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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 17 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie

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just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Ted Baker invests in supply chain management tool 14 December 2017

Global lifestyle brand Ted Baker is to use Segura’s supply chain visibility platform to improve its supplier management processes.


Despite a surge in overseas textile investments in countries such as Myanmar, many Chinese companies have no CSR disclosure or reporting systemsThe CSR risk in Chinese overseas clothing factories 13 December 2017

Research into the corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts of China’s textile and garment enterprises as they expand overseas has uncovered a number of shortfalls in Chinese-invested factories in Bangladesh and Myanmar.


US groups urge passage of tariff bill by year-end 13 December 2017

A diverse group of more than 200 American companies and organisations is urging Congress to approve a bill before the end of the year that would temporarily reduce or suspend duties on certain raw material imports.


Bangladesh garment worker training centre plays key role 13 December 2017

A centre of excellence that provides training for Bangladesh apparel workers is not only helping the country remain among the world’s top ready-made garment (RMG) exporters but also has an important role to play in developing skills for the future.


Why speed is a new currency for Li & Fung 12 December 2017

Changing mindsets and challenging the status quo are key to building fast and smart supply chains, according to Paul Fowler, chief information officer at Hong Kong-based global sourcing specialist Li & Fung.


VF's garment manufacturing facility in Acanceh, Yucatan, Mexico makes more than 30m pairs of jeans each yearVF sets new sustainability and responsibility goals 11 December 2017

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corporation, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has launched a new global sustainability and responsibility strategy setting out updated goals and targets across its business and global supply chain.


Devan launches multifunctional antimicrobial line 11 December 2017

Devan Chemicals has launched a new multifunctional antimicrobial line that enables textile manufacturers to apply a range of functional finishes via one single treatment.


The new union members have come from companies including those in the Bole Lemi Industrial ParkUnion recruitment drive in Ethiopia industrial parks 8 December 2017

A recruitment drive in Ethiopia’s garment and textile industrial parks has increased union membership by almost 14,000 workers.


Spreadshirt adds 45 digital direct printing machines 6 December 2017

The print on-demand e-commerce platform Spreadshirt has invested $1.4m in 45 Brother GTX digital direct printing machines to meet holiday production spikes.


Nanollose's plant-free rayon is made entirely from biomass wasteNanollose unveils plant-free eco-friendly rayon fibre 5 December 2017

Australian technology firm Nanollose today (5 December) unveiled what it believes is the world’s first plant-free viscose-rayon fibre, creating a new eco-friendly material for brands, retailers and manufacturers.


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