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Fusing ethics and finance to boost the bottom line

Ethical performance and supply chain finance are an unlikely partnership – but fusing the two can be a winning combination for the fashion a...

Levi Strauss ramps up worker welfare scheme

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is expanding its worker wellbeing programme to key suppliers in more countries, with plans to reach 140,000 wo...


Michelle Russell | 31 Jul 2015

A new tool that could bring greater transparency to complex global apparel supply chains has been developed by UK start-up Provenance. Based on the Bitcoin blockchain platform, which enables digital asset transfers across the internet, the technology can create a unique digital record that verifies, tracks and traces each step of the production process, without the need for software.


Michelle Russell | 13 Feb 2015

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has said the “volatile” and “unpredictable” delays occurring on the West Coast ports could adversely affect its supply chain and product availability if it continues.


Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2014

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were William E Connor, chairman and CEO of William E Connor & Associates; Crystal Group's CEO Andrew Lo; Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability for H&M; and Seth Ellison, Levis Strauss & Co's president for Europe.


Katie Smith | 10 Dec 2014

As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Three of the top-ten supplier countries - Vietnam, Honduras and India - saw strong double-digit growth, but Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.

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Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 2015

"We're best when we're leading and pioneering," is Michael Kobori's take on denim giant Levi Strauss & Co's responsibility in ensuring it has an ethical supply chain. But it is competition, believes the company's VP of sustainability, more so than collaboration, that really raises the bar when it comes to sustainability.


Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 2015

"We're best when we're leading and pioneering," is Michael Kobori's take on denim giant Levi Strauss & Co's responsibility in ensuring it has an ethical supply chain. But it is competition, believes the company's VP of sustainability, more so than collaboration, that really raises the bar when it comes to sustainability.

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just-style | 16 Jul 2018

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has upped its full-year guidance on the back of its third consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth.


Michelle Russell | 29 Jun 2018

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has raised concerns over the impact on US jobs, the supply chain, and the cost to the consumer from the tit-for-tat tariff spat between the US and EU.


just-style | 25 Jun 2018

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, PVH Corp saw revenues exceed guidance thanks to strength across the business, while Guess saw continued momentum in Europe and Asia push earnings and sales up in the three months ended 5 May. Dick's Sporting Goods raised its full-year outlook and Destination XL narrowed its net losses.


just-style | 18 May 2018

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination Maternity narrowed its net loss, Sears was boosted by the new US tax law, Caleres returned to profit, Dick's Sporting Goods achieved growth across key businesses, and Urban Outfitters produced record fourth-quarter sales.


Beth Wright | 11 May 2018

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at Li & Fung's plans to create its first fully-digital T-shirt supply chain, the seven key trends changing the face of online retail, apparel imports into the US, and Levi Strauss continuing to fund supply chain innovations.


Michelle Russell | 8 May 2018

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has chosen 12 members to join its Collaboratory fellowship – a programme aimed at accelerating innovation in sustainable apparel.


Michelle Russell | 27 Apr 2018

Levi Strauss has been called out by international environmental organisation Stand.earth for what it says is the company’s "outsized role" in the impact of climate change and air pollution across the globe.


Beth Wright | 2 Mar 2018

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the six apparel retailers that have made it onto Fast Company's annual ranking of the world's Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018, how digital retail is demanding new sourcing strategies, how to build a compliant, sustainable supply chain, and Levi Strauss & Co is to eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from its supply chain with a new end-to-end digital platform.


Leonie Barrie | 28 Feb 2018

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from its supply chain and radically reduce time-to-market with a new end-to-end digital platform that "enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale."


just-style | 6 Feb 2018

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Deckers Brands exceeded expectations, while Boot Barn Holdings saw earnings nearly double. Destination Maternity, meanwhile, widened its losses.


Beth Wright | 19 Dec 2017

Levi Strauss & Co has come under fire from environmental group Stand.earth, which is calling on the jeans giant to transition its entire supply chain to renewable energy, with a minimum of 50% of energy sourced through renewables by 2035.


Beth Wright | 13 Nov 2017

As part of its plan to take a more holistic approach to sustainable product design, jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has partnered with US men's wear brand Outerknown on a capsule collection of responsibly made products to greatly reduce environmental and social impact.


Beth Wright | 10 Nov 2017

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has revealed the second year of its global fellowship programme will address the climate impact of the apparel industry in a bid to help transition the sector to a low-carbon future.


Beth Wright | 28 Sep 2017

The world's first garment to feature Project Jacquard smart technology by Google has made its retail début in partnership with jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co.


just-style | 22 Sep 2017

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, PVH upped its full-year guidance based on strong second-quarter results, while Guess saw its results boosted by solid growth in both Europe and Asia. Oxford Industries, meanwhile, saw mixed results as earnings fell but sales edged up.


Beth Wright | 18 Sep 2017

Gap Inc, Nike, Levi Strauss and VF Corp are among the six US apparel companies who have become the latest to commit to set emissions reduction targets that help limit global warming through the Science Based Targets initiative.


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, G-III Apparel moved to a loss on acquisition charges, while Guess saw earnings fall on soft Americas sales. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. 


Michelle Russell | 13 Jun 2017

A number of fashion giants, including Sweden’s H&M and Inditex's Zara, are said to be buying viscose from highly polluting factories that are contributing irreparable damage to environmental and human health.


Michelle Russell | 25 May 2017

Asos, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co and Nike are among 13 clothing and textile brands who have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.


Beth Wright | 24 May 2017

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to grant a global fellowship programme US$350,000 to develop new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain, including the expansion of a natural indigo dyeing facility, creating products that are less water-intensive and making wastewater treatment solutions more accessible to small artisan workshops.


Michelle Russell | 20 Apr 2017

Global denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has been called on by unions to extend its policies on improving workers’ rights in its factories to those of transport workers in Madagascar.


Beth Wright | 24 Mar 2017

Levi Strauss & Co and the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia Programme are investigating an explosion at a factory in Cambodia this week, which saw one worker killed and several others injured.

Latest blogs

Michelle Russell | 17 May 2016

Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry.


Leonie Barrie | 14 Dec 2014

The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of recent tragedies.

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