Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were William E Connor, chairman and CEO of William E Connor & Associates; Crystal Group's CEO Andrew Lo; Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability for H&M; and Seth Ellison, Levis Strauss & Co's president for Europe.

  • INTERVIEW: William E. Connor discusses global sourcing shifts
    With a global vendor base of around 6,000 factories working with leading retailers and brands, sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. has an enviable view into worldwide sourcing shifts. In the second instalment of a two-part interview, company chairman and CEO William E. (Chip) Connor discusses opportunities, challenges and concerns.  
  • INTERVIEW: Geoff Quinn, chief executive officer of TM Lewin
    Shirt maker TM Lewin has had its eye on becoming a globally recognised brand for a number of years now. With this in mind, the company last month revealed international expansion plans that will see it open one store per week for the next three years. CEO Geoff Quinn talks about those plans, the decision to move manufacturing abroad, the challenge of cotton prices, and the firm's long-term outlook. 
  • INTERVIEW: William E. Connor talks transparency and trust
    Transparency and integrity are two words that crop up repeatedly in conversation with William E. (Chip) Connor, chairman and CEO of Hong Kong based global sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Indeed, these have been cornerstones of the business since it was founded 65 years ago, and continue to underpin every aspect of an operation set up to act as its clients' alter-ego.
  • INTERVIEW: Crystal Group CEO rises to the challenges
    Building the business for long-term growth, but also ensuring that the company has a strong local supply chain in place to deliver on its goals, are among the challenges faced by Andrew Lo, CEO of Hong Kong based Crystal Group, as he continues to build the capacity and competitiveness of one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers.
  • INTERVIEW: Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability, H&M
    The latest sustainability report released earlier this month by Swedish apparel retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz highlights the group's achievements over the last year. Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability for H&M, spoke with just-style about the company's major milestones, including closed loop clothing, collaboration, and the group's African sourcing plans.
  • INTERVIEW: Peter Ruis, chief executive of Jigsaw
    The arrival of new chief executive Peter Ruis at UK fashion retailer Jigsaw has seen the group shift to a more fashion-led focus. Eight months into the role, he talks to just-style about the group's sourcing ambitions, its focus on innovation, and Jigsaw's international expansion plans.
  • Diesel's co-founder works to beat the denim blues
    Adriano Goldschmied, Diesel's co-founder, is working to promote a new stretch fabric he hopes will turn around the fortunes of the $50bn denim industry.
  • INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss refocuses on "profit through principle"
    Levis Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan explains Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.
  • INTERVIEW: Mango continues on global growth trajectory
    Spanish fashion retailer Mango might have its roots firmly in Europe, but it is on a growth trajectory globally, making its presence felt in most major countries. Managing director Enric Casi and Jose Gomez, VP of international business development, discuss what the future holds and the challenges of operating in today's changing retail environment.
  • INTERVIEW: M&S continuing to drive sustainability agenda
    UK retailer Marks & Spencer is on something of a mission: To become the world's most sustainable retailer through its ambitious Plan A environmental and ethical programme. The person in charge of implementing this globally is Adam Elman, head of Plan A delivery, who discusses the initiative's challenging targets and the need for wider industry collaboration.