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HONG KONG: Crystal Group sets out new sustainability goals Leonie Barrie | 8 Jun 12

Hong Kong based Crystal Group, one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers, has set out new goals to improve the sustainability of its business and fashion supply chain - including a 10% reduction in fresh water consumption per garment.


Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 1 Jun 12

The most read stories on just-style this week included the latest Flanarant on "Offshoring 3.0", a story on which towns will pilot Mary Portas' high street recommendations, and H&M's plans to increase sourcing in Bangladesh.


US: American Eagle Outfitters names Boland as CFO Petah Marian | 1 Jun 12

US clothing retailer American Eagle Outfitters has appointed Mary Boland as EVP, chief financial and administrative officer.


US: American Eagle Outfitters names Boland as CFO Petah Marian | 1 Jun 12

US clothing retailer American Eagle Outfitters has appointed Mary Boland as EVP, chief financial and administrative officer.


US: Levi Strauss names Curleigh president Katie Smith | 30 May 12

Levi Strauss & Co has appointed James Curleigh as president and executive vice president of the denim company's namesake brand.


US: Levi Strauss names Curleigh president Katie Smith | 30 May 12

Levi Strauss & Co has appointed James Curleigh as president and executive vice president of the denim company's namesake brand.


The Flanarant: What's the real cost of Offshoring 3.0? Mike Flanagan | 28 May 12

Audit fatigue among many clothing suppliers has prompted firms like Nike and Levi Strauss to adopt new strategies for driving standards among manufacturers. This is just one of the responses to what Mike Flanagan describes as 'Offshoring 3.0' - where companies begin to take measures to correct the downsides of overseas production. Here he asks what it means to the cost of garment procurement.


The Flanarant: What's the real cost of Offshoring 3.0? Mike Flanagan | 28 May 12

Audit fatigue among many clothing suppliers has prompted firms like Nike and Levi Strauss to adopt new strategies for driving standards among manufacturers. This is just one of the responses to what Mike Flanagan describes as 'Offshoring 3.0' - where companies begin to take measures to correct the downsides of overseas production. Here he asks what it means to the cost of garment procurement.


Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 25 May 12

Top stories on just-style this week include analysts' views on M&S reporting a 0.2% rise in clothing sales during its first quarter, American Eagle Outfitters looking to sell off part or all of its children's brand 77kids, plans by retailers to back a three-year programme to clean up production in the Bangladeshi garment industry.


Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 25 May 12

Top stories on just-style this week include analysts' views on M&S reporting a 0.2% rise in clothing sales during its first quarter, American Eagle Outfitters looking to sell off part or all of its children's brand 77kids, plans by retailers to back a three-year programme to clean up production in the Bangladeshi garment industry.


BANGLADESH: Fashion firms back factory clean-up scheme Leonie Barrie | 24 May 12

Leading global brands and retailers including H&M, Levi Strauss, Carrefour and Tesco have backed a three-year programme to clean up production in the Bangladeshi garment industry.


CAMBODIA: Garment workers strike as talks collapse Ngo Tuan | 23 May 12

Talks to try to end an 11-day strike at a Cambodian supplier that makes garments for international brands including Gap, Levi's and H&M broke down yesterday (22 May) after a day of negotiations.


US: Hampshire Q1 losses flat despite sales growth Katie Smith | 16 May 12

First-quarter net losses at apparel maker Hampshire Group remained flat with last year, despite posting a healthy sales boost from its acquisition of Honduras-based knitted top manufacturer Rio Garment.


SOUTH EAST ASIA: Migrant workers face factory exploitation Petah Marian | 14 May 12

Migrant garment workers in factories in Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia making clothes for western fashion brands are facing state oppression and exploitation by their employers, according to claims in a new report released today (14 May).


US: Crailar to blend with Lenzing fibres on new yarns Katie Smith | 11 May 12

Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT), which produces and markets Crailar flax-based fibres, is teaming up with Austria-based Lenzing Group to look at potential new applications in fashion and sportswear.


US: Crailar Flax earns USDA Certified Biobased label Petah Marian | 23 Apr 12

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc has been awarded the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Crailar fibre, which is made from flax and other bast fibres.


VIETNAM: NBC begins construction of $2.4m garment plant Ngo Tuan | 23 Apr 12

An Phat Garment Joint Stock Company (JSC), a subsidiary of Vietnam's leading garment maker Nha Be Garment JSC (NBC), has begun construction on a new $2.4m garment plant.


US: Levi Strauss elects Alstead to board Katie Smith | 20 Apr 12

Denim brand Levi Strauss & Co has today (19 April) appointed Troy Alstead to its board of directors, expanding the board to ten members.


Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 13 Apr 12

Top stories on just-style last week included the numbers of retailers collapsing into administration increased by 15%, JCPenney cutting 600 jobs at its headquarters and 48 apparel brands and retailers have been accused of purchasing clothing from suppliers who illegally discharge polluted water in China.


BANGLADESH: Labour rights activist tortured and killed Richard Woodard | 11 Apr 12

Labour rights organisations are calling for a full investigation after an activist and former apparel worker was found tortured and killed outside Dhaka.


US: Levi Strauss Q1 profit surges on price rises Richard Woodard | 11 Apr 12

Jeans-led apparel business Levi Strauss & Co posted a 21% surge in first quarter net profit as price rises and falling advertising spend boosted income.


CHINA: Global brands hit by new claims of textile pollution Petah Marian | 11 Apr 12

Some 48 apparel brands and retailers including H&M, Nike, Wal-Mart, Levi's, Adidas, Gap and Marks & Spencer have been accused of purchasing clothing from suppliers who illegally discharge polluted water in China.


US: PVH Corp to evaluate Crailar fibre Leonie Barrie | 10 Apr 12

One of the largest global apparel companies with brands including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, Izod, Arrow and Bass, PVH Corp is to evaluate the use of the new Crailar fibre in its dress and sports shirt lines.


Spotlight on...Brands deny claims of continued sandblasting Petah Marian | 3 Apr 12

Diesel has slammed a report in which it is accused of continuing to source its products from Bangladeshi suppliers that use sandblasting, despite the denim brand banning the practice.


US: Crailar fibre edges closer to full phase production Leonie Barrie | 15 Mar 12

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc, producer of the Crailar fibre made from flax and other bast fibres, is getting closer to its first full phase of production and says improvements in its cycle time open up new opportunities for third-party manufacturing.


just-style's research roundup Liz Hague | 5 Mar 12

Featured research from just-style's store this week includes a look at the apparel sectors in Taiwan and Malaysia, a round-up of the latest developments in technical textiles, and a report on the western market for denim jeans.


US: Target to stop selling sandblasted garments Leonie Barrie | 1 Mar 12

Discount retail giant Target Corporation has joined global brands and retailers including Levi Strauss, H&M, Gucci, Benetton and Esprit in banning the use of sandblasting on all owned-brand and national brand apparel sold in its stores.


SOUTH KOREA: Columbia Sportswear names unit head Richard Woodard | 28 Feb 12

Columbia Sportswear Company has appointed Hyung-Rae (HR) Cho as the new general manager of its wholly owned Korean subsidiary, with immediate effect.


US: Cotton costs halve Levi Strauss Q4 profit Leonie Barrie | 8 Feb 12

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has seen its fourth quarter profit nearly cut in half as rising cotton costs outpaced higher ticket prices.


US: Cotton costs halve Levi Strauss Q4 profit Leonie Barrie | 8 Feb 12

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has seen its fourth quarter profit nearly cut in half as rising cotton costs outpaced higher ticket prices.

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