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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 Kroger Co operates 2,793 retail storesSupermarket retailer Kroger to launch apparel line 6 November 2017

The largest US supermarket chain, Kroger, is launching its own apparel line next autumn in a bid to fight intensifying competition from the likes of Amazon, Wal-Mart and Target.

US textile industry praises China NME decision 6 November 2017

The group representing the US textile industry has praised the Trump administration’s recent decision reaffirming China’s non-market economy status for assessing anti-dumping duties – and now wants even more aggressive enforcement to crack down on what it believes are unfair trade practices.

Crystal International is ranked first by production volume and second by production value in the global apparel manufacturing industryCrystal IPO nets Fast Retailing, L Brands investment 3 November 2017

Shares of garment manufacturer Crystal International Group made their debut in Hong Kong today (3 November) – with key customers Fast Retailing and L Brands the cornerstone investors.

It is estimated that around 30% of the tree fibre that creates viscose comes from ancient and endangered forestsNew viscose producer ranking guides fibre sourcing 3 November 2017

The latest ranking of viscose producers according to the impact they have on the world’s forests is evolving into an important tool to help fashion brands, retailers and designers select their viscose supply chain partners.

The GSP provides duty-free access to inputs and other products no longer made in the USUS GSP footwear bill edges forward as expiry looms 3 November 2017

Legislation that could add certain footwear to the US’s duty-free Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme has been introduced in the Senate – as calls mount for the overall scheme to be renewed before it expires at the end of the year.

Gildan Activewear lifts FY view but retail challenges linger 3 November 2017

Apparel maker Gildan Activewear has updated its full year guidance thanks to third quarter growth in its Printwear business as well as progress with recently-acquired American Apparel – but continues to face retail industry headwinds in Branded Apparel.

Interest rate rise may curb UK consumer spending 3 November 2017

A decision by the Bank of England yesterday (2 November) to raise interest rates for the first time in ten years is unlikely to have an immediate impact on consumer spending, but may begin to bite in 2018, observers say.

Gymshark turns to PLM for agile sourcing 1 November 2017

Fast-growing UK fitness apparel brand Gymshark has selected a new product lifecycle management (PLM) tool to support its growth with more agile and efficient product development and sourcing.

This year, clothing and accessories are the second most popular items on consumer wishlistsClothing at 12-year high on US consumer holiday wishlists 30 October 2017

A new US consumer survey points to busy holiday season, with shoppers indicating they will spend an average of 3.4% more this year than last – with requests for clothing gifts likely to be at a 12-year high.

Nike CEO Mark Parker also used the company’s investor day to reveal the Nike Air Max 270, the first Nike Air bag to debut in a lifestyle shoe and set to be released in 2018Why Nike is laser-focused on getting faster 27 October 2017

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc continues to pin its hopes on speed and scale as the driving forces for future growth – and is already getting faster in creating, making and delivering its products.

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