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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.


China promotes its 13th Five-Year Plan 30 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

China is using a catchy English-language TV ad to promote its 13th Five-Year Plan for the five years to 2020. But Mike Flanagan questions whether the Plan really tells us how garment-making in China will be affected.


American Apparel under fire over “sexual” marketing 25 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

It seems American Apparel doesn't want to learn its lesson. Now operating under new CEO Paula Schneider, you might be forgiven for thinking the US fashion retailer had turned a corner.


A focus on fit pays off for C&A 25 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

If proof was needed of the link between consistent garment size and fit and its impact on top-line growth, then look no further than European value fashion retailer C&A – where a 10-month overhaul of fit and product development processes is already paying dividends.


Sourcing plans unwise to target TPP 16 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

The release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement earlier this month coincided with a number of events showing how unpredictable the deal’s approval is likely to be.


 Vegan fabric a fad or a future phenomenon? 10 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

Veganism is often thought of in food terms, and not clothing, so the idea of purchasing a vegan wool jumper or a vegan handbag could seem alien to many. The movement is gradually gaining momentum, albeit slowly. But whether the industry has the desire to really push it in the right direction is questionable.


Take part in just-style's ‘State of Sourcing’ survey 3 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

How do you feel about the big issues facing you, your company and apparel sourcing in 2016? We're compiling feedback as part of our annual ‘State of Sourcing’ survey – and would love to hear your thoughts on what challenges and opportunities you're expecting in the year ahead.


Is Ethiopia the place to be? 2 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

There has been a big buzz around Ethiopia as a potential source of apparel for at least the last five years ­– yet exports in 2014 were just US$112m. But that could finally be set to change, with sourcing specialists at this year's 'Origin Africa' event seeming to agree that Ethiopia is the place to be.


Tesco and Arcadia tie-up highlights growing trend 28 Oct 2015

Michelle Russell

Tesco's deal with Arcadia to sell some of the apparel group's largest brands in its supermarkets is a style of collaboration we are increasingly seeing more of as retailers secure a ready-made customer base and guaranteed footfall.


Safety just one of several issues facing Bangladesh 26 Oct 2015

Leonie Barrie

Fears were played down last week that international retailers are postponing trips to Bangladesh following the recent killings of two foreign nationals in the country.


TPP winners and losers 19 Oct 2015

Leonie Barrie

Continuing just-style’s coverage of the potential impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, last week we took a look at the apparel and textile producing countries most likely to benefit – or not.


TPP trade pact finally concluded 12 Oct 2015

Leonie Barrie

After more than five years of negotiations, leaders of 12 Pacific Rim countries, including the US, Japan and Vietnam, have finally concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The move paves the way for what will be the world's largest free trade agreement, linking about 40% of the global economy.


A vision for the future of fashion 9 Oct 2015

Leonie Barrie

Undergarments with built-in sensors that track vital statistics, such as pulse and body temperature; fashions that alter their form, extending and contracting in length as required; and clothing that adapts to changes in temperature. These are just a few of the ways the integration of technology could transform apparel in the coming decades.


Ralph Lauren’s gain a blow for Gap 6 Oct 2015

Leonie Barrie

The unexpected appointment of Old Navy president Stefan Larsson to replace Ralph Lauren as CEO of his namesake business later this year saw Ralph Lauren’s share price jump 13.6%, while Gap Inc’s declined 5.7%.


New initiatives to tackle climate change 29 Sep 2015

Katie Smith

After Nike and Wal-Mart last week pledged to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, more initiatives are being embarked upon to combat global climate change.


Navigating potential risks ahead of TPP 28 Sep 2015

Leonie Barrie

As the second largest footwear supplier to the US, Vietnam is already an important part of the production portfolio for many US footwear companies. But with growth being fuelled by the possible Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), companies eyeing the country as a sourcing destination should also be navigating potential risks.


Nike and Wal-Mart join renewable energy pledge 25 Sep 2015

Leonie Barrie

Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.


Special offer for just-style registered members 21 Sep 2015

Michelle Russell

just-style has just launched an exciting offer for registered members: A full-year subscription with a saving of over one third on the usual price AND a free, 33-page report on how to develop a comprehensive sourcing strategy, by vendor, country and overseas representation.


Wipe-out for surfwear business Quiksilver 14 Sep 2015

Leonie Barrie

Struggling surfwear business Quiksilver last week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for its US subsidiaries – with a court quickly approving a $175m financing package and plans to close 27 US stores. The group stressed that its European and Asia-Pacific operations “remain strong” and are not part of the filing.


Trade agreements get a major shake-up in August 8 Sep 2015

Leonie Barrie

A number of proposed trade agreements got a major shake-up in August. TPP negotiators failed to clinch a deal, the free trade pact between the EU and Vietnam still needs to be ratified, India pulled out of talks with the EU, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) hailed “historic” progress.


China's currency conundrum 2 Sep 2015

Leonie Barrie

Fears over the state of the Chinese economy continued to jolt financial markets during the past week. Yet apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value of the yuan and cut interest rates further.


Social media and selfies sway fashion sales 21 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

As if retailers didn’t have enough to contend with as they try to get to grips with doing business in a digitally-connected omni-channel world, it seems the rise of the “selfie” is also beginning to impact the way consumers shop.


Public opinion matters more than Modern Slavery Act 17 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Britain’s Modern Slavery Act, which began coming into force at the end of July, sets new disclosure standards on an extraordinary number of garment businesses. But its legal niceties won’t really determine the law’s impact, says one industry observer, who believes public opinion matters more.


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