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just-style uses its unrivalled access to the top industry executives to bring you interviews with the personalities shaping the news all year round.

Bagir CEO says suit-maker is back on track

Exactly 12 months into his role as chief executive of Israel-based tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group, and Eran Itzhak is in a buoya...

How TAL Apparel is staying ahead of the game

As one of the world's leading garment manufacturers, Hong Kong-based TAL Apparel is continually looking to see how it can add value in the a...

No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO

After working for the past seven years on a set of tools to measure the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production,...

North Face has holistic view on harmful chemicals

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Fa...


Omega Compliance committed to supply chain integrity 14 Jun 2016

Michelle Russell

Increasing requirements by apparel brands and retailers for specialist quality assurance, compliance and supply chain security services are fuelling the strong double-digit growth of Omega Compliance, a standalone subsidiary of sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the company tells just-style why its momentum on responsible sourcing shows no sign of slowing down.


Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts 26 Apr 2016

Leonie Barrie

An apparel industry at a crossroads and an intertwined network of challenges and opportunities are among the issues facing Guido Schlossmann as he takes the helm of low-cost fast fashion sourcing specialist Synergies Worldwide. Unravelling this complexity requires a new, more global and integrated look at the industry, he tells just-style.


How Primark balances ethics and ultra-low prices 23 Mar 2016

Michelle Russell

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental retail issues. Paul Lister, responsible for Primark’s ethical trading team, tells just-style "the strength of a brand's ethics is not about a price point" – and that close engagement with the supply chain is key.


KTC refashioning the reputation of Made in China 19 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

Backed by his belief that the current apparel sourcing model is broken, Gerhard Flatz, managing director at high end performance wear specialist KTC, is charting a new course for the company. He’s trying to change the perception of what it means to be ‘Made in China’ by losing the factory tagline and instead building on the firm’s ethical credentials, its skilled workmanship, and repositioning it as a key ingredient of a high quality garment.


Esquel CEO says automation core to competitiveness 1 Dec 2015

Wang Fangqing

While doomsayers have been waxing lyrically for the past two years about how the Chinese clothing industry could have a shaky future, John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, the Hong Kong-based vertically integrated cotton to shirt maker, is resolute in his optimism. 


Expansion and efficiencies key to Epic Group evolution 10 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

With new facilities opening in Bangladesh and Vietnam, an investment to take automation to the next level, and an eye on Africa, Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Epic Group is also on a relentless efficiency drive. Chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani tells just-style why constant evolution is key.


Interview: Patagonia's CSR commitments re-shaping the sector 29 Sep 2015

Michelle Russell

Patagonia's goal of building "the world’s most socially and environmentally responsible supply chain" has made the outdoor wear specialist something of a pioneer in its industry. Cara Chacon, the group's director of social & environmental responsibility, however, is quick to admit that despite its successes, the company is far from perfect.


Interview: The new age of disruption on apparel production 27 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

In the first part of this two-part interview, Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus, discussed how easy access to capital and technology is shaking up the retail industry. Here he talks about its impact on apparel production.


Interview: Kurt Cavano on “the Uberfication of everything” 26 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

Easy access to cheap capital, infinite computing power, and “the Uberfication of everything” are converging to create a perfect storm of disruption that's already starting to shake up the apparel retail industry, according to Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus.


INTERVIEW: G-Star RAW pushes the boundaries of denim 28 Jul 2015

Michelle Russell

G-Star RAW thrives on innovative design, new wash and dye techniques, and sustainability - weaving these into its products and processes for the last 26 years. And for global brand manager Remco de Nijs, the edgy label's DNA continues to push the boundaries of denim.


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