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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...

Chaos in the world’s trade agreements

The world garment trade was transformed in August, writes Mike Flanagan, with the biggest casualty likely to be India’s plans to increase te...

Nicaragua apparel and shoe firms to double in size

Nicaragua's top textile and footwear manufacturers plan to double their size in three years as the Central American nation rushes to meet ri...

Will Vietnam struggle with impending trade deals?

Clothing and textile industry specialists have warned just-style that the Vietnam-European Union (EU) free-trade deal struck earlier this mo...

Latest Interviews

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.


Kurt Cavano on “the Uberfication of everything” 26 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

Easy access to cheap capital, infinite computing power, and “the Uberfication of everything” are converging to create a perfect storm of disruption that's already starting to shake up the apparel retail industry, according to Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus.

Latest News

US Q2 in brief: G-III, Shoe Carnival, J Crew 2 Sep 15

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. G-III Apparel Group raised its full-year earnings outlook after more than doubling its earnings and Shoe Carnival booked an 84.6% jump in profit. J Crew moved to a loss in its latest quarter, while Bebe Stores improved its net loss and announced a licensing deal for China, and Aeropostale booked a net loss for the eleventh straight quarter. 


ITC narrows denim laser abrasion patent probe 2 Sep 15

Leonie Barrie

The US International Trade Commission has narrowed the scope of its ongoing patent infringement investigation of certain laser abraded denim garments by removing five respondents.


Preparation to protect brands under Slavery Act 2 Sep 15

Michelle Russell

Brands must establish practices to identify, audit and monitor their supplier base, including subcontractors, if they are to flourish under the British Modern Slavery Act.


Xcel Brands debuts new inventory management model 2 Sep 15

Katie Smith

Brand development company Xcel Brands has agreed a strategic partnership with Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor, which will allow the retailers to manage dynamic assortments of inventory in response to customer demands.


Van de Velde in H1 profit hike 2 Sep 15

Katie Smith

Belgian underwear group Van de Velde saw its first-half profit increase more than fourfold, thanks to higher turnover and stronger comparisons with last year.


Uniqlo sales bounce back in August 2 Sep 15

Katie Smith

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at its Japanese stores grow in August, bouncing back after two consecutive months of declines.

Latest blogs

Social media and selfies sway fashion sales 21 Aug 15

Leonie Barrie

As if retailers didn’t have enough to contend with as they try to get to grips with doing business in a digitally-connected omni-channel world, it seems the rise of the “selfie” is also beginning to impact the way consumers shop.


Public opinion matters more than Modern Slavery Act 17 Aug 15

Michelle Russell

Britain’s Modern Slavery Act, which began coming into force at the end of July, sets new disclosure standards on an extraordinary number of garment businesses. But its legal niceties won’t really determine the law’s impact, says one industry observer, who believes public opinion matters more.

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