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Slowdown hits the supply chain 4 Nov 2008

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Hysterical headlines suggest clothing retailers’ sales are in meltdown, but the numbers behind them show the sector is suffering less than retail in general. Mike Flanagan believes the real victims are developing-world factories – and that Western buyers will see their supply chains seriously disrupted as a result of the way they have reacted to a simple sales slowdown.


IAF World Apparel Convention 30 Oct 2008

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US fashion brand group VF Corporation believes Asian manufacturers will continue their hold on the global apparel supply chain, despite reports of rising costs in China.


Adidas' winning streak 28 Oct 2008

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The battle for a share of the Chinese sportswear market is probably the most intense in the world. For Adidas, however, 2008 is the year the brand finally took pole position, buoyed by its sponsorship of the Olympic Games and the opening of hundreds of new stores. The challenge now is to retain its lead, as Wolfgang Bentheimer, managing director of Adidas Greater China, tells Dominique Patton.


Manufacturing movers and shakers 24 Oct 2008

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How will the global apparel industry change over the next five or so years? A new report from just-style believes there will be slowdowns in the activity of apparel outsourcing powerhouses such as India and China, and a continuing rise by shooting stars such as Vietnam and Bangladesh. Shorter runs for each style and faster time to market will also continue to put pressure on the supply chain.


Retail sales unravelling 22 Oct 2008

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Given the seeming disintegration of the world economies, it is pretty easy for retailers to claim they are victims of circumstances beyond their control. But David Birnbaum believes retailers’ problems go back long before the current financial crisis, to the point where they stopped giving consumers what they wanted and sacrificed both style and quality in the pursuit of money.


Iceland meltdown 17 Oct 2008

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The well-documented collapse of Iceland's banking system must be making the quiet Nordic nation, stuck out in the North Atlantic Ocean, feel more isolated than ever. However, it also gives rise to an unprecedented opportunity for investors, including retail mogul Sir Philip Green, to gain control of big chunks of the UK high street by buying the retail stakes held by Icelandic investor Baugur Group. Joe Ayling reports.


New barriers to textile trade 14 Oct 2008

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With the Western recession likely to get a lot worse, and import quotas on Chinese clothing and textile imports into the US due to expire at the end of this year, it’s a safe bet there’ll be many more calls for trade barriers. US lawmakers are already upping the ante but will be forced to follow the rule book, as Mike Flanagan explains.


Sri Lanka's GSP+ under fire 8 Oct 2008

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Sri Lanka is due to submit its application for an extension of the GSP+ trade concession to the European Commission at the end of this month. But uncertainties about whether or not the scheme will be renewed are already affecting garment factories, with buyers seeking assurances that they will not have to pay new duties. Dilshani Samaraweera reports.


South African industry struggles 3 Oct 2008

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South African restrictions on imports of Chinese textiles and clothing have not come to the rescue of the country’s ailing textile sector as effectively as had been hoped. Brian Brink, executive director of South African industry group Textile Federation (Texfed), tells just-style why firms continues to struggle.


Retail in China 1 Oct 2008

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Marks & Spencer will open its first store in mainland China on Thursday (2 October), hoping to shore up flagging sales at home with new sales in one of the world’s fastest growing fashion markets. But while Chinese consumers are increasingly interested in foreign brands, will rising inflation and slower income growth dampen their enthusiasm to spend? asks Dominique Patton.


Wall Street woes 26 Sep 2008

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Last week, an unprecedented series of events in the US financial sector shook global markets, leaving retailers and brands anxious that already tough trading conditions could worsen still. Joe Ayling reports on how the Wall Street meltdown dealt a further blow to fashion operators and could mean that international expansion is the best short-term fix.


Textile firms divided on GM 23 Sep 2008

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Scientists are increasingly looking at the extent to which altering the genetic components of a range of products used in textiles can influence the clothes they’re made into. But while Genetically modified (GM) textiles are on the market in the US, there are concerns about its use in Europe. By Mark Rowe and Monica Dobie.


Crocs at a crossroads 19 Sep 2008

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From stock market darling to Nasdaq basket case, the fall of Crocs Inc has been dramatic and swift. With US sales plummeting and international revenues coming in short of expectations, the footwear company faces an uncertain future – and may need a white knight to come riding to its rescue. Richard Woodard reports.


Challenges facing China 16 Sep 2008

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Why is China’s share of world clothing manufacture increasing when stories abound of its rising inflation, factories going out of business, and worker shortages? Part of this growth is due to burgeoning sales to the EU, but Mike Flanagan believes the country is also keen to propagate an aura of gloom.


Vietnam's new-found export strength 11 Sep 2008

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Vietnam became the number two supplier of apparel to the US in the first four months of 2008, according to a new report. Just a year earlier, Vietnam had ranked as low as fifth. This growth comes despite a US import monitoring programme which has failed to scare buyers away.


Size matters 22 Aug 2008

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With western high street stalwarts like Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Zara, H&M and C&A all setting their sights on China's 700m middle-class consumers, the pressure is on to make sure their investments generate as many sales as possible. Adapting their clothes sizes to Chinese body shapes is one sure way says Janice Wang, CEO of size and fit expert Alvanon.


Don't write off China 22 Aug 2008

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Reports that China may be losing its competitive edge in textiles and clothing are becoming increasingly common. But they could be premature, says David Birnbaum, who advises the industry not to write off China just yet.


Bankruptcy filings on the rise 22 Aug 2008

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A string of Chapter 11 filings by clothing and footwear retailers in recent months shows that fashion is feeling the pinch of an economic slowdown in the US. However, this week's news that fashion chain Steve & Barry's is being bought by an investment firm for US$168m will do much to buoy the sector. Joe Ayling reports.


Virtual fashion design 16 Aug 2008

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With an increasing focus on quick response and short runs of multiple garment styles, more and more time in the production process is being given over to samples and pre-production work. Here Niki Tait looks at some of the tools behind bringing a good design to market.


Clothing in Colombia 16 Aug 2008

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Hampered by its perceptions as the cocaine capital of the world and delays over a new trade pact with the US, Colombia’s textile and clothing industry is persevering through the tough times – as Niki Tait found on a recent visit to the country.


Clothes that clean themselves 16 Aug 2008

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While the idea of using nano-particles to enable textiles to repel dirt and ‘self-clean’ is not new, the uses to which this technology is being applied and enhanced are increasing almost daily. By Mark Rowe in London, and Gavin Blair in Tokyo look at some of the latest applications.


Fast retailing in the fast lane 15 Aug 2008

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Fast Retailing Co, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, is emerging in Japan as the lone champion in a retail landscape that looks predominantly bleak this year. Michael Fitzpatrick looks at how the company is bucking the trend.


Olympic boost to business 12 Aug 2008

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As the start of this summer's Beijing Olympics attracts around four billion onlookers from over 200 countries, leading brands are tussling for the inside lane and marketing gold. Joe Ayling reports on how the 2008 Games take on extra significance given the economic momentum of host nation China.


Turkish textile trade 6 Aug 2008

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Turkish clothing and textile manufacturers are ramping up production of mid- to high-end garments for the European market in the face of strong competition from China and other apparel producing countries. But they are also preparing for Turkey's eventual membership of the European Union (EU), as Paul Cochrane reports.


Product availability in action 1 Aug 2008

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Making sure the right products are in-store for shoppers as and when they want them is key to customer loyalty. It sounds simple enough, yet why do so many retailers still get it wrong – and what can they do to improve on-shelf availability? asks Ged Keogh-Peters, head of the UK strategy team at Kurt Salmon Associates.


Doha trade talks in deadlock 29 Jul 2008

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As the Doha round of world trade talks rumbles into its second week, Mike Flanagan argues negotiations to bring down trade barriers will do more harm to the world’s poorest garment-making countries than the restrictions themselves.


Managing the product lifecycle 25 Jul 2008

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The fast-fashion revolution is changing the face of the global apparel industry, which is struggling to meet the demands of an increasingly fickle clothing consumer. Enter product lifecycle management (PLM) software, a technology that most market observers say will become a make-or-break investment in the next five years. By Ivan Castano-Freeman.


China's clothing trade 22 Jul 2008

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China is losing its competitive edge in textiles and clothing, according to a new report by Textiles Intelligence. Not only is it facing mounting costs on several fronts, but new sources of supply in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam mean many buyers will not return to China when safeguard quotas are removed at the end of this year.


Burberry bucks the gloom 18 Jul 2008

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With a trademark trench coat, Equestrian Knight logo and registered check pattern, Burberry is dressed for battle in the luxury goods market. This week the group posted healthy quarterly sales growth and is hoping to continue making headway in North America through its quintessentially British appeal. Joe Ayling reports.


Tackling the training gap 15 Jul 2008

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Design talent in the developed world is falling short in managing the demands of international outsourcing with its overseas manufacturing bases, highly computerised environments and complex logistical pipelines. Lee Adendorff looks at some of the initiatives trying to tackle this disparity.

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