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Apparel industry reacts to Russia tensions 18 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Retail shares have been among the biggest fallers in the last two weeks as financial markets react to President Vladimir Putin's retaliation to the imposition of sanctions on Russia.


Spotlight switches to African fashion designers 13 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

With the spotlight already shining brightly on African textile and apparel production and its future potential, it is perhaps not surprising that there's also an increasing focus on African fashion as well.


US sourcing patterns taking shape 11 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

Half-way through the year and US apparel import data is taking shape to give a broader view of the sourcing patterns so far.


China's competitiveness success 8 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

If evidence were needed as to how China's competitiveness is holding up, look no further than the latest US apparel import data.


EU in pole position on garment imports 4 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

Data on major garment exporting countries to the US and EU shows who's winning and losing in 2014 so far. The trends suggest the EU is now the world's largest garment importer, with shipments increasing at a rapid pace. In contrast, the US is only showing marginal gains.


Esprit launches vegan hantags 30 Jul 2014

Katie Smith

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit is introducing vegan hangtags, in a bid to increase transparency in textile labelling and better inform conscious consumers.


Bangladesh Alliance and Accord update on progress 28 Jul 2014

Michelle Russell

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety have both issued their first annual reports, providing an update on the work carried out on improving safety and working conditions in the country to date.


Exporters back India's budget but seek more 21 Jul 2014

Leonie Barrie

Indian apparel exporters are seeking a series of favourable policy decisions from the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, including export subsidies to offset import duties imposed by the EU while talks continue towards an EU-India free trade agreement.


Scientists fashion blackest-ever material 18 Jul 2014

Leonie Barrie

The quest for deeper and deeper black dyes has long preoccupied the textile industry - but scientists in the UK now claim to have fashioned what may be the blackest material in the universe.


Sourcing trends show fluctuating fortunes 14 Jul 2014

Leonie Barrie

Despite forecasts suggesting US imports would continue to rise in May - in part to offset the threat of possible industrial action and disruption at major West Coast container ports this summer - the latest data in fact shows apparel imports were down year-on-year.


King's Sainsbury's tenure comes to an end 9 Jul 2014

Michelle Russell

Justin King will end his decade long tenure as Sainsbury's chief executive today (9 July), as he hands the reigns over to Mike Coupe.


Compliance remains a concern in Cambodian garment sector 8 Jul 2014

Michelle Russell

Cambodia's Labor Advisory Committee (LAC), a government-led tripartite group, last week agreed the next minimum wage adjustment for garment workers, which will take effect on 1 January 2015.


Retail magnate Paphitis eyes La Senza deal 2 Jul 2014

Michelle Russell

It looks like British retail magnate and Dragons Den panellist Theo Paphitis might be planning to take control of UK lingerie chain La Senza once again, after selling it off in 2006.


Transparency taking centre stage 30 Jun 2014

Leonie Barrie

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has described efforts to ensure workers in its garment supplier factories are paid a fair living wage as an "ever-moving feast". But it is making progress, as executives explained during an update to the group's Plan A sustainability initiative last week.


'Made in' movements gather momentum 23 Jun 2014

Leonie Barrie

Less than a week after hailing plans to begin sourcing its first garments from Burma/Myanmar, US retail giant Gap Inc was on the defensive, hitting back at accusations it simply wants to get its clothes produced as cheaply as possible.


Björn Borg tackles a sensitive topic with Thunderwear 20 Jun 2014

Leonie Barrie

Swedish underwear brand Björn Borg might have been having a bit of a bumpy ride on the retail front of late, but it is now setting its sights on a problem of an entirely different nature.


Sourcing strategies: plans and concerns 16 Jun 2014

Leonie Barrie

Faced with rising costs, increasing competition, mushrooming regulatory requirements, and a plethora of global risks, what are US brands, retailers, importers and wholesalers planning from their sourcing strategies for the next five years?


Cashing in on the World Cup 10 Jun 2014

Katie Smith

With the World Cup football tournament kicking off in just a few days, new research has suggested it will add GBP2.20bn (US$3.70bn) to global sports turnover in 2014.


Unrest weighs on sourcing decisions 9 Jun 2014

Leonie Barrie

As US retailers stocked up in April in anticipation of a busy spring and summer, their preferred supplier choices continued to be led by China and Vietnam. But the decline in shipments from Bangladesh appears to be accelerating.


Cambodia issues could put country's sourcing status at risk 2 Jun 2014

Leonie Barrie

Major global brands and retailers that source clothing from Cambodia issued a stark warning last week that ongoing political instability, and alleged human rights violations could hurt future growth, and put the country's status as a strategic sourcing market at risk.


Activists kick off ahead of the World Cup 27 May 2014

Leonie Barrie

With this year's World Cup football tournament preparing to kick off in Brazil next month, it's perhaps not surprising that environmental activists should turn their attention to some of the merchandise produced for the event.


What a difference a week makes 19 May 2014

Leonie Barrie

What a difference a week makes. We led the last just-style newsletter with news of surging imports from Vietnam into the US in March, coupled with an update on the rush of Chinese textile investment into the country ahead of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade treaty.


Vietnam leads surge in US apparel imports 12 May 2014

Leonie Barrie

China and Vietnam led a surge in US apparel imports in March as retailers emerged from the annual post-holiday slowdown and started stocking up for the spring and summer seasons.


'Imports Work' Week highlights global value chains 7 May 2014

Leonie Barrie

In an attempt to highlight the essential part played by international trade in the US economy, the third annual 'Imports Work' week is this year focusing on the growing role of global value chains and how they can enhance the competitiveness of US companies.


Fashion industry takes a more sustainable path 6 May 2014

Leonie Barrie

A more sustainable fashion industry requires complete transparency and control over every aspect of production, according to the third biennial Copenhagen Fashion Summit.


John Lewis retains UK's best retailer title 29 Apr 2014

Michelle Russell

Department store retailer John Lewis has retained the number one spot as the UK's best retailer for customer satisfaction at the Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards.


Twists and turns in Yue Yuen strike 28 Apr 2014

Leonie Barrie

A strike by thousands of workers at shoe maker Yue Yuen continued with a number of twists and turns last week, including an order from Chinese officials that the firm must provide back pay for past unpaid social insurance.


Fashion Revolution Day marks Rana Plaza anniversary 24 Apr 2014

Katie Smith

A campaign encouraging shoppers to ask where and how their garments have been made has been set up to mark the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.


Is China losing its competitive edge? 22 Apr 2014

Leonie Barrie

Further confirmation that China's garment manufacturing industry continues to lose its competitive edge came last week when it was revealed that a number of Hong Kong garment companies are looking to build plants in Burma/Myanmar.


just-style takes an Easter break 17 Apr 2014

Katie Smith

We're heading off for an Easter break here in the UK, which means there will be no site updates or email newsletters on Friday (18 April) or Monday (21 April).


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