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Innovative fibres 28 Sep 2007

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Japanese manufacturers are focusing increasingly on developing fibres and textiles for personal well-being, hygiene and comfort, according to a report by Textiles Intelligence.

Trends in technology 26 Sep 2007

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Attracting a record number of international exhibitors and visitors, last week’s ITMA textile machinery exhibition in Munich offered something for everyone involved in the textile industry, from fabric making to furnishings and from carpets to controls. Highlights for garment makers included useful tools for improving production efficiency, as Niki Tait reports.

Fast Retailing on M&A track 21 Sep 2007

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Despite losing out in this summer’s takeover battle for upscale retailer Barneys New York, Fast Retailing is determined to quicken the pace of its global expansion in a bid to double its annual sales to JPY1 trillion by 2010. Michael Fitzpatrick reports.

Children's clothing 19 Sep 2007

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The top ten children's wear markets are growing at around 6-7% each year – and are expected to generate retail sales of US$131.5bn by 2012 according to new research from just-style. And in what will be good news for retailers and suppliers, opportunities still exist in several areas including designer wear, discount channels, licensed products and boy’s wear.

Textiles in Taiwan 16 Sep 2007

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Taiwan’s textile and apparel production has been in steady decline for the past five years, with exports falling 3% between 2002 and 2006. However, trade statistics fail to highlight an important trend: Taiwan’s apparel industry is cultivating its own brands which are made and sold in China. By Vicky Sung.

Is 'Made in China' label safe? 11 Sep 2007

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Worries about Chinese product safety standards spread to the apparel industry last month, when dangerous levels of contamination were found in children’s bibs and pyjamas. There’s a strong possibility consumers will now pause a little longer over the ‘Made in China’ label and, Mike Flanagan argues, this offers new opportunities to China’s manufacturing competitors.

India’s buyout trend 4 Sep 2007

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The recent takeover of India's largest textile company Gokaldas Exports by a US private equity firm suggests foreign investors are waking up to the potential of the country’s apparel sector. But as buyouts start to gather momentum, is a wave of consolidation likely to follow as the smaller players sell out? Raghavendra Verma reports from New Dehli.

Splashing into swimwear 31 Aug 2007

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Growth in the global retail market for swimwear is slowing down, according to new research published by just-style. However, the blurring of fashion brands and sports functionality, coupled with changing attitudes in developing regions, are likely to provide new opportunities to keep the market afloat.

The ethics of sourcing 28 Aug 2007

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Most apparel retailers and brand owners believe there’s widespread consumer concern about human rights and the environmental impact of the clothes they wear. But is this interest at odds with the demand for fast fashion? Mike Flanagan suggests that how a buyer operates matters just as much as where a garment is made – and that it won’t be long before declarations about carbon emissions and air freight appear on every label.

Australian wool 23 Aug 2007

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This year not only marks 200 years of international trade for Australia's wool industry, but also signals change for Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the body that supports the growers and promotes their products overseas. Joe Ayling interviews AWI chief executive Craig Welsh to find out more.

Phones tap into fashion 21 Aug 2007

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Fashion retail sites are among the most popular destinations for Japan’s mobile savvy consumers, helped by new-generation phones that allow Internet browsing, online shopping and instant payments. Now the mobile shopping market is moving one step further, writes Michael Fitzpatrick, by integrating with other media like magazines and radio and television shows.

Li & Fung buying spree 19 Aug 2007

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Hong Kong-based Li & Fung, the world’s biggest textile sourcing group, has posted a 38% hike in first half profit and says it is to spend more than $243m on buying two suppliers to help it take advantage of the global trend toward outsourcing.

Gap hires new CEO 29 Jul 2007

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Struggling US clothing retailer Gap Inc has ended a seven-month search for a new CEO by hiring a fashion industry outsider to lead the company’s turnaround.

Turnaround for Tunisia 29 Jul 2007

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In stark contrast to the declining shipments of its key garment categories reported this time last year, Tunisia’s textile and clothing industry is now riding high on rising exports, significant new foreign investments and public sector projects. Jozef De Coster looks at what a difference a year makes.

Size matters 29 Jul 2007

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Given the wide array of size labelling in garments, consumers are often left feeling confused about their actual size, and frustrated by inconsistent fit. But help is at hand for apparel companies to deliver better fitting garments and grow their business in the process – with JC Penney and Jockey among those who have benefited, as Natalie Weathers reports.

Brand success factors 29 Jul 2007

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It’s a tricky balance for brands to stay on trend in today’s apparel environment, with consumers wanting what’s new and fresh but presented in a way they know and understand. A series of top tips, outlined in a new report from About Style, can help companies navigate a path to success.

India's rising rupee 29 Jul 2007

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India’s US$20bn garment and textile manufacturing industry is currently going through a major upheaval on the strength of the Indian rupee, which has risen by 10% on most exchange markets in the last six months. But will international demand for its products be enough see India through this crisis? asks Raghavendra Verma.

ERP in fashion 27 Jul 2007

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Harry Debes’ first year as CEO of Lawson Software was dominated by the company’s merger with Intentia International, in early 2006. Now, 15 months after the deal’s completion, he tells just-style how the firm is leveraging its strength in the fashion sector with some exciting new ERP software developments, to help companies reduce lead times and improve delivery performance.

Gap in Europe 24 Jul 2007

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Struggling fashion group Gap is set to launch a new “fully European” apparel collection this autumn which it hopes will help it emerge from the doldrums. The iconic US retailer – which owns the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic clothing chains – is also testing a new store fitting concept for the market. But is it doing enough to reverse its fortunes? asks Ivan Castano.

Outsize outlook 20 Jul 2007

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With the plus-size market forecast to grow by at least 10% a year in the US, the accelerated demand for outsize clothing represents a huge opportunity to generate new sales, according to a new report from just-style.

Crocs' next steps 18 Jul 2007

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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.

Liz Claiborne brand blitz 13 Jul 2007

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Liz Claiborne has spent the best part of the last two decades buying small, niche-oriented brands. But this week the company ushered in a new era by announcing plans to focus on smaller, more powerful labels and develop its own retail businesses. Whatever the outcome of its change of direction, Arnold Karr believes the standards for a “lifestyle brand” have now been permanently raised.

Private equity deals 9 Jul 2007

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The news that private equity firms are to buy majority stakes in both the Limited Stores and Express retail chains is just the latest example of the growing presence of private equity in the global apparel industry. But, as Chris Brook-Carter reports, despite the levels of investment they bring, private equity groups still foster unparalleled levels of mistrust and hostility from those outside financial circles.

EU-China trade talk 5 Jul 2007

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What’s going to happen to textile and clothing trade between the European Union and China at the end of this year? Will current restrictions be lifted as planned and normal trade resume, or will a raft of other measures be rolled out to place to protect European producers? Mike Flanagan suggests European importers should start giving it some serious thought.

Cambodia's competitiveness 28 Jun 2007

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Cambodia’s garment industry has confounded experts who predicted its demise following the abolition of quotas at the end of 2004. It is continuing to attract new investors and increase its garment exports, helped no doubt by EU and US restraints on China. But there is also optimism for 2009, when global textile trade opens up again, as Jozef De Coster reports.

Celebrities in fashion 25 Jun 2007

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They may be “cheap,” “badly made” or “short-changing” consumers, but celebrity apparel collections – such as supermodel Kate Moss’s Topshop range and pop star Madonna’s line for H&M – are likely to remain in vogue in the foreseeable future, as Ivan Castano reports.

EU chemical rules 19 Jun 2007

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New EU regulations that came into force at the beginning of this month require clothing manufacturers and importers to identify and quantify the chemicals used in their products. A series of registration deadlines is due to roll out over the next 15 years, but as Keith Nuthall explains, companies only have until 1 December 2008 to complete the pre-registration process.

Is green the new black? 15 Jun 2007

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Being green and ethical across the clothing supply chain is no longer an option but a commercial and environmental necessity. But just as important to the success of a sustainable clothing future is making consumers aware of the environmental impact of their ‘fashion habit, as just-style news editor Joe Ayling found out when he attended this year’s ASBCI Conference.

H&M sizing up Gap? 12 Jun 2007

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San Francisco-based retailer Gap is scrambling to shore up its business after years of flagging sales. The firm’s recent decision to hire Goldman Sachs to study turnaround options has raised speculation that a private equity group or strategic rival could bid for the company – including Swedish competitor H&M. Ivan Castano reports.

New Look goes global 6 Jun 2007

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UK fashion chain New Look is currently in the midst of negotiations for a new private equity owner. The company’s emergence as a highly rated, sellable asset is largely due to the success of its rapid expansion strategy, primarily in the UK and Ireland but also abroad where growth is viewed a key element in the group’s future – as New Look’s international director Michael Lemner tells Stuart Todd.

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