The most-read stories on just-style this week include news that Bangladesh garment factory owners were refusing to reopen factories in the Ashulia industrial zone, new research shows Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Madagascar, Tunisia and Morocco as attractive sourcing alternatives to China, and Ascena Retail Group revealled plans to shed Fashion Bug and Figi's brands. 

BANGLADESH: Garment factories remain closed following strikes
Bangladesh garment factory owners have refused to reopen factories closed in the country's troubled Ashulia industrial zone until striking textile and clothing workers who vandalised their factories are brought to book.

Rising costs in China create opportunities elsewhere
While China's position as the world's leading clothing manufacturing country remains unassailable, the increasing cost of doing business there means the rapid growth of its apparel industry may be on the wane. New research highlights Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Madagascar, Tunisia and Morocco as attractive sourcing alternatives.   

US: Ascena to shed Fashion Bug as acquisition closes
Ascena Retail Group has completed its acquisition of US plus-size women's wear retailer Charming Shoppes, and is working towards shedding the Fashion Bug and Figi's brands. 

UK: M&S unveils "world's most sustainable suit"
Retailer Marks & Spencer today (19 June) unveiled what it is calling the "world's most sustainable suit" in which everything from the buttons to the lining have been sourced from the most sustainable materials available.  

UK: Marks & Spencer sees closed-loop future for RFID
Marks & Spencer expects radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to play an increasingly important role in the clothing recycling process as it moves towards a closed-loop garment supply chain.