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Under Armour defends questions over strategy

Under Armour defends questions over strategy

Hot on the heels of its best quarterly growth of the year, US sportswear giant Under Armour has defended questions over the competitive positioning of the group's footwear and women's wear categories, and the potential maturity of its domestic business.

WFSGI Manufacturers Forum discusses topical agenda

WFSGI Manufacturers Forum discusses topical agenda

The third annual World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) forum saw speakers from the sport and fashion industry discuss topics from circular manufacturing, and lean production, to labour issues in apparel and sporting goods supply chains.

Outlook 2016 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2016 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

For our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style has again asked leading executives for their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2016. Expect a continuing focus on compliance and factory safety, the need for more agile supply chains to meet the ongoing demands of omnichannel, a focus on total or end-to-end costs – and much more besides.

What the Paris climate deal means for clothing

What the Paris climate deal means for clothing

The global clothing industry should engage with the new Paris climate change deal, say experts, who warn that a warming planet imperils not only the raw materials the industry needs but also poses an existential threat to the sector's prevailing business model.

2015: A year in review

2015: A year in review

From retailing to manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2015. just-style's review of the year tracks those for whom the year will be memorable and those who may rather forget.

How will rising costs impact Adidas sourcing strategy?

How will rising costs impact Adidas sourcing strategy?

Expecting a hike of up to $1.8bn in the cost of sourcing its products over the next five years, German sportswear giant Adidas Group is realigning its supply platforms – including an "aggressive ramp-down" in China – and tackling the complexity and efficiency of its manufacturing processes in a bid to meet the challenge.

US apparel import countries – the winners, losers and those stuck in the middle

US apparel import countries – the winners, losers and those stuck in the middle

US garment imports have not only reached record levels but, based on recent data, growth is accelerating. David Birnbaum has used this as an opportunity to take a snapshot of the global garment industry: the current position of exporting countries and more importantly the direction in which they are moving.

Sustainable fibres, finishes, printing and processes at ITMA

Sustainable fibres, finishes, printing and processes at ITMA

Some of the most exciting developments on show at this month's ITMA international textile and garment machinery exhibition had a sustainability edge, from using fewer resources to reducing waste and speeding up processes. Here, we take a look at a few of the innovations launched.

Roundup - IAF convention in Turkey

Roundup - IAF convention in Turkey

just-style rounds up the latest coverage from this year's IAF convention in Istanbul, which includes an interview with Faruque Hassan, newly-appointed SVP of the BGMEA; Hugo Boss eyes further investment in Turkey; and a look at global cotton production.

Fast fashion: Smarter solutions are key to success

Fast fashion: Smarter solutions are key to success

Fast fashion brands face numerous challenges, from ensuring they make decisions that get orders right the first time, to navigating complex logistical issues, and having the flexibility to make swift decisions and changes. All are covered in this month’s management briefing.

Behind the brand: Innovation at Gore

Behind the brand: Innovation at Gore

Last week’s introduction of WL Gore & Associates’ new technologies for performance outerwear follows a long tradition of innovation based on the company’s manipulation of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), a polymer that is hydrophobic as well as slick. Debra Cobb finds our more during a tour of the Gore Capability Center.

All eyes on Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub

All eyes on Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub

There has been a big buzz around Ethiopia as a potential source of apparel for at least the last five years – yet disappointingly small exports of just US$112m in 2014. But that could finally be set to change.

Local-for-local shapes Under Armour manufacturing vision

Local-for-local shapes Under Armour manufacturing vision

Having set out plans to double annual revenues to US$7.5bn by 2018, US sportswear giant Under Armour is adding more detail on the building blocks that will help to achieve its big-picture ambitions – including a shake-up of the way it makes its products.

How Primark’s cut-price clothing could shake up US retail

How Primark’s cut-price clothing could shake up US retail

With its up-to-the-minute fashions at rock-bottom prices, Primark sells more clothes than any other retailer in the UK. As the chain makes its first foray into the US, analysts are not surprisingly taking a close look at its potential, and asking which of its rivals is most at risk from this apparel retail disruptor.

Talon tailors Tekfit stretch technology for athleisure

Talon tailors Tekfit stretch technology for athleisure

US apparel fastener and trim supplier Talon International says it is trialling new stretch and recovery technology for the athletic and growing athleisure markets, in addition to a complete “game-changer” for the zipper market.

Cambodia leads US apparel import growth in August

Cambodia leads US apparel import growth in August

Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in August, with seven of the top ten supplier countries booking year-on-year growth. Cambodia led the pack, posting a solid double-digit gain, with strong increases also recorded by China, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Negotiators agree landmark TPP trade deal

Negotiators agree landmark TPP trade deal

After more than five years of negotiations, leaders of 12 Pacific Rim countries, including the US, Japan and Vietnam, have finally concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – paving the way for what will be the world's largest free trade agreement.

Can Gap maintain its momentum minus Larsson?

Can Gap maintain its momentum minus Larsson?

The unexpected departure of Old Navy president Stefan Larsson to become CEO of Ralph Lauren has prompted analysts to ask whether parent Gap Inc can maintain its momentum as it tries to turnaround its Banana Republic and Gap brands.

Athletic players "well positioned" amid disruption

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 traditional US apparel retailers - but it is the athletic players that are “well positioned” to come out on top, analysts suggest.

New approach to garment industry living wage

New approach to garment industry living wage

A new initiative launched this year to find a way of linking the supply chain responsibilities of buyers to the collective bargaining process between local unions and employers, aims to address the issue of a living wage in the garment industry. Industry-wide collaboration, however, is key as the group tackles Cambodia first.

Bangladesh Alliance remains a "work in progress"

Bangladesh Alliance remains a "work in progress"

The group of North American brands and retailers working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories continued to make progress in their second year. But challenges remain in remediation and financing, and more work is needed if the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is to leave a legacy of safer factories in 2018.

Apparel and textile production rises in key regions

Apparel and textile production rises in key regions

World apparel and textile production growth in the second quarter depicts a mixed picture, reflecting wider challenges in the global economy.

Vietnam continues to lead US apparel import growth

Vietnam continues to lead US apparel import growth

Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in July, with all but one of the top ten supplier countries booking year-on-year growth. While Vietnam led with pack, posting a solid double-digit gain for a fifth consecutive month, strong gains were also recorded by China, Bangladesh and Cambodia.

Trade agreements: Where next for textiles and clothing?

Trade agreements: Where next for textiles and clothing?

This month's management briefing looks at trade agreements with some of the most significant implications for the clothing and textile industry - including the elusive but tantalising Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the renewed African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). We also look at the impact of deals already in place with the US and EU and their trading partners.

Yuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms

Yuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms

Apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value the yuan to its lowest rate against the US dollar in almost three years.

Asian union development: is there another way?

Asian union development: is there another way?

The efforts of multinational brands, retailers and importers to impose minimum wages and better working conditions in their supplier factories, while good in the short run, will result in greater problems in the long run, says David Birnbaum. Instead, he proposes that customers who want to raise worker standards in their supplier factories must find a third way forward.

TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas

TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas

Defying high hopes, last month's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Hawaii failed to result in a deal, leaving US textile and apparel companies in the lurch when it comes to everything from sourcing outlooks to export scenarios. And industry executives now warn that the TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas.

What will Britain’s Modern Slavery Act achieve?

What will Britain’s Modern Slavery Act achieve?

Britain’s Modern Slavery Act (MSA), which began coming into force on 31 July, sets new disclosure standards on an extraordinary number of garment businesses. But its legal niceties won’t really determine the law’s impact.

Sourcing Africa: Collaboration key to success in East Africa

Sourcing Africa: Collaboration key to success in East Africa

Interest in East Africa as a potential apparel sourcing destination has been on the rise, yet the results of a new survey suggest the road ahead won't be an easy one.

Latest TPP talks fail to clinch a deal

Latest TPP talks fail to clinch a deal

After the latest round of TPP talks failed to clinch a deal last week, the race is now on to secure an agreement before the US presidential elections halt progress.

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