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The Flanarant – Are apparel prices really rising?

There's hardly an apparel industry commentator on the planet who's not forever going on about rising cost prices, writes Mike Flanagan. But...

US apparel import growth led by Bangladesh

Apparel imports into the US wound down in December as the holiday season came to an end, yet all but two of the leading supplier countries b...

US apparel retailers' January 2016 sales roundup

Hurt by adverse weather conditions, a continued shift by consumers to invest in high-value items such as cars, and a general slump after the...

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 posi...

Latest Interviews

Patagonia's CSR commitments re-shaping the sector 29 Sep 2015

Michelle Russell

Patagonia's goal of building "the world’s most socially and environmentally responsible supply chain" has made the outdoor wear specialist something of a pioneer in its industry. Cara Chacon, the group's director of social & environmental responsibility, however, is quick to admit that despite its successes, the company is far from perfect.


The new age of disruption on apparel production 27 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

In the first part of this two-part interview, Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus, discussed how easy access to capital and technology is shaking up the retail industry. Here he talks about its impact on apparel production.

Latest News

Footwear exec returns as Clarks Americas president 12 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

UK footwear brand Clarks has appointed footwear veteran Gary Champion as president of its Americas business, with responsibility for guiding the division to "its next stage of growth". 


US apparel execs see China sourcing lead narrowing 11 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

US apparel executives believe China will still be the first choice sourcing destination over the next two years, but they expect the country's lead to narrow, a new survey has found.


US cotton industry to face “challenging” year 11 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

This year will mark what is being described as another challenging year for the US cotton industry, with low cotton prices, ample global stocks and uncertainties regarding global mill cotton use.


US retail sales set to grow 3.1% this year  11 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

US retail sales are forecast to grow 3.1% in 2016 as lower gas prices contribute to higher discretionary income for consumers to save, pay down debt and spend.


Stores becoming "pivotal" for purchase returns 11 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

While in-store purchases have dropped, the store remains pivotal when it comes to returns, new research suggests.


Eileen Fisher gains B Corp certification 11 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

Eileen Fisher has become the largest women's wear brand to gain B Corp certification, less than a year after setting its sights on 100% sustainability by 2020.

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