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US footwear trade and sourcing snapshot

The US trade deficit in footwear rose 4% to US$23.8bn last year on the back of a sizeable increase in imports and a marginal drop in exports...

US textile and apparel trade and sourcing snapshot

A snapshot of the current state of play in US textile and apparel trade shows imports last year rebounded from a modest decline in 2012, ret...

Rethink needed as low-cost labour options dwindle

Apparel businesses need to end the race from one low-cost sourcing country to another and rethink their entire sourcing philosophy in the fu...

Customer input "part of the process" at Gerber

To ensure its customers are "part of the process" when it comes to developing its CAD and PLM solutions, Gerber Technology's annual Ideation...

Latest Interviews

M&S continuing to drive sustainability agenda 12 Nov 2014

Michelle Russell

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is on something of a mission: To become the world's most sustainable retailer through its ambitious Plan A environmental and ethical programme. The person in charge of implementing this globally is Adam Elman, head of Plan A delivery, who discusses the initiative's challenging targets and the need for wider industry collaboration.


Mango continues on global growth trajectory 24 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Spanish fashion retailer Mango might have its roots firmly in Europe, but is on a growth trajectory globally, making its presence felt in most major countries. just-style spoke with managing director Enric Casi and Jose Gomez, VP of international business development, about what the future holds and the challenges of operating in today's changing retail environment.

Latest News

China's apparel sector ponders sustainability 26 Nov 14

Elsa Reed

China's clothing and textile manufacturers want to create a sustainable industry unreliant on cheap labour and poor environmental performance, but one that supplies competitive quality output that attracts international sales.


Study “overwhelmingly” supports organic cotton 26 Nov 14

Richard Woodard

Organic cotton production shows a significant cut in global warming potential, soil erosion, water use and energy demand, according to a new study published by Textile Exchange.


US hails “noteworthy progress” in Bangladesh 26 Nov 14

Richard Woodard

The Bangladeshi government has made “noteworthy progress” on factory inspections and labour law reforms, but much remains to be done, says a senior US trade official.


ICAC unveils World Cotton Calendar 26 Nov 14

Michelle Russell

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has unveiled a World Cotton Calendar, offering the latest data on area, production and yield.


Long-term partnerships key to Adidas sourcing mode 26 Nov 14

Michelle Russell

German sporting giant Adidas says long-term partnerships are the key element of its sourcing model as it celebrates more than 25 years of manufacturing in Indonesia.


Calls for Harvey Nichols to renew fur ban 26 Nov 14

Richard Woodard

Animal rights group PETA is calling on UK department store retailer Harvey Nichols to renew its fur ban, after uncovering “tremendous suffering” in the industry’s Origin Assured scheme.

Latest blogs

Revised wage ladder marks step toward living wage 24 Nov 14

Michelle Russell

An online tool to help apparel brands, retailers and manufacturers work towards improved wages for garment workers in global supply chains has been updated in a move that marks another step towards the eventual provision of a living wage.


Firms urged to stay committed to Cambodia 17 Nov 14

Leonie Barrie

Apparel brands have been urged to stay committed to Cambodia after a 28% rise in the minimum monthly wage was agreed for textile, garment and footwear workers.

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