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Weak merchandise margins blamed on sourcing woes 20 Jun 2016

Leonie Barrie

A lack of speed in the apparel supply chain is being blamed for weaker merchandise margins, with significant structural changes needed to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model.


All change in Ralph Lauren's supply chain 13 Jun 2016

Leonie Barrie

An overhaul of its supply chain is at the heart of restructuring plans revealed last week by Ralph Lauren's newly-appointed CEO Stefan Larsson, including a new test pipeline, shorter lead times, reduced inventory and a focus on fewer styles and more on-trend merchandise. The luxury retailer is also set to close more than 50 stores and slash its workforce by around 8%.


M&S turnaround to take even more time 31 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

The new boss at British high street giant Marks & Spencer last week set out his plans to turn around the retailer's key clothing division by lowering prices and improving style, fit and quality – after the troubled unit saw like-for-like sales slump 2.9% over the past year.


Apparel retailers continue to be buffeted by poor sales 24 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

Apparel retailers are continuing to be buffeted by poor sales – and none more so than US specialty retail giant Gap Inc, which last week set out plans for a turnaround after reporting a soft first quarter.


The most valuable apparel brand in the world is… 19 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

…Nike, at least according to Forbes. Its annual ranking of the top 100 most valuable companies is not surprisingly dominated by technology brands – led by Apple in the number one slot. But plenty of clothing brands and retailers also made it onto the list.


Innovation key focus for apparel and textile firms 17 May 2016

Michelle Russell

Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry.


Who won the 2015 World Textile Awards? 12 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

Textured Jersey Lanka has again been recognised at the World Textile Awards sponsored by The Textile Institute, being named ‘Dyer & Finisher of the Year’ for the second year running.


High-profile retail collapses continue 9 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has finally filed for bankruptcy protection, joining the ranks of American Apparel, Quiksilver, Pacific Sunwear and Sports Authority as the latest in a series of high-profile retail collapses.


Contrasting fortunes characterise the clothing industry 3 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

Contrasting fortunes characterised the global clothing industry last week. On the one hand Hanesbrands has positioned itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world after agreeing to buy Australian rival Pacific Brands in an US$800m deal. But on the other, the UK high street stands to lose 204 years of combined retailing history as retailers BHS and Austin Reed Group both called in the administrators.


Goodbye from your news editor 22 Apr 2016

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 2016

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.


Is British garment making showing signs of revival? 11 Apr 2016

Leonie Barrie

Despite years of denial, British garment making showed signs of a revival in the second half of 2015. Is the long-anticipated UK onshoring boom finally coming into view?


Risks include worker unrest in China 4 Apr 2016

Leonie Barrie

Risks ranging from cargo theft to natural disasters and terrorism incidents are among the biggest threats seen to global supply chains in 2016


Ethics are not about a price point 29 Mar 2016

Leonie Barrie

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, UK value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental issues.


Is Vietnam primed for TPP? 21 Mar 2016

Leonie Barrie

It is no secret that Vietnam's textile and clothing sector is widely expected to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the recently-agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact.


just-style subscription offer 15 Mar 2016

Leonie Barrie

If you're thinking of taking out a new subscription to just-style - or renewing an existing one - then our offer of two free research reports worth £600 (US$848) and 15 months’ access to just-style for the price of 12 might help you to make up your mind.


Will Brexit benefit Britain's garment industry? 14 Mar 2016

Michelle Russell

A referendum on Britain’s continuing membership of the European Union will take place on 23 June. Opinion polls in early March showed voters split about 50/50, with around one-third still unsure.


Vietnam continuing to gain US market share 7 Mar 2016

Michelle Russell

Central America's textile exports are forecast to slow this year as Vietnam continues to gain US market share. And, with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) gaining new support, it is expected more sourcing and investment will move to Vietnam. In response, Central America is scrambling to hammer out a new regional textiles growth strategy.


Supply chain visibility challenges continue 29 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

Has value fashion chain Primark identified where apparel retailers should be looking when it comes to finding new sources of efficiency?


The biggest threats to brand reputation 23 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

Modern slavery, a lack of information on labour practices deep within global supply chains, and inadequate oversight of suppliers are among the biggest threats to brand reputation in 2016, a new report revealed last week.


Currency fluctuation to blame for falling prices 15 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

With full-year figures now available on apparel imports into the US in 2015, the common thread seems to be that for most of the top-ten supply countries there was real growth in volumes – but prices fell.


Speed needed on safety renovations 9 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

Just days after international representatives expressed concerns that many "priority areas" still need to be tackled to improve safety in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment sector, a fire broke out at a factory deemed to be on track with remedial action.


Outdoor gear could be harmful 1 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

Outdoor brands are being urged to eliminate all PFCs from their products and supply chains after the hazardous chemicals were discovered in clothing, footwear and outdoor equipment.


What next for apparel sourcing? 26 Jan 2016

Leonie Barrie

While consumers increasingly crave instant gratification, one-of-a-kind merchandise, and more options than ever before in terms of products and how and where to buy them, retailers and brands are being hampered by supply chains that are legacies of a previous era. Is a fundamental redesign the answer? Or can existing ones be improved? We take a closer look at the Roadmap to the apparel supply chain of the future.


China manufacturing continues to change 19 Jan 2016

Leonie Barrie

US President Barack Obama last week used his final State of the Union address to appeal to Congress to ratifiy the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.


Industry issues kick-starting 2016 11 Jan 2016

Leonie Barrie

What are likely to be the key apparel industry issues to watch in the upcoming year? To kick-start 2016, just-style has again asked leading executives for their thoughts on potential challenges and opportunities, shifts in the sourcing landscape, and strategies to help apparel firms and their suppliers stay ahead.


Happy New Year from just-style 6 Jan 2016

Michelle Russell

Happy New Year from the team at just-style. We hope you had a good break.


Happy holidays from just-style 23 Dec 2015

Leonie Barrie

We've reached the end of another busy year here at just-style, and on behalf of the whole team I'd like to wish all our readers a very happy holiday and thank you for your continued support.


US retailers predict $2.2bn holiday fraud loss 21 Dec 2015

Katie Smith

Holiday return fraud is likely to cost US retailers US$2.2bn this year, up 15.8% from a year ago, according to new research.


The winners and losers of 2015 21 Dec 2015

Michelle Russell

From retailing to manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2015. As the year draws to a close, just-style's annual review tracks those for whom 2015 will be memorable in more ways than one.


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