Expensive US dollar hitting H&M sourcing costs

H&M Hennes & Mauritz has acknowledged that pricing may have to fluctuate to reflect challenges created by the increasingly expensive US dollar, which is affecting sourcing costs for the Swedish apparel group.

INTERVIEW: Apparel industry gains traction says IAF chief

The global apparel industry is expected to grow 3.5% to over $500bn this year, matching a similar gain in 2014 and consolidating a three-year recovery, according to the International Apparel Federation (IAF)’s new president Rahul Mehta.

Kate Spade to shut Saturday and Jack Spade stores

US retailer Kate Spade & Co. has revealed plans to close its Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade stores as it focuses long-term investment on its flagship Kate Spade New York brand.

Enthusiasm for tech in outdoor apparel on the rise

Innovation in materials and performance in the outdoor apparel and footwear category is on the increase as enthusiasm for technology grows, a recent industry conference highlighted.

COMMENT: 2015: Welcome to the new fashion consumer

A new fashion consumer with new values and new connectivity is redefining fashion - and the industry is responding with new business models structured around customer demand. Emma Birnbaum writes about the new fashion consumer.

Latest Apparel Insights

Performance apparel set for continued growth

As new outdoor performance apparel brands enter the market in record numbers, retailers are introducing new innovations and technologies to...

Outdoor Retailer brands embrace technology

Leading outdoor brands exhibiting at the recent Outdoor Retailer show, held in Salt Lake City, are using technology, transparency, and authe...

Expensive US dollar hitting H&M sourcing costs

H&M Hennes & Mauritz has acknowledged that pricing may have to fluctuate to reflect challenges created by the increasingly expensive US doll...

2015: Welcome to the new fashion consumer

A new fashion consumer with new values and new connectivity is redefining fashion - and the industry is responding with new business models...

Enthusiasm for tech in outdoor apparel on rise

Innovation in materials and performance in the outdoor apparel and footwear category is on the increase as enthusiasm for technology grows,...

New American Apparel CEO sees solid platform

Ten days into her new role as American Apparel CEO, industry veteran Paula Schneider sounded a confident note as she told investors and anal...


Connected sourcing networks ease payment problems 20 Jan 15

Just as it seemed things couldn’t get any worse for American Apparel, reports emerged earlier this month that the struggling retailer has been delaying payments to its suppliers. While adding to the group's woes, industry observers believe such a move is also indicative of a wider issue facing the sector.


Philippines garment sector upbeat over EU GSP+ 19 Jan 15

The Philippines' garment sector is expected to be a key beneficiary of the country's inclusion within the European Union's (EU) GSP+ scheme from 1 January, allowing the export of 6,274 additional items of all kinds to the EU at zero tariffs over the next 10 years.

Thought Leaders

Near-sourcing: a new opportunity for apparel firms?

There has been a lot of talk both sides of the Atlantic about increasing the amount of pr...

Speed, Skill, Sustainability : The Sri Lankan Fashion Mantra

Sri Lanka has always been ahead of its time: a premier fashion and apparel outso...

3D Virtual Prototyping: Transforming the Collection Development Process

In this installment of our Lectra expert video series, Product Develo...

Tomorrow’s apparel industry: Leslie Holden, Amsterdam Fashion Institute

Here we talk with Leslie Holden, head of Fashion & Design at the Amst...

Major Apparel News

Kate Spade to shut Saturday and Jack Spade stores

Michelle Russell | 30 Jan 15

US retailer Kate Spade & Co. has revealed plans to close its Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade stores as it focuses long-term investment on its flagship Kate Spade New York brand.


Bangladesh Accord to inspect 200 more factories

Katie Smith | 29 Jan 15

The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety is to start initial inspections on a new batch of factories added by signatories since August last year.


Kanati pulls production out of Pakistan

Michelle Russell | 28 Jan 15

Canadian men's wear company Kanati Co says continued disruption to its production in Pakistan has forced it to pull out of the country and bring its entire manufacturing back home.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:57pm 30 Jan 2015)

Next's head of menswear design to join M&S

International growth drives Hanesbrands Q4 profit

Gap removes creative director Rebekka Bay

Oeko-Tex updates textile test criteria

Retailers set to consolidate commerce platforms

Coach Q2 profit slumps on strategic revamp

Jones New York latest casualty to shutter stores

Deckers lifts Q3 profit on Ugg growth

Latest Apparel Interviews

INTERVIEW: Apparel industry gains traction says IAF chief 29 Jan 15

Ivan Castano Freeman

The global apparel industry is expected to grow 3.5% to over $500bn this year, matching a similar gain in 2014 and consolidating a three-year recovery, according to the International Apparel Federation's (IAF) new president Rahul Mehta.


INTERVIEW: George at Asda on responsible retail journey 20 Jan 15

Katie Smith

UK supermarket brand George at Asda is on a journey to a more sustainable supply chain through its Responsible Retail programme. Lynne Tooms, senior director of quality and sourcing, explains why retailers need to understand more about where their products come from and the challenges faced by suppliers.


INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss refocuses on "profit through principle" 8 Dec 14

Michelle Russell

Levi Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.

Apparel Blog

Myanmar pay talks underway

Leonie Barrie | 26 Jan 15

Talks aimed at setting a minimum wage for workers in Burma/Myanmar are now underway, after the original deadline of December was missed following calls for further research.


World Sports Forum to focus on new markets

Katie Smith | 23 Jan 15

Anyone heading to ISPO Munich next month for what is arguably the world’s largest multi-segment sports exhibition, should also try to take in the World Sports Forum event on 'Entering and Exploring new Markets.'


Adidas joins world's most sustainable companies

Leonie Barrie | 22 Jan 15

German sporting goods giant Adidas Group has been named as the world's third most sustainable company this year, according to a ranking released by Toronto-based media company Corporate Knights to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Hot Apparel Issues

Performance apparel set for continued growth

As new outdoor performance apparel brands enter the market in record numbers, retailers are introducing new innovations and technologies to stand out from the crowd and win over consumers.

New American Apparel CEO sounds confident note

Ten days into her new role as American Apparel CEO, industry veteran Paula Schneider sounded a confident note as she told investors and analysts this week that she is ready to build on the solid foundations of the business.

Myanmar garment sector experiencing rapid growth

Myanmar's garment sector is in the midst of significant growth and exciting changes - and a brand new and exclusive report produced by the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) offers essential reading for retailers, brands and importers looking to source from the country.

Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

For our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style has again asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2015. Expect a continuing focus on compliance and factory safety, ongoing challenges in omni-channel and the need for new supply chain solutions - and much more besides.

Apparel Market Research

Myanmar's Garment Sector - Opportunities & Challenges in 201

Myanmar's Garment Sector - Opportunities & Challenges in 2015

In 2014, Myanmar’s garment industry experienced significant growth and exciting changes. Garment sector export revenues for 2014 were estimated to have reached a minimum of 1.5 billion dollars (USD) by year’s end. MGMA have registered more than one new garment factory opening each week throughout 2014, a consistent indicator of high growth in the industry. For international buyers interested in sourcing opportunities, this brand new and exclusive report produced directly by the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Assoc. is an essential read. The report is packed full of vital information and interesting statistics. It's a perfect companion to anyone thinking of planning a country visit and is essential reading beforehand... Read more

Published: January 2015 - ($400.00)


World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey - December 2014

Published: January 2015 - ($520.00)


adidas AG - Strategy and SWOT Report

Published: October 2014 - ($175.00)


Outdoor performance apparel: peaks, valleys, and green fields

Published: January 2015 - ($1390.00)


Apparel Retail: Top 5 Emerging Markets Industry Guide

Published: September 2014 - ($995.00)


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