Blog: A look back as we move into 2015
Leonie Barrie | 5 January 2015
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.
Among the industry executives we spoke with were William E Connor, chairman and CEO of William E Connor & Associates; Crystal Group's CEO Andrew Lo; Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability for H&M; and Seth Ellison, Levis Strauss & Co's president for Europe.
And the most-read stories included a look at the current state of play in world garment exports, South Asia's role in the post-Bangladesh world, Nike's "manufacturing revolution", the evolution of Ethiopia and Myanmar as apparel sourcing destinations, and industry efforts to improve factory safety.
Among wider efforts to improve working conditions in the ready-made garment industry, the Better Work Bangladesh initiative is due to "get going in earnest" this year. First announced 14 months ago as part of a package of measures to help shore up the sector in the wake of the Tazreen Fashion factory fire and the Rana Plaza building collapse, it should be "fully functional" by the middle of 2015, just-style has been told.
And the second part of our series on agents and buying offices suggests governments and tax authorities are finally getting smarter when it comes to the issue of transfer pricing.
Meanwhile, sporting goods giant Nike has homed in on the "tremendous energy" in women's apparel and believes there is a significant opportunity for the company to grow this business further globally.
But global lifestyle brand Barbour is facing a four-week strike by UK warehouse workers over "forced" changes to terms and hours.
Hedge fund Lion Capital is understood to have sent a letter to the board of American Apparel, pressing the struggling retailer to consider options including a sale of the company.
And retail veteran Harold Tillman is believed to be mulling an approach to buy back the Jaeger store chain from private equity firm Better Capital. The former chairman of the British Fashion Council ran the fashion label for a decade until its takeover in 2012.
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Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics...
The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced pla...
- Why collaboration is key to fashion supply chains
- Rana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change
- Industry groups reaffirm commitment to Bangladesh
- Using worker surveys to drive supply chain change
- Trump and Brexit get a dose of pragmatism
- Adidas to digitalise Speedfactory concept
- M&S extends sourcing deal with Lindsey brothers
- US Q1 in brief – Columbia Sportswear, Amazon
- Nike filed patent for "reinforced denim"
- Brandix rolls out Tukatech systems
- Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2022
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing
- Clothing Market in the Top 5 American Countries to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts
- Outdoor performance apparel 2016: A broader perspective
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar