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H&M sustainability includes water-based PU shoes

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to place its first volume orders for shoes made with water-based vegan leather this year as part of new sustainabi...

Levi Strauss ramps up worker welfare scheme

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is expanding its worker wellbeing programme to key suppliers in more countries, with plans to reach 140,000 wo...

US apparel retailers' March 2016 sales roundup 

March proved to be a challenging month for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, with many hampered by the earl...

Something’s not right about ‘see now, buy now’

Brands need to respond to consumer needs for instant gratification with a strategy for speed – where speed and efficiency in the product dev...

Latest Interviews

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.

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. 

Latest News

Lindex planning supplier sustainability scorecard 29 Apr 16

Leonie Barrie

Swedish fashion retailer Lindex sold 27m garments made from sustainable materials last year, and says it is planning to launch a scorecard to rate suppliers on their sustainability performance.

US Q1 in brief: Carter's, Columbia Sportswear, Ske 29 Apr 16

Katie Smith

In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. Rocky Brands, meanwhile, swung to a net loss of US$191,450, while Steve Madden said its retail division had a standout quarter as earnings and revenues both grew.

Top stories this week on just-style... 29 Apr 16

Michelle Russell

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the news that retailer BHS filed for adminstration, Hanesbrands acquired Australia's leading underwear firm Pacific Brands, a look at the last three years since the Rana Plaza disaster, and an interview with Guido Schlossmann, the CEO at low-cost fast fashion sourcing specialist Synergies Worldwide.

UK clothing retailer sales growth at four-year low 28 Apr 16

Leonie Barrie

After a strong rise in sales volumes at UK clothing retailers in March, April proved to be a disappointing month, with cold weather leading to the sharpest decrease in sales in more than four years.

BHS receives "expressions of interest" 28 Apr 16

Michelle Russell

UK high street stalwart BHS has received a number of expressions of interest, its administrators have said, just days after filing for administration.

Retailer Austin Reed goes into administration 27 Apr 16

Leonie Barrie

Austin Reed Group has become the second UK retailer to enter administration in as many days, following the failure of BHS earlier this week.

Latest blogs

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.

TPP continues to garner industry attention 19 Apr 16

Leonie Barrie

The US footwear industry has voiced its disappointment that athletic brand New Balance has come out in opposition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

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