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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.

UK: Maidment appointed as Ben Sherman CEO Petah Marian | 19 Apr 13

Oxford Industries has appointed Mark Maidment as CEO of its Ben Sherman brand.

PERU: Calls for labour reform a "hot-button" issue Leonie Barrie | 15 Apr 13

Efforts by a group of US apparel brands and retailers to persuade the Peruvian government to repeal legislation that allows the use of short-term contracts in the country's garment industry have, as yet, generated no formal response, just-style has learnt.

PSF 2013: Apparel sourcing at a turning point Leonie Barrie | 3 Apr 13

Apparel sourcing has finally reached a critical turning point. Instead of continuing to chase the lowest costs around the globe, the industry focus is now shifting to collaboration between retailers and their vendors, and the creation of an integrated value chain.

In the money: PVH surprised by Warnaco lack of investment Petah Marian | 3 Apr 13

Warnaco buyer PVH has expressed surprise at the lack of investment in operating platforms following its acquisition of the company.

US: PVH expects profit to be hit by extra Warnaco investment Petah Marian | 28 Mar 13

PVH has lowered its full-year forecasts after discovering that its recent Warnaco acquisition will require more investment than it initially expected.

US: PVH to cut up to 1,000 jobs after Warnaco acquisition Petah Marian | 18 Mar 13

Apparel maker PVH plans to make between 900 and 1,000 staff redundant following its US$2.9bn acquisition of Warnaco, which was completed last month.

China pushes textile companies to go green Wang Fangqing | 12 Mar 13

China's textile and apparel industry is preparing for new government demands to introduce sustainable production in the sector - warning that companies failing to comply will be closed.

Malaysia makers to focus on quality to achieve growth Jonathan Dyson | 19 Feb 13

Malaysia's textile and clothing industry is planning to focus on three key areas - higher value fashion, dyeing and finishing, and technical textiles - to sustain strong growth and continue to compete with significantly lower-cost competition elsewhere in Asia.

US: Juicy Couture chief creative officer to leave Katie Smith | 14 Feb 13

LeAnn Nealz, the president and chief creative officer of Fifth & Pacific's struggling Juicy Couture brand, is to leave the company.

US: PVH completes US$2.9bn Warnaco aqusition Petah Marian | 14 Feb 13

PVH has completed its US$2.9bn acquisition of Warnaco, as well as closing new senior secured credit facilities to fund the transaction.

US: Jones Group adds Stafiniak to Nine West Katie Smith | 5 Feb 13

US apparel and footwear business The Jones Group has appointed former Coach executive Joseph Stafiniak to the newly-created position of senior vice president of merchandising for its Nine West brand.

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.

Comment: The BFBSA can make a mark on factory safety Ineke Zeldenrust | 4 Feb 13

Has the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement (BFBSA) campaign struggled to make a mark? In his most recent Flanarant column, which was published on just-style on Friday (1 February), Mike Flanagan suggests that is the case. Campaigners, however, have hit back to say he misrepresented the Agreement on several key points. We publish their comments below.

BANGLADESH: Buyers urged to commit to worker safety Leonie Barrie | 28 Jan 13

Labour rights groups have stepped up their calls for retailers and brands buying apparel from Bangladesh to take steps to ensure the safety of workers making their clothes.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 25 Jan 13

The most read stories on just-style this week include Limited Brands making its toxic-free fashion pledge, the European Parliament calling for better factory health and safety measures in Bangladesh, and Uniqlo strengthening its US team with the appointment of a COO.

G-III Apparel eyes further acquisition opportunities Katie Smith | 24 Jan 13

Women's wear maker G-III Apparel has revealed it is looking for further acquisitions to bolster its business after it bought men's luxury swimwear brand Vilebrequin in August.

PVH Corp outlines growth opportunities Katie Smith | 22 Jan 13

Apparel company PVH Corp has outlined further growth opportunities for its Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein apparel businesses following its acquisition of The Warnaco Group last year.

BANGLADESH: EU calls for better factory health and safety Siddique Islam | 21 Jan 13

The European Parliament has asked Bangladeshi authorities to put in place health and safety measures to prevent a recurrence of the clothing factory fire last year that saw more than 111 people lose their lives.

UK: DeSL supplies PLM solution to Schreiber Richard Woodard | 15 Jan 13

US swimwear manufacturer A H Schreiber Company has opted for a PLM/SRM solution offered by UK-based provider DeSL.

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.

UK: Activists call for compensation for Bangladesh fire victims Leonie Barrie | 19 Dec 12

Activists are to stage candlelight vigils at Edinburgh Woollen Mill stores across the UK this week, urging the retailer to pay compensation to the victims and families of those killed and injured in the recent factory fire in Bangladesh.

US: Levi Strauss to phase out hazardous chemicals Petah Marian | 14 Dec 12

Levi Strauss, the world's largest jeans manufacturer, has pledged to phase out hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 2020, following pressure from environmental group Greenpeace.

2012: A year in review - The unusual and unpredictable MJ Deschamps | 14 Dec 12

From toxic T-shirts to virtual fitting rooms, defamatory garments and compostable shoes, the clothing and textiles industry in 2012 was anything but dull.

2012: A year in review - Manufacturing winners and losers MJ Deschamps | 14 Dec 12

Weak consumer spending, difficulties in securing credit, competition from China and the Far East resulted in factory closures and subsequent layoffs in 2012. But ramping up labour and sustainability standards, eco-friendly production technologies, cost cutting and efficiency improvements saved others from significant losses.

US: G-III Apparel inks licence for Ivanka Trump brand Katie Smith | 10 Dec 12

Women's wear maker G-III Apparel Group has inked a licence agreement with fashion model and businesswoman Ivanka Trump to develop sportswear, dresses, suits, suit separates, sleepwear, activewear, jeanswear and intimates.

Viewpoint: Lessons must be learned from Bangladesh inferno Leonie Barrie | 1 Dec 12

Since when did garment making become a matter of life and death? And why, despite the huge amounts of time, effort and resources that have gone into corporate social responsibility, factory inspections and audits, do poorly paid workers continue to toil in dangerous conditions supplying clothing to Western brands and retailers?

In the money: PVH backs Warnaco turnaround strategy Petah Marian | 29 Nov 12

The CEO of apparel giant PVH has backed Warnaco's plans to turn around the Calvin Klein Jeans and underwear businesses, a company it is set to take over next year in a deal worth US$2.9bn.

US: PVH Q3 profit up on Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger Petah Marian | 28 Nov 12

PVH saw third quarter net income rise as sales of its Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands compensated for a decline in demand for its heritage brands.

Viewpoint: Bangladesh factory fire highlights need for change Leonie Barrie | 26 Nov 12

It is almost two years to the day since 29 people perished in a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh - and it would appear that little has been done in the intervening period to tackle the industry's safety issues.








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