Latest Apparel Insights

Honduras wants to become a major player in the booming activewear market

Honduras sets sights on hike in activewear exports

Honduras is making an aggressive push to attract new textile and apparel industry investment – with the goal of becoming the Americas’ leadi...

Bangladesh, Vietnam and India together accounted for just 71% of China’s apparel export value in 2016

Still no apparel sourcing alternatives to China

While China might have passed its zenith as the dominant player in apparel sourcing, the country's indispensable role is expected to remain...

Digital printing is rated the most advanced aspect of digitisation in apparel manufacturing, according to executives surveyed

Digitisation – The next apparel sourcing hotspot?

So far, the promise of digitisation in the apparel industry remains largely unfulfilled. But with opportunities for new cheap supplier count...

When it comes to global clothing supply, there's China...then there's everyone else

Consolidation of the international apparel trade

The two largest apparel import markets in the world – the European Union and United States – are dominated by a comparatively small group of...

From left: Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc, speaks with Steve Lamar, executive vice president of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), and Jon Gold, vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation (NRF)

Key trade issues facing US textiles and apparel

The current state of play when it comes to NAFTA renegotiations, the Trump administration’s trade policy, China Section 301, what's going on...

US apparel imports surged in July on back-to-school orders

US apparel imports surge on back-to-school orders

The volume of US apparel imports saw a double-digit increase month-on-month in July as retailers stocked up for the back-to-school season –...

How the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing 6 Sep 17

As usual MAGIC, one of the largest fashion trade shows in the United States held 13-16 August in Las Vegas, was crowded and hot. The event attracted over 81,000 attendees, including vendors, buyers, service providers and educational institutions coming from over 40 countries and regions. Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, presents his thoughts from the event regarding the industry outlook and the changing landscape of apparel sourcing.

Preserving the high street from the online giants 5 Sep 17

Today’s consumer is demanding, well-informed and technologically savvy when it comes to shopping either online or in physical shops. They expect to be impressed before parting with their hard-earned cash or they will go elsewhere. And so, it makes sense that shoppers research online before they commit to buy. Their expectations are high, which means the level of service from retailers needs to be sophisticated and convenient while delivering an engaging experience. Power is now in the hands of the consumer, so retailers must be nimble to keep up with the ever-evolving consumer demands.

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Major Apparel News

End-of-life should be front-of-mind in design

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Sep 17 An AUAS study says designers must consider how clothes can be recycled or re-used in order to cut waste

Researchers at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) have called on fashion designers and apparel manufacturers to create more garments with end-of-life in mind, in order to cut levels of garment waste.

Inditex, H&M, Adidas in top European supply chains

Beth Wright | 22 Sep 17 The ranking identifies supply chain leaders and highlights their best practices

Zara brand owner Inditex, Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M, and German sportswear giant Adidas have some of the best supply chains in Europe, according to a new review

Outdoor brands help tackle microplastic pollution

Beth Wright | 21 Sep 17 Research has found plastic and synthetic microfibres from clothing are making their way into the environment and harming aquatic life

Outdoor brands Polartec and Vaude, along with German sportswear giant Adidas and WWF Germany, are among nine organisations supporting a EUR1.7m (US$2.0m) project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research to try to reduce the impact of microparticle pollution.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:57pm 25 Sep 2017)

Clothing and cotton remain on child labour list

Guess plans multi-tier supply chain map

Industry groups call for TPLs to continue in NAFTA

Global trade growth seen surging in 2017

Calls for a consistent approach to compensation

H&M and Forever 21 lead fast-fashion social media

Egypt garment exports reach $941m in eight months

South Africa garment workers join national strike

Latest Apparel Interviews

Busana expands to build business with leading brands – Interview 17 Aug 17

Leonie BarrieMr Maniwanen Marimutu, chairman of Busana Apparel Group

For a business that even its chairman Maniwanen Marimutu admits is "low profile," Busana Apparel Group has high ambitions. Here he tells just-style how Indonesia's largest woven apparel exporter is on a drive to expand its domestic capacity, has set up its first factory in Ethiopia, is exploring opportunities in Vietnam, and eyeing new products as it builds the business to lead in each of its categories.

Clarks manufacturing model steps into a faster future – Interview 11 Jul 17

Michelle RussellMike Shearwood, Clarks chief executive, is hoping to cut lead times to 'teens of weeks'

With a history in shoemaking that goes back almost 200 years, footwear giant Clarks is about to take a step into the future with a new model to bring innovative shoe manufacturing back to the UK. CEO Mike Shearwood and sourcing director Antony Perillo spoke to just-style about the company's multi-million pound investment to slash lead times and bring more agility to its sourcing portfolio.

How C&A Foundation is trying to transform fashion 27 Jun 17

Michelle RussellLeslie Johnston, executive director of C&A Foundation

Driven by concerns the fashion industry isn't working to improve the lives of the 150 million people who make our clothes, the C&A Foundation is tasked with the single goal of making it a force for good. Here executive director Leslie Johnston tells just-style how the corporate foundation affiliated with global fashion retailer C&A is trying to be the catalyst that transforms the sector to be both sustainable and responsible.

Apparel Blog

A deep dive to unlocking digitisation's potential

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 18 Sep 17

So far, the promise of digitisation in the apparel industry remains largely unfulfilled. But with opportunities for new cheap supplier countries nearly exhausted, it is now seen as offering sourcing executives untapped potential to lower costs, shorten lead times and increase transparency.

Kingpins Goes to DC – Watch now

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 12 Sep 17

The challenges and opportunities facing today’s textile and apparel industry is also explored in the second in a series of expert panel discussions that is now available to watch on demand

Industry outlook positive but disruptive

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 11 Sep 17

How is the global apparel sourcing landscape changing? According to executives at last month’s MAGIC fashion trade show in the US, "speed-to-market," "product differentiation" and "inventory control" are some of the most popular buzzwords.

Hot Apparel Issues

How the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing

How the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing

"Speed-to-market," "product differentiation" and "inventory control" are some of the most popular buzzwords. Vietnam continues to lure US firms. Competition is intensifying between western hemisphere supply chains and factories in Asia. But there are still no sourcing alternatives to China

NAFTA renegotiation – Key issues for textiles and apparel

NAFTA renegotiation – Key issues for textiles and apparel

As the United States, Canada and Mexico prepare to begin formal talks to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we take an in-depth look at key issues for textile and apparel supply chains.

US reviewing AGOA country eligibility

US reviewing AGOA country eligibility

The US has launched its annual review into the eligibility of sub-Saharan African countries to receive benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) – but is also looking at withdrawing benefits for Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

Texprocess & Techtextil 2017

Texprocess & Techtextil 2017

Digitalisation was a buzz-word at the recent Texprocess apparel technology trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, with new tools allowing data to flow seamlessly from digital design and development all the way through the supply chain.

Apparel Market Research

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2

Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2022

This ever-popular report summarises the global production and market consumption of denim jeanswear worldwide. In this edition of the report, just-style has combined the idea of fashionability with that of price, in the form of a price-fashion matrix. Fashionability is a very subjective issue in clothing, and no more so than in the jeans sector. What is one person’s commodity, a five pocket Western jean, may be high fashion to another because of a change to cut, such as straight leg, or skinny, or flared... Read more

Published: April 2017 - ($1390.00)

HeiQ: an innovative supplier of textile finishes and auxiliaries

Published: September 2017 - ($350.00)

International trade in denim fabric and denim jeans, August 2017

Published: September 2017 - ($550.00)

Footwear in Asia Pacific

Published: September 2017 - ($1325.00)

Next plc - Strategy, SWOT and Corporate Finance Report

Published: August 2017 - ($175.00)

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