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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


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

Articles by Leonie Barrie

The '34th Synthesis Report on Working Conditions in Cambodia’s garment sector' provides an overview of working conditions in the Cambodian garment and footwear industryPublic reporting continues to improve Cambodia factories 23 February 2018

Publicly reporting critical issues in Cambodia’s garment factories is continuing to drive positive change, according to the latest report on working conditions in the country’s clothing sector, with almost half of factories now in compliance with all critical issues.

Since 2012, C&A Netherlands has collected 278,000 kg of clothingC&A Europe expands apparel collection scheme 23 February 2018

Retailer C&A Europe is expanding its ‘We Take it Back’ apparel collection programme to Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Top stories this week on just-style... 23 February 2018

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how 'see-now-buy-now' is disrupting the retail supply chain, the departure of Gap brand president and CEO Jeff Kirwan, four ways to ensure sustainable fashion is here to stay, and research into the daily lives of women garment workers.

Hugo Boss, Fenix and Volcom achieve FLA accreditation 23 February 2018

The social compliance programmes of Hugo Boss, Fenix and Volcom have all been accredited by the Fair Labor Association following a multi-year evaluation.

AAFA Restricted Substance List now in 19th edition 23 February 2018

The latest version of the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s Restricted Substance List (RSL) covers 12 categories with more than 250 banned or restricted chemicals in apparel, footwear, and home textile products.

Sportswear racked up global sales of US$300.15bn last yearSportswear and childrenswear drive global market growth 22 February 2018

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.

Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez inspired the first Obsess capsule collection for Gen Z girlsJCPenney launches Obsess brand for Gen Z girls 22 February 2018

US department store retailer JCPenney is launching a new capsule collection aimed at Generation Z  girls – a demographic expected to become the largest consumer segment over the next few years.

China training initiative recruiting more factories 22 February 2018

A project launched last year to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of factories in China's Guangdong Province is recruiting more participants.

The new '2018 Accord' agreement extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in BangladeshWho has signed the new Bangladesh '2018 Accord' – Update 21 February 2018

Almost half of the 220 companies who signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have now committed to the new agreement set to come into effect when the current programme expires in May. Here we list the signatories so far.

Prime Source Forum eyes apparel sourcing issues 16 February 2018

The programme for next month’s Prime Source Forum apparel sourcing conference is taking shape, with speakers lined up from around the world to discuss industry issues in China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Africa and the EU, as well as the ongong digital transformation of the fashion supply chain.

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