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TPP trade pact in milestone signing by 12 nations

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, involving 12 nations and covering 40% of the world economy, has finally been signed by minis...

Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m

Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit s...

Pacific Brands review may drive more divestment

Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a b...

“Complex” Billabong seeks simple solution

Simplicity is the key to restoring fortunes at beleaguered surf-led apparel business Billabong, according to new CEO Neil Fiske....

Latest Interviews

Speaking with style: Dilan Gooneratne, Bodyline 2 Jan 2013

Petah Marian

Bodyline was one of the first factories set up by Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant MAS Holdings in partnership with Victoria's Secret and Triumph. Looking back over the past 20 years, the company's CEO Dilan Gooneratne tells Petah Marian about the challenges Bodyline faced, and how the business was turned around in the midst of the economic crisis.

Interview: Sportsgirl CEO Elle Roseby 7 Nov 2011

Petah Marian

Trendy Australian fashion retailer Sportsgirl has spent the last five years working to establish a presence in all areas of its customers' lives. CEO Elle Roseby spoke to Petah Marian about how the 63-year-old brand has managed to remain relevant for its internet-savvy shoppers.

Latest News

Smart fabric mimics human bone tissue 20 Jan 2017

Beth Wright

Researchers in Australia have developed a new smart fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of human bone tissue, that they say could be used to create protective suits that stiffen under high impact.

IWTO hits back at wool allergy claims 5 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

The International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) is hitting back at the "misconception that wool can cause an allergic reaction" after recent claims the new wool-blend uniforms issued to American Airlines flight attendants have led to health issues including hives, rashes, headaches, coughing and burning skin.

Billabong looks to sell off smaller brands 22 Nov 2016

Beth Wright

Australian surfwear company Billabong International is looking to sell some of its smaller labels in a bid to focus on its three "big brands" — Billabong, RVCA and Element – and drive down debt.

Zara moves into New Zealand with first store 7 Nov 2016

Beth Wright

Fast fashion brand Zara has opened its first store in New Zealand, as part of ongoing plans by parent company Inditex to increase its presence in the south hemisphere.

World first cotton shipment uses blockchain system 1 Nov 2016

Michelle Russell

A shipment of cotton has become the first physical commodity to be traded and settled by banks using a blockchain-based smart contract system.

Australian sourcing expo to return in November 24 Aug 2016

Beth Wright

Australia's sourcing event for the apparel, accessories and textile industry returns to Melbourne in November, promising a professional platform for international sourcing, learning and networking.

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