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Madagascar back on the apparel sourcing radar

The devastating impact that political instability and the loss of trade benefits can have on an apparel manufacturing country is exemplified...

Origin Africa highlights new sourcing ambitions

Last year all eyes at Origin Africa were on host country Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub for international apparel groups. This year at...

Ethiopia violence undermines sourcing strategies

The apparent benefits of Ethiopia make the country a serious risk – both politically and commercially – for apparel and textile investors, M...

Ethiopia state of emergency after factory attack

Fashion retailer H&M and UK based glove and high-performance leather manufacturer Pittards Plc both say they are monitoring the situation in...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Jean-Francois Limantour, CEDITH 2 Jul 2013

Stuart Todd

Jean-François Limantour, president of the Cercle Euro-méditerranéen des Dirigeants Textile-Habillement (CEDITH), talks to just-style about how the North African/Tunisian textile and apparel export industry is faring after the Arab Spring uprisings of two years ago.

Speaking with style: Brian Brink, Texfed 3 Oct 2008

South African restrictions on imports of Chinese textiles and clothing have not come to the rescue of the country’s ailing textile sector as effectively as had been hoped. Brian Brink, executive director of South African industry group Textile Federation (Texfed), tells just-style why firms continues to struggle.

Latest News

Workers in Lesotho demonstrate to save AGOA 7 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

An estimated 20,000 workers have taken part in demonstrations in Lesotho in a bid to end political instability that threatens the southern African nation’s duty free access to the US through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Gabon and Kyrgyz latest to ratify WTO trade deal 7 Dec 2016

Michelle Russell

Gabon and the Kyrgyz Republic have become the latest countries to ratify the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), meaning just eight more ratifications are required before it comes into force.

Bagir exports first trousers for H&M from Ethiopia 29 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

Israel-based tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group has shipped the first trouser exports from its new manufacturing site in Ethiopia, completing a test order for fast fashion giant H&M.

South Africa label firm secures ISO certification 25 Nov 2016

Beth Wright

  Apparel label business ITL has added its largest South African facility to its list of globally certified factories.

Madagascar mulls Textile City production hub 22 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

Plans are in the pipeline for a special economic zone dedicated to the production of apparel and textiles in Madagascar to take advantage of a renewed interest in sourcing from the country.

Cotton-4 group must reposition to grow trade 31 Oct 2016

Michelle Russell

The Cotton-4 group of West African cotton-producing countries – Burkina Faso, Benin, Chad and Mali – will need to reposition themselves in the markets of emerging cotton importers like Bangladesh and Vietnam if they are to grow their trade, the WTO has said. 

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