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What the EU-Vietnam trade deal means for duties

Recently released details of the European Union's trade agreement with Vietnam show how the deal could boost garment sourcing by EU brands i...

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...

Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US deman...

Esquel backs Chinese Sea Island cotton production

Hong Kong-based Esquel Group, the major vertically integrated cotton to shirt supplier, is making progress in a research programme to develo...

Latest Interviews

Esquel CEO says automation core to competitiveness 1 Dec 2015

Wang Fangqing

While doomsayers have been waxing lyrically for the past two years about how the Chinese clothing industry could have a shaky future, John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, the Hong Kong-based vertically integrated cotton to shirt maker, is resolute in his optimism. 


Expansion and efficiencies key to Epic evolution 10 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

With new facilities opening in Bangladesh and Vietnam, an investment to take automation to the next level, and an eye on Africa, Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Epic Group is also on a relentless efficiency drive. Chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani tells just-style why constant evolution is key.

Latest News

Cotton prices fall as stockpiles continue to rise 10 Feb 16

Katie Smith

Cotton prices tumbled on Tuesday (9 February) after forecasts projected this year's stockpiles of the raw material would rise amid continuing weak demand from China.


Modern Slavery Act – apparel sector training 9 Feb 16

Leonie Barrie

A one-day workshop designed to help apparel firms prepare for the introduction of the UK’s new Modern Slavery Act is to take place next month.


US apparel imports rise year-on-year in December 9 Feb 16

Michelle Russell

The volume of apparel imports into the US in December climbed 2% on the month before as the holiday season neared its end.


Innovation seen driving Colombian textile industry 9 Feb 16

Katie Smith

Innovation, leading-edge technology and intelligent fabrics are some of the key factors expected to drive the Colombian textile industry in 2016. 


Ethiopia project to improve industrial relations 8 Feb 16

Katie Smith

With support from Swedish fashion giant H&M, a new industrial relations project has launched in Ethiopia with the aim of improving the development of a socially sustainable textile and garment industry. 


Sporting goods sector welcomes EU-Vietnam FTA text 8 Feb 16

Michelle Russell

The European sporting goods industry has welcomed the release of the text of the region's trade deal with Vietnam, which is expected to help trigger a new wave of high quality investment in both directions.

Latest blogs

Speed needed on safety renovations 9 Feb 16

Leonie Barrie

Just days after international representatives expressed concerns that many "priority areas" still need to be tackled to improve safety in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment sector, a fire broke out at a factory deemed to be on track with remedial action.


Outdoor gear could be harmful 1 Feb 16

Leonie Barrie

Outdoor brands are being urged to eliminate all PFCs from their products and supply chains after the hazardous chemicals were discovered in clothing, footwear and outdoor equipment.

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