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World Sports Forum to focus on new markets 23 Jan 2015

Katie Smith

Anyone heading to ISPO Munich next month for what is arguably the world’s largest multi-segment sports exhibition, should also try to take in the World Sports Forum event on 'Entering and Exploring new Markets.'


Adidas joins world's most sustainable companies 22 Jan 2015

Leonie Barrie

German sporting goods giant Adidas Group has been named as the world's third most sustainable company this year, according to a ranking released by Toronto-based media company Corporate Knights to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


A year of challenges and opportunities 19 Jan 2015

Leonie Barrie

One of the most popular reports published on just-style each year is our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead. And for 2015 we have again asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge.


2015 starting to shape up 12 Jan 2015

Leonie Barrie

With most holiday merchandise brought into the US early as retailers rushed to beat a possible shutdown of West Coast ports, it is perhaps not surprising that apparel imports fell in November.


A wee dram of Harris Tweed anyone? 9 Jan 2015

Leonie Barrie

Anyone kicking off the New Year by taking a break from alcohol in January may be relieved - or revolted - to hear of a new development from textile technology experts at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.


A look back as we move into 2015 5 Jan 2015

Leonie Barrie

As we return to the swing of things, a good way to start 2015 is to take a look back at the top news stories, analysis pieces, comment articles and interviews published on just-style in 2014.


Happy New Year from just-style 2 Jan 2015

Michelle Russell

Happy New Year from the team at just-style.


Happy holidays from just-style 23 Dec 2014

Leonie Barrie

As 2014 comes to a close, the team here at just-style is taking a well-earned break. The office will be closed from 24 December for the annual Christmas and New Year celebrations - but we'll be back at our desks again on 2 January 2015.


Facing up to fire safety challenges 22 Dec 2014

Leonie Barrie

Will efforts to improve fire, building and worker safety in Bangladesh's apparel industry translate into more business - and higher prices?


Bangladesh's ambitious goal on apparel exports 14 Dec 2014

Leonie Barrie

The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of recent tragedies.


Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality 10 Dec 2014

Michelle Russell

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.


Change is afoot in the retail calendar 2 Dec 2014

Leonie Barrie

Once a bellwether of US retailers' likely performance over the upcoming holiday, sales during the just-gone Black Friday/Thanksgiving weekend have dropped for the second year in a row.


Seeking alternatives to rising labour costs 1 Dec 2014

Michelle Russell

Instead of relocating production in an attempt to sidestep the challenge of rising labour costs, China's textile and clothing manufacturers should work to create a more sustainable industry.


Revised wage ladder marks step toward living wage 24 Nov 2014

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 2014

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.


Port problems play havoc with holiday imports 10 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

US firms including apparel retailers and importers are urging the government to intervene in the ongoing dispute at US west coast ports, amid worsening delays on shipments of holiday merchandise and fears a total shutdown may be imminent.


Forced labour claims weigh on India mills 3 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

A number of retailers were last week forced to respond to allegations of "forced labour" among female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M blacklisting one of the five named.


Self-assembly fashion line for Ikea? 31 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Yet another fast fashion brand could be about to launch, with suggestions that the next move by Swedish furniture retailer Ikea might be into apparel.


New casual shoes put a spring in your step 30 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

A suspension system similar to that used in cars has been built into a new casual pocket sprung shoe.


Will Adidas realign its strategy? 27 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

Speculation emerged last week that a group of investors is planning to bid for Adidas Group's Reebok unit, and that a likely sale would enable the German sportswear giant to realign its strategy as a fitness and lifestyle brand.


Nike hopes to win women's sportswear race 24 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

Competition for pole position in the women's sportswear market is about to heat up after Nike this week revealed it has set its sights on growing its women's business by 40% over the next two years.


China takes a tougher stance on CSR 20 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.


Former Men's Wearhouse CEO prepares new enterprise 15 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

It seems former Men's Wearhouse CEO George Zimmer may be about to show his trump card following his fall-out with the apparel retailer, through the launch of a new company.


Tesco chairman successor list "drawn up" 14 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

As UK retail giant Tesco continues to fight its way through the fallout from its recent accounting crisis, it seems a board member has begun compiling a list of candidates to succeed chairman Sir Richard Broadbent.


Gap CEO switch a sign of transition 13 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

If evidence is needed as to the new direction likely to be pursued by US retail giant Gap Inc, look no further than the company's new leadership change. It was revealed last week that CEO Glenn Murphy is to step down in February, making way for Art Peck, the head of Gap's digital division.


just-style readership survey 7 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

We've just launched our first readership survey in two years - and want to know what you think about just-style, and the challenges you're facing at the moment.


Disruptors on the horizon... 6 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

Not content with dominating the global exporting landscape, China is now switching its focus to growth in domestic consumption. And according to Li & Fung chairman William Fung, this is likely to lead to "a rather bumpy ride" for the apparel industry.


Crystal Group looks at long-term growth 30 Sep 2014

Leonie Barrie

In an exclusive interview published on just-style last week, Andrew Lo, CEO of Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal Group, talks about the challenges of building the business for long-term growth, and ensuring that the company has a strong local supply chain in place to deliver on its goals.


World Retail Congress 2014 28 Sep 2014

Michelle Russell

The annual World Retail Congress has returned to Paris this week for three days where the great and the good of the retail industry have converged to discuss the industry climate as we move out of a tough economic climate. New technologies, the rise of omni-channel, innovation and the supply chain of the future will all be discussed.


Closer cooperation urged in Bangladesh 22 Sep 2014

Leonie Barrie

Two separate calls came last week urging the various safety initiatives in Bangladesh to work more closely to coordinate their efforts - and for more input from the Bangladeshi government if the work achieved so far is to continue its momentum.


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