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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).


just-style seeks market research report writer 16 Apr 2014

Liz Hague

Do you have strong opinions, insight and expertise in a particular area of the textiles and apparel industry?


Political tensions will weigh on Cambodia's growth 15 Apr 2014

Michelle Russell

As if political tensions and strikes for higher wages by garment workers have not already caused enough disruption in Cambodia, new research has suggested they will continue to weigh on the country's growth in 2014.


Energy-saving efforts reap rewards 8 Apr 2014

Leonie Barrie

Beleaguered US department store retailer JC Penney is at last getting something right as it continues to try to turn around its business: its commitment to saving energy and fighting climate change.


Progress still lags on a living wage 7 Apr 2014

Michelle Russell

The biggest news from just-style last week was the rollout of our new-look site. It has been redesigned to make it easier to find the key content that you need, whether you're reading it on a desktop computer or on a portable device such as a cell phone or tablet.


just-style unveils new look 3 Apr 2014

Leonie Barrie

It has been a long time in the pipeline (for us at least), but we're finally able to share the new-look just-style with you.


Apparel brands implicated in Cambodia unrest 31 Mar 2014

Michelle Russell

Western brands and retailers are "deeply implicated" in the current unrest gripping the Cambodian apparel sector - but they can also be part of the solution, a new report suggested last week.


Innovation the name of the game 25 Mar 2014

Leonie Barrie

Innovation seems to be the name of the game for two projects seeking new solutions for the apparel and textile sectors.


Levi Strauss weighs up water savings 20 Mar 2014

Leonie Barrie

Updated figures from Levi Strauss & Co suggest production of its Water


Bangladesh factory checks highlight safety issues 17 Mar 2014

Leonie Barrie

First findings released last week from inspections at ten garment factories used by members of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have highlighted widespread fire, electrical safety and potential structural problems.


Next launches standalone brand website 13 Mar 2014

Katie Smith

UK fashion retailer Next has today (13 March) launched its dedicated brand website, Label.


Spotlight shines on Ethiopia sourcing 11 Mar 2014

Leonie Barrie

just-style turned the spotlight on Ethiopia last week, marking the release of a new research report looking at the country's emerging apparel and textile industry with additional insights into its rising potential for sourcing garments.


Have your say on the year ahead... 5 Mar 2014

Leonie Barrie

It's one thing for us here at just-style to tell you about what's happening in the global apparel industry - but there's another, equally important source of information about key issues facing the sector. And that's you, our readers.


The last few years have seen significant changes 3 Mar 2014

Leonie Barrie

The last few years have brought significant changes to the apparel sourcing landscape in Asia. The era of Chinese low-cost apparel manufacturing is a trend from the past, and several countries have stepped up to claim their part of the manufacturing pie. Apparel industry analysts say that although China's dominance continues, a clear segmentation is now taking place in Asia.


Growing momentum on wages and safety 25 Feb 2014

Leonie Barrie

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 Bangladeshi garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers got underway last week, just-style spoke with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.


M&S unveils new magazine style website 19 Feb 2014

Katie Smith

Retailer Marks & Spencer has unveiled its new magazine style website, promising to be "brighter, bolder, better" with a raft of new ideas and inspiration for its customers.


US speed skaters blame suits for poor start 18 Feb 2014

Katie Smith

Under Armour has come up against increasing criticism after the US speed-skating team dropped its latest suits, which were designed especially for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.


Bangladesh safety progress painfully slow 17 Feb 2014

Leonie Barrie

Close to a year after the Rana Plaza disaster, progress on improving worker safety and labour rights in Bangladesh has been painfully slow - but who is responsible for the delays?


In good company 14 Feb 2014

Leonie Barrie

What do Nike and Levi Strauss have in common with the likes of Google, Netflix, General Electrics and other technology and science heavyweights? Well, they've all made it onto the list of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company magazine in its "annual guide to the businesses that matter most."


US apparel retailers buffeted by winter storms 10 Feb 2014

Leonie Barrie

Winter storms played havoc with US apparel retailers in January. While some consumers were forced to stay at home, others simply lost the will, with holiday shopping fatigue, static wages, and a lack of inspiring new ranges all hitting comparable store sales.


Unrest presents a serious challenge 3 Feb 2014

Leonie Barrie

Ongoing political unrest in Thailand has not yet impacted the country's garment industry - but the unstable environment presents a serious challenge moving forward, just-style has been told.


Adidas and H&M gain sustainable rankings 27 Jan 2014

Katie Smith

Fashion and sportswear firms H&M and Adidas have made it onto a list of the most sustainable companies in the world.


Teen retail troubles continue 27 Jan 2014

Leonie Barrie

The troubled teen retail space saw more upheaval last week with the surprise departure of the chief executive of American Eagle Outfitters after less than two years in the role.


Say goodbye to posture problems 27 Jan 2014

Katie Smith

Problems with posture are set to be a thing of the past, with the introduction of a T-shirt designed to make the wearer stand up tall again.


Challenges and opportunities in 2014? 21 Jan 2014

Leonie Barrie

just-style's annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead has gathered feedback from leading executives on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2014. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.


A pubic display by American Apparel 17 Jan 2014

Michelle Russell

Is American Apparel trying to make a feminist statement by adorning its female mannequins with full pubic hair - or am I allowed to be cynical and suggest it could merely be a publicity stunt?


Activewear sales surge on celeb workout selfies 17 Jan 2014

Katie Smith

With the likes of Kim Kardashian and Lucy Mecklenburgh sharing their gym habits via workout selfies, it's hard not to think about getting into shape this new year, and what to wear when working out.


Retailers continue to be challenged over Christmas 13 Jan 2014

Leonie Barrie

Results on the performance of apparel retailers over the key Christmas shopping season are continuing to trickle through, with figures released last week showing that December proved to be a challenging month for those in the US.


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