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July 2010 management briefing: Size matters 27 Jul 2010

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Addressing size and fit issues is key to helping brands and retailers maintain a competitive edge and build their businesses in new and existing markets. In this latest management briefing, just-style looks at the challenges facing firms as they expand intentionally, the potential for growth in the US plus-size market, and how the latest data on body size has a commercial role to play.

June 2010 management briefing: Latin America special report 25 Jun 2010

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There are signs around the world that the textile market is beginning to recover from the global economic crisis, and that developing markets will be leading the recovery. Here, just-style looks at how countries in Latin America have weathered the storm, with their dynamic textile and apparel industries now well positioned for future expansion.

BONUS: June 2010 management briefing 22 Jun 2010

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Earlier this year just-style surveyed its global readership of apparel industry professionals concerning the year ahead. The survey included questions on manufacturing, retailing, global demand and sourcing. This exclusive briefing provides a summary of the responses.

May 2010 management briefing 10 May 2010

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With so much competition in design and price within the apparel and textile sector, manufacturers are always looking for an edge. One way in which they can steal a march on competitors is with fibre innovation. Here just-style takes a global look at some of the top centres of fibre research.

March 2010 management briefing 1 Mar 2010

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In this latest management briefing, we round up some findings from some of just-style’s recently published market sector research reports, plus we preview a forthcoming title looking at how tomorrow’s apparel industry might take shape. This new report will be a think piece about the future of the apparel industry. It’s intended to encourage apparel industry executives to consider what is going to shape future products, markets and processes in the apparel industry.

February 2010 management briefing 1 Feb 2010

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If 2009 was a year of struggle for the global clothing and textile industry, as manufacturers and retailers alike battled to cope with the depth and severity of the worldwide recession, then what lies ahead in 2010? Searching for those elusive ‘green shoots’ of recovery following the economic turmoil of 2009 will certainly top the agenda for the apparel sourcing community this year. This briefing looks at what's in store for the apparel industry in 2010, from sourcing winners and losers to trade

December 2009 management briefing 1 Dec 2009

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A year of struggle would be the best way to sum up 2009 as far as the global clothing and textile industry is concerned. The depth and severity of the worldwide recession left many clothing and textile companies reeling, even impacting upon China, which had previously been dominating global markets. However by the end of the year, the recovery had kicked in, especially in the key Asian emerging markets and saw established brands looking to strengthen their position in these new economic powerhou

November 2009 management briefing 1 Nov 2009

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Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, results across the clothing and retail sectors have demonstrated how exposed the apparel industry is to the economic turmoil gripping the world. just-style has tracked its impact on the industry and, as this briefing shows, made sense of an unprecedented time. This collection of articles from just-style's team of leading researchers, analysts and commentators puts the complex events of the last year and their impact on the manfacturing, so

October 2009 management briefing 6 Oct 2009

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It almost seems common sense to say that an industry providing such a human product as clothing has to take account of cultural sensibilities in target markets. But it is not as simple as that. It’s not only Italians who appreciate Italian suits and shoes. Women worldwide appreciate French couture. And British tailoring has respect far beyond the shores of the UK. But one-size does not fit-all consumers. There are a bewildering variety of body shapes and sizes in different countries, and althoug

September 2009 management briefing 9 Sep 2009

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The Indian clothing sector is emerging from its traditional outsourcing-hub image and establishing its own brands that sell modern design and high quality garments in the international market. A resurgent economy still growing during the current global economic downturn and the official encouragement of entrepreneurial freedom have brought forward talented designers to challenge established names in the business. Many companies, at the cutting edge of this new development are learning the market

July 2009 management briefing 1 Jul 2009

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The progress the clothing sector has made over the past ten years in improving labour conditions in its supply chain has shown what can be achieved by companies acting both individually and collectively to address an area of acute public concern. To a degree, the intense media focus given to social issues in the supply chain has resulted in less public attention being given to the environmental impacts of the clothing and textiles industry, and by the same token to the efficacy of the industry’s

June 2009 management briefing 1 Jun 2009

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If there was a year when long-term textile and clothing market forecasters missed by a mile, 2008 was it. Forecasts made in 2007 were dominated by looming concerns about trade restrictions, investment in technology, a potential slow-down of production and a consolidation of business investment but no one predicted what devastating effects an unexpected recession would have on the textiles and apparel sector. The global recession has led to fundamental and widespread change in the economic landsc

May 2009 management briefing 1 May 2009

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Clothing and textile production and trade subsidies are under pressure today, as they have not been for many years. There has been a steady trend towards liberalisation in the sector worldwide. But many subsidies for the clothing, textile and its associated industries live on and can be vital for a company’s balance sheet. So, exactly which international and government organisations offer these handouts and how can they be secured? And where are those subsidies likely to survive in the future? j

April 2009 management briefing 1 Apr 2009

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Where is the best cutting-edge research for the textile and clothing industry? Which are the best design schools, the best fabric developers and the best industrial innovators in the sector? Where are the brightest and best academics, research institutes, private companies, innovation networks and other sources of new technology, design, marketing and manufacturing innovation? Also, what intellectual property issues have to be negotiated in different countries? This month, just-style has asked t

March 2009 management briefing 1 Mar 2009

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The growth in outsourcing within the clothing and textile sector worldwide has highlighted a key issue, and that is the relative merits of running an integrated company that handles basic production and design, or relying on a string of specialist suppliers to deliver the goods. This is not a new question for the sector. The clothing industry has sourced fibre, dyes and textile from foreign countries for centuries. But today, with developed world clothing companies increasingly moving production

January 2009 management briefing 1 Jan 2009

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At the beginning of 2008, the apparel industry was focused on fears that Chinese prices would go through the roof as rising wages, new labour laws, worker shortages, the appreciation of the yuan and higher exporting costs took hold – sending many buyers in search of cheaper suppliers elsewhere. What a difference a year makes. Looking forward to 2009, this briefing outlines what the apparel industry might expect, how fashion firms will respond, what the downturn means for the supply chain and how

December 2008 management briefing 1 Dec 2008

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2008 was a year of surprises for the international clothing and textile sector, many of them unpleasant. It was of course the year when the first global recession since the early 1990s hit the world, and inevitably this has impacted on international trading patterns and the fortunes of industry players, big and small... But the clothing and textile sector is known for its resilience and innovation so there was plenty of progress in 2008 as well. Its ability to change direction fast to meet new m

November 2008 management briefing 1 Nov 2008

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Mounting concern over working conditions in the clothing supply chain in the 1990s spawned the creation of four initiatives, all of which sought to tackle the problem through a joint approach involving industry, NGOs and trade unions. All four organisations – the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) in the UK, the Fair Wear Foundation in the Netherlands, and the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and Social Accountability International (SAI) in the US – have played an important role in raising the profile o

October 2008 management briefing 1 Oct 2008

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In this, the second edition of our now annual sector research review, we round up some findings from some of just-style’s recently published market sector research reports. All three featured reports are first editions for just-style and represent the expansion of our growing portfolio. We felt that future insights into the apparel industry, online apparel retailing and counterfeiting were all topics that needed covering – reflecting we hope, some of the hottest topics under consideration by the

September 2008 management briefing 23 Sep 2008

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The ethical trade movement has come a long way since the launch of the Max Havelaar certification mark in the Netherlands in 1988. Having been founded by activists, the movement can no longer be defined merely as a campaign. Ethical trade has evolved constantly during the past 20 years but while it has arguably grown beyond many participants’ most optimistic hopes, there is no feeling on the part of strategists of the concept having ‘arrived’.This briefing looks at how Fairtrade cotton is develo

August 2008 management briefing 1 Aug 2008

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The fast-fashion revolution is changing the face of the global apparel industry, which is struggling to meet the demands of an increasingly fickle clothing consumer. Retailers are under growing pressure to deliver ten fashion collections a year (up from the traditional four) to cater to shoppers with short attention spans while rising manufacturing costs and falling point of sale (POS) prices are squeezing margins. One technology that everyone agrees will become a make-or-break investment is

July 2008 management briefing 1 Jul 2008

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As China readies itself for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, its government has been cracking down on local vices to project the best image of China to the world’s TV crews who will be wandering Beijing’s streets in August. Those caught up in the clean-up include the hawkers who have been used to haranguing tourists with carry bags of counterfeit t-shirts, CDs and watches. But while this obvious example of clothing counterfeiting is now hard to spot, the business of faking clothing brands in China

June 2008 management briefing 1 Jun 2008

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This month, we are offering our subscribers the opportunity to sample another of just-style’s global market research reports: the 2006 edition of our Global market review of performance apparel – forecasts to 2012. The new edition has just been published and is in our research store (click here). If you are interested in the new edition, feel free to drop Kathryn an email at kathryn.wedgbury@just-style.com

May 2008 management briefing 20 May 2008

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This briefing looks at the denim sector in the Middle East - a market that is as diverse as it is fragmented. The sector has developed significantly over the past decade as denim wear, and jeans in particular, have become as much a part of people's wardrobe as in Europe or the Americas. Driving consumer habits towards buying denim has been the rise of advertising and pan-Arab media in the region, which has increased the exposure of consumers to western fashion trends. Denim sales have also been

April 2008 management briefing 1 Apr 2008

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With the World Trade Organization's Doha Development Round being slow to proceed since its 2001 launch, free traders wanting to encourage global commerce have looked to bilateral and regional trade deals - the US being particularly keen to secure agreements with key trading partners. So just how have these deals impacted on the clothing and textile sector around the world? This briefing looks to find out. We focus on each of the key regions of the globe - The US, Latin America, The European Unio

March 2008 management briefing 1 Mar 2008

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By 2007, the overwhelming majority of apparel buyers and sellers had adjusted themselves to a world in which virtually all clothes sold in affluent countries were assembled in poorer countries. The relocation of manufacture had brought prices down over the previous 15 years and restrictions and taxes on international trade were generally headed for extinction. However, subtle differences between the ways each exporting country is treated has made understanding trade restrictions increasingly dif

February 2008 management briefing 1 Feb 2008

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The textile and apparel industry is not only one of the most important industries in Bulgaria; it is also one of the most important textile and clothing industries within Europe. Prior to Bulgaria joining the European Union in January last year, the country as a whole and the textile and clothing industry were both very upbeat. This briefing looks at the changes to the clothing industry a year after Bulgaria joined the EU, comparing the situation immediately before and after this event, providi

January 2008 management briefing 8 Jan 2008

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In the first briefing of the year we highlight some of the key issues likely to dominate the apparel sector in 2008, such as what could happen when restrictions on imports of Chinese textile and apparel products into the US expire on 31 December 2008 - perhaps the biggest issue facing US-based retailers and importers this year. The briefing also discusses whether Vietnam import monitoring will lead to anti-dumping duties, and if Chinese product safety concerns can be averted. Environmental conce

December 2007 management briefing 14 Dec 2007

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As the calendar year draws to a close, it's clear that 2007 has been a busy one for the industry. Judging by just-style's news and analysis over the past year, business in the apparel and footwear sector is more dynamic than ever. The last 11 months have thrown up some intriguing news stories - from the ongoing takeover dispute at Genesco to an audacious bid by Nike to prise the German football kit sponsorship from the home-bred Adidas Group. In this month's briefing, news editor Joe Ayling offe

November 2007 management briefing 7 Nov 2007

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Adopting and projecting a more socially responsible outlook is important for every industry, but there can be few that have felt the heightened importance now being given to the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR) more acutely than the clothing sector. This briefing gathers perspectives from key stakeholders on the major initiatives that have been set up to promote buying practices that encourage fair employment, how companies are responding to heightened public opinion over ethical so