Blog: Michelle RussellHappy New Year from just-style

Michelle Russell | 6 January 2016

Happy New Year from the team at just-style. We hope you had a good break.

Taking a look back over the stories posted on just-style over the holiday period, industry expert Mike Flanagan asked the question: Is Cuba the missing link in the US apparel supply chain? In his last comment of 2015, he offered a seasonal suggestion for solving several global and industry problems.

We also took a look at the landscape for the global leather industry, which is undergoing a degree of change when it comes to production, retail and technology trends. Figures show the global market for shoes and leather goods is expected to grow over the next four years, and a number of new players are emerging, including Cambodia and Vietnam.

Elsewhere, a new and improved version of Historic Futures' String supply chain mapping platform launched, designed to help tackle the challenge of total traceability by allowing brands and retailers to ask questions along the chain.

And, Lululemon's new approach to its product range and a revised pricing strategy will be crucial to shifting the large amount of stock it holds and to remain competitive. Separately, the company also defended its position over the release of an animal rights campaign video claiming the Canadian yoga wear brand continues to sell clothing items using "cruelly produced down".

Meanwhile, in other news, a Bangladesh court accepted murder charges against 41 people involved in the Rana Plaza disaster; the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) officially took effect; and Uzbekistan was still using forced labour in 2015.

Click here to read the top news stories on just-style in 2015. Free trade agreements, cutting-edge innovations, sandblasting in Chinese jeans factories, new minimum wages, and retail job cuts were some of the issues that made the headlines.

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