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US: G-III buys Vilebrequin swimwear in EUR85.5m deal Petah Marian | 8 Aug 12

G-III Apparel Group has acquired men's luxury swimwear and resort-wear brand Vilebrequin from Fashion Fund One.


Speaking with style: Fernando Capellán, founder and president, Grupo M Leonie Barrie | 31 Jul 12

With apparel manufacturing operations bridging the Dominican Republic and neighbouring Haiti, Grupo M's co-production model is an exemplary example of trade preferences in action. Here company founder and president Fernando Capellán tells just-style about the opportunities that lie ahead.


US: JC Penney to launch first three in-store shops Katie Smith | 31 Jul 12

US department store retailer JC Penney will open its first three in-store brand shops tomorrow (1 August) as part of the company's ongoing transformation.


US: Sustainable Apparel Coalition unveils new eco-index Petah Marian | 27 Jul 12

Clothing and footwear firms including Nike, Marks & Spencer, Levi Strauss and Walmart are among those backing a new tool designed to measure sustainability and environmental impact across the industry supply chain.


Comment: Apparel costing for a living wage Doug Miller | 23 Jul 12

The vexed question of a 'living wage' continues to tax some of the major apparel retailers and brand owners. But how can a sourcing company calculate a living wage, let alone ensure its implementation? Doug Miller, Professor (Emeritus) of Worker Rights in Fashion, has some suggestions.


COLOMBIA: Textile and clothing exports up 8% last year Stuart Todd | 12 Jul 12

The latest figures issued by the Colombian government show that in 2011, the country's exports of textiles and clothing totalled almost US$1.41bn, an increase of 8% on the previous year.


UK: Levi's head of supply chain moves to Cath Kidston Katie Smith | 12 Jul 12

Geert Peeters, senior vice president for Levi's global supply chain, has been appointed as supply chain director at Cath Kidston.


US: Crailar wins flax labelling on products Leonie Barrie | 12 Jul 12

A decision by the US Federal Trade Commission that products made from Crailar natural fibres can be labelled as "flax" rather than "linen" is seen as an important step in emphasising the material's unique nature to consumers.


US: Levi Strauss Q2 profit slumps 37% Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 12

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has seen its second quarter profit slump 37% after being hit by falling revenues in Asia and Europe and higher cotton costs.


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Grupo M and Blue River Denim set up 'Laundry Lab' Leonie Barrie | 10 Jul 12

Dominican Republic apparel maker Grupo M is teaming up with Los Angeles based premium laundry and finisher Blue River Denim to upscale the finishes of denim, twill and knit products coming out of its DR/Haiti co-production model.


US: $194,800 in counterfeit jeans seized Katie Smith | 25 Jun 12

Some 2,850 pairs of counterfeit jeans, worth an estimated US$193,800, have been seized in Laredo, Texas by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) import specialists and officers.


US: Kohl's launches DesigNation with Narciso Rodriguez Petah Marian | 20 Jun 12

US department store operator Kohl's has announced a partnership with Narciso Rodriguez, who will be the first designer for the retailer's limited edition concept called DesigNation.


BRAZIL: Levi's and H&M commit to water management Leonie Barrie | 19 Jun 12

Business leaders from 45 companies, including Levi Strauss and H&M, have committed to improve their water management practices and are calling on governments to step up their efforts to tackle the global water crisis.


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: 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.


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.


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: 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.


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.


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.


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.

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