile policy, and the apparel industry's response to President Obama's intervention in the ongoing West Coast port dispute.

VF Corp Q4 earnings miss estimates

Michelle Russell | 13 Feb 2015

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has booked fourth-quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations but is optimistic for 2015.

Ascena revises Justice strategy as CFO appointed

Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 2015

Ascena Retail Group has promoted SVP of investor relations Robb Giammatteo to the role of CFO and outlined a revised three-point stabilisation plan for its Justice brand.

North Face adds eco-friendly materials to jackets

Katie Smith | 26 Jan 2015

VF-owned outdoor brand The North Face has incorporated three of Unifi's Repreve environmentally friendly materials into its Denali line of fleece jackets, significantly reducing the amount of water and chemicals used in the fabric dyeing and finishing process.

Fashion brands facing strong dollar “headwind”

Richard Woodard | 21 Jan 2015

Global fashion brands based in the US could face an increasing headwind from a strong dollar, an analyst has warned.

United Colors of Benetton builds management team

Katie Smith | 20 Jan 2015

Italian fashion firm Benetton Group has strengthened its management team with three new appointments, including that of Piero Maldini as retail director for United Colors of Benetton.

Top ten news stories on just-style in 2014...

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2014

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 2014. Minimum wage rises, toxic substances in clothing, job cuts, and factory safety issues were some of the issues that made the headlines.

Latest blogs

US port dipute conclusion nears

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.

Bangladesh's ambitious goal on apparel exports

Leonie Barrie | 14 Dec 2014

The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of recent tragedies.

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