Top stories this week on just-style...
The most-read stories on just-style this week include a new report which found Syrian refugee workers in Turkish clothing factories that supply the likes of Next and H&M, renewed fears for worker safety after the latest garment factory fire in Bangladesh, and an update from Under Armour on its competitive positioning.
Syrian refugee children found in Turkish clothing factories
Fashion retailers Next and H&M have admitted to finding Syrian refugee children working in their supplier factories in Turkey, prompting calls for other brands to take a closer look at their supply chains to take action to ensure minors are not being exploited.
Update – Bangladesh factory fire renews fears for worker safety
Labour rights groups say they are "disturbed" after a fire that broke out yesterday (2 February) at a Bangladesh garment factory supplying fashion retailers H&M and JC Penney that was "on track" with remedial action following an inspection by the US-based Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.
Under Armour defends questions over strategy
Hot on the heels of its best quarterly growth of the year, US sportswear giant Under Armour has defended questions over the competitive positioning of the group's footwear and women's wear categories, and the potential maturity of its domestic business.
Ethiopia Minister to give Prime Source keynote
Minister Arkebe Oqubay, special advisor to Ethiopia's Prime Minster, will provide a keynote address at this year's Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, which aims to address dealing with disruptions to the fashion supply chain.
Cheap polyester contributes to shifts in cotton imports
The ongoing drop in polyester prices is hurting cotton consumption in China, with Vietnam now poised to overtake China as the largest importer of cotton in the current year.
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