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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 e-stitch sensors used in ladies’ jeansWearable sensors with fashionable stitch designs 19 January 2018

New soft, flexible, piezoelectric wearable sensors that measure body motions and can also be produced in fashionable fabric types and embroidery patterns, have been developed.

US apparel importers seek Senate vote on tariff bill 19 January 2018

A group representing US apparel and footwear brands and importers is urging the US Senate to approve a bill that would temporarily reduce or suspend duties on certain raw material imports.

Affluent consumers becoming more price sensitive 19 January 2018

Affluent consumers are becoming more price sensitive as they embrace industry disruptors such as artificial intelligence (AI), Amazon and mobile technology to compare prices, according to the results of a new survey.

Importers urged to ensure compliance with First Sale Rule 18 January 2018

Importers are being advised to review transactions taking advantage of the First Sale Rule to ensure they are consistent with US Customs and Border Protection’s requirements.

FDRA continues to recognise the factories most compliant with its Footwear Production Code of ConductFDRA recognises 10 responsible footwear factories 18 January 2018

Ten footwear factories have been recognised for their commitment to improving factory conditions and standards by a committee of top footwear sourcing executives from the US.

H&M hires diversity leader in response to racist hoodie 18 January 2018

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has appointed a diversity leader in response to accusations of racism, after an image of a black child modelling a hoodie reading "coolest monkey in the jungle" appeared on its website.

New HD digital printing system cuts cost per print 18 January 2018

A new high-definition (HD) printing technology has been added to Kornit Digital’s Avalanche platform of direct-to-garment printing systems, said to offer reduced cost and better quality.

New online database streamlines material selection 17 January 2018

A new online materials database has been launched to provide brands and manufacturers with a more streamlined and collaborative way of selecting material samples and swatches – as well as populating PLM data for the product creation process.

Each laundry cycle is estimated to create hundreds of thousands of microfibresEuropean garment groups unite against microplastics 16 January 2018

A group of European industry associations representing the global garment value chain has united to tackle the release of microfibres during the washing of synthetic textiles – one of the biggest causes of microplastics pollution in the aquatic environment.

New customer engagement tool taps social media 16 January 2018

A new software tool has been launched that gives retailers the ability to personalise shopping experiences by incorporating social media conversations.

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