just-styles top 20 picks of 2018

just-style's top 20 picks of 2018

Of the thousands of stories published on just-style during the last year, we've filtered out the top news items of 2018. Tariffs, the US-China trade war, digitalisation, worker safety, factory lists, sustainability, and minimum wages were just some of the issues that made the headlines.

1: Textiles subject to new US tariffs on Chinese imports
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.

2: New China tariffs will create supply chain chaos
US President Donald Trump has decided to move forward with a 10% tariff on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from China, in a move the US fashion industry says will considerably disrupt the sector's supply chain.

3: Li & Fung plans to create digital T-shirt supply chain
Li & Fung is preparing to create its first fully-digital T-shirt supply chain through a new cooperation agreement with US robotics firm SoftWear Automation.

4: Modern slavery uncovered in India's garment sector
Female migrants are being exploited by garment factories in India supplying to international fashion brands such as Benetton, Gap Inc, and Levi Strauss, a new report claims, with many subjected to conditions of modern slavery.

5: Bangladesh garment worker wages to increase by 51%
The Bangladesh Government has increased the minimum wage for garment workers by 51% following months of negotiations.

6: Garments to lead Sri Lanka export growth in 2018
Sri Lanka's textile and apparel export industry is likely to experience its highest rate of growth in 2018, but will need to invest in technological advancements if it is to retain the momentum, a new survey has found.

7: Sportswear and childrenswear drive global market growth
Sportswear and childrenswear saw the biggest gains in global sales in 2017 – and are set to remain key growth drivers through to 2022, according to new research.

8: Abercrombie gets closer to consumers with "learning labs"
US apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) has revealed the locations of its two college campus locations, which it aims to use as "learning labs", providing insight into operating small spaces with an omnichannel platform.

9: British textile firm latest to invest in Ethiopia
British textile and agricultural raw material firm Intrade UK Ltd is investing US$100m in a textile and garment factory in Ethiopia.

10: 12 material innovations for a sustainable future
Biodegradable banana silk, a solvent-assisted dyeing method for cotton fibre, and a biodegradable coating made from squid ring teeth protein that prevents microfibre shedding are among a dozen material innovations that have the potential to drive the apparel industry closer to its circular economy goals, according to a new report.

11: Primark publishes global sourcing map
Primark has published its global supplier list just weeks after the UK value retailer was amongst a number of fashion brands criticised for not publicly disclosing the factories that produce their clothes.

12: Hong Kong to open first yarn mill in 50 years
Next month the first mill in more than half a century will open in Hong Kong to produce recycled yarn from post-consumer apparel.

13: Chinese textile firms step up Ethiopia sourcing
Major Chinese textile firms are stepping up sourcing and investment plans in Ethiopia as increasing trade tensions between the US and Beijing create an incentive for the East Asian country to look at alternative sourcing destinations.

14: New state-of-the art denim mill taking shape in US
A new $50m denim mill that will produce yarns and fabrics for the North American market with a focus on sustainability and innovative technology is preparing to ramp up its operations ahead of full commercial production at the beginning of next year.

15: Myanmar proposes minimum wage increase of 33%
The Myanmar Government has set out plans to increase the country's minimum wage rate by 33% across all regions – a move the garment sector suggests could put pressure on its business owners.

16: Cambodia hit with EU trade sanctions, Myanmar may follow
The European Commission has launched a procedure to withdraw Cambodia's access to the duty-free Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade programme, and is considering the same for Myanmar over human rights violations in both countries.

17: Amazon launches first athleisure private brand
E-commerce giant Amazon continues its assault on the fashion industry, having launched its first athleisure private brand called Aurique.

18: Decathlon to significantly reduce its polyester impact
Global sporting goods retailer Decathlon has pledged to significantly reduce its polyester impact, with all textile products sold in France due to be made from 100% more sustainable polyester by the end of 2021.

19: Armani, Primark and Walmart urged to disclose factory lists
Armani, Primark, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Walmart have come under fire from a trio of human rights groups who are urging major garment brands and retailers to publicly disclose the factories that produce their clothes.

20: Vietnam should exploit CPTPP markets for growth
Vietnam could boost garment and textile exports to the Comprehensive and Progressive Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) countries by over 10% in 2018 if it expands and exploits the markets signed up to the new trade deal.