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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.


UAE on the up 4 Jun 2007

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The clothing market in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is experiencing stellar growth on the back of rising consumer spending, a surge in tourists, and 145% growth in retail space as new malls and shopping centres spring up. Paul Cochrane reports from Dubai.


Wal-Mart's fashion woes 1 Jun 2007

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc is to reduce the number of shops that sell its fashion line by designer Mark Eisen in a bid to clear out stocks of unsold clothing.


Apparel production parks 29 May 2007

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Sri Lanka’s two largest textile and apparel companies – MAS Holdings and Brandix Lanka – are in the process of setting up textile and apparel parks in India. The moves are part of a long-term strategy that will see Sri Lanka become a regional sourcing hub and India the main production base. And they are inviting key textile and apparel companies from around the world to join them, as Niki Tait explains.


Luxury brands 23 May 2007

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The return of the GBP20,000 cocktail – it has diamonds instead of ice – and the GBP60 hamburger to Tokyo, heralds for some a return of the heady days of a very rich Japan and ostentatious consumption once more. It also may mean even greater times for the world’s leading fashion brands says Michael Fitzpatrick.


Nanotechnology in textiles 21 May 2007

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Nanotechnology may help textile manufacturers dramatically reduce their costs and overheads, according to a design expert speaking at a conference at the Royal Society in London. It could also enable the textile industry address wider environmental challenges, as Mark Rowe reports.


Marketing myths 17 May 2007

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The real action in the west’s mass-market apparel industry is to be found in private brands. And what retailers are looking for is suppliers who understand a particular apparel category but don’t want a direct relationship with consumers. Those who shout loudest are usually wrong believes Mike Flanagan, arguing that the stealthy approach adopted by some of the biggest garment makers might actually make them more competitive in the long term.


Celebrity clothing lines 14 May 2007

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High street stores are queuing up to get famous faces designing clothes for them, and the Kate Moss collection for Topshop is the latest sign that fashion chains are cashing in on celebrity. Joe Ayling looks at how retailers are turning to the rich and famous in the hope that some of the glamour will rub off on them.


Private label 9 May 2007

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Over half of all apparel sold in the US is either exclusive or private label as more and more retailers realise that the one who gets in the consumer’s face first, fast and most often is going to win market share. But as this sector becomes increasingly crowded, where is growth going to come from next? asks Arnold J Karr.


Wearable electronics 4 May 2007

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UK firms are leading the way in smart fabrics and interactive textiles for wearable electronics, according to a new report from Textiles Intelligence. But one challenge being faced by some of the more successful players is the rate at which they are able to raise additional capital in order to expand their production capacity and meet rapidly rising demand.


Vietnam apparel monitoring 27 Apr 2007

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Since Vietnam’s accession to the WTO at the beginning of this year, investors have been queuing up to take advantage of the country’s low costs and free trade status. However, one dark cloud on the horizon is the decision by the Bush administration to monitor and possibly self-initiate anti-dumping cases against US apparel imports from Vietnam, as Jozef De Coster reports from Ho Chi Minh City.


Life after CAFTA-DR 24 Apr 2007

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Central America’s struggling textiles and apparel industry could lure $600m-$1bn by 2010 if it works harder to attract foreign investment and undertakes a series of actions to bolster its international competitiveness and benefit from the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). By Ivan Castano.


Digital textile printing 20 Apr 2007

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Digital technology is the fastest growing method of printing textiles, according to a report in the latest issue of Textile Outlook International. Between 2000 and 2005 digitally printed textile output rose by 300% to 70m square metres.


Made in Mexico 18 Apr 2007

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Mexico relinquished its position as the leading apparel exporter to the US in 2002 – and last year its share of the US market was a meagre 7.4% compared with China’s 25.9%. But while Mexico is no longer a cheap production base, it can still benefit from its proximity to the US and a large domestic market keen for luxury labels. By Jozef De Coster.


PPR bids for Puma 13 Apr 2007

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The global sportswear market is poised for a shake-up if the proposed acquisition of Puma, the world’s third-largest sportswear brand, by French luxury fashion retailer PPR goes ahead. The question for many, though, is where will Puma go from here? By Leonie Barrie.


CAFTA-DR one year on 11 Apr 2007

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Last May, Guatemala’s textiles and apparel industry celebrated the implementation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) as a move that would enable one of the country’s largest trades to emerge from its doldrums and bring progress to its impoverished economy. But nearly 12 months on the clock, CAFTA-DR is failing to live to its much ballyhooed promises, as Ivan Castano reports.

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