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Globally, economic growth has been slowing since the mid-90s

How slowing global economic growth affects apparel

Globalisation has given apparel a good ride. But at what cost? asks Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, as he looks at how the i...

Trump's China tariffs 'have severely altered our plans for global supply chains to a point where it is doubtful they will ever recover'

China trade – Hoping for a Mar-A-Lago miracle?

While we wait for news of the next trade summit between the United States and China, Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Appa...

The new tax is based on the actual amount of discharge of pollutants to provide an incentive to cut pollution

China's eco-tax reins in polluting textile makers

The introduction of an environmental protection tax in China just over a year ago has pushed up the price of textiles produced in the countr...

China had the lowest per unit apparel price of the top ten suppliers to the US in 2018, but Cambodia saw the largest rise in shipments

China continued to lead US apparel imports in 2018

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to domin...

The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement – which was approved in February – is EU's first bilateral trade agreement with a Southeast Asian country

re:source trade programme roundup – February 2019

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Japan covers de...

Some 280 Bangladesh factories are in the process of getting LEED-certified

Green factories help bolster Bangladesh reputation

The Rana Plaza tragedy pushed Bangladesh’s US$30bn clothing industry into making health and safety improvements to reassure brands they woul...


How a business-model revamp can create a sustainable future for fashion 7 Mar 19

A new paper from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) supports growing views that business corporate social responsibility programmes are not enough to improve conditions for workers at the very end of the garment supply chain. Suppliers being pressured to deliver faster and at lower prices is resulting in the situation getting worse instead of better. The only fix, it says, is a shakeup of the current business model.


Gap, The Children's Place in "defensive" Gymboree brands buy 4 Mar 19

The decision by US speciality retailers The Children's Place and Gap Inc to acquire Gymboree's namesake, Crazy 8, and Janie and Jack brands has been dubbed a "defensive" move by one analyst, as the companies look to prevent another competitor from stepping in and attempting to rebuild the businesses. 

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Digital focus helps drive Nike's Q3 growth

Leonie Barrie | 22 Mar 19 The company is digitally tagging and tracking Nike products all the way from production through retail

Nike Inc’s focus on driving speed, innovation and digitisation across its business – its so-called Triple Double strategy – has helped the US sporting goods giant to strong growth during the third quarter.


Sri Lanka sets sights on ambitious export growth

Poorna Rodrigo | 22 Mar 19 Apparel is Sri Lanka's top export

Sri Lanka is eyeing annual clothing exports of US$8bn by 2025 after passing the US$5bn milestone in 2018 – a move seen as especially significant for the country because it has been achieved while maintaining an "ethical and reliable brand."


Store closures and bankruptcies weigh on Li & Fung

Beth Wright | 21 Mar 19 Li & Fung said the company was affected by the 'rapidly changing' retail landscape in the year under review

Sourcing giant Li & Fung says a rapidly changing retail landscape that saw record levels of store closures and customer bankruptcies took a toll on its last financial year, with core operating profit down by 20%.

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Tintex joins water-saving textile initiative

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FIT students to develop on-demand apparel brands

NCTO elects Glen Raven CEO as 2019 chairman

Bangladesh eyes duty benefit on US cotton garments

Guidance tackles forced labour in cotton sourcing

Latest Apparel Interviews

Denim doesn't have to be the bad guy – how Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change 1 Mar 19

Hannah Abdulla Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability, or lack of it. But change is nigh, promises Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. The company recently expanded its Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) programme to four countries in Asia, which has so far delivered 20% savings in water and energy consumption for six key vendors. Next on the agenda is a new target to reach 40% savings by 2025.


VF has a vision for circular supply chains – it just needs them to scale up 1 Feb 19

Beth WrightAnna Maria Rugarli has served as a director of sustainability for EMEA at VF International since December 2010. She was appointed to senior director in January 2017

More than a year into its new global sustainability and responsibility strategy, apparel giant VF Corp is helping to drive efforts to lead large scale commercialisation of circular business models. But as Anna Maria Rugarli, senior director of sustainability and responsibility for EMEA at VF International, explains, the current supply chain still lacks many of the key links needed to make circularity work.


How TexOps is restructuring to hedge Central America 'renaissance' 21 Jan 19

Ivan Castano FreemanDavid Ha was one of the speakers at this year's Apparel Summit of the Americas, organised the Americas Apparel Producers' Network (AAPN)

"The supply chain is getting whipsawed," is how David Ha, owner of Salvadoran sportswear maquila TexOps, describes the state of the current global sourcing market in this exclusive interview with just-style.

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The price of US imports from China continues to fall

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 19 Mar 19

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to dominate US apparel imports – with import volume rising and prices continuing to fall again last year.


Outlook for UK retailers looks bleak

Hannah Abdulla, just-style editorial team Hannah Abdulla | 11 Mar 19

The outlook for UK retailers continues to look bleak. UK department store John Lewis blamed a "challenging" retail backdrop for a more than 45% drop in full-year profits to GBP160m. It was a similar story for rival Debenhams, which issued a warning on full-year profits based on poor sales performance. In an update, the retailer said for the 18 weeks to 5 January, gross transaction value fell 5.6% and like-for-like sales were down 5.7%.


How Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change

Beth Wright, just-style editorial team Beth Wright | 4 Mar 19

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability, or lack of it. But change is nigh, promises Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. The company recently expanded its Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) programme to four countries in Asia and is now engaging in one of its most ambitious plans to date, with a target to cut carbon emissions across its supply chain by 40% by 2025. "At this point, that is the most aggressive target in the industry, we believe, in terms of both the magnitude and the timeframe," Kobori tells just-style.

Hot Apparel Issues

Outlook 2019 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2019 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

The global apparel industry and its supply chain are facing unchartered territory in 2019, according to feedback from executives consulted by just-style

The year on just-style – Highlights of 2018

The year on just-style – Highlights of 2018

Of the thousands of stories published on just-style during the last year, we've filtered out the top news, comment, analysis and interviews of 2018. The US-China trade war, digitalisation, worker safety and sustainability were just some of the issues covered.

UK inquiry into the impact of fast fashion

UK inquiry into the impact of fast fashion

The UK Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry into the environmental impacts of the garment industry, as well as social issues such as workers' rights and fair pay.

Magnifying sustainability impact through collaboration

Magnifying sustainability impact through collaboration

This year's Fair Wear Foundation Annual Summit discussed ways brands and organisations can collaborate, build bridges and magnify their sustainability impact, both on an individual level and as a community.

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