Instead of our regular roundup of the most-read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top news stories on just-style in 2016. Cutting edge innovations, Africa growth, Brexit, worker safety, key apparel and footwear trends, and minimum wages were just some of the issues that made the headlines.
Ethiopia’s flagship industrial park in Hawassa city, south of the capital Addis Ababa, opened last week, with facilities dedicated solely to the textile and apparel sector.
Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar continue to attract huge interest as apparel supply bases – and a new report from just-style aims to make it easier for retailers, brands and importers to evaluate the key advantages and challenges of sourcing and manufacturing in each country.
US speciality fashion giant Gap Inc has told just-style it is collaborating with unions, governments and industry associations to improve working conditions in the factories that make its clothes after a study found violations at suppliers in India, Indonesia and Cambodia.
Brexit and its likely implications for UK manufacturing were a key talking point at this year’s Fashion SVP event, held just days after the UK voted to withdraw from the European Union (EU).
In what is being claimed as a major breakthrough in clothing manufacturing, a Seattle-based start-up has used an industrial robot to sew together an entire T-shirt for the first time.
Labour rights groups say they are “disturbed” after a fire that broke out at a Bangladesh garment factory supplying fashion retailers H&M and JC Penney that was “on track” with remedial action following an inspection by the US-based Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.
Marks & Spencer has published its first supply chain map for clothing and its first human rights report as part of the retailer’s ethical commitments detailed in its first Plan A update under new CEO Steve Rowe.
The global apparel and footwear industry grew by 5% in value last year, according to new research, with the internet, sportswear and fast fashion players contributing to the gains.
US apparel giant Gap Inc has published the names and locations of the factories which manufacture garments for its namesake, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta brands.
US clothing giant PVH Corp, owner of the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brands, will begin manufacturing its clothing products in Ethiopia this summer, just-style has learnt.
Fashion retailers Next Plc and H&M have admitted to finding Syrian refugee children working in their supplier factories in Turkey, prompting calls for other brands to take a closer look at their supply chains to take action to ensure minors are not being exploited.
British value fashion retailer Primark has opened its third US store in the north east of the country as the fashion retail giant looks to build its presence stateside.
China’s clothing manufacturing sector is bracing itself for interruptions in fibre, dyed fabric and finishing supplies as regulators temporarily close textile mills to reduce pollution during the upcoming G20 Summit.
The United States has joined governments in the UK, Australia, Canada to advise against all non-essential travel to Ethiopia due to ongoing unrest the country.
Price competition between fast fashion retailers Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Primark has now reached an equilibrium in the UK, according to an analyst evaluation, with Primark’s prices now consistently around 60% lower than that of its rival.
Israel-based tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group has shipped the first trouser exports from its new manufacturing site in Ethiopia, completing a test order for fast fashion giant H&M.
Price negotiation is a critical, and often stressful, aspect of sourcing. It is also integral to the health of any brand’s bottom line, so getting this right is crucial, according to a new market research report from just-style.
Retailer Marks & Spencer has been named as the highest performing FTSE 100 company for monitoring and reporting on modern slavery in its supply chain, with luxury brand Burberry scoring third, in a report that also highlights a deficit in action by many UK-listed firms.
Vietnam labour groups and businesses have agreed on a 7.3% increase in the national minimum wage – just a week after proposing a freeze on salaries for the country’s garment workers. But the rise is the smallest rise since a minimum wage system was first introduced in 1997.
US sporting giant Nike says it has completed the transition of all core yarn for its Flyknit shoes to recycled polyester as it revealed a number of sustainable performance milestones achieved since the performance-engineered footwear was launched four years ago.
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