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The rapid growth in the volumes of clothing bought over the last 15-20 years has magnified the issue of sustainability

UK fashion sector not environmentally sustainable

A probe by Britain's lawmakers into the environmental sustainability of the UK clothing industry has heard how increasingly high volumes of...

Trade uncertainty is speeding the migration of US apparel sourcing from China to Vietnam and other cheaper rivals

US brands ponder sourcing switch away from China

The ongoing trade dispute between the US and China could accelerate the trend for American apparel brands to shift their sourcing away from...

Delegates were advised to: 'Hope for the best, but as companies you should be planning for the worst' 

Mid-term shift unlikely to end US-China trade war

The coming change of control of the US House of Representatives from the ruling Republicans to the opposition Democrats will probably do lit...

Used in the right way, the application of analytics can drive a 10-15% saving in operations and supply chain

4 steps to build advanced analytics into apparel

The apparel industry is the laggard in embracing advanced analytics, often favouring merchant and designer-driven 'gut feel' over insight-dr...

Made-in-America garments have less than a 0.3% global export market share

The failure of the US garment industry – Part II

In the second article in a three-part series examining the failure of the US garment industry, David Birnbaum shows how US government policy...

Consumers now expect a seamless experience across multiple channels such as stores, online, mobile and catalogues

Multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control

No one can deny that the fashion industry now is operating in a multi-channel world. But when it comes to managing this approach, it seems t...

Can "restoring the basics" put M&S back on track? 7 Nov 18

Sales have dived yet again at UK retailer M&S, which earlier this year acknowledged the need for drastic change to reposition it for growth. Its "restoring the basics" agenda puts every aspect of the business under "scrutiny and change" to adapt to the new retail landscape and reshape its clothing ranges to appeal to consumers. Analysts have mixed feelings about the retailer's progress so far.

Bangladesh leads US apparel import growth in September 5 Nov 18

The volume of US apparel imports saw a downturn month-on-month in September as the back-to-school season came to an end. Imports into the country from China regained their upward trajectory, however, despite ongoing trade tensions between the two countries, while Bangladesh booked the month's highest gain. 

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Committee calls on fast fashion bosses for answers

Michelle Russell | 14 Nov 18 Representatives from fast fashion brands have been invited to give evidence at the sustainability hearing

Five leading UK online fast fashion retailers including Asos and Boohoo are to be questioned by British lawmakers later this month in the last of a series of hearings focusing on the environmental impacts of the garment industry, as well as social issues such as workers' rights and fair pay.

Haiti garment workers set to protest over new wage

Melissa Williams-Sambrano | 14 Nov 18 The ILO will be monitoring developments to ensure the new minimum wage is met by factory owners

Haitian garment sector workers are set to take part in a massive demonstration organised by unions tomorrow (18 November) to show their dissatisfaction with the minimum wage increase.

Brands act to end modern slavery in UK factories

Michelle Russell | 13 Nov 18 UK fashion brands and enforcement agencies have pledged to raise awareness to prevent worker exploitation and protect vulnerable and exploited workers

John Lewis, M&S and Next Plc are among a raft of British fashion retail giants to have signed a joint agreement with enforcement bodies to try to combat the exploitation of workers by UK fashion and textile manufacturers.

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US cotton industry develops benchmarking protocol

Vietnam ratifies the CPTPP trade pact

House of Fraser to close all Intu stores

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Fast Retailing commits to UN Global Compact

Asos among new ZDHC affiliates

US probes polyester yarn imports from China, India

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Digitisation is key to upgrading Asia's fashion factories. Just do it responsibly, says Fung Group's director of sustainability 14 Nov 18

Leonie BarriePamela Mar spoke with just-style on the sidelines of the Fashion Summit HK 2018, where she was one of the speakers

Digital technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence are starting to bring more speed, efficiency and transparency to apparel supply chains – but less well documented is their potential impact on job losses and social unrest, especially in Asia. It’s a balancing act that Pamela Mar weighs up in her roles as director of sustainability at the Fung Group and EVP of Supply Chain Futures for the Fung Academy.

Why circular fashion is "the answer for everything" at Esprit 24 Oct 18

Michelle RussellSara Bermúdez Couto is leading the charge to tackle the complexities of circularity at Esprit

Hong-Kong listed Esprit is currently rethinking every step of the fashion lifecycle with a view to "inclusive circularity" that respects the use of both material and human resources. Sara Bermúdez Couto, head of product safety management and environmental sustainability, explains.

C&A Foundation sets out vision for circular fashion – Interview 20 Sep 18

Beth WrightJoustra has served as head of circular transformation at C&A Foundation since September 2017

One year into his role as head of circular fashion at the C&A Foundation, Douwe Jan Joustra is leading discussions on how to create the conditions for change in the entire fashion system. His main aim is to see retailers adopt new business models, transitioning into "service providers" where fashion will be offered as a service for customers, not consumers – an idea he will share at next month's IAF World Fashion Convention.

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Fashion firms struggle on speed to market

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 6 Nov 18

Fashion firms are continuing to wrestle with the challenges of taking decisions quickly and meeting deadlines – and admit they are struggling to speed their go-to-market processes to keep up with fast-moving consumer buying behaviour.

Why cotton is being battered on all fronts

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 29 Oct 18

Cotton is being battered on all fronts, from false information campaigns, to competition from synthetic alternatives, and a changing consumer. The challenge now facing the cotton industry is how to regain its footing.

New businesses shaking up a broken retail model

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 23 Oct 18

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-broken retail model, according to speakers at last week's IAF World Fashion Convention. But rising Phoenix-like from the ashes are nimble new players building a smart future for fashion.

Hot Apparel Issues

Building a smart future for fashion

Building a smart future for fashion

The 34th World Fashion Convention took place in Maastricht in October, organised by the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and addressing the theme 'Building a Smart Future for Fashion'.

New NAFTA 2.0 and the apparel supply chain

New NAFTA 2.0 and the apparel supply chain

Following more than a year of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico have reached agreement on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Fashion must act now to secure a sustainable future

Fashion must act now to secure a sustainable future

The global fashion industry is on a trajectory set to stretch planetary resources beyond breaking point unless it finds better ways of producing, using and disposing apparel, according to the stark message at the recent Fashion Summit (Hong Kong) 2018

Rohingya crisis and wage issues weigh on Myanmar

Rohingya crisis and wage issues weigh on Myanmar

Myanmar's garment exports may be thriving, but the ongoing Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State and rising wages are the latest shadows on the horizon.

Apparel Market Research

Fabric Development Inc - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Fabric Development Inc - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Fabric Development Inc (FDI) is a specialized textile company that designs, engineers and manufactures fabric products. It principally focuses on producing specialty woven, braided and knitted fabrics... Read more

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR): implications for the global apparel industry

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Talking strategy: Trump tariffs create uncertainty for world textile and apparel trade

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