Retailers react to India forced labour allegations

A number of retailers have responded to allegations of "forced labour" amongst female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M blacklisting one of the five named.

Raising the minimum wage may also reduce employment

Minimum wages are among the most challenging - and divisive - issues in the apparel industry, yet very little is known about the impact that a raise can have on employment levels, especially in emerging markets.

Twin acquisitions boost Hanesbrands Q3

Apparel group Hanesbrands enjoyed a strong third quarter thanks to good sales and profit contributions from new acquisitions DBApparel and Maidenform.

Wearable technology a key trend for 2015

Wearable technology, synced mobile devices, the growing on-demand culture of the digital world, and an increasing awareness of corporate misbehaviour are all trends expected to come to the fore next year, a new report suggests.

Government delays weigh on Bangladesh reforms

The over-riding message from a review last week to look at ongoing efforts to improve worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment and knitwear industry seems to be that "a lot of work still remains to be done."

Latest Apparel Insights

Retailers react to India forced labour allegations

A number of retailers have responded to allegations of "forced labour" amongst female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M b...

Who has signed up to the Greenpeace Detox Campaign

In 2011, Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report, which found toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing fa...

Wearable technology a key trend for 2015

Wearable technology, synced mobile devices, the growing on-demand culture of the digital world, and an increasing awareness of corporate mis...

Next Q3 trading update: What the analysts say

Unseasonably warm weather in October has weighed on sales of autumn merchandise at UK fashion retailer Next Plc. The group missed its third-...

Moisture management fabrics enter a new era

Moisture management fabric technology has entered a new era as manufacturers and retailers respond to growing demand by consumers for ever g...

Mexico urges fast-fashion brands to source locally

Global fast-fashion brands such as H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters who are keen to grow their business in Mexico are being urg...


VIEWPOINT: Government delays weigh on Bangladesh reforms 28 Oct 14

The over-riding message from a review last week to look at ongoing efforts to improve worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment and knitwear industry seems to be that "a lot of work still remains to be done."


Tesco's H1 profit plunge: What the analysts say 23 Oct 14

In an unsurprising announcement this-morning (23 October), troubled UK retail behemoth Tesco posted a 92% decline in first-half profits, weighed down by its higher-than-expected accounting error. While many analysts believe Tesco can now draw a line under its darkest days, views are mixed on how fast a turnaround, if any, is likely for the business.

Thought Leaders


Sourcing in the years 2015/2020

Global sourcing has become a fixed feature of the textile and apparel sector. Using international sources can...

Lean Product Development For Fashion: Transforming Process To Build a Better Product

Fashion companies urgently need to reassess their produc...


Major Apparel News

Twin acquisitions boost Hanesbrands Q3

Richard Woodard | 30 Oct 14

Apparel group Hanesbrands enjoyed a strong third quarter thanks to good sales and profit contributions from new acquisitions DBApparel and Maidenform.


October "a scary month" for US apparel retailers

Leonie Barrie | 29 Oct 14

Unseasonably warm weather has been one of the major drags on US apparel retailers in October, but analysts believe the month overall has been "scary" with "relatively weak" sales and headwinds that are likely to continue into the all-important fourth quarter.


Raising the minimum wage may reduce employment

Leonie Barrie | 29 Oct 14

Minimum wages are among the most challenging - and divisive - issues in the apparel industry, yet very little is known about the impact that a raise can have on employment levels, especially in emerging markets.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:56pm 30 Oct 2014)

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Steve Madden Q3 hurt by "lack of trends"

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US hails Bangladesh factory progress

Turkey in anti-dumping probe against US cotton

Stockmann to cut jobs as it reveals Q2 loss

UK clothing spend set to grow 3.5% this Christmas

Latest Apparel Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mango continues on global growth trajectory 24 Oct 14

Michelle Russell

Spanish fashion retailer Mango might have its roots firmly in Europe, but is on a growth trajectory globally, making its presence felt in most major countries. just-style spoke with managing director Enric Casi and Jose Gomez, VP of international business development, about what the future holds and the challenges of operating in today's changing retail environment.


Diesel's co-founder works to beat the denim blues 3 Oct 14

Ivan Castano Freeman

Adriano Goldschmied, Diesel's co-founder, is working to promote a new stretch fabric he hopes will turn around the fortunes of the $50bn denim industry.


INTERVIEW: Crystal Group CEO rises to the challenges 25 Sep 14

Leonie Barrie

Building the business for long-term growth, but also ensuring that the company has a strong local supply chain in place to deliver on its goals, are among the challenges faced by Andrew Lo, CEO of Hong Kong based Crystal Group, as he continues to build the capacity and competitiveness of one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers.

Apparel Blog

Will Adidas realign its strategy?

Leonie Barrie | 27 Oct 14

Speculation emerged last week that a group of investors is planning to bid for Adidas Group's Reebok unit, and that a likely sale would enable the German sportswear giant to realign its strategy as a fitness and lifestyle brand.


Nike hopes to win women's sportswear race

Leonie Barrie | 24 Oct 14

Competition for pole position in the women's sportswear market is about to heat up after Nike this week revealed it has set its sights on growing its women's business by 40% over the next two years.


China takes a tougher stance on CSR

Leonie Barrie | 20 Oct 14

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.

Hot Apparel Issues

Tesco woes continue after profit overstatement

Troubled UK retail behemoth Tesco has posted a 92% decline in first-half profits, weighed down by its higher-than-expected accounting error. While many analysts believe Tesco can now draw a line under its darkest days, views are mixed on how fast a turnaround, if any, is likely for the business.

Building safety issues found in Cambodian garment industry

An initial risk inspection on a Cambodia clothing factory which collapsed earlier this week injuring eight people suggests structural issues may have been to blame.

Gap CEO Murphy makes way for Art Peck

Glen Murphy, the CEO of US retail giant Gap Inc, this week announced his intention to step down on 1 February after seven years in the role. He will be succeeded by the head of Gap's digital division, Art Peck.

Fast fashion: Key issues as time-to-market shrinks

As its name suggests, the lifeblood of the fast fashion industry is, largely, speed to market. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at changing global sourcing trends, the role of air freight in fast fashion, how supply chains based on speed can avoid errors, and the way technology is helping companies share information more efficiently.

Apparel Market Research

Department Stores in the UK - Industry Market Research Repor

Department Stores in the UK - Industry Market Research Report

Department stores retail a wide range of general merchandise, including clothing, household appliances, hardware, toys and games, personal care and garden supplies. Non-specialised stores that primarily sell food are classified as supermarkets and are not included in this industry. Other non-specialised stores selling a wide variety of items but which do not have clear departments are classified as variety stores and are not included in this industry... Read more

Published: August 2014 - ($875.00)


Moisture Management Fabrics: Key to Wearer Comfort

Published: September 2013 - ($910.00)


Wool in the 21st Century: new prospects for a familiar fibre

Published: September 2014 - ($1390.00)


Apparel and Footwear in Egypt

Published: October 2014 - ($1900.00)


Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2020

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