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Fashion fit for the future – strategies for speed

The apparel industry has to get faster if it is to remain competitive – and relevant ­– in a rapidly changing environment, according to Ed G...

Where next for retailers in a saturated market?

The US retail industry has hit a saturation point – what Robert Antoshak refers to as "peak apparel" – where the amount of clothing that can...

Election unlikely to derail US apparel sales

With just over a month to go until the 2016 presidential election, observers are as undecided on the likely impact on apparel and footwear s...

Is there more to Primark's woes than the weather?

A warm winter and a cold spring have been blamed for a fall in sales at value fashion retailer Primark. But its lack of e-commerce also leav...

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

Managing change in the move to new tech tools 25 Oct 16

Beth Wright

With the road to implementing new technology often a daunting prospect – be it 3D design and virtual prototyping tools or product lifecycle management software – some of the tips for managing the process include clear communication, honest expectations, and good old-fashioned patience.

John Lewis names Nickolds as managing director 25 Oct 16

Beth Wright

UK department store retailer John Lewis has promoted commercial director Paula Nickolds as its new managing director, following the departure of Andy Street last month.

Reebok taps Steinbruck as creative director 25 Oct 16

Beth Wright

Sportswear firm Reebok International has named former Elie Saab and Kenneth Cole executive, Thomas Steinbruck, as its creative director, tasked with overseeing creative direction for the company's footwear and apparel collections.

Nordstrom finance chief Koppel to retire 25 Oct 16

Michelle Russell

Mike Koppel, the finance chief of upscale US fashion retailer Nordstrom, has announced his retirement after 15 years in the role. 

Global news roundup 25 Oct 16

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

American Apparel headed for bankruptcy again? 25 Oct 16

Beth Wright

Troubled US retailer American Apparel could be heading for its second bankruptcy filing in as many years as rumours swirl that Authentic Brands Group (ABG) and Iconix Brand Group are among several companies expressing interest in acquiring the brand.

Latest blogs

Ethiopia unrest a sourcing risk? 18 Oct 16

Leonie Barrie

Fashion retailer H&M and UK based glove and leather manufacturer Pittards both say they are monitoring the situation in Ethiopia closely after the country's government declared a state of emergency after months of unrest.

Asia facing up to increased competition 10 Oct 16

Leonie Barrie

Increasing competition for garment sourcing contracts is seeing China not only being challenged by other countries in Asia, but by sub-Saharan African and even Russian suppliers too. And it is pushing Asian governments to sharpen their industrial policies to try to retain market share.

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