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A US$400-US$500m increase in apparel exports could come by 2018 and onwards

Sri Lanka eyes apparel export boost from EU GSP+

Executives within Sri Lanka’s apparel sector predict exporters can generate an additional US$400m to US$500m in annual sales thanks to the c...

The Americans for Affordable Products (AAP) coalition was set up earlier this year with the sole stated purpose of blocking the proposed tax

Border Adjustment Tax – good intention, bad policy

As has been widely reported, some US politicians have endorsed a plan to alter domestic tax laws in such a way that imported products would...

If a garment is incorrectly labelled, the customer may ask for it to be reworked

Five key costs linked to poor product quality

For consumer-driven, competitive apparel and footwear companies, product quality is critical. When managed well, it can improve your brand i...

Venezuela's apparel manufacturers are scrambling to bolster exports to offset a contraction in the country's economy of up to 15% last year and its worst political crisis in history

Venezuela turmoil strangles apparel production

As political chaos continues to engulf crisis-stricken Venezuela, the country's textile and apparel industry is on the verge of collapse – w...

China's position as the top sourcing destination for US fashion firms remains unshakable

Trade tops sourcing concerns for US fashion firms

The impact of trade protectionism, increasing market competition from e-commerce, and supply chain risk are the top concerns for US fashion...

Inman Mills in South Carolina manufactures fabric developed through AFFOA

Why US innovation is vital to global value chains

A report on just-style last week described as a "missed opportunity" the distribution of a Vietnam-made backpack at the launch of a new mult...

What are the advantages and challenges of local sourcing? 20 Jul 17

Delayed shipments, rising labour costs, quality claims and compliance issues are just some of the challenges facing sourcing managers. Add in the need for faster speed to market and 'buy now/wear now' demands, and it's not surprising that some UK fashion brands and retailers are looking to buy closer to home. A recent industry event considered both the opportunities and the challenges for local or near-sourcing.

NAFTA renegotiation – Key issues for textiles and apparel 19 Jul 17

As the United States, Canada and Mexico prepare to begin formal talks to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which could be as early as mid-August – we take an in-depth look at key issues for textile and apparel supply chains. In the latest development, the US has set out its roadmap for the discussions.

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Retailers still rely on outdated sourcing tools

Leonie Barrie | 27 Jul 17 19% of survery respondents don't using any tools at all to manage their sourcing processes

The use of digital tools can help sourcing teams reduce sampling time, costs and the time to market – but a new survey suggests retailers still have a long way to go to better streamline communication and simplify their supply chain operations.

Michael Kors acquires Jimmy Choo in US$1.2bn deal

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Jul 17 Michael Kors is to acquire Jimmy Choo

Luxury shoe maker Jimmy Choo has been acquired by fashion brand Michael Kors in a US$1.2bn cash deal that signals further consolidation in the luxury lifestyle sector.

El Salvador boosts speed-to-market amid job losses

Ivan Castano Freeman | 25 Jul 17 El Salvador's garment exports for the year are forecast to be flat at around $2.5bn

El Salvador has launched a plan to boost worker training and streamline customs to accelerate apparel exports to the US and improve its competitiveness against increasingly nimble players like Honduras.

Recent News - (Updated: 5:26pm 27 Jul 2017)

Unifi books mixed Q4 and FY

Puma footwear sales drive Q2 profit surge

Made-By working to drive circular clothing vision

US textile and apparel exports fell 7.1% in 2016

Belk reveals US$40m store boost

BCBG gets sale nod

Online sales help boost Bonmarché Q1 sales rise

Taiwan manufacturers reveal sustainable offerings

Latest Apparel Interviews

Clarks manufacturing model steps into a faster future – Interview 11 Jul 17

Michelle RussellMike Shearwood, Clarks chief executive, is hoping to cut lead times to 'teens of weeks'

With a history in shoemaking that goes back almost 200 years, footwear giant Clarks is about to take a step into the future with a new model to bring innovative shoe manufacturing back to the UK. CEO Mike Shearwood and sourcing director Antony Perillo spoke to just-style about the company's multi-million pound investment to slash lead times and bring more agility to its sourcing portfolio.

How C&A Foundation is trying to transform fashion 27 Jun 17

Michelle RussellLeslie Johnston, executive director of C&A Foundation

Driven by concerns the fashion industry isn't working to improve the lives of the 150 million people who make our clothes, the C&A Foundation is tasked with the single goal of making it a force for good. Here executive director Leslie Johnston tells just-style how the corporate foundation affiliated with global fashion retailer C&A is trying to be the catalyst that transforms the sector to be both sustainable and responsible.

Ethiopia sets its sights on $30bn apparel exports 3 May 17

Leonie BarrieDr Arkebe Oqubay is the visionary leader driving Ethiopia's textile and apparel growth strategy

Ethiopia is raising the bar on its garment and textile ambitions, targeting exports worth $30bn by 2025: a huge goal for a country whose annual shipments currently sit at just $115m. Speaking for the first time about the plans, Dr Arkebe Oqubay, a minister and special advisor to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, shares with just-style the "bold vision" he believes will transform this East African nation into a compelling new sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

Apparel Blog

Sourcing execs less stressed about cost

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 24 Jul 17

The impact of trade protectionism, increasing market competition from e-commerce, and supply chain risk are the top concerns for US fashion industry executives in 2017, a new survey has found, overtaking more traditional worries like cost.

The rise and fall of Bangladesh?

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 17 Jul 17

The rise of Bangladesh's garment export industry has been nothing less than spectacular – and until recently it seemed that nothing could stop its growth.

Is Nike's delayed commitment to Amazon costing it sales?

Hannah Abdulla, just-style editorial team Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jul 17

Sports apparel retailer Nike's delay in committing to a solid sales partnership with online retail giant Amazon could possibly have seen it lose out on sales yesterday (11 July) as the e-retailer slashed prices on products at some rival brands as part of its annual Prime Day event.

Hot Apparel Issues

NAFTA renegotiation – Key issues for textiles and apparel

NAFTA renegotiation – Key issues for textiles and apparel

As the United States, Canada and Mexico prepare to begin formal talks to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we take an in-depth look at key issues for textile and apparel supply chains.

US reviewing AGOA country eligibility

US reviewing AGOA country eligibility

The US has launched its annual review into the eligibility of sub-Saharan African countries to receive benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) – but is also looking at withdrawing benefits for Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

Texprocess & Techtextil 2017

Texprocess & Techtextil 2017

Digitalisation was a buzz-word at the recent Texprocess apparel technology trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, with new tools allowing data to flow seamlessly from digital design and development all the way through the supply chain.

Apparel made in Ethiopia

Apparel made in Ethiopia

just-style’s editor Leonie Barrie recently visited Ethiopia to see for herself the massive developments taking place to elevate this East African nation into a compelling new garment and textile sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

Apparel Market Research

Children's Wear

Children's Wear

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Children's Wear in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Boys Wear, Girls Wear, and Infants & Toddlers Wear. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America... Read more

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Trends in EU textile and clothing imports, June 2017

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