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Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts

An apparel industry at a crossroads and an intertwined network of challenges and opportunities are among the issues facing Guido Schlossmann...

How Primark balances ethics and ultra-low prices

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over it...

KTC refashioning the reputation of Made in China

Backed by his belief that the current apparel sourcing model is broken, Gerhard Flatz, managing director at high end performance wear specia...

Esquel CEO says automation core to competitiveness

While doomsayers have been waxing lyrically for the past two years about how the Chinese clothing industry could have a shaky future, John C...


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.


INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss raises the bar on sustainability 26 Jun 2015

Michelle Russell

"We're best when we're leading and pioneering," is Michael Kobori's take on denim giant Levi Strauss & Co's responsibility in ensuring it has an ethical supply chain. But it is competition, believes the company's VP of sustainability, more so than collaboration, that really raises the bar when it comes to sustainability.


INTERVIEW: William E. Connor "dialled in" to sourcing sensitivities 4 Jun 2015

Leonie Barrie

Hot on the heels of another record financial year and being named one of world's most ethical firms for the fourth time in a row, William E. (Chip) Connor, chairman and CEO of sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd., remains characteristically modest about the company's achievements. But drill down, and he sees the realignment of retail and being "dialled in" to sourcing sensitivities, as key pointers for the future.


INTERVIEW: Jason Denham raises the bar on denim innovation 28 May 2015

Michelle Russell

Jason Denham has a relentless enthusiasm and passion for denim. He has been raising the bar on jeans innovation since he started out 20 years ago designing for Irish rock band U2, and his vision for growing his namesake brand includes using the most advanced washing techniques, high-end fabrics, and sustainable mills.


INTERVIEW: North Face "ahead of the game" on sustainability 8 May 2015

Katie Smith

Outdoor wear behemoth The North Face has secured its position as a leader in the field since its inception 50 years ago. While "ahead of the game" on sustainability, the US2$bn brand is also just "scratching the surface," according to Adam Mott, the group's director of sustainability. Here he tells just-style how the company is re-evaluating and rethinking everything it does based on what's right for the worker, the environment, and the consumer.


INTERVIEW: Multi-channel a "powerful proposition" for N Brown 10 Apr 2015

Michelle Russell

A "constant run to keep up" with consumer demands is keeping multi-channel retailer N Brown on it toes as it adapts its sourcing model, its systems and international growth to keep apace. Paul Kendrick, customer, financial services and international director, explains.


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