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Children's Place ditches Disney 27 Mar 2008

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After struggling for more than three years to turn around the Disney Store retail chain in the US and Canada, The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc has now decided to cut its losses and hand control of the shops back to the Walt Disney Co. The move is widely seen as a positive one for both companies, and comes amid a strategic review designed to return Children’s Place to profit.


Inflationary issues 25 Mar 2008

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Inflation’s back, and for retailers with slowing sales it couldn’t have chosen a worse time to rear its head. Rising costs are hitting practically all apparel suppliers, and buyers will need to start adjusting their strategies if they’re going to find better value, believes Mike Flanagan.


Speaking with style: Asos 20 Mar 2008

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Online fashion retailer Asos seems to be coasting through the retail slump with two main selling points - Internet and celebrity. Joe Ayling interviews Asos CEO Nick Robertson to find out more.


South Asian exports 17 Mar 2008

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Time was when the Chinese clothing industry was all about exports. Nowadays, though, rising costs, savvy competitors, and growing domestic clothing sales mean low wage south Asian countries are eyeing Chinese market share. But will they be able to force their way in?


India eyes ambitious industry growth 13 Mar 2008

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Despite concerns from non-governmental organisations and trade unions in the West about India’s credentials when it comes to sweatshop labour and basic workers' rights, the country is eyeing ambitious growth plans for its textile and clothing industry over the next five years. But are the official targets realistic? asks Jozef De Coster.


China confronts pollution crisis 5 Mar 2008

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China last week amended its pollution laws so that managers of factories that pollute waterways face losing half of their annual salary. This is just one way in which garment makers are increasingly being held accountable for their impact on China’s environment as both government and local communities start to tackle the country’s huge pollution problem. Dominique Patton reports.


WTO trade round progress 29 Feb 2008

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The WTO’s seven-year-old Doha Development Round is planning the final phase of its negotiations, which would slash many import duties on clothing and textiles traded worldwide and maybe eliminate some altogether. Keith Nuthall reports.


US trade with China 26 Feb 2008

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What is likely to happen when restrictions on imports of Chinese textile and apparel products into the US expire on 31 December 2008? Action to seek new restraints is a near certainty – as the National Council of Textile Organizations hints in its year-end review.


Lingerie sector continues to entice 21 Feb 2008

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The lingerie industry is currently in a state of intense company turmoil, with international labels and private-label sellers re-assessing their market positions. But what does all this mean for manufacturers, retailers and brands? A new report from just-style takes a look.


Colombia hampered by trade delays 19 Feb 2008

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Despite rising exports, Colombia’s textile and apparel industry is in a state of flux. Preferential access to the US market under the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act is due to end later this month, and the Colombia-US Free Trade Agreement has yet to be ratified. But could a strategic co-operation with China be the answer to Colombia’s woes? asks Jozef De Coster.


Stylo buys Dolcis 14 Feb 2008

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The UK footwear market is showing signs of a slow-down, recently illustrated by shoe chains Dolcis and Stead & Simpson being forced into administration. Both have since been acquired by other retailers, suggesting that a more consolidated marketplace could be the way forward. Joe Ayling reports.


Shake-up at Macy's 12 Feb 2008

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Plans by US retail group Macy’s Inc to create a nationwide department store brand took a tumble last week when it unveiled measures to axe 2,300 jobs and restructure in an attempt to offset falling sales. After two years of pursuing a one-size-fits-all approach, it seems the key to its new strategy is a focus on local markets.


Outlook for luxury IPOs 5 Feb 2008

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Has Tommy Hilfiger’s recent cancellation of a $2bn flotation cast a shadow over other planned luxury listings? Not so, according to Ivan Castano Freeman, who says Italian fashion houses Prada and Ferragamo are putting a brave face on the credit crisis and will proceed with initial public offerings this summer.


Speaking with style: Esquel 2 Feb 2008

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Dr John Cheh, the newly appointed chief executive officer of Hong Kong based cotton shirt manufacturer Esquel, talks to just-style about social responsibility and sustainable development, life after quotas with the EU, and the soft market in both the US and EU.


Sri Lanka’s GSP+ status 29 Jan 2008

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The Sri Lankan government is putting its weight behind an appeal to extend the EU GSP+ trade concession for another three years. But, faced with increasing allegations of human rights violations and rising civilian casualties of war, there are concerns that the country – and its garment makers – will lose out, as Dilshani Samaraweera reports.


Pakistan picks up the pieces 25 Jan 2008

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The assassination of the Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto at the end of last month provoked outrage across the country. Textile and garment makers got caught up in the crossfire, with forced power cuts shuttering firms for five hours each day. Here, Ahmed Abdullah reports on the aftermath of the attacks.


RFID on a roll 22 Jan 2008

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Retailers such as M&S, Tesco, Wal-Mart and Metro are among the pioneers of RFID across their supply chains. But as well as enhancing inventory visibility and reducing shrinkage and out-of-stocks for fashion firms, RFID offers benefits for the consumer too, as Niki Tait finds out.


Industry issues in 2008 18 Jan 2008

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Are new EU curbs likely on Chinese apparel imports? Will Vietnam import monitoring lead to anti-dumping duties? And what will happen when US safeguards expire at the end of 2008? These are just three of the industry issues highlighted in just-style's round-up of the international apparel trade agenda in 2008.


China's rising costs 15 Jan 2008

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Rising prices on garments made in China could well be a possibility for retailers and importers this year. As Dominique Patton reports from Beijing, the country is starting to look less compelling as a sourcing hub as rising wages, new labour laws, worker shortages, the appreciation of the yuan and higher exporting costs all begin to bite.


A mixed bag for UK retailers 10 Jan 2008

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There was little Christmas cheer at M&S yesterday (9 January) after the retailer posted its worst quarterly results in more than two years. But are the figures symptomatic of problems at M&S specifically or simply evidence that the UK retail boom is well and truly over?


Liz Claiborne brand review 9 Jan 2008

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Women’s apparel company Liz Claiborne Inc is to sell its Laundry By Design and C&C California brands to Perry Ellis International Inc and shutter its Sigrid Olsen line as it continues to hone its portfolio to focus on smaller, more powerful labels and develop its own retail businesses.


Specialist footwear materials 2 Jan 2008

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Demand for specialist footwear fibres and fabrics is increasing rapidly, according to a new report, helped by a growing awareness of the health and safety benefits of wearing footwear designed for specific sports, activities and occupations.


Retailers tackle climate change 2 Jan 2008

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As more and more fashion firms jump onto the eco bandwagon, with new initiatives to cut greenhouse gas emissions and use more recycled materials, just-style asks whether there is a real commitment to change or whether they are simply paying lip service to the green movement.


2007 roundup 21 Dec 2007

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Here is a list of the top ten stories published on just-style during the past year. To read the stories in full, please click on the headlines.


Eco-friendly fibres and fabrics 18 Dec 2007

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Over the past decade Taiwan’s textile industry has become renowned for its functional fibres and fabrics. But now it seems a new trend is emerging, with companies becoming more and more environmentally conscious as well. Vicky Sung reports on some of the innovations on display at the Taipei Innovation Textile Application Show (TITAS).


Uniqlo's global rollout 14 Dec 2007

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Fast Retailing Co today (14 December) opens its first Uniqlo brand casualwear store in France, making this the fifth overseas market for the firm following the UK, China, South Korea and the US. The Japanese company’s creative team talks to Michael Fitzpatrick about their mission to build a new urban cool image for its global flagships.


Changes at Calvin Klein 11 Dec 2007

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Apparel maker The Warnaco Group Inc is to expand its global Calvin Klein business as part of a $38.5m deal that will also see it hand the luxury Calvin Klein Collection back to the brand’s owner Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation.


IT in fashion 5 Dec 2007

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The latest developments in Information Technology for the apparel industry came under the spotlight at last month’s IMB Forum in Germany. The event was attended by Niki Tait, who reports here on the coming of age of PLM, the benefits of 3-D sampling, and the ERP giants now focusing on small and medium sized fashion firms.


Asia's changing dynamics 30 Nov 2007

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The changing dynamics of apparel production and consumption came under the spotlight at the recent International Apparel Federation’s 23rd World Apparel Convention in Taiwan. Delegates argued that in the future, Asia will not only be the major region for textiles and clothing but will also be the world’s largest consumer market. Vicky Sung reports from Taipei.


MAS moves ahead 27 Nov 2007

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MAS Holdings, Sri Lanka’s leading intimate apparel manufacturer and the single largest supplier to US lingerie chain Victoria’s Secret, continues to innovate to meet the needs of its customers. Mahesh Amalean, the company’s founder and chairman, tells Leonie Barrie why manufacturing is just a small part of the package offered to the world’s leading retailers and brands.

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