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Apparel-specific rules of origin might make or break the US-Kenya trade deal

US-Kenya FTA – What does the apparel sector want?

As more details emerge on the proposed US-Kenya Free Trade Agreement, Kendall Keough and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware look at va...

Manufacturers must realign with the changing needs of the fast-shifting fashion business if they are to thrive in the coming decades

Manufacturers must future-proof for faster fashion

If there's one thing the coronavirus pandemic has exposed, it's that successful retailers and brands are the ones who are nimble, agile and...

ILO guidelines suggest PPE should be provided to workers in the most hazardous occupations

10-point checklist for a safe return to work

As many businesses globally are being given the green light by governments to reopen their doors following the coronavirus pandemic, the Int...

Turkmenistan is the seventh-largest producer and exporter of cotton in the world, but there are growing concerns over its use of forced labour

Turkmenistan tainted cotton in Turkish textiles

Clothing brands that source from Turkey are being urged to pay closer attention to where the cotton used within their products has come from...

Apparel workers are vulnerable to illegal wages and exploitation. Photo credit: Solidarity Center/Shawna Bader-Blau

Covid-19 to reshuffle fashion sustainability focus

The coronavirus pandemic is seen as triggering a set-back for labour rights in apparel supply chains, with workers left vulnerable as brands...

VF believes people will place greater value on exploring outdoors and being active after spending so much time in their homes

VF Corp aligns with post-pandemic wellbeing shift

Apparel powerhouse VF Corp believes it is well-positioned to emerge as a winner from the coronavirus crisis – with an increased consumer foc...

How colour can play a key role in reducing textile overdevelopment 19 May 20

Many apparel brands struggle with overdevelopment, leading to wasted time and effort. For brands looking to overcome this, colour is an important consideration, explains Dustin Bowersox, market manager for textiles and apparel at Datacolor.

Canada's clothing market – Top selling and sourcing trends 18 May 20

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – the regional free trade pact that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – is due to enter into force on 1 July 2020. Here Mikayla DuBreuil and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware take a deep-dive analysis into the Canadian apparel market and its sourcing patterns.

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Timeline – Coronavirus and the apparel industry

just-style | 28 May 20 just-style's ongoing coverage of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak looks at its effect on the global apparel and textile sector

Since the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak began in China at the end of 2019, its impact has been felt across the global apparel and textile sector. just-style's timeline shows how the pandemic is evolving – and will be updated as developments unfold.

More apparel brands moving to preferred materials

Hannah Abdulla | 28 May 20 When it comes to cotton, companies are more advanced than other materials. Key drivers include the widespread availability of preferred cotton programmes.

The latest Material Change Insights Report from Textile Exchange shows nearly 40% of its brand participants sourced their materials from preferred sources – but investment into circularity remains limited.

China apparel market could see US$60bn contraction

Hannah Abdulla | 27 May 20 More than 75% of Chinese consumers reduced or postponed purchases on apparel and footwear and their total spending decreased by 45% in the first quarter of 2020.

The Chinese apparel market could contract by US$60bn in 2020, according to a new study.

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Latest Apparel Interviews

There's no playbook for navigating a pandemic – "How we act now will show the world what we stand for" 9 Apr 20

Leonie BarrieEdwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)

While there are there are no playbooks to guide the apparel industry through the coronavirus crisis and beyond, Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), believes two things are clear: the entire supply chain must work as an ecosystem to survive intact, and it should use the crisis as an opportunity to reset for the future.

Lever Style realigns as the "go-to supplier" for digital brands 2 Mar 20

Leonie BarrieLever Style's executive chairman Stanley Szeto is building a unique business model focused on supplying digitially-native brands

Fuelled by new investment from its recent listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, fashion supply chain manager Lever Style is realigning its business model to be the product engine for rising e-commerce brands – as executive chairman Stanley Szeto explains.

How The Laboratory is steering H&M Group's sustainable future  18 Feb 20

Michelle RussellLaura Coppen, circular and sustainable business developer at The Laboratory

Set up to test and scale the game-changing concepts that will help drive the fashion industry towards a more sustainable and circular future, H&M Group's The Laboratory innovation hub also aims to challenge the way of thinking within the company – as Laura Coppen, circular and sustainable business developer, explains.

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Covid sparks calls for more responsible industry

Beth Wright, just-style editorial team Beth Wright | 26 May 20

The coronavirus pandemic is seen as triggering a set-back for labour rights in apparel supply chains, with workers left vulnerable as brands and retailers cancelled orders. But it could also lead to re-thinking on the sustainability front, industry executives say.

Retail in spotlight as bankruptcies stack up

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 18 May 20

The impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is starting to be felt more heavily across the retail sector with more bankruptcies emerging.

Excess inventory adds to apparel industry woes

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 12 May 20

With spring/summer now a write-off for most fashion retailers, the resulting flood of excess inventory is set to add to industry woes, with discounting and margin erosion likely to lead to widespread administrations for companies in the UK, Europe and the US.

Hot Apparel Issues

Kingpins transforms into virtual event

Kingpins transforms into virtual event

The coronavirus pandemic has led to most industry events this year being cancelled. Some, like Kingpins, have gone virtual. Through a series of webinars, industry experts have discussed how Covid-19 is impacting the denim industry.

Xinjiang labour abuse reports hit apparel industry

Xinjiang labour abuse reports hit apparel industry

Reports have surfaced of alleged forced labour practices in China's Xinjiang province. Industry bodies are now calling on the US government to help find a solution that protects the right of workers and the integrity of global supply chains

Why vegan fashion materials require careful scrutiny

Why vegan fashion materials require careful scrutiny

As veganism continues to gain popularity among consumers, it's no surprise that apparel and footwear firms are looking to join the movement. However, there are a number of issues brands and retailers must consider before declaring products as "vegan".

How coronavirus is impacting the global clothing industry

How coronavirus is impacting the global clothing industry

just-style's ongoing coverage of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak looks at its effect on global fashion retailers and their supply chains.

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