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Texprocess & Techtextil 2013 21 Jun 2013

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Faster time-to-market, better quality and lower cost are the drivers behind the latest developments unveiled at last week's Texprocess and Techtextil trade fairs in Frankfurt, Germany. Here, just-style presents a snapshot of some of the innovations on show for apparel makers.


Lululemon still counting Luon cost 14 Jun 2013

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Assessing the true cost of Lululemon’s recall of its hugely popular black Luon pants back in March could take some time yet.


Get your act together on Bangladesh, industry told 7 Jun 2013

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The Rana Plaza factory disaster should be a wake-up call for everyone involved in the apparel industry - and the catalyst for real, systematic change in Bangladesh -the US Senate hasbeen told during a special hearing.


Cambodia: a rising star with a falling reputation? 25 May 2013

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Cambodia's reputation as a standard-bearer for apparel workers' rights is wearing thin - and yet the country is a rising star when it comes to attracting foreign investment and increasing exports.


Transatlantic divide on Bangladesh factory safety 16 May 2013

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Apparel brands and retailers have been rushing to agree new rules to improve safety in Bangladesh garment factories. But while European firms are favouring the new Accord on Fire and Building Safety, a coalition of North American retailers has gone its own way with the Safer Factories Initiative.


Marks & Spencer to modernise sourcing and supply chain 13 May 2013

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Retailer Marks & Spencer is working to update its sourcing and logistics systems after admitting that 20 years of under-investment have led to a sluggish and inconsistent supply chain.


Factory collapse casts another shadow over Bangladesh 24 Apr 2013

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An eight-storey commercial building that housed five garment factories has collapsed near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, killing nearly 100 people - most of them apparel workers - and leaving several hundred others injured.


Supply chain key to Gap's global growth plans 22 Apr 2013

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As turnaround efforts finally start to take hold at US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc, the company is now focusing on leveraging its global brands to gain a larger share of the $1.4trn global apparel market.


M&S expects clothing improvement in autumn 15 Apr 2013

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Marks & Spencer has highlighted the efforts already being made by the retailer's new clothing design team - but stresses the full results of their efforts won't be seen until the autumn/winter range is released.


Ron Johnson leaves JC Penney 10 Apr 2013

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After a rocky ride at JC Penney, the man brought in to transform the business, Ron Johnson, has been pushed out, as losses at the department store chain widened.


Prime Source Forum 2013 4 Apr 2013

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The over-riding message from this year's Prime Source Forum 2013 in Hong Kong is that apparel sourcing has finally reached a critical turning point. Instead of continuing to chase the lowest costs around the globe, the industry focus is now shifting to collaboration between retailers and their vendors, and the creation of an integrated value chain.


Lululemon's sheer fabric problem 26 Mar 2013

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US activewear brand Lululemon suffered an embarrassing and costly error last week after it had to recall black trousers made with its Luon fabric after discovering they were sheerer than expected. The brand admitted the move may cost it up to US$20m in lost sales.


China pushes textile companies to go green 12 Mar 2013

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China's textile and apparel industry is preparing for new government demands to introduce sustainable production in the sector - warning that companies failing to comply will be closed.


Question marks over new zero discharge roadmap 8 Mar 2013

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Leading fashion brands and retailers have joined forces to issue an update on their joint “roadmap” aimed at securing zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chains by 2020. But the revised plans have already come under fire.


Transforming Burma into a competitive sourcing hub 27 Feb 2013

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Burma, the poorest country in South East Asia, is seen as having untapped garment production and sourcing opportunities thanks to its low labour costs, large workforce and beneficial access to rich consumer markets. But it also faces considerable challenges if it is to become competitive.


Wal-Mart apparel turnaround efforts gain traction 25 Feb 2013

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Wal-Mart has revealed that efforts to turn around its apparel business are finally starting to gain traction, with the US retail giant reporting the first full-year of positive comparable apparel sales for seven years.


Is clothing close to a closed loop future? 18 Feb 2013

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Retailers and brands are increasingly looking at the idea of closing the loop in the apparel supply chain. Taking a garment back to its original fibre form and then using this to create something new is seen as a way for firms to become more sustainable. But what is the future for closed loop?


China continues to lead US apparel and textile imports 13 Feb 2013

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For all the talk about declining Chinese competitiveness and the likely growth in near-sourcing, official figures show China continued to dominate US apparel and textile imports last year.


US retailers post strong start to 2013 8 Feb 2013

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2013 got off to a strong start for US clothing and footwear retailers in January, with many reporting their best performance since September 2011.


Outlook 2013: Apparel industry issues to watch 5 Feb 2013

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For this year's annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2013. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.


Compliance campaigns set to take a new direction 1 Feb 2013

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Two campaigns carried out over the past two years by two groups of activists have achieved very different results. Whereas Greenpeace has successfully corralled major brands and retailers into its Detox programme, the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement (BFBSA) campaign has struggled to make a mark. It seems the Bangladesh factory fire row is reshaping the future of compliance.


Wal-Mart tightens supplier guidelines following Bangladesh fire 25 Jan 2013

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Wal-Mart has tightened its supplier guidelines after a fire at an un-authorised subcontractor's site in Bangladesh killed more than 112 people.


What's wrong with Billabong? 17 Jan 2013

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For all of the suitors circling Billabong International, the Australian surfwear retailer is yet to see much action. With four bidders showing interest over the past year, none of the interest has so far turned into a deal.


US proposes textile flexibility in TPP trade pact 11 Jan 2013

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The United States government has unveiled details of proposed flexibilities it wants to introduce into the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement which will allow importers to buy scarce clothing, textiles and yarns from outside the bloc.


US retailers post mixed Christmas sales 8 Jan 2013

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Retailers posted mixed December sales results as many were forced to discount heavily to drive sales in the weekend prior to Christmas, in the hope of making up for weaker sales earlier in the month.


2012: A year in review 21 Dec 2012

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Global economic turmoil continued to impact on the apparel industry in 2012, and in all sectors, from retailing to manufacturing and sourcing, winners and losers were not hard to find. just-style’s review of the year tracks those for whom 2012 will be memorable in more ways than one, and also takes a look at some of the more unusual stories hitting the headlines.


Ethiopia pushes on with industry expansion plan 11 Dec 2012

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A growing number of major retailers including H&M, Tesco and Primark are sourcing textiles and clothing from Ethiopia, as the country's industry undergoes a major expansion programme.


Black Friday no match for Hurricane Sandy disruption 3 Dec 2012

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Strong Black Friday week sales were no match for the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, as US retailers hope to make up lost sales in December.


Bangladesh factory fire 27 Nov 2012

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As many as 111 people were killed and another 100 injured after a blaze swept through Bangladesh garment manufacturer Tazreen Fashion Ltd. The fire, which is believed to have been started by an electrical short circuit, is said to be the worst ever in the history of Bangladesh's US$20bn export-earning clothing industry.


Sri Lanka Design Festival 2012 26 Nov 2012

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This year's Sri Lanka Design Festival continued its focus on how brands and manufacturers can improve speed to market while maintaining their eco and ethical credentials. just-style visited the country, and saw a number of eco-factories, attended the South Asian Leadership Forum and a sustainability event. You can find all the articles from the trip here.

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