• Maybe it’s time for a single cotton sustainability standard

    Maybe it’s 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 using more sustainable cotton. But the confusing mix of standards and options available merely delays the decis...

  • NAFTA withdrawal could hurt US apparel trade prospects

    NAFTA withdrawal could hurt US apparel trade prospects

    A US withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could lose the country credibility as a global trading partner and undermine prospects for current and future US apparel manufacturing, analysts have warned.

  • Bangladesh Accord admits major safety concerns remain

    Bangladesh Accord admits major safety concerns remain

    The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh says major life-threatening safety concerns remain outstanding in too many of the factories it monitors – although it hopes the vast majority will be fully remediated when its initial tenure com...

  • New ratings platform aims to encourage better buying

    New ratings platform aims to encourage better buying

    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.

  • African clothing sector eyes growth on rising China costs

    African clothing sector 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 the continent to take advantage of lower production costs.

Latest Apparel Insights

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 Group aims to become the first fast sports company by 2020

Adidas poised to thrive in a competitive landscape

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 s...

Textile and apparel supply chains involving NAFTA members, particularly the US and Mexico, face intense competition from Asia

Which products hardest hit if NAFTA nixed?

As talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) head into their fifth round later this month, concerns remain that U...

'Improved working conditions is why we're doing this'

New audit framework allows focus on remediation

A converged assessment framework for social and labour compliance that aims to reduce or eliminate audit fatigue could allow brands and supp...


How to get your supply chain on the front foot amid Brexit 7 Nov 17

The UK's impending departure from the European Union (EU) has left a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the country's fashion retail sector and its supply chain. How businesses prepare for Brexit and beyond will be key, industry speakers told a recent conference.


US apparel imports take a tumble in September 6 Nov 17

The volume of US apparel imports saw a downturn month-on-month in September as the back-to-school season came to an end. Within the top three supplier countries, gains were posted by Vietnam and China, while Bangladesh booked its fourth consecutive monthly decline.

Thought Leaders


Major Apparel News

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.


Bangladesh Accord admits to major safety concerns

Michelle Russell | 17 Nov 17 Overall remediation progress by the Bangladesh Accord is at around 80%

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh says major life-threatening safety concerns remain outstanding in too many of the factories it monitors – although it hopes the vast majority will be fully remediated when its initial tenure comes to an end in May 2018.


TPP 11 nations move trade pact forward without US

Michelle Russell | 14 Nov 17 The aim of the pact is to create an unprecedentedly expansive, multilateral free-trade agreement

Trade ministers from 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership nations have agreed on core elements of the new trade pact that is moving forward despite the absence of the US from the agreement.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:54pm 17 Nov 2017)

US lawmakers oppose some NAFTA proposals

NAFTA withdrawal could hurt US apparel trade

Gap ups FY outlook but Old Navy remains driver

Huntsman develops non-fluorinated water repellent

US retailers buoyed by progress on tax reform

Teijin new thermal insulation targets outerwear

US Q3 in brief – Abercrombie & Fitch, Bon-Ton

Top stories this week on just-style...

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

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.


Esquel Group on a sustainability mission

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 30 Oct 17

Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group has made it its mission to weave sustainability into its core values, and across a vertical supply chain that spans every step from cotton farming to retail.

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

Global market review of athleisurewear: a fad or here to sta

Global market review of athleisurewear: a fad or here to stay?

The global athleisurewear market is seen by many to be at a tipping point. Is it here to stay or will it just end up as yet another fashion fad? This report is a significant departure from just-style’s normal approach to clothing market sectors. The fundamental premise of this report is that athleisurewear is worn for the purpose of the experience, not as a product only. Consequently, although there are market estimates using typical just-style methods, they are based on what the garment is to be worn for, rather than what the garment actually is... Read more

Published: November 2017 - ($1390.00)


Geotextiles and other geosynthetics: applications, types and manufacturers

Published: October 2017 - ($700.00)


Global Licensed Merchandise Market 2017-2021

Published: October 2017 - ($4067.00)


Competitive Strategies in Apparel and Footwear

Published: October 2017 - ($1325.00)


Apparel & Non-Apparel Manufacturing Global Industry Guide 2017

Published: September 2017 - ($1495.00)


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