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US: Footwear firms divided on TPP trade talks Leonie Barrie | 19 Jul 12

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.

Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 6 Jul 12

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.

Nicaragua making steps as a footwear supplier Leonie Barrie | 4 Jul 12

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 attracting interest from brands and retailers including Geox, Clarks, Dillard's and Brown Shoe Company.

CHINA: Belle International to buy sports retailer for $145m Leonie Barrie | 21 Mar 12

Footwear firm Belle International Holdings Ltd is to buy sportswear distributor Big Step Limited for up to CNY920m (US$145.6m) as part of efforts to expand its geographical presence in mainland China.

UK: Clarks takes first step into India Joe Ayling | 26 Apr 11

Casual footwear retailer Clarks has opened its first Indian store, in the city of New Dehli, as part of a joint-venture with Future Group.

UK: Clarks investing in new warehouse systems just-style.com | 2 Nov 10

UK-based shoe giant Clarks is investing in new systems at its distribution centre in Street, Somerset, to help it prepare shipping consignments to meet changing market demands.

US: Clarks Originals for kids launched just-style.com | 14 Jul 10

Footwear company Clarks has announced the launch of its Clarks Originals Desert Boot and Clarks Originals Wallabee Boot as children’s footwear.

INDIA: C&J Clark inks footwear deal with Pantaloon Retail just-style.com | 5 May 10

UK shoe maker C&J Clark International is expanding its presence in India through a new joint venture with Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd, the country's largest listed retailer.

UK: LWG focuses on hide traceability just-style.com | 27 Apr 10

The Leather Working Group (LWG) has announced it will now include a section on hide traceability within its latest environmental stewardship document due to be launched later this year.

AUSTRALIA: Pacific posts modest profit in "difficult market." just-style.com | 26 Feb 10

Apparel manufacturer Pacific Brands has posted a profit for the first half of its fiscal year, when it continued to cut its workforce under a restructuring plan.

ANALYSIS: Planning helps weather-proof apparel sales Richard Woodard | 11 Feb 10

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.

DENMARK: Shoe firms back analysis of forest footprint just-style.com | 11 Dec 09

Retailers and brands including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Adidas are throwing their weight behind a campaign calling for greater transparency in global supply chains that can contribute to deforestation.

UK: Asos and Clarks among e-commerce award winners just-style.com | 21 Oct 09

Fashion site Asos and the online operations of footwear firm Clarks both received accolades at the e-Commerce Awards for Excellence 2009.

INSIGHT: High street retailers slated for fashion's poverty pay Leonie Barrie | 8 Oct 09

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.

Who fares best in the living wage debate? just-style.com | 8 Oct 09

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.

UK: Footwear market will step up after the recession – research just-style.com | 28 Aug 09

The slowdown in the UK footwear market as consumers rein in their spending during the recession is likely to be short-lived, new research shows – with faster sales growth expected in the following years.

HONG KONG: Belle International H1 profit up 15% just-style.com | 26 Aug 09

First-half profit at Belle International Holdings Ltd, China’s largest retailer of women’s footwear, has jumped 14.9% on higher sales.

US: Nike to stop buying Amazon leather just-style.com | 23 Jul 09

Global sportswear giant Nike is to stop buying leather from the Amazon region of Brazil, following concerns that its shoes and trainers could be contributing to the destruction of the world’s largest rainforest and a major driver of climate change.

UK: Shoe brands linked to destruction of Amazon forest just-style.com | 1 Jun 09

Top sports and fashion brands including Gucci, Adidas/Reebok, Timberland, Geox, Clarks and Nike, have been accused of contributing to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest by using leather from cattle reared on farms responsible for deforestation.

UK: Clarks aims for growth after FY profits leap 16% – report just-style.com | 26 May 09

Footwear retailer Clarks is aiming to capitalise on the woes of its competitors and increase its market share after posting a 16% rise in full-year profits.

US: Shoe firm Skins signs Brazilian manufacturing deal just-style.com | 26 Nov 08

Footwear maker Skins Inc has signed a new deal with Brazilian manufacturer Henrich e Cia Ltda, which should help to reduce lead and shipping times.

US: Retailers put pressure on Congress to end shoe tax just-style.com | 27 Oct 08

Nearly 50 companies representing over 160 well-known footwear brands and retailers are urging Congress to pass the Affordable Footwear Act, which would end the shoe tax on lower to moderately-priced footwear and all children’s shoes.

US: Bankrupt Shoe Pavilion to close all 64 stores just-style.com | 21 Oct 08

Off-price footwear retailer Shoe Pavilion Inc, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July, is to shutter its entire chain of 64 stores.

AUSTRALIA: PLM to drive apparel design at Pacific Brands just-style.com | 22 Jul 08

Pacific Brands has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to streamline its apparel design and sourcing processes.

VIETNAM: 1,000 footwear workers strike at Stella supplier just-style.com | 24 Apr 08

Over 1,000 footwear workers yesterday (23 April) went on strike to protest at long working hours and poor working conditions.

US: New e-commerce site for Martin + Osa just-style.com | 4 Apr 08

American Eagle Outfitters has unveiled the new e-commerce website for its upmarket Martin + Osa brand.

UK: Clarks rolls out Kids shoe brand in the US just-style.com | 30 Jan 08

UK footwear specialist Clarks is launching its Clarks Kids brand across the US, emphasising claims that it offers superior fit and comfort.

UK: Sportswear chains come last in Which? retail survey just-style.com | 24 Jan 08

Consumer research group Which? has placed JD Sports and JJB Sports at the bottom end of its customer satisfaction survey of UK retailers.

INTERVIEW: Craig Welsh, CEO of Australian Wool Innovation just-style.com | 27 Sep 07

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.

UK: Clarks to give Ravel fascia the boot just-style.com | 11 May 07

Footwear group Clarks is to phase out its Ravel fashion footwear chain after more than 30 years.




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