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Trade Tracker – Trump's first weeks, Brexit agenda

New twists and turns are taking place on the trade front almost daily, largely driven by the UK’s Brexit vote to leave the EU and the Trump...

US apparel sector braces for potential cost hikes

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order b...

Does a hard Brexit mean hard times for UK fashion?

Brexit means Brexit and, following the Prime Minister's speech in late January where she set out what this will entail, Brexit appears to me...

New political plans add to buying uncertainty

Seemingly endless trade-related government announcements in the US and UK throughout January were full of ideas for greater national control...

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

Reiss taps Christos Angelides as CEO 20 Feb 17

Beth Wright

UK clothing retailer Reiss has named former Next and Abercrombie & Fitch executive, Christos Angelides, as its new CEO in a move it describes as "part of a planned succession process".


Directa Plus secures graphene innovation grant 20 Feb 17

Beth Wright

Graphene-based product supplier Directa Plus has secured a European Regional Development Fund grant to fund 40% of a EUR1m (US$1.06m) research project exploring technological innovation in smart fabrics.


Alibaba and Bailian Group partner on "new retail" 20 Feb 17

Beth Wright

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba is collaborating with the country's leading retailer Bailian Group on a strategic partnership it says is designed to boost efficiency and "upend" the traditional manufacturing and supply chain model. 


Philion named president of Puma North America 20 Feb 17

Beth Wright

German sportswear brand Puma has promoted Bob Philion to president of Puma North America, following the retirement of Jay Piccola.


Hotel Particulier selects PLM for speed to market 20 Feb 17

Beth Wright

French fur company Hotel Particulier, has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help improve quality and boost time to market.


Amazon to grow UK business with 5,000 jobs 20 Feb 17

Michelle Russell

Online retail giant Amazon has revealed plans to open a new head UK office and create more than 5,000 full-time jobs as it looks to grow its business in the country.

Latest blogs

US border tax a contentious issue 20 Feb 17

Leonie Barrie

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector is bracing itself for even greater cost increases to come.


Primark's sustainable cotton programme takes shape 13 Feb 17

Leonie Barrie

With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street is not at odds with efforts to improve ethical standards in its supply chain.

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