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Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 16 Sep 11

Research that luxury fashion sales are being propelled by average consumers, brands boycotting Uzbek cotten harvested using forced child labour and ongoing talks around the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact were among the most read stories on just-style this week.

ITALY: Armani bans sandblasting after activists campaign Leonie Barrie | 15 Sep 11

Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani SpA is joining Gucci and Versace in banning sandblasting from its clothing supply chain after a sustained campaign by activists.

WORLD: Apparel firms join Uzbek cotton ban Leonie Barrie | 12 Sep 11

More than 60 of the world's best known apparel companies and brands, including Adidas, Burberry, C&A, Levi Strauss, Li & Fung, Liz Claiborne, PVH Corp and Wal-Mart Stores, have vowed not to source Uzbek cotton harvested using forced child labour.

US: Levi Strauss & Co names Stephen Neal as chairman Leonie Barrie | 8 Sep 11

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has named Stephen Neal as chairman of the board with immediate effect.

Indian Terrain looks at sourcing from the Americas Devangshu Dutta | 24 Aug 11

Branded apparel retailer Indian Terrain Fashions plans to launch a 'Made in America' jeans brand using denim from a US mill which will be made into jeans in Guatemala. It's a move that bucks trends for brands sold in India, which mainly buy denim products from within the country.

US: Piperlime to offer men's apparel Petah Marian | 17 Aug 11

US online retailer Piperlime today (17 August) announced it will begin offering men's apparel on the site.

ITALY: Dolce & Gabbana deletes Facebook protests Leonie Barrie | 10 Aug 11

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has deleted comments made on its Facebook page by nearly 30,000 activists calling on the company to ban the process of sandblasting, which gives jeans a used look but is highly dangerous to workers.

VIEWPOINT: Short-term contracts exploit Cambodia garment workers Leonie Barrie | 9 Aug 11

International apparel buyers and their suppliers are being urged to take steps to put an end to the widespread use of short-term employment contracts in the Cambodian garment industry amid concerns the practice not only threatens to erode the industry's competitiveness but also violates labour laws and could lead to widespread unrest.

just-style management briefing: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition's collective efforts Ben Cooper | 5 Aug 11

Over the past decade and more, industry associations and individual companies have launched numerous initiatives with the aim of addressing and reducing the environmental and social impacts of clothing manufacture. However, this year the clothing industry's collective effort witnessed what many hope will be a game-changing development with the formation of a new multi-stakeholder partnership.

US: Levi's taps Guajardo to lead global brand strategy Katie Smith | 3 Aug 11

Apparel retailer Levi Strauss & Co has hired Beto Guajardo as global vice president of strategy of its Levi's brand.

Speaking with style: Dr Harry Lee, CEO of TAL Apparel Leonie Barrie | 26 Jul 11

TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers, has turned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into an opportunity to do things differently. Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tells just-style how the Hong Kong based firm's long-time focus on efficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping to combat rising costs and set it apart from the competition.

INDIA: Teen shoppers crave apparel brands Leonie Barrie | 25 Jul 11

India's fashion conscious teens are making the country an attractive destination for international clothing firms, with a new survey finding more than one-third of youngsters in urban areas spend INR5,000 (US$112.7) a month on apparel.

US: Levi's unveils Denizen jeans to US just-style.com | 20 Jul 11

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has introduced its affordable Denizen jeans line to the US as part of its ongoing expansion of the brand.

US: Levi Strauss returns to profit in Q2 just-style.com | 13 Jul 11

Apparel company Levi Strauss & Co reversed the losses of a year ago in posting a profit for the second quarter, thanks to a double-digit surge in revenues.

SRI LANKA: Vallibel One invests $7.26 m in Orit Apparels Leonie Barrie | 4 Jul 11

Sri Lankan investment firm Vallibel One has made its first foray into the apparel sector after buying a 50% stake in Orit Apparels (Private) Ltd for US$7.26m.

US: Levi Strauss CEO to retire just-style.com | 17 Jun 11

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has announced that its president and CEO John Anderson is retiring, effective 1 September.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 27 May 11

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read articles on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

Global news roundup just-style.com | 27 May 11

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

WORLD: Clothing brands adopt voluntary ban on sandblasting just-style.com | 26 May 11

International clothing brands and retailers including C&A, Carrefour, Esprit, H&M, Inditex and Levi Strauss have collectively imposed a voluntary ban on sandblasting in their global supply chains - and are calling on other firms to join them.

Speaking with style: Geert Peeters, head of Levi's global supply chain Joe Ayling | 23 May 11

Heading up supply chain operations for Levi Strauss, the world's largest denim brand, Geert Peeters strives to source jeans in a sustainable, fashionable and compliant way. just-style news editor Joe Ayling caught up with him at the sidelines of a London event to launch its new WaterLess line.

The week ahead on just-style... just-style.com | 23 May 11

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is a snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.

US: Levi Strauss drafts new supplier terms just-style.com | 23 May 11

US denim giant Levi Strauss & Co is working on new terms of engagement (TOE) for its suppliers, with plans to go beyond factory compliance.

Alvanon takes pan-regional approach to sizing Joe Ayling | 19 May 11

Retailers looking to expand across European markets are being provided with 'one size fits all' mannequins designed from scanning data collated across the region by sizing company Alvanon, whose clients include George, Lacoste, Levi's and Nike.

US: Levi Strauss promotes Rohosy as Dockers president just-style.com | 17 May 11

Levi Strauss & Co has promoted Anne Rohosy as executive vice president and president of its global Dockers brand, tasking her with all product, marketing and business operations.

US: LF USA to buy Hampshire's designer brands just-style.com | 6 May 11

Clothing maker Hampshire Group is offloading its women's brands, with the Designers businesses being sold to LF USA, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based sourcing giant Li & Fung Limited, and the Item Eyes lines going to KBL Group International Ltd.

US: Levi's brand appoints global head of men's design just-style.com | 28 Apr 11

The Levi's brand has appointed Walker MacWilliam as its new global head of men's design.

US: Sporting goods group joins fair factories scheme just-style.com | 27 Apr 11

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has signed up to the Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC), an industry-wide initiative that aims to improve working conditions and compliance by providing an audit sharing platform.

COMMENT: Garment industry takes a lead on public welfare just-style.com | 18 Apr 11

Ethical behaviour, sustainable and eco-friendly production are laudable goals - but in all too many cases they play second fiddle to rising sales and profit. In a world where cheap talk usually replaces action, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is different, believes David Birnbaum.

How to retain talent in the clothing industry? Leonie Barrie | 15 Apr 11

In their quest for low labour rates and low garment costs, apparel firms are increasingly coming up against a range of problems on the talent front, from a lack of skilled workers to poorly motivated employees and a high turnover of staff. What's more, concerns are now extending to the future, and how to encourage the next generation into the industry.

US: Levi Strauss mulls the use of Crailar flax fibre just-style.com | 15 Apr 11

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to look at using the new cotton-like flax-based fibre Crailar in its woven casual apparel products, including denim, bottom and top weight fabrics.








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