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Hanesbrands sourcing to cut Pacific Brands costs

With agreements for two acquisitions totalling around $1bn in the space of just 21 days, Hanesbrands is positioning itself as the largest ba...

Collaboration key to the future of smart textiles

A lack of collaboration between the textile and electronic industries continues to be one of the main obstacles to progress in smart garment...

First figures show Bangladesh exports climb

Bangladesh's garments exports have continued to grow at a steady pace despite the country's image taking a hit following the Tazreen and Ran...

Bangladesh still needs reforms to fix factories

Efforts to improve worker and building safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry have brought tangible progress over the three year...

Latest Interviews

Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts 26 Apr 2016

Leonie Barrie

An apparel industry at a crossroads and an intertwined network of challenges and opportunities are among the issues facing Guido Schlossmann as he takes the helm of low-cost fast fashion sourcing specialist Synergies Worldwide. Unravelling this complexity requires a new, more global and integrated look at the industry, he tells just-style.


How Primark balances ethics and ultra-low prices 23 Mar 2016

Michelle Russell

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental retail issues. Paul Lister, responsible for Primark’s ethical trading team, tells just-style "the strength of a brand's ethics is not about a price point" – and that close engagement with the supply chain is key.

Latest News

US looks to boost trade with Sri Lanka 3 May 16

Leonie Barrie

The US and Sri Lanka last week adopted a joint action plan to boost bilateral trade and investment between the two countries over the next five years – including strengthening worker rights and promoting ethical and environmentally sustainable manufacturing, especially in Sri Lanka’s ready-made garment sector.


Vietnam textile sector calls for strategy update 3 May 16

Michelle Russell

Vietnam's apparel and textile industry is calling on the country's government to revise its "out of date" 2020 development plan with a vision that will match the country's progress and improve its competitiveness.


Coolcore inks Japan distribution deal with Itochu 3 May 16

Leonie Barrie

Coolcore’s chemical-free cooling and moisture transportation fabrics are to be distributed throughout Japan thanks to a just-signed exclusive distribution agreement with Itochu.


H&M urged to speed up Bangladesh remediation work 3 May 16

Michelle Russell

Labour rights groups are once again calling on Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) to quicken the pace on Bangladesh supplier factory remediation work as the Swedish fashion retailer prepares to hold its annual general meeting.


Schemes join forces to scale chemical management 3 May 16

Michelle Russell

The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme have joined forces to scale chemical management in textile and footwear global supply chains.


Bangladesh project backs decent work for migrants 3 May 16

Michelle Russell

A three-year initiative was launched in Bangladesh at the weekend to support decent work for Bangladeshi migrant workers, and those returning to the country.

Latest blogs

Contrasting fortunes characterise the clothing industry 3 May 16

Leonie Barrie

Contrasting fortunes characterised the global clothing industry last week. On the one hand Hanesbrands has positioned itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world after agreeing to buy Australian rival Pacific Brands in an US$800m deal. But on the other, the UK high street stands to lose 204 years of combined retailing history as retailers BHS and Austin Reed Group both called in the administrators.


Goodbye from your news editor 22 Apr 16

Katie Smith

Having contributed to just-style for five years, serving as news editor for the last two, it has been a pleasure to observe and report on the global textile and apparel industry.

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