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For cotton, the challenge is to tell a compelling story while remaining price competitive opposite synthetic alternatives

The challenge for cotton amid a changing consumer

Cotton is being battered on all fronts, from false information campaigns, to competition from synthetic alternatives, and a changing consume...

Scott Deitz, vice president of public affairs at US apparel giant VF Corp, on stage at the 34th IAF World Fashion Convention

VF's journey to becoming a 'purpose-led' company

"We get so focused on making money that we sometimes overlook the value of collaboration and the spirit of making the world a better place a...

'You can't lie in block chain,' Crawford tells delegates. 'If you lie in block chain, people know'

How technology is helping build supply chain trust

New tools and technologies are helping the apparel industry to build smarter, transparent – and more trusted – supply chains. Executives fro...

To control inventory flow at optimum levels requires a consolidated supply chain execution platform

How to manage the hem and haw of inventory

As consumer buying habits and demands become ever more complex, inventory management is key to ensuring companies can quickly respond to any...

Stanley Szeto, executive chairman at Lever Style, and chairman of the Hong Kong Textile Council, participating in the panel discussion on Smart Apparel Manufacturing

Nimble new players build smart future for fashion

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-brok...

SoftWear Automation technology

4 first steps to nearshoring apparel supply chains

Apparel brands and retailers in Europe and the United States must take the lead on nearshoring, automation and sustainability, and establish...

Top trends in Canada’s apparel sourcing trade 16 Oct 18

Canada is the world's fifth-largest apparel market, and one of its fastest growing importers. Here Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, rounds up the country's key sourcing patterns.

Africa continues to face challenges to reach full potential 15 Oct 18

Speakers and exhibitors at the recent Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week are optimistic at the continent's capability in the textile and apparel sector – but concur that many challenges remain before it can reach its full potential.

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Major Apparel News

VF Corp leveraging supply chain to fight trade war

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Oct 18 VF Corp. CEO Steve Rendle says the company is leveraging the strengths from other areas of its global supply chain and reducing its exposure to China

US apparel giant VF Corp has moved to quell concerns the trade war between the US and China could be worrisome for its business. 

Haiti garment workers reject new minimum wage

Melissa Williams-Sambrano | 18 Oct 18 The ILO will be monitoring developments to ensure the new minimum wage is met by factory owners

More than 52,000 Haitian garment sector workers are likely to be demonstrating on the streets of the island's capital city, Port-au-Prince, next week after trade union representatives rejected an increase in the minimum wage proposed by the government.

Apparel production returning to Europe

Leonie Barrie | 16 Oct 18 As well as a faster delivery advantage, nearshoring also improves supplier sustainability

"Made in China" has been a label found sewn into many articles of clothing in the western world for many years – but that's about to change, new research suggests.

Recent News - (Updated: 4:32pm 23 Oct 2018)

EU-Vietnam trade pact presented for conclusion

Sri Lanka posts fall in garment exports for July

Swedish project to boost Africa garment sectors

Cambodia calls for EU trade sanction re-think

US makes bold move to stop China clothing fakes

123 firms ink AAFA-FLA pact against forced labour

Myanmar Textile Summit to focus on trade policies

ASBCI handbook explains process of garment costing

Latest Apparel Interviews

C&A Foundation sets out vision for circular fashion – Interview 20 Sep 18

Beth WrightJoustra has served as head of circular transformation at C&A Foundation since September 2017

One year into his role as head of circular fashion at the C&A Foundation, Douwe Jan Joustra is leading discussions on how to create the conditions for change in the entire fashion system. His main aim is to see retailers adopt new business models, transitioning into "service providers" where fashion will be offered as a service for customers, not consumers – an idea he will share at next month's IAF World Fashion Convention.

How TAL Apparel is rebalancing for growth – CEO Interview 22 Aug 18

Leonie BarrieRoger Lee, CEO at TAL Group, which celebrated its 70th anniversary last year

By his own admission, Roger Lee, CEO at Hong Kong based apparel giant TAL Group, is an optimist. And it's a trait that has stood him – and the 70-year-old company he leads – in good stead in recent years as he focuses and rebalances the business for future growth.

Volt Smart Yarns bridging the gap on wearables – Interview 9 Aug 18

John McCurryMatt Kolmes, CEO at Supreme Corporation, parent of Volt Smart Yarns

Ahead of the launch of its new Volt Wearable Technology division, Matt Kolmes, CEO at Supreme Corporation, talks to just-style about how the company’s Volt Smart Yarns has been gaining momentum in the smart fabrics industry – and some of the challenges still facing the sector in reaching its full potential.

Apparel Blog

New businesses shaking up a broken retail model

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 23 Oct 18

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-broken retail model, according to speakers at last week's IAF World Fashion Convention. But rising Phoenix-like from the ashes are nimble new players building a smart future for fashion.

Apparel sourcing rules under NAFTA 2.0

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 15 Oct 18

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – also dubbed NAFTA 2.0 – has finally been agreed, but what does it mean for apparel sourcing? Here we take a close look at the new apparel-specific rules of origin.

New customisable options for consumers

Hannah Abdulla, just-style editorial team Hannah Abdulla | 9 Oct 18

Italian sportswear firm CP Company is looking to tap into the growing demand for customisable apparel with a 'Bespoke' project that allows customers to select their preferred colour in its signature goggle lens hoodie.

Hot Apparel Issues

Building a smart future for fashion

Building a smart future for fashion

The 34th World Fashion Convention took place in Maastricht in October, organised by the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and addressing the theme 'Building a Smart Future for Fashion'.

New NAFTA 2.0 and the apparel supply chain

New NAFTA 2.0 and the apparel supply chain

Following more than a year of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico have reached agreement on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Fashion must act now to secure a sustainable future

Fashion must act now to secure a sustainable future

The global fashion industry is on a trajectory set to stretch planetary resources beyond breaking point unless it finds better ways of producing, using and disposing apparel, according to the stark message at the recent Fashion Summit (Hong Kong) 2018

Rohingya crisis and wage issues weigh on Myanmar

Rohingya crisis and wage issues weigh on Myanmar

Myanmar's garment exports may be thriving, but the ongoing Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State and rising wages are the latest shadows on the horizon.

Apparel Market Research

Global technical textiles business update, August 2018

Global technical textiles business update, August 2018

This report provides a round-up of recent corporate developments in the global technical textile sector, including: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; business news; investments; and joint ventures... Read more

Published: September 2018 - ($550.00)

Editorial: Ecological headaches for the nonwovens and synthetic fibre industries

Published: September 2018 - ($350.00)

Hugo Boss AG (BOSS) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Published: July 2018 - ($125.00)

Designer Apparel and Footwear (Ready-To-Wear) in China

Published: August 2018 - ($660.00)

Profile of PrimaLoft: a leader in synthetic insulation

Published: August 2018 - ($350.00)

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