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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...

Why voters don’t want more global supply chains

Mike Flanagan spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning to stay in the EU. Not once, he writes, did I hear my opponents – or anyone in...

Denim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school

With the second-biggest shopping season of the year now underway, analysts are cautiously optimistic that back-to-school sales will provide...

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

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

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.


Uniqlo set to enter Canada with two Toronto stores 25 Aug 16

Beth Wright

Casual clothing chain Uniqlo is preparing to enter the Canadian market, with dates set for the opening of its first two stores in Toronto.


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.


Guess Q2 boosted by strong Europe growth 25 Aug 16

Michelle Russell

US fashion retailer Guess Inc has delivered second-quarter results it says exceeded expectations thanks to strong double-digit European sales growth.


Abercrombie & Fitch partners with Zalando 25 Aug 16

Beth Wright

Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie and Fitch is to make its products available to online consumers in 15 European markets after inking a wholesale agreement with Berlin-based fashion e-tailer Zalando.


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.

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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