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Spotlight on...Fashion firms plan for a toxic-free future Leonie Barrie | 2 Dec 11

What started out as a challenge back in July by environmental pressure group Greenpeace to try to persuade global fashion brands and retailers to eliminate the discharge of hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products has been gaining momentum ever since. So much so that the firms involved believe their efforts have the potential to "change apparel manufacturing."

GLOBAL: Apparel brands reveal zero discharge roadmap Leonie Barrie | 24 Nov 11

Some of the world's leading brands and retailers have teamed up to release a joint 'roadmap' outlining the steps they intend to take to achieve the goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chains by 2020.

CHINA: C&A and Li-Ning to cut hazardous chemical use Petah Marian | 21 Nov 11

Retailer C&A and Chinese sportswear brand Li-Ning have joined Adidas, H&M, Nike and Puma in pledging to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals throughout their supply chains.

THE FLANARANT: Is own label about to collapse? Mike Flanagan | 16 Nov 11

With more and more own label apparel retailers eyeing growth in Asia and Latin America to make up for shortfalls in their domestic markets, Mike Flanagan asks whether a business formula that's running out of steam at home will now work abroad. Especially if it's fuelled by designers who have little connection to those foreign customers.

CANADA: Reliable Hosiery commits to African cotton Leonie Barrie | 11 Nov 11

Reliable Hosiery is the first Canadian company to join the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) network, in a move that expands the scheme internationally and should help lift demand for sustainably produced African cotton.

Russia's clothing retail market set for steady growth Textiles Intelligence | 11 Nov 11

After hitting hard times during the global economic crisis, the Russian clothing retail market is forecast to grow by 3-5% in 2011 and by about 6% per annum during 2012-13.

US: Apparel and footwear brands back new RSL toolkit Leonie Barrie | 7 Nov 11

Leading apparel and footwear brands including Nike, Adidas, C&A, Gap, H&M, and VF Corporation have contributed to the second edition of the Supplier Implementation Toolkit, aimed at reducing the use and impact of harmful substances in the supply chain.

THE FLANARANT: Local knowledge is key to retail success Mike Flanagan | 25 Oct 11

With western retailers increasingly optimistic about business in emerging markets, does it also hold true that the industry will soon "be sourcing everywhere and selling everywhere"? Not according to Mike Flanagan, who believes most developing markets will stay small for a long time, and that locally-owned retailers will be the long-term beneficiaries.

GERMANY: C&A commits to sustainable African cotton Leonie Barrie | 24 Oct 11

Leading European fashion retailer C&A plans to purchase 1,000 tonnes of sustainably produced African cotton next year in a move that will help improve the living conditions of smallholder farmers in five countries.

just-style's research round-up Liz Hague | 26 Sep 11

Featured reports from just-style's research store this week include an overview of the global retail industry, clothing accessories in India, and a guide to clothing and footwear in emerging Asia.

Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 16 Sep 11

Research that luxury fashion sales are being propelled by average consumers, brands boycotting Uzbek cotten harvested using forced child labour and ongoing talks around the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact were among the most read stories on just-style this week.

WORLD: Apparel firms join Uzbek cotton ban Leonie Barrie | 12 Sep 11

More than 60 of the world's best known apparel companies and brands, including Adidas, Burberry, C&A, Levi Strauss, Li & Fung, Liz Claiborne, PVH Corp and Wal-Mart Stores, have vowed not to source Uzbek cotton harvested using forced child labour.

SWEDEN: H&M ranked world's top user of organic cotton Leonie Barrie | 7 Sep 11

Swedish fashion retailer H&M was ranked as the world's number one user of organic cotton last year - taking it closer to its goal of only using cotton from more sustainable sources by 2020.

WORLD: Organic cotton market jumps 20% in 2010 Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 11

Neither the recession nor unstable economies have put a damper on the fast-growing organic textiles industry, according to a new report, which shows the sector grew by 20% to an estimated $5.61bn in 2010.

ITALY: Dolce & Gabbana deletes Facebook protests Leonie Barrie | 10 Aug 11

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has deleted comments made on its Facebook page by nearly 30,000 activists calling on the company to ban the process of sandblasting, which gives jeans a used look but is highly dangerous to workers.

just-style management briefing: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition's collective efforts Ben Cooper | 5 Aug 11

Over the past decade and more, industry associations and individual companies have launched numerous initiatives with the aim of addressing and reducing the environmental and social impacts of clothing manufacture. However, this year the clothing industry's collective effort witnessed what many hope will be a game-changing development with the formation of a new multi-stakeholder partnership.

ITALY: Versace bans sandblasting after Facebook campaign just-style.com | 21 Jul 11

Italian fashion house Gianni Versace is to ban its clothing suppliers from using sandblasting, a technique used to give jeans a used look which is highly dangerous to workers, after a sustained campaign by activists on the company's Facebook page.

SRI LANKA: Vallibel One invests $7.26 m in Orit Apparels Leonie Barrie | 4 Jul 11

Sri Lankan investment firm Vallibel One has made its first foray into the apparel sector after buying a 50% stake in Orit Apparels (Private) Ltd for US$7.26m.

just-style management briefing: BRICM countries offer new retail potential just-style.com | 1 Jun 11

The BRICM countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico) have long been regarded as sources of cheap quality fabrics and clothes. But as they grow wealthier they are increasingly being regarded as vital international export markets too.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 27 May 11

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read articles on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

WORLD: Clothing brands adopt voluntary ban on sandblasting just-style.com | 26 May 11

International clothing brands and retailers including C&A, Carrefour, Esprit, H&M, Inditex and Levi Strauss have collectively imposed a voluntary ban on sandblasting in their global supply chains - and are calling on other firms to join them.

US: Walmart, M&S, Levi's back apparel eco-index scheme Leonie Barrie | 1 Mar 11

Leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers and manufacturers including Nike, Gap Inc, H&M, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer and Walmart are driving a new initiative to improve sustainability across the entire apparel and footwear sector.

FRANCE: Eric Marechalle named CEO of Kenzo just-style.com | 7 Jan 11

Luxury group LVMH has named Eric Marechalle as chief executive officer of its Kenzo Mode designer fashion brand.

UK: Investigation uncovers British sweatshops just-style.com | 8 Nov 10

Workers in UK factories making clothes for some of the country's biggest high street stores suffer sweatshop conditions and are paid less than half the legal minimum wage, according to a television investigation being screened tonight (8 November).

Spotlight on...Cotton prices Joe Ayling | 23 Sep 10

A perfect storm of supply and demand issues have sent cotton prices soaring the world over. Joe Ayling reports on what caused this spike and how it will affect the garment industry.

US: Mislabelled cotton seeds cost Monsanto $2.5m fine just-style.com | 9 Jul 10

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has slapped a $2.5m fine on seed giant Monsanto Company for selling mislabelled cotton seeds.

June 2010 management briefing: Brazil remains driving force of Latin America just-style.com | 18 Jun 10

Brazil seems to be the driving force of Latin American economic growth at the moment. Despite the economic crisis, its GDP grew 5.1% in 2008, dipped slightly in 2009, and is forecast to almost completely recover in 2010.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 28 May 10

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

ANALYSIS: Organic cotton shakes off recession Joe Ayling | 26 May 10

The global growth of organic cotton products appears resilient to the recent downturn, according to latest research.

US: Global organic cotton sales defy recession just-style.com | 25 May 10

Global retail sales of organic cotton apparel and home textile products defied the recession last year to soar by 35%, new figures show, with C&A, Nike and Walmart among top users of the fibre worldwide.








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