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Energy-saving efforts reap rewards 8 Apr 14

Beleaguered US department store retailer JC Penney is at last getting something right as it continues to try to turn around its business: its commitment to saving energy and fighting climate change...


just-style unveils new look 3 Apr 14

It has been a long time in the pipeline (for us at least), but we're finally able to share the new-look just-style with you...


Innovation the name of the game 25 Mar 14

Innovation seems to be the name of the game for two projects seeking new solutions for the apparel and textile sectors...


Levi Strauss weighs up water savings 20 Mar 14

Updated figures from Levi Strauss & Co suggest production of its Water


Bangladesh factory checks highlight safety issues 17 Mar 14

First findings released last week from inspections at ten garment factories used by members of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have highlighted widespread fire, electrical safety and potential structural problems...


Spotlight shines on Ethiopia sourcing 11 Mar 14

just-style turned the spotlight on Ethiopia last week, marking the release of a new research report looking at the country's emerging apparel and textile industry with additional insights into its rising potential for sourcing garments...


Have your say on the year ahead... 5 Mar 14

It's one thing for us here at just-style to tell you about what's happening in the global apparel industry - but there's another, equally important source of information about key issues facing the sector. And that's you, our readers...


The last few years have seen significant changes 3 Mar 14

The last few years have brought significant changes to the apparel sourcing landscape in Asia. The era of Chinese low-cost apparel manufacturing is a trend from the past, and several countries have stepped up to claim their part of the manufacturing pie. Apparel industry analysts say that although China's dominance continues, a clear segmentation is now taking place in Asia...


Growing momentum on wages and safety 25 Feb 14

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


Bangladesh safety progress painfully slow 17 Feb 14

Close to a year after the Rana Plaza disaster, progress on improving worker safety and labour rights in Bangladesh has been painfully slow - but who is responsible for the delays?..

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