Top stories on just-style this week...
Research that luxury fashion sales are being propelled by average consumers, brands boycotting Uzbek cotten harvested using forced child labour and ongoing talks around the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact were among the most read stories on just-style this week.
US: Luxury fashion boosted by "Average Joes and seniors"
The luxury fashion market is being propped up by average consumers, including seniors and younger buyers, rather than traditional high-end shoppers, new research has found.
WORLD: Apparel firms join Uzbek cotton ban
More than 60 of the world's best known apparel companies and brands, including Adidas, Burberry, C&A, Levi Strauss, Li & Fung, Liz Claiborne, PVH Corp and Wal-Mart Stores, have vowed not to source Uzbek cotton harvested using forced child labour.
UK: Sustainable textiles event tackles transparency
Traceability in the textile supply chain, water management, the responsible use of chemicals and the emerging field of nanotechnology are among issues that will be tackled at the fifth annual RITE Group conference on sustainable textiles taking place in London next month.
US: Global groups urge strict textile rules in TPP talks
Trade groups from 25 countries in Africa, South America, Central America and North America have issued a joint appeal to the US government to proceed cautiously in textile talks concerning the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.
EGYPT: Textile and clothing workers in strike threats
A strike planned by 22,000 workers at Egypt's largest state-owned textile factory has been called off after the government agreed to their demands - but has prompted other Egyptian textile and clothing workers to threaten similar walk-outs.
Featured research from just-style's store this week includes a look at the apparel sectors in Taiwan and Malaysia, a round-up of the latest developments in technical textiles, and a report on the west...
US investment fund TA Associates is reported to be in discussions with Zadig & Voltaire (Z&V) on taking a minority shareholding in the French fashion label....
US clothing retailer Aeropostale saw fourth-quarter earnings plummet by 68.8% as expenses rose and sales fell....
India's prime minister is to reconsider the country's decision earlier this week to halt all cotton exports after calling a group of senior ministers to a meeting tomorrow (9 March) to review the ban....
Maidenform has swung to a fourth-quarter loss as margins were hit by product discontinuations and other costs....
Marks & Spencer has appointed Venu Nair as managing director of the company's Indian operations....
Apparel company Genesco recorded a strong boost to its fourth quarter profit, boosted by growth across most of its business and a full-price strategy....
Rigby & Peller has opened its first store outside of the UK, with an outlet in Dusseldorf, Germany....
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