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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.

Gap getting back on track? 22 Nov 2007

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Gap Inc, the US’ largest speciality clothing retailer, yesterday (21 November) showed the first signs of a turnaround under its new chief executive but failed to impress the market with a raised full-year outlook that fell short of expectations. As it heads into the all-important holiday season, Leonie Barrie looks at its latest plans.

Demand for denim 20 Nov 2007

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By 2014, jeans will genuinely be a global fashion statement according to a new report from just-style, and the challenge for both brands and retail private labels will be to hold down a truly international market position.

Speeding up fast fashion 9 Nov 2007

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In garment factories around the world, surprisingly little thought is given to basic factory management, organisation and methods suggests Niki Tait. She believes that refinements to layout and working practices could help many companies maximise productivity and better meet the fast response needs of their customers, without considerable reinvestment.

Vietnam's apparel export growth 9 Nov 2007

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Vietnam ranked as one of the top five apparel suppliers to the EU last year, helped by falling prices and curbs on shipments from China. According to a new report by Textiles Intelligence, Vietnam’s EU exports are likely to grow in 2007 – but for 2008, the future looks much more uncertain.

M&S sales climb 8 Nov 2007

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UK clothing chain Marks and Spencer is pleased with its modest first-half profits and revenues, during a period of dire weather conditions domestically, and will now accelerate its international growth.

US duty-free access for LDCs 6 Nov 2007

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If passed, the New Partnership for Development Act (NPDA) tabled last month would offer duty-free access to the US for products from the world’s poorest countries. But the Act’s totally well-intentioned plans for correcting some of the worst injustices in the world’s trading system are also seriously ill-informed argues Mike Flanagan.

Bulgaria faces EU challenge 1 Nov 2007

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Joining the EU on 1 January 2007 has been a double-edged sword for Bulgaria. Quicker customs clearance has brought new business to the country, but the rising cost of living and the migration of workers to better paid jobs in other industries or in other EU countries, as Niki Tait reports.

Luxury drives fashion IPOs 29 Oct 2007

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Global demand for luxury products continues to soar, especially from emerging markets such as China, Russia and India. Couple this with efforts to introduce more high-margin luxurious products, and it’s good news for a string of upcoming initial public offerings planned by Italian fashion designers, writes Ivan Castano.

Nike nets Umbro 25 Oct 2007

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Nike has high hopes for Umbro. The world’s leading sports brand targets football as a key growth category, and its US$582m bid for Umbro will undoubtedly shake up the sportswear sector. Joe Ayling looks at how the synergies between the two companies stack up.

From production line to landfill 23 Oct 2007

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Companies throughout the supply chain are under growing pressure to execute a lean, mean and green business model. Joe Ayling reports from the first ever RITE Group Conference on sustainable textiles and clothing in the UK, where delegates shared their best practices and ironed out their worst.

Is India about to be sold off? 18 Oct 2007

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Many observers saw Blackstone’s recent $165m offer for a majority stake in India's largest garment exporter, Gokaldas Exports, as a coming of age for the country’s apparel sector. But Mike Flanagan believes instead that it exposes many doubts about the underlying health of the Indian industry.

EU lifts China textile quotas 16 Oct 2007

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Last week’s decision by the European Commission to lift all remaining quotas on imports of Chinese textiles and apparel into the EU means that retailers can be sure they’ll get the garments they ordered for spring/summer 08. After that, though, things start to look uncertain again, with trade experts predicting new barriers could loom into force. Leonie Barrie reports.

Shaping the future of technical textiles 10 Oct 2007

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From easy-care clothing to astronaut’s suits, innovations in intelligent apparel and technical textiles now span the whole market, from everyday benefits that make the wearer’s life easier to critical applications whose sole function is saving lives. Niki Tait takes a look at some of the latest advances in this field.

The ethical buying dilemma 5 Oct 2007

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The fashion industry is waking up to the fact that the buying practices of retailers and brands are contributing to poor working conditions in many of the factories who supply their clothes. But solutions are not so easy to come by, as Leonie Barrie finds out.

J Shoes steps ahead 2 Oct 2007

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UK footwear firm J Shoes prides itself on quirkiness and individualism, and has spent over a decade building celebrity associations with stars like Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Oasis. But as the brand pushes into the US, Europe and Australia, J Shoes is hoping to build cult status by “never following the main stream”. Joe Ayling interviewed Nick Drury, the company’s creative director, and Adam Ford, its European operations manager, to find out more.

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.

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