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The German-led Partnership for Sustainable Textiles initiative aims to bring about social, ecological and economic improvements along the apparel and textile supply chain

German sustainable textiles scheme loses members

A German initiative designed to boost sustainability in the clothing and textile sector has been losing members, but a senior manager has to...

The new AISA programme is designed to offer direct help to Indian clothing companies seeking to boost and introduce sustainable practices

India clothing boss hails sustainability scheme

The chairman of India's Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has told just-style how a new national sustainability programme should help...

Vietnam was among only three of the top-ten countries that recorded a year-on-year gain

Vietnam again leads June US apparel import growth

Apparel imports into the US in June have risen as merchants stocked up for summer and prepare for the back-to-school season, climbing on the...

American Apparel now gives shoppers the choice to pay more to buy products that have been made in the USA

American Apparel lifts prices on US-made garments

Gildan Activewear sees a bright future for its newly acquired and just relaunched American Apparel brand – but is giving shoppers the option...

The biggest movers on Verisk Maplecroft's Modern Slavery Index 2017. The pink line represents Turkey.

Modern slavery risk rising in EU supply chains

An influx of migrants into the European Union has raised the risk of modern slavery across 20 EU member states, according to a new global ra...

Ralph Lauren says millennial consumers are no longer interested in physical stores

Ralph Lauren doubling-down on its digital offering

Ralph Lauren has become the latest US brand to announce it is doubling-down on its digital offering and scaling back its retail presence as...

Three ways to accelerate innovation in sustainable fashion 9 Aug 17

Across the fashion industry, there is clear appetite for improved sustainability and positive change. Today, many hope to see the creation of a circular economy, through which old clothes and materials are recycled, recovered or regenerated instead of being thrown away. Industry leaders also want to see a reduction in the environmental impact caused by the manufacturing process.

How to build winning buyer-supplier relationships 7 Aug 17

Regular communication, ensuring buyers are fully trained, and that both sides are up-to-date with the latest trends are all important ingredients for a good working relationship between a supplier and a retailer.

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Vaude to extend eco project all material suppliers

Leonie Barrie | 17 Aug 17 Eight companies covering 80% by volume of the primary materials and lining fabrics used by Vaude took part in the pilot

A two-year project organised by German outdoor clothing company Vaude to educate key suppliers in Asia on environmental management and resource efficiency has led to savings of around EUR50,000 (US$58,000) per year for participating factories.

Vietnam minimum wage set to increase 6.5% in 2018

Leonie Barrie | 15 Aug 17 The current  national minimum wage in Vietnam is around VND3.75m (US$168) per month

Vietnam's minimum wage is expected to rise by 6.5% next year – but the increase will be the lowest in 11 years.

VF Corp to buy Williamson-Dickie for $820m

Leonie Barrie | 14 Aug 17 Williamson-Dickie, whose brands include Dickies, is expected to add more than $1bn of revenue by 2021

US apparel giant VF Corporation is expanding its growing workwear platform with the acquisition of Williamson-Dickie Mfg Co – owner of brands including Dickies – in a deal worth around $820m.

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US Q2 in brief – L Brands, The Buckle, Bon-Ton

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Hudson's Bay taps JC Penney's Record as CFO

Trump pulls plug on American manufacturing council

US seeking major overhaul of NAFTA, not tweaks

Amazon mulls drone hubs on ships, planes, trucks

EU amends Ecolabel criteria for improved clarity

China eyes eco-friendy hemp as cotton alternative

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.

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Apparel imports into the US rose in June

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 14 Aug 17

Apparel imports into the US rose in June as merchants stocked up for summer and prepared for the back-to-school season, with imports from Vietnam continuing to surge.

US retailers under pressure to grow sales as mall traffic slows

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 7 Aug 17

Under Armour is to close stores and cut jobs – around 2% of the company's global workforce – as part of new plans to build a stronger and smarter company with faster go-to-market speed and greater digital capabilities.

Hot Apparel Issues

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 made in Ethiopia

Apparel made in Ethiopia

just-style’s editor Leonie Barrie recently visited Ethiopia to see for herself the massive developments taking place to elevate this East African nation into a compelling new garment and textile sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

Apparel Market Research

Boot Markets in Eastern Europe to 2021 - Market Size, Develo

Boot Markets in Eastern Europe to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts

The report package Boot Markets in Eastern Europe to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts offers the most up-to-date industry data on the actual market situation, and future outlook for boots in different Eastern European countries. The package includes boot country reports from the following countries:.. Read more

Published: July 2017 - ($7501.09)

Boot Markets in the Top 5 European Countries to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts

Published: July 2017 - ($2151.30)

Apparel and Footwear Global Industry Overview

Published: June 2017 - ($1060.00)

World textile and apparel trade and production trends: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey, June 2017

Published: June 2017 - ($350.00)

Global Online Apparel Retailing Market 2017-2021

Published: May 2017 - ($3500.00)

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