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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

Levi Strauss adds new denim finishing processes 22 March 2018

Levi Strauss & Co has agreed a new licensing agreement with US-based laser technology firm RevoLaze that will give it access to new denim finishing processes.

GAFTI has previously estimated that around $2bn is spent by the industry each year on audits –a burden largely borne by suppliersSAC and GAFTI team up on sustainable standards 19 March 2018

Two leading initiatives trying to move the apparel industry towards a single solution for compliance and sustainability are to practice what they preach by working together in a bid to reduce the time and money spent on duplicated auditing.

New policies needed to reduce microfibre pollution 19 March 2018

A new study says new policies and technologies to substantially reduce release of textile microfibres "are urgently needed."

Free trade zones used to traffic counterfeit goods 16 March 2018

Free trade zones drive foreign investment, jobs and growth – but they also unwittingly offer criminals a safe haven for trafficking counterfeit goods, which are a drain on economies and carry health and safety risks, a new report suggests.

VF Corp creates new role of chief digital officer 16 March 2018

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corporation has named Velia Carboni to the new position of chief digital officer, tasked with coming up with new, innovative online shopping experiences.

Auchan Retail chooses PLM for product development 16 March 2018

Supermarket giant Auchan Retail has invested in a new PLM system to harmonise product development processes for its non-food lines – including clothing.

Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) now says it is preparing to file a complaint against Adidas to the German National Contact Point at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)Adidas at risk of lawsuit in Indonesia supplier dispute 15 March 2018

Labour rights groups say they are preparing to file a complaint against Adidas for breaching OECD guidelines over the dismissal of workers from a former Indonesian shoe supplier – as the sporting goods giant continues to reject the accusations.

The EIAP scheme lacks enough incentives to boost Dominican apparel exports to the US marketDominican Republic apparel export scheme reviewed 14 March 2018

The International Trade Commission (ITC) is conducting its annual review of a scheme designed to boost US imports of apparel from the Dominican Republic.

Lululemon upgrades to latest version of PLM tool 14 March 2018

Athletic and yoga wear specialist Lululemon has upgraded its PLM software, with additions to deliver greater functionality, an improved user experience and further process efficiencies.

Burberry names Riccardo Tisci chief creative officer 1 March 2018

Shares in British luxury brand Burberry jumped 2.8% today (1 March) as the company named Riccardo Tisci as its new chief creative officer, taking up the position in less than two weeks’ time.

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