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Environmental impact slanted on supply chain 27 May 2015

Leonie Barrie

Luxury goods group Kering is taking an innovative approach to understanding – and changing – the environmental footprint of its business by putting a monetary value on the ecological impact racked up across its operations.


Commodity cost savings hard to pin down 20 May 2015

Leonie Barrie

Apparel and footwear brands and retailers should be benefiting from tumbling commodity prices, especially for oil and cotton – but many are missing out on significant savings by failing to truly understand their value chains.


Skechers pushes Adidas off US No.2 spot 19 May 2015

Michelle Russell

It seems Adidas has been caught napping after Skechers passed the German sporting giant to take its second place in the sports footwear market in the US.


West Coast ports strike skews data 11 May 2015

Leonie Barrie

Apparel imports into the US surged in March, as retailers ramped up their imports of spring/summer merchandise and cargo volumes at West Coast ports started to clear. The top three supplier countries booked double-digit increases, with China leading the way.


Africa's potential to rival Asia for sourcing 8 May 2015

Michelle Russell

Interest in sourcing apparel from sub-Saharan Africa might be on the rise, yet the results of a new survey suggest few players currently have concrete plans to tap into its potential.


'Ten years, ten days, ten homes' denim recycling 30 Apr 2015

Michelle Russell

The Cotton Incorporated Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling programme has joined forces with singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow to call on consumers to recycle their unwanted denim to help rebuild New Orleans, an area still feeling the repercussions of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


Business as usual not an option in Bangladesh 27 Apr 2015

Leonie Barrie

A number of reports and events last week to mark the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster all emphasised that while progress has been made towards a safer garment industry in Bangladesh, some major challenges still lie ahead. A special report on just-style looks at the new concerns and frustrations now coming to the fore for industry executives.


Day to mark two-year Rana Plaza anniversary 23 Apr 2015

Beth Wright

After its hashtag was the number one global trend on Twitter last year, Fashion Revolution Day is returning tomorrow (24 April) to honour the mark the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.


H&M leads on sustainable fashion 17 Apr 2015

Leonie Barrie

H&M's new Conscious Exclusive collection, which launched this week, proves that high street fashion can be sustainable. And as the line gains momentum it’s using more diverse materials, including recycled beads, fabrics such as hemp, organic linen, and organic leather.


Strikes underscore Vietnam challenges 13 Apr 2015

Michelle Russell

Strikes and protests are rare in Vietnam, but recent demonstrations by thousands of footwear factory workers underscore some of the challenges facing one of the industry's main manufacturing hubs. It also exposes a looming pension crisis and worker shortage in a country that many see as a key sourcing alternative to China.


A sourcing hub for the future? 7 Apr 2015

Leonie Barrie

If global brands, manufacturers and mills could come together and build vertical supply chains in Africa, they would set themselves up with a sourcing hub for the future.


just-style takes an Easter break 2 Apr 2015

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 (3 April) or Monday (6 April).


Apparel firms tap into growing wearable tech market 24 Mar 2015

Michelle Russell

Smart fabrics and wearable technology go hand in hand. And with strong growth forecast over the coming years, it's no wonder fashion and software companies are developing new products to tap into the market.


Toxic-free fashion leaders 19 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

Esprit and Benetton have been quick off the mark to celebrate their ratings as “Detox leaders” in this year’s “Detox Catwalk” rankings. The online platform is designed to assess fashion brands’ records on removing toxic chemicals from the supply chain, and has just been published for the second time.


Embracing radical change in size and fit 16 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

Fashion brands and retailers need to embrace “radical change” in their apparel sizing and fit strategies if they are to remain competitive in a changing environment, according to executives at a recent conference on the issue.


Underlying issues take their toll 9 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

Bangladesh's textile and clothing exporters, still reeling from the impact of continuing political unrest in the country, now say they are facing a second shock wave: the freefall of the euro. Industry lobbyists and analysts fear the decline in value of the European single currency will cut exporters’ profit margins, weakening their ability to compete in the 19 countries using the euro.


China cotton call 2 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

International fashion brands and retailers are being urged to help build a more resilient cotton supply chain in China if they want to secure supplies of the raw material for the future. But can they really make a difference, and why should they care?


Are you up to speed on 'The Fit Factor'? 27 Feb 2015

Leonie Barrie

A special event on ‘The Fit Factor – World class wisdom on fashion sizing and fit’ will bring together speakers from Marks & Spencer, Tesco, C&A and Debenhams in the UK next week.


US port dipute conclusion nears 23 Feb 2015

Michelle Russell

A tentative agreement on a new five-year contract has been agreed for some 20,000 dockworkers at 29 US West Coast ports, ending nine months of discussions. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been engaged in talks since 12 May to replace the existing six-year contact, which expired on 30 June.


Port disruption could cost $37bn over two years 20 Feb 2015

Leonie Barrie

As the threat of a US West Coast port shutdown looms, analysts already estimate the ongoing disruption could add an eye-watering US$36.9bn to costs over the next 24 months.


Birnbaum answers back 16 Feb 2015

Leonie Barrie

Do you have any burning questions you’d like to ask a renowned global garment industry expert? For free.


Bangladesh exports to US bounce back 9 Feb 2015

Leonie Barrie

Apparel shipments from Bangladesh to the US bounced back in December, posting their first rise since January last year.


Outdoor brands in innovation buzz 2 Feb 2015

Leonie Barrie

Innovation and technology were the buzz words at this month’s Outdoor Retailer trade show, where leading outdoor brands unveiled new ways to encourage emotional as well as functional participation by consumers.


Myanmar pay talks underway 26 Jan 2015

Leonie Barrie

Talks aimed at setting a minimum wage for workers in Burma/Myanmar are now underway, after the original deadline of December was missed following calls for further research.


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.


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