• ILO deal to help Syrian garment workers in Turkey

    ILO deal to help Syrian garment workers in Turkey

    A new agreement between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Istanbul Apparel Exporters' Association (IHKIB) aims to create formal and decent work for Syrian refugees in Turkey's garment industry.

  • Five ways to get firms to engage on human rights

    Five ways to get firms to engage on human rights

    A ranking of corporate performance on human rights has found that while there is a growing commitment from apparel companies to address gaps in reporting and transparency, there is also a lack of meaningful engagement from firms including Macy's, ...

  • Lectra reveals cloud-connected digital cutting concept

    Lectra reveals cloud-connected digital cutting concept

    As part of its bid to help fashion and apparel companies succeed as they step into the 'Industry 4.0' era – or the fourth industrial revolution – technology specialist Lectra has offered a sneak preview of what it claims is the first cloud-connect...

  • Will buyers absorb new Myanmar wage increase?

    Will buyers absorb new Myanmar wage increase?

    An industry body that works to promote 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices has questioned how much of the country's minimum wage increase will be absorbed by international buyers as it comes into effect today (14 May).

  • A digital-first future requires an agile mindset

    A digital-first future requires an agile mindset

    As the ‘see now, buy now’ culture gathers pace, retailers are feeling the pressure to get products to market faster than ever before. To achieve this means jettisoning traditional sourcing models in favour of more agile methods of production, and ...

Latest Apparel Insights

Garment and related exports account for about 25% of Jordan's total exports, with almost all (94%) exported to the United States

Jordan garment sector makes progress on compliance

Working conditions in Jordan’s garment sector are continuing to make "important progress," according to a new report, but a lot remains to b...

The new '2018 Accord' agreement extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh

Who's signed the Bangladesh '2018 Accord' – Update

More than two-thirds of the 220 companies who signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have now committed to the new agre...

The traditional business model has been disrupted and brands are having to adapt to survive

A digital-first future requires an agile mindset

As the ‘see now, buy now’ culture gathers pace, retailers are feeling the pressure to get products to market faster than ever before. To ach...

just-style editor Leonie Barrie spoke with Alex Thomas, Adi Zukerman, Ajay Badiga and Pivot88 co-founder and CEO Stephane Boivin at this year's Prime Source Forum event in Hong Kong

Why digitisation is the smart approach to quality

Digitising the quality process at Helly Hansen and VF Corporation is disrupting the traditional concept of quality control – and paving the...

Digital offers the greatest area of opportunity for fashion retailers

Six ways retailers can keep up with digital trends

Online fashion sales appear to be on an upward trajectory, generating GBP16.2bn (US$22bn) in 2017 and expected to jump 79% by 2022. Here we...

The apparel and footwear sector needs more leaders in sustainability

Apparel sector lagging on sustainable engagement

A report from Boston-based sustainability non-profit Ceres analysing the performance of US companies on a range of sustainability criteria h...

Seven trends changing the face of online retail 9 May 18

Online clothing and footwear sales are set to continue to rise at a rapid pace over the next few years – yet constant innovation is key if retailers are to remain relevant in this fast-changing environment. Here are seven key trends set to have a significant impact on the online marketplace in the future.

US apparel imports tumble in March 8 May 18

Apparel imports into the US took a downturn in March, with double digit declines from three of the top ten countries year-on-year. China - the US's largest supplier - and Mexico were the only two to record growth for the month.

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Long-term links fail to impact buying practices

Michelle Russell | 22 May 18 Having a long-term relationship with a supplier does not improve purchasing practices

The length of a relationship between buyers and suppliers has little impact on the nature of buying practices, new research has found, with many suppliers finding little incentive to be compliant to buyer codes of conduct.

Accord Fund to support more RMG factories

Michelle Russell | 18 May 18 Factories that submit an application for funding must demonstrate they have made legitimate efforts to complete the safety remediation

Safety remediation is set to be completed at five readymade garment factories in Bangladesh thanks to financial support being made available to another two businesses through the Accord Inactive Factory Remediation Fund.

US apparel groups make their case against tariffs

Leonie Barrie | 17 May 18 The Trump administration is preparing to make a decision on whether to impose additional 25% tariffs on more than $50bn worth of Chinese goods

As three days of trade hearings get underway in Washington on proposed US tariffs on Chinese goods, groups representing US apparel and footwear brands and importers are putting the case for fashion products to be left off the list.

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JC Penney CEO Ellison steps down in move to Lowe's

M&S close to losing top clothing retailer spot

Viscose giant Sateri axes controversial suppliers

Avery Dennison to drive fully-digital supply chain

New lead limits for children's clothing in Canada

Pakistan 10-month textile, apparel exports up 8%

Global merchandise trade may moderate in 2018

Latest Apparel Interviews

Innovation the name of the game for Delta Galil CEO 7 Mar 18

Joe CharlaffIsaac Dabah, CEO at Delta Galil, one of the largest apparel makers in the world

If there is a quality that gives many Israeli companies an edge internationally, it is innovation. And this trait certainly runs through the work of Israeli apparel major Delta Galil, as CEO Isaac Dabah tells just-style in an exclusive interview.

Gamification and the human role in Industry 4.0 28 Feb 18

Calum MacRaeKeith Barr, CEO of Leading2Lean. Industry 4.0 is humanised with his company's approach

Industry 4.0 is the hot topic among manufacturing companies right now. With the movement seemingly wrapped up in taking automation to extremes, attendant concerns about employment in manufacturing have come to the fore. Here we talk to Keith Barr, CEO of manufacturing operations management software specialist Leading2Lean, about the company's differentiated approach to 4.0 – which seeks to put the human in the driving seat.

Esquel CEO emphasises efficiency and sustainability 28 Nov 17

Wang FangqingJohn Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, at the company's 2017 Integral Conversation

A leading and long-term supplier to global names such as Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Hugo Boss, Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturer Esquel Group is testing a new territory as it broadens its sustainable horizons, as vice chairman and CEO John Cheh explains.

Apparel Blog

The disruption of digitisation

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 21 May 18

There's currently a lot of talk about how the digitisation of key processes along the clothing supply chain can bring benefits ranging from faster decision-making to improved efficiency, transparency and compliance. At Helly Hansen and VF Corporation, digitising the quality process is disrupting the traditional concept of quality control – and paving the way for a move from inspection towards in-process quality management.

US retailers stock up amid tariff threat

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 14 May 18

Apparel imports into the US took a tumble in March, with double-digit declines from three of the top ten supplier countries. While the results reflect Lunar New Year factory shutdowns in Asia, China – the US's largest clothing provider – still managed to book growth for the month.

Uncertain times should spur innovation

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 8 May 18

The uncertainty of potential tariffs affecting the clothing and textile sector – and a Trump administration that appears poised to levy more of them – continue to loom large over the apparel and footwear industry.

Hot Apparel Issues

Rana Plaza five years on – A time for reflection

Rana Plaza five years on – A time for reflection

As the global garment industry stops to reflect on the tragic events that took place in Bangladesh five years ago, it is also a time to consider what has changed, what hasn't – and what still needs to be done

Winners and losers of a Trump tariff on China garments

Winners and losers of a Trump tariff on China garments

As President Donald Trump prepares to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese imports into the United States, we take a look at the potential winners and losers in the global garment trade

Pure sourcing

Pure sourcing

How brands can work to build a compliant supply chain, the challenges of reshoring in the UK, and the business of mass customisation were all subjects discussed at this year's Pure Origin event in London.

US apparel imports

US apparel imports

Figures from the Office of Textiles and Apparel show the volume of US apparel and textile imports was up 3.2% in 2017, and the average unit price of China's exports have dropped steadily over the last seven years.

Apparel Market Research

Temperature control fabrics, finishes and materials: optimis

Temperature control fabrics, finishes and materials: optimising wearer comfort

Demand for clothing which helps the wearer to maintain a comfortable body temperature is increasing—reflecting a growing focus by consumers on comfort, health and well-being, and rising demand for apparel which helps them to feel comfortable while they are pursuing a broad range of activities... Read more

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Fast track: trends and developments in performance apparel at ISPO Munich 2018

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Spotlight on Jeans: Denim Bounces Back

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