• Sustainable sourcing driven by investors, not consumers

    Sustainable sourcing driven by investors, not consumers

    The hold that ethical sourcing and sustainability has over the US fashion and apparel industries is being cemented more by by changing investor requirements than by consumers, a major US fashion industry conference has heard.

  • Asia garment worker wages remain low despite rises

    Asia garment worker wages remain low despite rises

    While wages in developing Asia’s garment and footwear industry have increased in recent years, they continue to remain low overall – particularly for women – a new analysis suggests.

  • New level of agility needed to tackle sourcing challenges

    New level of agility needed to tackle sourcing challenges

    Traditional sourcing, trade and commerce networks that have been relatively stable for years are now in a state of flux – and companies need to re-engineer their processes and supporting systems if they are to achieve the new levels of agility req...

  • Sportswear firms debate digitalisation and disruption

    Sportswear firms debate digitalisation and disruption

    Faced with a paradigm shift in everything from the way products are sold to the tools and technologies that make them, sporting goods brands, retailers and manufacturers are still trying to work out the best way to navigate this rapidly-changing l...

  • US moves from 'America first' to 'America alone’ on trade

    US moves from 'America first' to 'America alone’ on trade

    Prospects for trade deals that have underpinned growth in American clothing and textile imports and exports appear increasingly precarious as the Trump administration passes the 300-day mark, participants at a US fashion industry summit have heard.

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'E-commerce is crushing your supply chain,' SoftWear Automation chairman and CEO Rajan Palaniswamy told delegates. Photo credit: Andreas Gebert

Sportswear firms debate digitalisation, disruption

Faced with a paradigm shift in everything from the way products are sold to the tools and technologies that make them, sporting goods brands...

Companies such as Esquel are automating the problem of ever lower labour costs out of existence

Investors not consumers spur sustainable sourcing

The hold that ethical sourcing and sustainability has over the US fashion and apparel industries is being cemented more by by changing inves...

The US is looking increasingly isolated on trade issues

US trade now 'America alone’ not 'America first'

Prospects for trade deals that have underpinned growth in American clothing and textile imports and exports appear increasingly precarious a...

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is one of the many programmes available to apparel brands and retailers

Time for a single cotton sustainability standard?

There's an undeniable desire on the part of brands around the world to clean up their supply chains, and there's no lack of interest in usin...

'The role of Africa is growing in the world'

Africa apparel eyes growth on rising China costs

African clothing exporting countries are banking on rising costs in China and changing consumption patterns worldwide to attract buyers to t...

UK factories are experiencing their strongest performance in nearly three decades

UK textile industry needs confidence to thrive

British manufacturing is enjoying a renaissance, helped by growth in the cost benefits of reshoring. Yet the scale of the challenge presente...


Adidas poised to thrive in highly competitive landscape 9 Nov 17

Despite a number of difficult years, Adidas is back on track. The company's strong performance has been helped by the health of the global sportswear industry, the proliferation of athleisure, and a more reactive and agile manufacturing process, writes Pedro Aguilar, beauty and fashion analyst at market research provider Euromonitor International.


Which products would be hardest hit if NAFTA nixed? 8 Nov 17

As talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) head into their fifth round later this month, concerns remain that US President Donald Trump may end the agreement should the United States, Canada and Mexico be unable to strike a deal. Here Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, identifies the textile and apparel products that would be most affected by NAFTA's termination. 

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Major Apparel News

Agility key to tackling new sourcing challenges

Michelle Russell | 22 Nov 17 “Networks that had been relatively stable for years are now in flux'

Traditional sourcing, trade and commerce networks that have been relatively stable for years are now in a state of flux – and companies need to re-engineer their processes and supporting systems if they are to achieve the new levels of agility required to respond to these new market forces.


Asia garment worker wages remain low despite rises

Leonie Barrie | 21 Nov 17 The research suggests average earnings were less than US$200 per month in eight of the 12 countries with available data

While wages in developing Asia’s garment and footwear industry have increased in recent years, they continue to remain low overall – particularly for women – a new analysis suggests.


New ratings platform to encourage better buying

Michelle Russell | 17 Nov 17 The platform aims to help buyers improve the way they negotiate and honour contracts with suppliers

A new ratings platform is now open and collecting feedback from garment suppliers on the purchasing practices of their customers, with a view to pinpointing areas of good practice and improvements that would support better workplace conditions.

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Latest Apparel Interviews

Why Primark is working to do "the right thing" – Interview 31 Oct 17

Michelle RussellKatharine Stewart, Primark's director of ethical trade

Unlike many other major apparel firms, value fashion chain Primark chooses not to openly set targets for its sustainability and ethical commitments, but instead "just get on and do it," as Katharine Stewart, Primark's director of ethical trade, tells just-style. Yet in recent years the retailer has started to open up about its work to engage more closely with its supply chain: in particular, turning its focus to ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably.


Busana expands to build business with leading brands – Interview 17 Aug 17

Leonie BarrieMr Maniwanen Marimutu, chairman of Busana Apparel Group

For a business that even its chairman Maniwanen Marimutu admits is "low profile," Busana Apparel Group has high ambitions. Here he tells just-style how Indonesia's largest woven apparel exporter is on a drive to expand its domestic capacity, has set up its first factory in Ethiopia, is exploring opportunities in Vietnam, and eyeing new products as it builds the business to lead in each of its categories.


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.

Apparel Blog

A confusing mix of sustainable cotton options

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 20 Nov 17

There's an undeniable desire on the part of brands around the world to clean up their supply chains, and there's no lack of interest in using more sustainable cotton. But the confusing mix of standards and options available merely complicates the decision-making process for so many firms.


Have your say – Take part in just-style’s State of Sourcing survey

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 6 Nov 17

The global apparel industry and its supply chain is going through a period of unprecedented change. How do you and your colleagues see the outlook for 2018? And what strategies are you likely to be turning to in the year ahead?


Under Armour's strategic deep dives

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 6 Nov 17

Amid signs of a slowdown in its North American business, US sportswear brand Under Armour has made a number of "strategic deep dives" into strategy, supply chain, product, marketing and sales as a precursor to speeding business and brand-right decisions.

Hot Apparel Issues

ABSCI considers Brexit impact on UK textile industry

ABSCI considers Brexit impact on UK textile industry

The scale of the challenge presented by Brexit to the UK’s fashion and textiles industry was laid bare at this year's ASBCI’s conference.

Textile Exchange 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference

Textile Exchange 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference

Textile Exchange says the outcome of this year's conference will identify action items to develop a roadmap to 2030 for the industry.

How the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing

How the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing

"Speed-to-market," "product differentiation" and "inventory control" are some of the most popular buzzwords. Vietnam continues to lure US firms. Competition is intensifying between western hemisphere supply chains and factories in Asia. But there are still no sourcing alternatives to China

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.

Apparel Market Research

Talking strategy: impact of Brexit on the UK fashion and tex

Talking strategy: impact of Brexit on the UK fashion and textile industry—threats and opportunities

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