• Threat to apparel could escalate amid tariff spat

    Threat to apparel could escalate amid tariff spat

    The threat to apparel and footwear could escalate beyond the incremental US$200bn tariffs announced by the US administration this week, according to analysts, with Chinese disruption of the retail supply chain within China and a boycotting of US b...

  • DBL embraces digital focus to turbocharge its business – Interview

    DBL embraces digital focus to turbocharge its business – Interview

    The digital integration of Bangladesh’s booming textiles and garment sector is gaining pace, with ‘Industry 4.0’ becoming a watchword for increased competitiveness. One company taking such technological development very seriously is Dhaka-based DB...

  • What should suppliers do when retailers go bust?

    What should suppliers do when retailers go bust?

    Difficult trading conditions on the high street, increased online competition, rising costs and low consumer confidence are pushing retail bankruptcies to record-highs. Yet while the store closures and redundancies are widely reported, the fallout...

  • US apparel retailers' June 2018 sales roundup

    US apparel retailers' June 2018 sales roundup

    June proved to be a positive month for US retail as good weather boosted sales and global trade tensions failed to hit spending. Yet for the handful of apparel retailers still reporting their monthly comparable sales, it was a mixed bag of results.

  • Asos blames infrastructure investment for sales slowdown

    Asos blames infrastructure investment for sales slowdown

    Asos has blamed investment in a number of key infrastructure projects in the US and Europe for a slowdown in sales in its last quarter as the online fashion retailer lowered its guidance for the full year.

Latest Apparel Insights

For the moment, only textiles are subject to the second round of US tariffs

Hold the hysteria on Trump's tariffs – Comment

Over the past few days, the media has covered the current round of tariff retaliations between the US and China as a boxing match, writes Ro...

The number of retailer bankruptcies has risen in recent years

What should suppliers do when retailers go bust?

Difficult trading conditions on the high street, increased online competition, rising costs and low consumer confidence are pushing retail b...

Are consumers willing to spend more money on a product that has been produced in a more ethical manner?

What’s hindering progress on sustainable fashion?

The fashion industry might like to think sustainability is at the top of its agenda, but fierce competition on price, a fast fashion focus o...

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...

China – the largest supplier of apparel to the US – saw shipments slide 2.2% year-on-year

US apparel imports from China slide in May

Apparel imports into the US from China jumped nearly 30% in May from a month earlier, despite trade tensions growing between the two countri...

Panellists discussed innovations for supply chain efficiency

Knowing your supply chain is key to sustainability

With most of the environmental impact of an apparel brand or retailer's business embedded in its supply chain, knowing and understanding exa...


The world’s 10 worst countries for workers 3 Jul 18

An annual survey of violations of human and trade union rights ranks key apparel-producing nations including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Egypt, Guatemala, the Philippines and Turkey among the ten worst countries in the world for worker rights.


Why apparel firms must plan for "responsible automation" 2 Jul 18

As digitisation, connectivity, robotics and artificial intelligence start to make inroads into apparel production, now is the time for the industry to move towards  "responsible automation" – where workers are trained and supported so they have the skills for the future.

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Major Apparel News

US apparel retailers' June 2018 sales roundup

Michelle Russell | 13 Jul 18 June same-store sales came in better than expected

June proved to be a positive month for US retail as good weather boosted sales and global trade tensions failed to hit spending. Yet for the handful of apparel retailers still reporting their monthly comparable sales, it was a mixed bag of results. 


US retail welcomes Senate warning shot on tariffs

Michelle Russell | 12 Jul 18 “There is clearly growing bipartisan concern over the administration’s reckless trade agenda,' says the NRF

US retailers have applauded a mild rebuke by the Senate to President Donald Trump’s tariff policy after a non-binding motion was passed giving Congress a role in his decisions to impose tariffs for national security reasons.


Textiles hit by new US tariffs on Chinese imports

Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 18 China's Ministry of Commerce said it is “shocked” by US' “irrational behaviour”

A group representing US apparel and footwear brands and importers has hit out at the US government's move to up the ante in its trade war with China by slapping tariffs on an additional US$200bn worth of Chinese imports, including textiles and accessories.

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Latest Apparel Interviews

DBL embraces digital focus to turbocharge its business – Interview 10 Jul 18

AZM AnasMohammed Abdul Jabbar, managing director of DBL Group

The digital integration of Bangladesh’s booming textiles and garment sector is gaining pace, with ‘Industry 4.0’ becoming a watchword for increased competitiveness. One company taking such technological development very seriously is Dhaka-based DBL Group, which has targeted digital efficiencies to turbocharge its business growth – as managing director MA Jabbar explains.


The skills deficit is the biggest challenge for UK manufacturing – David Nieper MD interview 15 Jun 18

Beth WrightChristoper Nieper, managing director at women's fashion manufacturer David Nieper, says skills is the biggest challenge and the biggest threat

David Nieper, one of the UK's last remaining vertical fashion manufacturers, is taking control of its own destiny by investing in the country's first digital printing plant for jersey fabric, addressing the skills deficit through an in-house sewing school, and helping to develop the industry's first apprentice standard. Managing director Christopher Nieper explains why the business continues to punch above its weight.


Epic belief in Bangladesh drives continued growth 23 Apr 18

Leonie BarrieEpic Group chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani

As one of the biggest garment exporters in Bangladesh, with a commitment to the country that goes back more than 30 years, Epic Group chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani knows better than most how the industry has reinvented itself in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster. Here he tells just-style why his belief in Bangladesh means the company's investment in the country continues unabated.

Apparel Blog

Higher worker wages – who pays?

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 2 Jul 18

There continues to be a disconnect between buying departments and compliance teams when it comes to costing labour in price negotiations. So who should pay for a minimum wage increase?


Trump tariff dispute rumbles on

Michelle Russell, just-style editorial team Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 18

The US has escalated its trade threats to China after President Donald Trump said he is considering tariffs on an additional $200bn of Chinese goods if China "refuses to change its practices."


Trump spares textile machinery in tariff spat

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 19 Jun 18

Hundreds of US imports from China will be hit with an additional 25% tariff from next month – but to the relief of the US textile, apparel and footwear industry, most of the equipment used in the domestic manufacturing of these products has been removed from the list of products.

Hot Apparel Issues

Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Sustainability and social responsibility, "responsible automation", and digitalisation, are among the challenges facing today’s apparel sourcing executives.

Clothing caught as EU and US tariff spat escalates

Clothing caught as EU and US tariff spat escalates

The European Union (EU) is planning to impose safeguard duties on imports of US-made clothing in response to punitive tariffs by the Trump administration on steel and aluminium – a decision that has been slammed by the US clothing sector.

The impact of global purchasing practices on industry

The impact of global purchasing practices on industry

Fashion brands are setting purchasing practices that are driving prices down while trying to fill holes through code of conducts and social auditing. What impact is this having on the supply chain and how do we address the challenges?

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

Apparel Market Research

Global market review of lingerie – forecasts to 2023

Global market review of lingerie – forecasts to 2023

This is the ninth edition of just-style’s global market review of lingerie, in a series which goes back to July 2004. Throughout the series there has been one constant feature: the world retail market has been estimated for total lingerie and for its three main component parts; bras, briefs and “other” lingerie. What makes this edition different is that, as a result of the recent availability of just-style’s re:source database, more analysis can be done of the supply chain, namely, where in the world the lingerie is being manufactured for women to wear in the developed country and regional retail markets... Read more

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Sportswear in Western Europe

Published: June 2018 - ($1325.00)


Global Sports Footwear Market 2018-2022

Published: June 2018 - ($3858.40)


Editorial: European companies target graphene products at global technical textile markets

Published: June 2018 - ($350.00)


Ethical Fashion: Why and How can the Fashion Industry Close its Elusive Loop?

Published: June 2018 - ($1325.00)


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