Top stories this week on just-style include a look at what a hard Brexit might mean for the UK's fashion and textile industry, the US apparel and footwear sector bracing itself for potential cost increases, Li & Fung being dropped from Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index, and H&M leading the Better Cotton Initiative's (BCI) 'Better Cotton league'.

US apparel sector braces for potential cost hikes
Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector is bracing itself for even greater cost increases to come.

Li & Fung dropped from Hang Seng Index
Li & Fung is to be dropped from Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index from next month as the sourcing giant battles falling earnings and sales.

Does a hard Brexit mean hard times for UK fashion?
?Brexit means Brexit and, following the Prime Minister's speech in late January where she set out what this will entail, Brexit appears to mean 'hard' Brexit. But what does it mean for the UK's fashion and textile industry, which accounts for tens of billions of pounds in GDP and hundreds of thousands of direct jobs? Greg Smith, head of trading at foreign exchange specialists Global Reach Partners, takes a closer look. 

H&M leads Better Cotton league
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says demand for more sustainable cotton is on the rise, with Swedish retailer H&M and sportswear giants Adidas and Nike leading the field in its 'Better Cotton league'.

Patagonia and Polartec boycott US outdoor show
A number of US outdoor brands including Polartec and Patagonia have withdrawn from the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah in protest at the state government's public land policy, which they say doesn't support conservation and ignores the industry's contribution to the economy.