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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.


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.


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