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Top company strategic reviews of 2014

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to h...


Top company strategic reviews of 2014

Michelle Russell | 17 Dec 2014

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to heavy promotional activity in order to keep sales up. Subsequently, however, margins and earnings were hit. As a result, a large number of firms were forced to carry out strategic reviews on their business operations in order to turn their businesses around. Here are some of those that just-style has reported on this year.


IAF convention calls for innovation and inclusion

Ivan Castano Freeman | 9 Oct 2014

Global apparel brands must boost innovation and put customers at the centre of their growth strategies in order to survive an increasingly challenging market, industry executives said at the International Apparel Federation's 30th Fashion Convention in Colombia last week.


More licensing and less M&A for Global Brands

Michelle Russell | 27 Aug 2014

Following its spin-off from Li & Fung last month, fashion apparel, footwear and accessories business Global Brands Group has outlined the firm's strategy as it heads into the second half. Its focus will include more licensing deals and fewer acquisitions.


Hazardous chemical removal a key industry issue

Michelle Russell | 19 Aug 2014

Since Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report in 2011, revealing toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China, the environmental pressure group has been calling on apparel firms to remove these from their supply chains. While a number of companies have signed up to the group's Detox campaign, it appears there is still much more work to be done. just-style takes a look at the challenges of committing and the need for industry collaboration.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Anthony Corsano, CEO, Anvil Knitwear

Leonie Barrie | 29 Oct 2010

Anvil Knitwear is ahead of some of the world's biggest clothing brands when it comes to sustainability. Here, CEO Anthony Corsano talks to just-style about the business case for social and environmental responsibility, and explains why it is a defining feature of the future of the apparel industry.


INTERVIEW: Ron Snyder, CEO of Crocs Inc

just-style.com | 17 Jul 2007

Whether you love them or hate them, there is something bold about a pair of Crocs clogs. But far from being a passing fad, the brand has built up a huge following within the past five years and is now one of the fastest-growing footwear companies in the world. It is even stepping into fashion footwear and apparel as Ron Snyder, the company’s chief executive, tells Joe Ayling.

Latest News

Kanati pulls production out of Pakistan

Michelle Russell | 28 Jan 2015

Canadian men's wear company Kanati Co says continued disruption to its production in Pakistan has forced it to pull out of the country and bring its entire manufacturing back home.


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.


Tazreen Fashions compensation agreement outlined

Katie Smith | 25 Nov 2014

An agreement on delivering compensation to the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh has been outlined - two years after the blaze killed at least 112 people and injured 300 others.


New JC Penney CEO “credible but no solution”

Michelle Russell | 16 Oct 2014

The appointment of Marvin Ellison to the helm of department-store group JC Penney Company has been described as "a credible hire" but one that offers "no solution" to the retailer's tough structural issues.


JC Penney sets out three-year growth plan

Richard Woodard | 9 Oct 2014

Retail giant JC Penney Company has outlined plans it hopes will return the business to sustained and profitable growth at an analyst meeting in New York.


IAF's 30th Convention kickstarts in Colombia

Ivan Castano Freeman | 1 Oct 2014

The International Apparel Federation (IAF)'s 30th annual convention launched in Medellin, Colombia on Tuesday (29 September), luring 330 delegates from over 15 countries to discuss the industry's latest challenges.


Denim expert Goldschmied joins IAF convention

Leonie Barrie | 18 Sep 2014

Adriano Goldschmied, the creator of iconic denim lines Diesel, Replay and AG Adriano Goldschmied and adviser to many other denim brands, is joining the speaker line-up at the annual IAF World Fashion convention taking place later this month.


MAG Brands to launch Hello Kitty outerwear

Leonie Barrie | 5 Sep 2014

Sanrio has inked a licensing agreement with New York based MAG Brands for a collection of Hello Kitty outerwear for the US market.


IAF Convention tackles fashion industry challenges

Leonie Barrie | 3 Sep 2014

With less than a month to go before the start of its annual World Fashion convention, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) has released more details of the line-up, which includes speakers from Desigual and Disney, McKinsey and the World Bank.


Global Brands extends Disney sleepwear license

Katie Smith | 14 Aug 2014

Fashion apparel, footwear, and accessories business Global Brands Group has extended its sleepwear licensing arrangement with Disney Consumer Products.


Wal-Mart India expands e-commerce operations

Michelle Russell | 27 Jun 2014

Retail giant Wal-Mart is expanding its technology centre in India and has hired a former Oracle executive to head up the operations.


US calls on Pakistan to implement labour standards

Michelle Russell | 23 May 2014

The US has called on Pakistan to implement international labour standards in its textile sector adding that it will support the Government on compliance with ILO standards.


New 3D printing technique has apparel potential

Leonie Barrie | 7 May 2014

A new type of 3D printer has the potential to open up new possibilities for the technology by turning wool and wool blend yarns into fabric objects including apparel.


Top stories this week on just-style...

Michelle Russell | 11 Apr 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include data that reveals cotton's share of the US clothing market has fallen, a ban by Walt Disney on Pakistan and Bangladesh production, VF Corp's new China hub, and the high tariffs imposed by the Bangladesh government on building and safety equipment for the country's factories.


Disney bans Pakistan and Bangladesh production

Leonie Barrie | 8 Apr 2014

US-based Walt Disney Company (WDC) has gone ahead with its threat to phase out the sourcing of Disney-branded products from Bangladesh and Pakistan over concerns the countries no longer meet its guidelines on working conditions.


Immediate action for Tazreen Fashion victims

Katie Smith | 4 Apr 2014

The pending anniversary of Rana Plaza has reignited calls for compensation to be given to victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire, in the hope they will not be forgotten.


Phoenix Footwear narrows Q4 losses

Michelle Russell | 14 Mar 2014

Comfort shoe maker Phoenix Footwear Group has narrowed its fourth-quarter net loss and booked an increase in revenues.


Primark joins hazardous chemical pledge

Katie Smith | 10 Feb 2014

Primark has become the latest retailer to commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain after a Greenpeace campaign.


Retailers again seek probe into Cambodia violence

Katie Smith | 21 Jan 2014

Adidas, Esprit, and Gap Inc are among a coalition of 30 retailers and brands that have signed a new letter calling for an investigation into the recent violence in Cambodia's garment industry.


just-style's most read stories this week...

Katie Smith | 17 Jan 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at Asos Christmas retail sales, key apparel industry issues to watch this year, and the discovery of hazardous chemicals in children's wear and shoes made in China.


Hazardous chemicals found in China children’s wear

Richard Woodard | 14 Jan 2014

Potentially hazardous chemicals have been found in children’s clothes and shoes made by leading brands such as Burberry, Adidas and Disney, according to a new investigation.


Reebok joins line-up at wearable technology event

Katie Smith | 14 Jan 2014

Executives from Reebok, Walt Disney, and Clothing+ will join Adidas and Fabric Works to speak at this year's Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology conference.

Latest blogs

Innovating to drive long-term growth

Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 2013

Building on plans set out three years ago to generate growth by giving its apparel a competitive edge, VF Corporation is to create three global innovation centres to speed the development of "game-changing" products in technical apparel, footwear and jeans.

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