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Asia and the Pacific region account for 41% of global child labour according to the International Labour Organization (ILO)

Steps to reduce child labour risk in supply chains

The prevalence of child labour in garment factories in Asia is an uncomfortable truth for many brands and retailers. But the Fair Wear Found...

The Leicester garment industry employs around 9,480 workers

Is UK fashion manufacturing a ticking time bomb?

Reports of poor working conditions, low wages, modern slavery and human trafficking in the global garment industry are usually focused on fa...

Will reshoring be the saviour of the US garment industry?

The failure of the US garment industry – Part III

A 65-year strategy to force US consumers to buy made-in-US garments has been an all-time disaster, asserts David Birnbaum, with the result t...

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...

Four steps to start building advanced analytics into apparel 9 Nov 18

The apparel industry is the laggard in embracing advanced analytics, often favouring merchant and designer-driven 'gut feel' over insight-driven decision making. But with the possibility of bagging a 10-15% cost saving in operations and supply chain, can businesses continue to afford to ignore its benefits?

The failure of the US garment industry – Part II – Captive Customer Syndrome 8 Nov 18

In the second article in a three-part series examining the failure of the US garment industry, David Birnbaum shows how US government policy to force consumers to buy made-in-America apparel succeeded in almost destroying domestic manufacturing.

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Major Apparel News

Uncertainty for fashion, retail amid Brexit plans

Michelle Russell | 16 Nov 18 The political turmoil resulting from the signing of a draft withdrawal agreement has led to uncertainty for the UK textile, apparel and retail sector

The UK's fashion, textile and retail sectors have voiced concern over the continuing Brexit uncertainty following the signing of a draft withdrawal agreement between Britain and the European Union (EU).

European Parliament calls for Accord to continue

Michelle Russell | 16 Nov 18 Currently, the Transition Accord is set to be expelled from Bangladesh on 30 November

The European Parliament yesterday (15 November) passed a resolution urging the Bangladesh government to allow the work of the Transition Accord on Fire and Building Safety to continue beyond November this year.

Athleisure comfort drives purchasing decisions

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Nov 18 The athleisure category is proving attractive to consumers as it offers comfort for them to carry out a range of activities, experts say

Apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers have been urged to respond to consumer demand for "comfort" clothing that fits their changing lifestyles and is driving the growth of the GBP$2.5bn athleisure industry.

Recent News - (Updated: 12:36pm 20 Nov 2018)

US Q3 in brief – Walmart, Nordstrom, Dillard's

Delta Galil sees bright outlook on strong Q3 sales

Rue21 names Appel CEO as Van Brunt departs

Adidas, M&S lead human rights benchmark

Fashion-Enter buys tailoring firm Gloria Fashions

Workshop to tackle labour abuse in cotton industry

India cotton irrigation programme showing results

WTO members adopt roadmap to reduce trade barriers

Latest Apparel Interviews

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, 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, as she tells just-style.

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.

Apparel Blog

Complexities of multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 15 Nov 18

The fashion industry is operating in a multi-channel world – but when it comes to managing this approach, it seems there is no unanimity of best practice (and often no best practice at all) on multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control. Here we unravel some of the complexities.

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.

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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Retail in the Age of the Empowered Consumer

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Mothercare plc (MTC) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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