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UK: Fashion experts to discuss technology deployments Leonie Barrie | 21 Jun 13

In the immediate future, market growth of the fashion and apparel industry is anything but transparent, with conflicting economic forecasts and regional fluctuations.


UK: New event to focus on product innovation in apparel Leonie Barrie | 4 Jun 13

The challenges and opportunities offered by modern technology in apparel product development will be the focus of a new event taking place next month - where speakers from PVH, Deckers Outdoor, VF International, Marc Jacobs, and United Colors of Benetton will share their experiences.


BANGLADESH: Fast Retailing continues to review safety accord Katie Smith | 30 May 13

Fast Retailing, the owner of Japanese casual clothing brand Uniqlo, is continuing to review the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.


BANGLADESH: Activists put compensation costs at EUR54m Leonie Barrie | 24 May 13

Labour rights groups estimate that more than EUR54m (US$71m) in long-term compensation payments are due to victims of the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse in Bangladesh last month.


BANGLADESH: Benetton offers health and financial aid to victims Leonie Barrie | 24 May 13

Italian fashion giant Benetton Group is backing an initiative that is providing assistance and healthcare for the survivors of the collapsed Rana Plaza Building in Bangladesh and their families.


Bangladesh safety accord still raises many questions Leonie Barrie | 15 May 13

There is no doubt that something needed to be done to improve safety standards at factories in Bangladesh making clothes for western brands and retailers. But the new Accord on Fire and Building Safety - details of which were reported on just-style yesterday - seems to raise nearly as many questions as it answers.


BANGLADESH: More retailers race to join safety accord Petah Marian | 15 May 13

More retailers and brands have joined the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh ahead of the midnight deadline (15 May).


BANGLADESH: Benetton and N Brown commit to safety accord Leonie Barrie | 14 May 13

Two more European retailers have this-afternoon signed up to the new Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which aims to improve safety conditions in supplier factories.


BANGLADESH: NGOs increase pressure on retailers to sign fire safety agreement Petah Marian | 10 May 13

NGOs are increasing pressure on international clothing brands and retailers that source from Bangladesh to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety following another fatal incident in a garment factory.


Viewpoint: Making clothes should never mean life or death Leonie Barrie | 2 May 13

Is Bangladesh is a place where workers are safe to make clothes sold by Western retailers and brands - and is the lure of low costs a risk worth taking? Last week's collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza factory complex has brought these concerns to the fore all over again.


BANGLADESH: Retailers take steps towards safety plan Leonie Barrie | 1 May 13

A group of Western clothing retailers and brands have agreed to a deadline later this month to finalise a fire and building safety plan aimed at preventing industrial disasters like the collapse last week of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh.


UPDATE: BANGLADESH: Primark, Joe Fresh, Matalan to compensate factory victims Petah Marian | 30 Apr 13

UK fashion retailers Primark and Matalan, as well as Canadian brand Joe Fresh, have all agreed to pay compensation and offer emergency food aid to victims who worked for their suppliers in the collapsed Bangladesh factory building.


UPDATE: Retailers respond to Bangladesh factory claims Petah Marian | 29 Apr 13

British fashion retailer Primark and Canadian brand Joe Fresh have confirmed that their garments were being manufactured in one of the Bangladesh factories that collapsed on Wednesday (24 April), killing nearly 300 people.


UPDATE: Renewed calls for better Bangladesh worker safety Leonie Barrie | 29 Apr 13

Labour rights groups and unions have stepped up their calls for urgent action to improve worker health and safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry, as the death toll from the collapsed Rana Plaza factory building soars to 381.


HONG KONG: Water discharge monitoring service launched Katie Smith | 19 Apr 13

A new water discharge monitoring service has been introduced to help textile manufacturers eliminate pollution of waterways and demonstrate their environmental credentials.


US: Myntra acquires virtual fitting room developer Fitiquette Katie Smith | 8 Apr 13

Indian online fashion retailer Myntra has acquired San Francisco-based virtual fitting room developer Fitiquette to help improve the shopping experience for Indian consumers.


UK: Gieves & Hawkes shuffles management Katie Smith | 5 Feb 13

Gieves & Hawkes has revealed a series of management appointments in a bid to drive growth at the London-based tailor.


The Flanarant: Compliance campaigns set to take a new direction Mike Flanagan | 1 Feb 13

Two campaigns carried out over the past two years by two groups of activists have achieved very different results. Whereas Greenpeace has successfully corralled major brands and retailers into its Detox programme, the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement (BFBSA) campaign has struggled to make a mark. Mike Flanagan looks at what the Bangladesh factory fire row tells us about the future of compliance.


GERMANY: Jack Wolfskin eliminates PFOA ahead of schedule Leonie Barrie | 24 Jan 13

Plans by German outdoor clothing brand Jack Wolfskin to eliminate a chemical used in water-repellent coatings for textiles have come in ahead of schedule, the company said today (24 January).


US: Limited Brands makes toxic-free fashion pledge Richard Woodard | 22 Jan 13

Apparel company Limited Brands, owner of lingerie brands Victoria's Secret and La Senza, has become the 14th major business to pledge to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and across all products by 2020.


ITALY: Benetton commits to toxic-free fashion Leonie Barrie | 17 Jan 13

Italian fashion brand Benetton is to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its entire global supply chain and products by 2020.


SINGAPORE: Luen Thai to buy Ocean Sky apparel ops for $55m Petah Marian | 8 Jan 13

Singapore-based apparel company Ocean Sky is set to be acquired by Luen Thai Holdings for US$55m.


ITALY: Benetton implements WFX PLM across South Asia Leonie Barrie | 28 Nov 12

Benetton is rolling out the WFX On-demand web-based PLM solution across its South Asian operations to help manage product development and production and to collaborate with its vendor base.


Speaking with style: Harry van Dalfsen, president, IAF Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 12

The theme of change resonates loudly with Harry van Dalfsen, who took on the role of president of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) two years ago at the height of the global economic crisis. Not surprisingly, ‘Fashion business in a changing environment’ is also the focus of the upcoming IAF World Apparel Convention, which takes place later this month.


ITALY: United Colors of Benetton unveils new fit strategy Leonie Barrie | 31 Aug 12

Global fashion brand United Colors of Benetton is set to implement a new core body size standard and fit strategy based on an in-depth body shape analysis of its target customers.


Croatia clothing sector could exploit EU accession Mark Rowe | 13 Jul 12

Croatia is set to become the 28th member state of the European Union on 1 July 2013 - a move that offers greater access to EU customers for its textiles and clothing. But there are risks, and the Croatian sector could be in better shape, as Mark Rowe reports.


ITALY: Benetton launches children's wear safety project Katie Smith | 9 Jul 12

Italian fashion business Benetton has launched a project to inform consumers about the safety of its children's products.


just-style management briefing: Speed to market breaks down fashion barriers MJ Deschamps | 2 Jul 12

While cities such as Milan, Paris, New York and London have historically been seen as the global 'fashion hubs' - acting as meeting spots for high-end designers, fashion shows, luxury retail outlets and fashionistas - the rise of fast fashion has also made cutting-edge trends more accessible to the rest of the world.


Albania apparel sector regroups from economic crisis Mark Rowe | 19 Jun 12

With its location adjacent to Europe's key fashion centre Italy, a highly skilled labour force and low wages, Albania's textile and clothing industry is repositioning itself amid the unrelenting economic crisis that is gripping Europe.


ITALY: Benetton Q1 profit cut as sales suffer Richard Woodard | 16 May 12

Italian fashion business Benetton saw its first quarter net profit nearly halved as revenues were cut by 5.5% and margins were hit by higher raw materials costs.

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