The Just Style team will be taking a short break from daily news from 25 December and will be back on 4 January 2022. In the meantime, we hope our predictions and insights for 2022 listed below as well as our look back on the biggest stories of 2021, will leave you with some food for thought.
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We wish you happy holidays and a successful New Year!
Laura Husband and the Just Style editorial team
What keeps apparel executives awake at night, and what other issues should the sector keep a close eye on in the year ahead? Unsurprisingly, worries regarding Covid were listed by the vast majority of executives consulted by Just Style, in addition to concerns around purchasing practises, an unstable China, inflation, and climate change.
How is the sourcing landscape likely to shift in 2022, and what can apparel firms and their suppliers do to stay ahead, remain competitive and build resilience for the future? Reimagining apparel supply chains will be key to success, experts say, with regionalisation, nearshoring, and Western Hemisphere sourcing opportunities all top of mind.
In this year-end roundup we take a look at the highest-trending news pieces on Just Style in 2021. Dominating coverage was sustainability and traceability as brands and retailers move to respond to consumer demand for better treatment of people in their supply chains and lower environmental impact from clothing production.
The most-read comment articles on Just Style in 2021 were dominated by what life in the industry looks like post-pandemic. Also trending were sustainability issues, and how digital technologies can help enhance transparency.
In this year-end roundup, we take a look at the top analysis pieces on Just Style in 2021. Artificial intelligence (AI), Xinjiang cotton controversy, digitalisation, and buyer-supplier collaboration were all top of mind, while the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic inevitably continued to dominate the coverage.
Among the industry executives who spoke with Just Style this year were Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA); Nicole Rycroft, founder and executive director of environmental non-profit Canopy; Carol Shu, senior manager of global sustainability at The North Face; and Saitex CEO, Sanjeev Bahl.