SOURCING: Water scarcity a challenge to cotton supply chains

With World Water Week kicking off in Stockholm this weekend, the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources will be in the spotlight.

SOURCING: Worldwide changes in cost competitiveness

Decisions on where to focus supply chains involve a complicated mix of wages, productivity, energy costs, currency values and other factors - all of which are quietly but dramatically redrawing the map of global manufacturing cost competitiveness, ne

BANGLADESH: Accord and Alliance discord "a setback"

A decision by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to reject inspection reports produced by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety for some factories shared by the two groups has been described as a "setback".

ANALYSIS: Back-to-school spending a waiting game

The second biggest shopping season of the year is drawing to a close, but it appears many people have yet to wrap up their back-to-school buying. With consumers remaining cautious about their spending, promotions and bargains are set to drive sales.

RESEARCH: Wool makes a comeback as a 21st century fibre

While global wool production for the 2014/2015 year is forecast to be at its lowest level for 70 years, its prospects for future growth are positive, according to a new report from just-style.

Latest Apparel Insights

Abercrombie & Fitch to lose logos in fashion focus

Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co is aiming to remove the logos from its garments on sale in North America by next spring as it f...

Major economic reforms needed in China: US report

The Chinese government faces a number of serious challenges if it is to maintain the country’s recent rapid economic growth in the longer te...

Gap audits reveal compliance issues in Myanmar

US retail giant Gap Inc has made no secret of the fact that it faced - and continues to face - a number of compliance issues linked to its d...

Wool makes a comeback as a 21st century fibre

While global wool production for the 2014/2015 year is forecast to be at its lowest level for 70 years, its prospects for future growth are...

Water scarcity a challenge to cotton supply chains

With World Water Week kicking off in Stockholm this Sunday (31 August), the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources will...

ANALYSIS: Back-to-school spending a waiting game

The second biggest shopping season of the year is drawing to a close, but it appears many people have yet to wrap up their back-to-school bu...


SOURCING: Worldwide changes in cost competitiveness 28 Aug 14

Decisions on where to focus supply chains involve a complicated mix of wages, productivity, energy costs, currency values and other factors - all of which are quietly but dramatically redrawing the map of global manufacturing cost competitiveness, new research suggests.


VIEWPOINT: Fitness fashion propels Athleta towards $1bn sales 27 Aug 14

Any talk of Gap Inc's portfolio invariably focuses on its Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands. But new number crunching suggests the company's Athleta women's athletic wear line is also gaining momentum.

Thought Leaders


Metamorphosis into Color – CoolVisions®

Requirements in the textile industry have been ratcheting up, challenging the industry to adapt and m...

Fashion and apparel industry trends: in the digital age

Inspired by a recent Webinar by industry insider and Lectra's director of fashion and...


Major Apparel News

Accord and Alliance discord "a setback"

Katie Smith | 1 Sep 14

A decision by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to reject inspection reports produced by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety for some factories shared by the two groups has been described as a "setback" for garment factory safety efforts in the country.


'Cotton of the Carolinas' grows reshoring efforts

Poorna Rodrigo | 1 Sep 14

Cotton of the Carolinas (CotC) - a collaboration of US farmers and manufacturers dedicated to growing, making and selling custom printed T-shirts in North Carolina and South Carolina - is benefiting from demand for locally produced product, its co-founder has told just-style.


Adidas to use only Bluesign-approved chemicals

Leonie Barrie | 29 Aug 14

Sporting goods giant Adidas Group is planning to set targets for its suppliers to switch to using only Bluesign approved chemicals in its supply chain.

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Latest Apparel Interviews

INTERVIEW: Hampshire Group CEO hails turnaround progress 27 Aug 14

Leonie Barrie

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.


INTERVIEW: William E. Connor discusses global sourcing shifts 28 May 14

Leonie Barrie

With a global vendor base of around 6,000 factories working with leading retailers and brands, sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. has an enviable view into worldwide sourcing shifts. In the second instalment of a two-part interview with just-style, company chairman and CEO William E. (Chip) Connor discusses opportunities, challenges and concerns.


INTERVIEW: William E. Connor talks transparency and trust 27 May 14

Leonie Barrie

Transparency and integrity are two words that crop up repeatedly in conversation with William E. (Chip) Connor, chairman and CEO of Hong Kong based global sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Indeed, these have been cornerstones of the business since it was founded 65 years ago, and continue to underpin every aspect of an operation set up to act as its clients' alter-ego.

Apparel Blog

Cottoning on to water shortages

Leonie Barrie | 1 Sep 14

To coincide with World Water Week, which kicked off in Stockholm yesterday, the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources has turned the spotlight on the global cotton industry - one of the largest and thirstiest crops produced.


Zara under fire over "Holocaust" T-shirt

Michelle Russell | 28 Aug 14

Inditex-owned fast fashion chain Zara has gone and done it again.


Cambodia garment industry approaching crossroads

Michelle Russell | 27 Aug 14

If Cambodia's US$5.5bn garment industry is not yet at a crossroads, it is approaching one, according to participants at an industry trade show held in Phnom Penh. Many industry suppliers believe that while Cambodia remains a growing market for their textile and garment products, there are challenges ahead, from rising labour costs to increased competition from neighbouring countries.

Hot Apparel Issues

Gap audits reveal compliance issues at Myanmar factories

US retail giant Gap Inc has made no secret of the fact that it faced - and continues to face - a number of compliance issues linked to its decision to start sourcing garments from Myanmar/Burma. And the extent of these challenges has now been revealed.

Li & Fung looks to new frontiers for growth

Li & Fung has outlined a number of new frontiers the global sourcing giant is looking to explore as it works through its three-year roadmap, which it hopes will capture new customers in new categories and countries, and increase the group's cross-selling activities.

Hazardous chemical removal a key industry issue

Since Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report in 2011, revealing toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China, the environmental pressure group has been calling on apparel firms to remove these from their supply chains.

Cambodia's future outsourcing prospects uncertain

If Cambodia's US$5.5bn garment industry is not at a crossroads, it is approaching one, according to participants speaking to just-style at an industry trade show held in Phnom Penh.

Apparel Market Research

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2020

Whether we buy for functionality, authenticity or fashionability, our love affair with denim continues. In this latest edition of the denim and jeanswear report, just-style has combined the idea of fashionability with price, in the form of a price-fashion matrix which we believe is central to understanding why and how consumers buy their jeans... Read more

Published: July 2014 - ($1390.00)


Global Database of the Top 1000 Cut and Sew Apparel Producers - Company Names, Financial Performance, Key Executives, and Contact Details

Published: August 2014 - ($1330.49)


Opportunities and Applications for Digital Textile Printing

Published: August 2014 - ($520.00)


H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB in Apparel and Footwear (World)

Published: July 2014 - ($520.00)


Childrenswear: Global Industry Almanac

Published: July 2014 - ($2995.00)


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