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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. 

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Macy’s names Ongman as chief merchandising officer 13 February 2019

US department store retailer Macy’s Inc has named Patti Ongman as chief merchandising officer of the Macy’s brand, succeeding Jeff Kantor who is to retire.


New AI platform aligns product decisions to consumers 8 February 2019

A new product decision platform that is tightly aligned to the retail calendar is helping brands including Levi’s, Madewell and Teva to reduce gap between products made and what consumers buy.


US fabric that is processed abroad before being assembled into a product does not quality for 9802 duty exemptionIncentivising US content in imports to reduce tariff burden 7 February 2019

A group of US industry associations – including those representing apparel and footwear brands, retailers and importers – is calling for an update to a programme that provides duty reductions for goods made with US content.


Trump said he is following through on his pledge to fight for fair and reciprocal trade Trump vows to fight unfair trade in State of the Union 6 February 2019

US President Donald Trump has used his second State of the Union address to call for legislation that would give him more authority to increase tariffs on imports from countries that place restrictions on US goods.


Allegations include unsafe working conditions and low pay, as well as charges of workers being at risk of debt bondage and modern slaveryConcerns over migrant worker abuse in Malaysia 5 February 2019

A group representing over 2,000 retailers, importers, brands and associations from more than 40 countries has written to the Malaysian government to express concerns over allegations around the abuse of migrant workers in the country.


Australia to host new responsible fashion summit 5 February 2019

A new industry event is taking place in Australia next month to discuss the business case for responsible fashion and what it takes to be a relevant brand and retailer in the era of transparency and accountability.


Prym Fashion launches low impact metal fasteners 5 February 2019

Accessories supplier Prym Fashion is introducing new low impact fasteners that have been developed to meet increasing global demand for sustainable apparel.


Home-based garment work includes embellishment, hand embroidery and thread-cuttingWorker exploitation in India's home-based garment sector 4 February 2019

Home-based garment workers in India are "invisible" and "exploited" by major fashion retailers in the United States and European Union, according to a new in-depth survey – which also suggests brands should acknowledge their presence in supply chains as a first step to improving working conditions.


Thindown uses a proprietary process to transform traditional down filling into a seamless sheet of materialNew blended down insulation fabric in single sheet 4 February 2019

Two innovative material brands have collaborated on the development of what they say is a new category of blended down insulated fabric.


Smart manufacturing focus for Sourcing at MAGIC 4 February 2019

The Sourcing at MAGIC trade show taking place in Las Vegas this week is focusing on the latest developments in smart design and advanced manufacturing, including new technology solutions that can lower inventories and increase speed to market.


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