• Japan's Itochu confirms support for Ethiopia garment sector

    Japan's Itochu confirms support for Ethiopia garment sector

    Japan's Itochu Corporation has signed an agreement with the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute and the Ethiopian Investment Commission to further develop the African nation's growing textile and clothing industry.

  • Some of the challenges in reaching fashion's climate goals

    Some of the challenges in reaching fashion's climate goals

    While leading global fashion players are making progress towards embracing sustainable fashion, a "significant" amount of work still needs to be done to adopt the various measures already in place that can enable the sector to become genuinely sus...

  • Argentine apparel makers see few Mercosur gains

    Argentine apparel makers see few Mercosur gains

    Argentina's textile and apparel industry expects revenues to fall sharply in 2019 as a growing financial and economic crisis fuels a decline in clothing production and consumption.

  • Trump delays October tariff hike by two weeks

    Trump delays October tariff hike by two weeks

    The ongoing US tariff saga continues, with the latest move seeing President Donald Trump agree to delay the next tariff increase on US$250bn worth of imports from China by two weeks.

  • Gap & Old Navy outline strategies ahead of spin-off

    Gap & Old Navy outline strategies ahead of spin-off

    Old Navy will almost double its store count across North America as part of plans to reach US$10bn in annual sales following its split from Gap Inc next year – with its supply chain key to driving margin expansion and more frequent purchases.

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Tariffs on textile and apparel products are edging closer in the US-China tariff war

US-China tariff war – Apparel hit-list updated

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported...

Apparel and clothing accessories exports from the Philippines dropped 8.7% in the first half of the year to just US$434.6m

Lack of action drags on Philippines garment sector

Clothing industry sources in the Philippines say their country is one of the few that has not seen a boost in garment export orders as a res...

Urban Outfitters has set out its priorities to mitigate the impact of President Trump’s tariffs on imports from China

Urban Outfitters works to mitigate China tariffs

US clothing retailer Urban Outfitters has said that rather than resorting to price hikes, its focus will be on sourcing from other countries...

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Jordan mulls how to increase local design content

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A new report has surfaced alleging top fashion brands that are pledging to end worker exploitation in supply chains are hampering progress t...

Romanian clothing and textile labour force figures have been plummeting over the last 12 years

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Central America leads US apparel imports surge in July 6 Sep 19

The volume of apparel imported into the US saw a double-digit growth surge month-on-month in July as retailers stocked up for the back-to-school season and rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of scheduled tariff hikes. Growth in shipment volumes from El Salvador and Honduras was highest during the month, with China also booking double-digit gains but Bangladesh seeing a decline.


Will the new Fashion Pact shift the needle on sustainability? 5 Sep 19

The vast number of sustainability-focused initiatives already running across the global apparel and textile sectors has a new addition: the Fashion Pact. But does it go far enough to really make a difference in reducing the industry’s environmental impact – or just add more complexity and confusion to the issue?

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Major Apparel News

Itochu extends support to Ethiopia garment sector

Julian Ryall | 16 Sep 19 The Japanese conglomerate says the Ethiopian textile industry has not yet reached a level sufficient to be competitive in the global market

Japan's Itochu Corporation has signed an agreement with the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute and the Ethiopian Investment Commission to further develop the African nation's growing textile and clothing industry. 


Argentine apparel makers see few Mercosur gains

Ivan Castano Freeman | 16 Sep 19 Slowing factories and weakening retail sales are weighing on Argentina's textile and apparel industry

Argentina's textile and apparel industry expects revenues to fall sharply in 2019 as a growing financial and economic crisis fuels a decline in clothing production and consumption. 


Gap & Old Navy outline strategies ahead of spinoff

Beth Wright | 13 Sep 19 Old Navy is set to become a standalone company while the Gap, Athleta, Banana Republic, Intermix and Hill City labels will operate as Gap Inc

Old Navy will almost double its store count across North America as part of plans to reach US$10bn in annual sales following its split from Gap Inc next year – with its supply chain key to driving margin expansion and more frequent purchases.

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Bangladesh garment group's new boss has big agenda – Interview 5 Sep 19

AZM AnasDr Rubana Huq is the first woman to head one of Bangladesh’s biggest garment associations

Months after taking the reins as president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), businesswoman Dr Rubana Huq tells just-style of her priorities for the next two years – from factory safety, to exploring new markets, increasing sustainability, and promoting innovation in the world’s second largest clothing exporter.


Nirapon's vision for a safer apparel sector in Bangladesh – Interview 24 Jul 19

Hannah AbdullaNirapon CEO, Moushumi Khan

Bangladesh's newest safety monitoring initiative, Nirapon, has come under fire since its launch earlier this year, with much of the criticism around its focus on monitoring rather than overseeing factory remediation, and the fact it doesn't name or shame non-compliant suppliers. But in a candid interview with just-style, CEO Moushumi Khan suggests getting supplier buy-in and encouraging them in the right way to be compliant is a key factor in increasing workplace safety in Bangladeshi garment factories. 


How a converged single audit approach marks the next step in responsible sourcing 28 Jun 19

Hannah AbdullaJanet Mensink, SLCP executive director.

An overhaul of the auditing process on factory safety and working conditions is long overdue – and a new initiative launched this month could offer the solution. The Social & Labour Convergence Programme's Converged Assessment Framework enables apparel brands and retailers to align collectively around one standard, reduce the amount of money spent on duplicated auditing, and instead free up resources to improve efficiency and factory working conditions. SLCP executive director Janet Mensink, and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, tell just-style more.

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Central America leads US apparel imports surge

Hannah Abdulla, just-style editorial team Hannah Abdulla | 9 Sep 19

The volume of apparel imported into the US saw a double-digit growth surge month-on-month in July as retailers stocked up for the back-to-school season and rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of scheduled tariff hikes. Growth in shipment volumes from El Salvador and Honduras was highest during the month, with China also booking double-digit gains but Bangladesh seeing a decline.


US and China follow through on tariff threat

Beth Wright, just-style editorial team Beth Wright | 2 Sep 19

The US and China have both gone ahead with threats to impose new levies on another tranche of imports – with the US move meaning around US$31bn in textile, apparel and home textile products from China are now subject to an additional tariff of 15%. 


US-China tariff turmoil continues

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 27 Aug 19

Ongoing US-China tariff turmoil continued to dominate just-style last week, culminating in President Trump tweeting that new tariffs due to take effect in September and December on Chinese imports – including all clothing and footwear – will now start at 15%. 

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Mitigating the US-China tariff impact

Mitigating the US-China tariff impact

Some brands are mitigating the potential impact of new China tariffs. Here's how...

Facing up to fashion's sustainability and ethical challenges

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US-China trade war ramps up

US-China trade war ramps up

An imminent rise in new tariffs on virtually all US imports from China – including textiles, apparel and footwear – has raised its head again thanks to a new tweet from President Trump. But what's potentially at stake?

China tariff war – the impact on US textiles and apparel

China tariff war – the impact on US textiles and apparel

Just as it seemed the ongoing US-China trade war was heading into the final round of talks, US President Trump has threatened to not only raise tariffs – but to extend them to cover all imports from China.

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