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European footwear produced on "starvation wages"

Shoes sold as Italian or German-made are being assembled in poor Eastern European countries by workers on "starvation wages", a new report c...

Kering integrates EP&L into key sourcing decisions

French luxury and sportswear group Kering is starting to use its annual environmental profit and loss (EP&L) report as a tool to drive decis...

China remains powerhouse for footwear sourcing

China looks set to remain the powerhouse of global footwear manufacturing and a key supplier to the US, despite Vietnam gaining ground, a ne...

How apparel retailers should react to Brexit

The UK yesterday (23 June) voted in favour of ‘Brexit,’ a decision that means the country will leave the European Union (EU) – well, soon. M...

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.

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.

Latest News

Working hours, wages challenge footwear factories 30 Aug 16

Leonie Barrie

Controlling working hours and meeting legal wage requirements continue to be the biggest compliance challenges facing footwear factories in China and Vietnam, according to an annual survey of US suppliers.

US Q2 in brief - G-III Apparel, A&F, Sears 30 Aug 16

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Sears secured a $300m loan as it moved to a loss, while Urban Outfitters delivered record results. Abercrombie & Fitch widened its net losses but remained optimistic, while Destination Maternity revealed improved losses. Express, meanwhile, delivered what it described as a "disappointing" second-quarter, below management expectations, and Macy's saw a "distinct" improvement in its sales and earnings trends for the quarter. 

Nike and Crystal Group "doing well by doing good" 26 Aug 16

Leonie Barrie

Sportswear giant Nike and Hong Kong based manufacturer Crystal Group are the only two apparel companies that have made it onto Fortune magazine's official 'Change The World' list for 2016, which ranks businesses on their sustainability efforts.

Top stories this week on just-style... 26 Aug 16

Michelle Russell

The most-read stories on just-style this week include H&M taking action over a Myanmar child labour breach, supply chain takeaways from Sourcing at MAGIC, just-style's interview with the CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and the ongoing challenge of cotton supply chain transparency.

UK retail sales beat expectations in August 25 Aug 16

Leonie Barrie

A week after the UK’s Office for National Statistics revealed better-than-expected retail sales in July, further evidence has emerged to suggest consumer spending remains strong following the Brexit vote.

Top 3 trends impacting US athletic footwear market 25 Aug 16

Beth Wright

A number of trends have been identified as driving the US athletic footwear market, with customisation and increasing use of eco-friendly products among the top themes, according to a new report.

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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