Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2011 were stories relating to green fashion and sustainability, the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, and sourcing opportunities in Central America and Ethiopia.

  • Consumers key to driving green fashion agenda
    Consumer pressure is crucial in persuading the fashion industry to take green issues and corporate social responsibility (CSR) seriously, according to a new report from just-style.
  • Japan earthquake: apparel industry impact
    In the wake of the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant explosions which have devastated many areas in the north of Japan, first thoughts are of course with the millions of people caught up in the tragedy. But there is a commercial cost to be considered too - including its possible impact on the apparel industry.
  • Apparel firms eye Central America sourcing switch
    Guatemalan jeanswear maker Denimatrix has won supply orders from three unnamed US and European apparel firms eager to move some of their manufacturing to Central America at a time when Asia is facing deepening production woes.
  • 12 industry trends facing apparel firms in 2011
    In 2011 there will be new challenges and new opportunities for apparel manufacturers, retailers and brands. Based on insights from just-style's management briefing, we look at what the industry can expect in the year ahead.
  • Spotlight on...H&M sustainability report
    For sceptics who view corporate social responsibility as being more about talk than action, a look through the 167 pages of the latest sustainability report from Swedish retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB provides a valuable insight into just how seriously some fashion firms take their obligations.
  • Cotton prices continue to surge amid tight supplies
    Demand for cotton has pushed cotton futures to record highs - as a report showed global supply is likely to remain lower than demand and India hinted it will retain its current export cap of 5.5m bales.
  • Textile and clothing firms investing in Ethiopia
    The progressive policies and investment incentives offered by the Ethiopian government are going some way to encourage global textile giants to relocate their businesses to the country. Some of the projects that have materialised involve Ayka, Saygin and Nepsa from Turkey, Spintex from India and a business agreement with two US firms.