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just-style’s research roundup

Highlights from just-style's research store this week include a report on apparel manufacturing in China, a look at specialist apparel retai...

Nicaragua making steps as a footwear supplier

From a near standing start less than two years ago, Nicaragua's potential as a major footwear supplier to the US and Europe is already attra...


Petah Marian | 24 Aug 2012

Troubled Australian clothing maker Pacific Brands is in the midst of a multi-year transformation programme that has now claimed its CEO, Sue Morphet, who announced plans to step down as the group saw full-year losses widen. With former Foster's boss John Pollaers set to take the helm, just-style considers the challenges facing the company.


Richard Woodard | 11 Feb 2010

With retailers already starting to showcase their spring apparel lines, the heavy and unexpected blanket of snow currently sitting over parts of Europe and the US is set to hit sales hard. Small wonder then that specialist companies are now making an enticing offer: let us give you detailed weather predictions for your company – and watch your revenues and earnings rise as a result.


Leonie Barrie | 8 Oct 2009

A scathing report published yesterday (7 October) has criticised leading British brands and high street retailers for failing to pay a living wage to the workers making their garments – and says most have no plans in place to raise wages to acceptable levels in the near future.


just-style.com | 8 Oct 2009

Based on feedback from 25 major high street brands, the latest ‘Let’s Clean Up Fashion’ report from rights group Labour Behind the Label grades the firms between zero and five based on their progress towards implementing a living wage.

Latest Interviews

Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 2017

With a history in shoemaking that goes back almost 200 years, footwear giant Clarks is about to take a step into the future with a new model to bring innovative shoe manufacturing back to the UK. CEO Mike Shearwood and sourcing director Antony Perillo spoke to just-style about the company's multi-million pound investment to slash lead times and bring more agility to its sourcing portfolio.


just-style.com | 27 Sep 2007

This year not only marks 200 years of international trade for Australia's wool industry, but also signals change for Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the body that supports the growers and promotes their products overseas. Joe Ayling interviews AWI chief executive Craig Welsh to find out more.

Latest News

Beth Wright | 14 Jul 2017

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at whether or not NAFTA has been good or bad for the US textile and apparel industries, Clarks' CEO speaks with just-style about the firm's new model to bring innovative shoe manufacturing back to the UK, new data shows supply chains have been struggling with ethical performance this year, and we share some top tips for choosing supplier factories.


Michelle Russell | 10 Jul 2017

UK footwear group Clarks is strengthening its senior management team with the appointment of two new leaders for its Asia Pacific and Europe operations.


Beth Wright | 7 Jul 2017

Top stories this week on just-style include news that 11 people were killed when a boiler exploded at the Multifabs garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh,  footwear group Clarks revealed details of a new manufacturing facility that will see it make shoes in the UK again, Mexican apparel makers are seeking an end to NAFTA's yarn-forward rule, while Target is tackling the issue of forced labour with worker surveys and has separately launched three new private label apparel brands.


Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 2017

UK footwear group Clarks is to begin making shoes in the UK again, with a new manufacturing facility that will utilise "cutting-edge technology" for greater speed to market and greater flexibility and innovation in design.


Michelle Russell | 8 Jun 2017

UK-based footwear group Clarks has appointed Paul Kenyon as chief financial officer to take over from interim CFO Mike Coley.


Michelle Russell | 22 May 2017

UK footwear group Clarks said it made tangible progress in fiscal 2016/17, despite booking a near 50% fall in earnings due to extremely challenging trading conditions globally.


Michelle Russell | 26 Apr 2017

Footwear firm Clarks says it is continuing to review and reorganise the business after revealing a number of job cuts, understood to be around 50, at its headquarters.


Michelle Russell | 13 Jun 2016

Struggling UK footwear retailer Clarks said it confronted considerable challenges in the business in its last fiscal year as it revealed full-year results that came in below expectations.


Katie Smith | 12 Feb 2016

UK footwear brand Clarks has appointed footwear veteran Gary Champion as president of its Americas business, with responsibility for guiding the division to "its next stage of growth". 


Katie Smith | 11 Feb 2016

UK footwear brand Clarks is to lay off 170 people across its global operations in a move aimed at making the business leaner, faster and more effective and better able to respond to customer demand and rapidly changing markets.


Andrew Burnyeat | 10 Feb 2016

The European Commission has indicated that to just-style that it may accept a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling against "anti-dumping" duties imposed on leather footwear made in China and Vietnam imported into the European Union (EU). The decision means there may now be claims for refunds of duties paid by retailers.


Michelle Russell | 21 Jan 2016

UK footwear retailer Clarks has developed what it says is a "game-changing" new style of shoe, combining new technology, modern design and traditional manufacturing methods. 


Michelle Russell | 18 Sep 2015

The chief executive and head of finance at UK footwear retailer Clarks have both stepped down from their roles “with immediate effect”.


Michelle Russell | 4 Dec 2014

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is to appoint a head of international supply chain.


Katie Smith | 1 Dec 2014

Australian retailer Pacific Brands has completed its divestments of the Brand Collective and Workwear businesses.


Katie Smith | 18 Nov 2014

Australian retailer Pacific Brands is to split and sell off its loss-making Brand Collective apparel and footwear business for AUD39m (US$34m).


Leonie Barrie | 22 Sep 2014

Ecological leather manufacturer ISA TanTec is responding to growing demand for locally produced leather in the US shoe industry with a new tannery due to begin operations in January 2015.


Leonie Barrie | 18 Feb 2014

Australian clothing and footwear group Pacific Brands has booked its first rise in reported sales in five years, but swung to a net loss on write-downs linked to its struggling workwear division.


Katie Smith | 4 Nov 2013

Footwear and apparel company Wolverine Worldwide has appointed Ira Hernowitz as president of the Stride Rite Children's Group.


Michelle Russell | 1 Nov 2013

US footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has appointed Clarks executive, Frank Annunziata, to the role of vice president and general manager of Sebago.


Leonie Barrie | 19 Jul 2012

An ongoing debate about tariffs on foreign-made shoes stepped up this week after executives from US-based athletic shoe maker New Balance lobbied for Congressional support for domestic footwear manufacturing - while officials at footwear retailers and importers urged an end to the duties.


Katie Smith | 6 Jul 2012

The most-read stories on just-style this week include just-style's June management briefing focusing on fast fashion, N Brown announcing the retirement of its CEO and chairman, and a report that Nicaragua's potential as a major footwear supplier is attracting interest from the likes of Clarks, Dillard's and Brown Shoe Company.

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Michelle Russell | 21 Sep 2015

just-style has just launched an exciting offer for registered members: A full-year subscription with a saving of over one third on the usual price AND a free, 33-page report on how to develop a comprehensive sourcing strategy, by vendor, country and overseas representation.

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