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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.


The dilemma of ethical clothing 4 Jul 2008

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In the wake of recent allegations about sourcing practices at three fashion retailers, Jozef De Coster looks at a pan-European organisation – the Business Social Compliance Initiative – which believes retailers should be supporting their suppliers, not just policing them.


Is proximity more profitable? 4 Jul 2008

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As the cost of oil continues to soar, some industry observers are asking whether higher energy and transport costs will persuade retail buyers to source more garments in developed markets closer to home. Mike Flanagan doubts globalisation is reversible, but believes the dynamics of apparel sourcing are set to change.


Skills shortages 1 Jul 2008

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As the retail climate worsens, many Western clothing chains are seeking to cut costs by outsourcing design elements to their suppliers in emerging market countries. But how reliable are local design skills, and is there a big enough pool of local talent in countries like China and India for the big brands to shift creative aspects of their operations overseas as well as basic production?


Weathering the storm 27 Jun 2008

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This year's ASBCI conference was given the theme ‘Flip-flops or Fleeces? Weathering an unpredictable fashion climate’ and discussed how extreme weather, environmental issues and economic downturn are forcing the apparel industry to face new trading realities. Joe Ayling reports.


Supermarket shuffle 24 Jun 2008

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Richard Jones, the executive credited with driving an aggressive expansion into clothing at UK supermarket group Sainsbury’s, has resigned to take a top post at arch rival Tesco it emerged today (24 June).


Tough times for Talbots 20 Jun 2008

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Women’s wear retailer The Talbots Inc is in the midst of a major turnaround aimed at slashing costs by $100m by the end of next year and restoring its business to profitable growth. Earlier this month the retailer said it is already seeing an improvement in sales trends at both its namesake and J Jill brands, but industry watchers believe its makeover still has some way to go.


The fashion for fakes 17 Jun 2008

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Demand for fake fashion continues to grow at an alarming rate according to a new report from just-style, with captured shipments indicating that around 20% of all athletic merchandise is fake. Despite heightened anti-counterfeiting measures, Canadian and US authorities expect counterfeiting to remain high for the next six years.


Fast fashion slowing down? 13 Jun 2008

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Despite posting a double-digit increase in first quarter profit this week, Zara operator Inditex dropped below its own average growth rate and the expectations of some analysts. Joe Ayling reports on how well-equipped fast fashion operators are to weather the economic storm.


Olympic sportswear winners 10 Jun 2008

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China’s home-grown sportswear brands will have their biggest opportunity yet to raise international visibility this year. But even as they vie for the best routes to Beijing’s Olympic Games coverage, most brands still remain closely focused on soaring domestic sales, as Dominique Patton reports.


Food, fuel and fashion 3 Jun 2008

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From the credit crunch in the West, to rising raw material and fuel costs, and even strikes caused by the soaring price of food, the apparel industry is being ravaged by a series of catastrophes beyond its control. Mike Flanagan looks at a tale of four crises – and asks why no-one had foreseen any of them.


Patagonia goes green 30 May 2008

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Rock climbing-inspired apparel and footwear brand Patagonia has pioneered the use of organic cotton and recycled polyester in its outdoor clothing and posted sales of US$330m last year. Joe Ayling interviews the company's UK sales and marketing manager, Jonathan Petty, to find out to what peaks an already ambitious sustainable business model can climb to next.


Digital printing in production 29 May 2008

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Despite all the hype about digital printing over the last few years, just 2% of the world’s printed fabric is produced using this method. One of the reasons for this slow uptake is that digital printing is far from straight-forward, as Niki Tait finds out at Digital Print Asia, one of the world’s largest digital print companies.


M&S heading for a fall? 22 May 2008

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UK retail giant Marks & Spencer has finally broken through the GBP1bn profit barrier for the first time in more than a decade. But instead of rejoicing at its turnaround under the guidance of CEO Sir Stuart Rose, industry observers are focusing instead on a tough year ahead amid falling sales, increased costs and what some believe is an ill-advised foray overseas. Leonie Barrie reports.


Ethiopia misses textile target 20 May 2008

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Ethiopia is trying to position itself as a sourcing destination for the textile and apparel industry. But ambitious government projections of a US$500m a-year turnover sector by 2008/2009 are lagging way behind, with exports of just US$12.6m achieved in 2007. Paul Cochrane reports from Addis Ababa.


Tough times for sportswear firms? 15 May 2008

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The choice between fight and flight is taking on a new meaning in the sporting goods sector. Brands are soaring by exploiting new opportunities in emerging markets, while a subsequent fight for remaining market share is taking shape closer to home, as Joe Ayling reports.


Kenya eyes export growth 13 May 2008

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Kenya’s apparel exports suffered a serious setback at the beginning of this year when ethnic violence erupted across the country. Orders are now returning, and garment makers are pinning their hopes on a new interim trade pact with the EU to kick-start their sales into Europe. Jozef De Coster reports from Nairobi.


Suppliers react to US downturn 6 May 2008

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A huge number of Chinese manufacturers are worried about the US retail downturn – even though the country accounts for less than a fifth of China’s apparel sales. One reason is that their businesses were set up to exploit the US’ relatively large orders, believes Mike Flanagan, and that learning to adapt to non-US markets is one of the biggest challenges facing Chinese suppliers today.


The anti-dumping debate 1 May 2008

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Some sense of normality was restored for retailers and importers when the European Commission (EC) abolished quotas on imports of Chinese clothing at the beginning of this year. But the silence that has followed doesn’t convince international trade expert Emma Ormond the matter is now closed. Anti-dumping complaints are a near certainty she tells Leonie Barrie.


Supermarket fashion surge 29 Apr 2008

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Supermarket fashions are a force to be reckoned with in the UK, and companies like Asda and Tesco have made no secret of their lofty ambitions to dominate the clothing sector. Convenience and keen prices might be good news for the consumer, but what do they mean for the clothing sector as a whole? asks Richard Woodard.


Green garment plants 25 Apr 2008

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Marks & Spencer CEO Sir Stuart Rose today (25 April) paid a one-day flying visit to Sri Lanka to open the world’s first ‘green’ garment manufacturing plants which will supply clothing to M&S stores.

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