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Cotton supply chain transparency an ongoing issue

The revelation late last week that US department store retailer Target Corporation has pulled all luxury bed linen produced by Welspun Globa...

Supply chain takeaways from Sourcing at MAGIC

From the new sourcing landscape, to increasing interest in ‘Made in USA’ apparel, and updates on sourcing destinations and sustainability, D...

What's 3D-printing doing for apparel and footwear?

3D-printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernste...

Labelling – The importance of the fine print

There are few things worse in the apparel business than developing and manufacturing a great product that can't find its way to the retail f...

Latest Interviews

No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO 25 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

After working for the past seven years on a set of tools to measure the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has shared little evidence to suggest how, or even if, companies are using it. But the group is now ready to tackle transparency head-on with the roll-out of a raft of new activities and products, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the global alliance, tells just-style.


North Face has holistic view on harmful chemicals 28 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.

Latest News

Global news roundup 25 Aug 16

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.


EU relaxes origin rules on Jordan clothing exports 24 Aug 16

Liz Newmark

New relaxed rules of origin – technical criteria determining if a product qualifies for preferential trade arrangements – will make it easier for manufacturers in Jordan to export clothes if they employ Syrian refugees, a European Commission spokesperson has confirmed to just-style. 


EU clothing imports from China continue to plunge 24 Aug 16

Michelle Russell

EU clothing imports from China plunged in volume by 9.9% in the first three months of 2016 compared with the same period last year, according to a new report.


World Fibres Conference to unravel global issues 24 Aug 16

Leonie Barrie

The latest developments in raw materials, fibres and textiles – and the challenges facing both the synthetic and natural fibre sectors, including coming to terms with overcapacity – will be among discussion points at the upcoming World Fibres Conference 2016 taking place later this year in Hong Kong.


New textile finish offers sensory cooling effect 23 Aug 16

Michelle Russell

A new textile finish has been developed that provides a sensory cooling effect and is aimed at products for therapeutic use and for treating sports injuries.


Volatile cotton prices weigh on Weiqiao Textile H1 23 Aug 16

Michelle Russell

Weakened domestic and overseas demand for textile products and volatile cotton price fluctuations weighed on results for Weiqiao Textile Company in the first half of the year. 

Latest blogs

The rejection of globalisation 22 Aug 16

Michelle Russell

Mike Flanagan, CEO at industry consultancy Clothesource, spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning to stay in the EU. Not once, he says, did he hear his opponents - or anyone in Britain's new, Brexit-friendly government - say they wanted to reject global integration or repudiate over 30 years of globalisation.


US apparel imports take a tumble in June 15 Aug 16

Leonie Barrie

Apparel imports into the US took a tumble in June, even though more than half of the top-ten supplier countries booked growth.

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