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Western brands and foreign investors in Ethiopia have a major role to play in determining whether manufacturing is profitable for both companies and workers

Supporting a virtuous sourcing circle in Ethiopia

From Bangladesh to Ethiopia, garment manufacturing is a potential path to economic development. But this will only happen if Western brands...

Sales and profit are expected to grow for US apparel retailers in 2019 – but tariffs are a cloud on the horizon

Tariffs & input costs threaten US apparel outlook

Broad-based growth is expected to continue for the US apparel and footwear retail sector in 2019 – but the potential for additional tariffs...

The hope is that the report can encourage large-scale implementation of circular business models in fashion

Higher margins found in circular fashion models

A new report exploring the financial viability of circular business models in the fashion industry has found they could drive a higher margi...

Trump has embarked on a major reshuffle to US trade policy since taking office in January 2017

Timeline – Trump’s track record on trade – Update

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade polic...

China supplied 42% of clothes and 69% of shoes sold in the US in 2018

US apparel imports from China face new 25% tariff

In a move that US apparel and footwear retailers and importers have been dreading, the Trump administration is moving forward on threats to...

Shipments from China fell during March suggesting retailers were looking to other supplier countries in a bid to avoid the impending tariff effect

US apparel imports fall in March as China tumbles

With the US retail industry in its annual lull between major shopping seasons, getting back up to speed following factory shutdowns for the...

Worker turnover and unrest undermines Ethiopia sourcing 9 May 19

High worker turnover in Ethiopian garment factories means brands often end up paying more to source from the country than other low cost locations, according to a new report – which is calling on global brands and retailers to take steps to align their business practices with realities.

Why it's time to build a new US textile industry 9 May 19

In an increasingly competitive world, it is time for the US textile industry to consider a new strategy, according to David Birnbaum. Instead of relying on free-trade partners for exports, he suggests a move away from garment related fabrics, a focus on high-tech materials, and replacing the yarn forward rule with fibre-only could be the key to reinvention.

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Major Apparel News

Arcadia CVA to close 23 stores – but is it enough?

Beth Wright | 23 May 19 The group is also restructuring its US operations and has commenced a process which may result in the closure of all 11 Topshop Topman stores in America

Retailer Arcadia Group, owner of the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Burton and Dorothy Perkins chains, has today (23 May) announced plans for a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that will see the company shutter 23 of its stores in the UK and Ireland. 

M&S to close more stores amid FY profit tumble

Hannah Abdulla | 22 May 19 The group has pencilled a further 85 full-line store closures

Clothing, homewares and food retailer M&S has revealed plans to shutter a further 85 full-line stores amid a 9.9% drop in full-year profit.

Trump urged to pull footwear from tariff list

Hannah Abdulla | 21 May 19 Footwear is a capital-intensive industry with years of planning required to make sourcing decisions, and companies cannot simply move factories to adjust to these changes, says the letter

A coalition of 173 US footwear brands, including Nike and Adidas, is urging US President Donald Trump to remove footwear from the proposed tariffs list on goods imported from China, saying it would be "catastrophic" for companies, consumers and the American economy as a whole.

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Latest Apparel Interviews

Joined-up approach needed for truly green supply chains – Hugo Boss sustainability chief 11 Apr 19

Beth WrightAndreas Streubig, director of global sustainability at Hugo Boss

It's been almost a year since Hugo Boss outlined its latest, annually revised set of ambitious sustainability targets and the German premium fashion brand continues to make progress towards its goals, including upping its use of more responsibly sourced cotton and reducing the number of potentially hazardous substances within its supply chain. Driving these efforts is Andreas Streubig, director of global sustainability, who also tells just-style of his concerns that despite efforts by individual companies, a concerted industry approach is still in its beginning when it comes to driving systematic change.

Why Kingpins is setting new standards for the denim supply chain – Interview 1 Apr 19

Hannah AbdullaAndrew Olah, CEO Olah Inc., Kingpins founder

Implementing an industry standard hasn't been high on the list of priorities for most textile mills for the simple reason that no-one is asking for it. But this is all about to change as pressure mounts for increased sustainability, ethical production and transparency across the apparel supply chain. And a driving force is coming from an unlikely source – the denim trade show Kingpins – as Andrew Olah, event founder and CEO of textile company Olah Inc, explains.

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.

Apparel Blog

Trump moves forward on tariff threats

Beth Wright, just-style editorial team Beth Wright | 20 May 19

The ongoing tariff war between the US and China took another turn last week in a move US apparel and footwear retailers and importers have been dreading, as the Trump administration moved forward on threats to impose a 25% tariff on nearly all Chinese exports to the United States.

US-China trade war takes a turn for the worse

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 13 May 19

Just as it seemed the ongoing US-China trade war was heading into the final round of talks, US President Donald Trump last week escalated the dispute by hiking tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese exports – and threatening to extend the tariffs to cover all US imports from China. Tariffs on the targeted exports increased from 10% to 25% on Friday 10 May.

Primark defends position over unfair dismissal allegations in Bangladesh

Hannah Abdulla, just-style editorial team Hannah Abdulla | 7 May 19

Value fashion retailer Primark has defended its position following allegations that workers at its supplier factories in Bangladesh were dismissed for taking part in protests over low wages – and says it will compensate workers whose contracts were terminated unfairly.

Hot Apparel Issues

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.

Denim's new sustainable direction

Denim's new sustainable direction

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability – or lack of it. Here's how change is underway.

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.

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