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Echo Sourcing unveils new supply opportunities

Garment supplier Echo Sourcing has been building its business in Bangladesh since 2005 and is confident of continued growth in a country tha...

Hampshire Group CEO hails turnaround progress

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group...

William E. Connor discusses global sourcing shifts

With a global vendor base of around 6,000 factories working with leading retailers and brands, sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Assoc...

William E. Connor talks transparency and trust

Transparency and integrity are two words that crop up repeatedly in conversation with William E. (Chip) Connor, chairman and CEO of Hong Kon...


INTERVIEW: David Nieper pushes Made in UK momentum 16 May 2014

Katie Smith

The momentum for 'Made in the UK' products might be growing in popularity - both with retailers and consumers - but a lack of skilled labour and an ageing workforce are weighing on its progress. One company working to reverse this is women's wear and nightwear fashion brand, David Nieper. Managing director Christopher Nieper tells Katie Smith why.


INTERVIEW: Peter Ruis, chief executive of Jigsaw 8 May 2014

Michelle Russell

The arrival of new chief executive Peter Ruis at UK fashion retailer Jigsaw has seen the group shift to a more fashion-led focus. Eight months into the role, he talks to just-style about the group's sourcing ambitions, its focus on innovation, and Jigsaw's international expansion plans.


INTERVIEW: Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability, H&M 30 Apr 2014

Michelle Russell

The latest sustainability report released earlier this month by Swedish apparel retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz highlights the group's achievements over the last year. Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability for H&M, spoke with just-style about the company's major milestones, including closed loop clothing, collaboration, and the group's African sourcing plans.


INTERVIEW: String traceability tool goes back to basics 23 Apr 2014

Leonie Barrie

Without knowing the precise history of the products it sells and then being able to verify the claims it makes, Tim Wilson, CEO of Historic Futures, believes the apparel industry will never be able to make a real difference to issues ranging from sustainability to illegal subcontracting. He is now taking the company's String platform back to the drawing board to tackle the issue of total traceability across the clothing supply chain.


Interview: SuperGroup supply chain realignment to support growth 15 Apr 2014

Michelle Russell

UK clothing retailer SuperGroup has had a somewhat buoyant year to date, with strong bottom line growth in its last three quarters, and ambitious plans to extend its international presence. To support this growth, the company has been busy re-aligning its supply chain. COO Susanne Given talks to Michelle Russell about the challenges international expansion brings and the group's position in the competitive youth apparel marketplace.


Interview: N Brown reaffirms commitment to Bangladesh 31 Mar 2014

Michelle Russell

Nearly a year on from the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh, the collective work by brands and suppliers to ensure safer working conditions is starting to gain some traction. Andy York, ethical trading manager for retailer N Brown, has been closely involved in the efforts so far. He tells Michelle Russell that it is more important now than ever before to have an ethical supply chain - and that N Brown remains committed to Bangladesh.


Interview: Innovation backs Burlington’s 90 years in business 13 Mar 2014

Michelle Russell

Founded in 1923, North Carolina-based Burlington Industries has spent the last 90 years transforming itself into the world's largest textile manufacturer. Here, president Jeff Peck talks to Michelle Russell about the secrets to the company's success, the ongoing challenges facing the textile industry, and what the future is likely to hold.


Interview: The Bangladesh Accord tackles unsafe factories 20 Feb 2014

Kitty So

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.


Interview: The Bangladesh Accord tackles unsafe factories 20 Feb 2014

Kitty So

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.


The just-style interview: Jeff Krilla, CEO, Bangladesh Safety Alliance 11 Feb 2014

Leonie Barrie

As the first-year anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building approaches in April, it is inevitable that the global spotlight will focus on the promises made and progress delivered over the past 12 months on improving safety for Bangladeshi garment workers. Jeff Krilla, president and CEO of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, talks to just-style about the group's work so far.


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