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A new re:source from just-style 25 Nov 16

Some of just-style’s more eagle-eyed readers might have noticed a small change to the menu bar on the homepage: the addition of the word re:source. Yes it might be a small change – but it marks the countdown to the biggest launch in our 16-year history...


Trump's trade ramifications continue to unravel 25 Nov 16

Over the past week just-style has continued to try to unravel the potential ramifications of Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States...


What's in store following Trump's election? 15 Nov 16

One event dominated the international airwaves last week, and on just-style too we took a closer look at the surprise election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States...


Political shadow over apparel supply chain 7 Nov 16

As the Brexit roller-coaster continues to twist and turn, and the US presidential election campaign nears its unpredictable and possibly protectionist end, there's no doubt these events – and the perceived impact of globalisation – are casting a shadow of uncertainty over the global apparel industry and its supply chain...


Preparing for the big ideas coming down the pipe 31 Oct 16

There has been a lot of noise this year about disruption and innovation in high performance apparel – but a quieter revolution is also underway at PVH, the US's second largest importer of apparel and owner of brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Izod and Speedo...


Change is key to industry competitiveness 24 Oct 16

Speakers at two recent events have emphasised the global apparel industry must adapt if it is to remain competitive – and relevant – in a rapidly changing environment..


Ethiopia unrest a sourcing risk? 18 Oct 16

Fashion retailer H&M and UK based glove and leather manufacturer Pittards both say they are monitoring the situation in Ethiopia closely after the country's government declared a state of emergency after months of unrest...


Asia facing up to increased competition 10 Oct 16

Increasing competition for garment sourcing contracts is seeing China not only being challenged by other countries in Asia, but by sub-Saharan African and even Russian suppliers too. And it is pushing Asian governments to sharpen their industrial policies to try to retain market share...


Cambodia raises garment worker wages 4 Oct 16

The monthly minimum wage for workers in Cambodia's textile, garment and footwear sector is set to rise to $153 from January next year, following a vote on the issue last week. The increase marks a rise of 9.3% on the current minimum wage of US$140...


Sportswear initiatives start to take shape 26 Sep 16

The results of two highly-anticipated initiatives in the sportswear sphere were revealed last week: the launch of Under Armour’s new UAS lifestyle brand and the first pair of running shoes created at Adidas’s Speedfactory manufacturing facility...

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