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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.

US: Nike names Levi's exec Calhoun as Hurley CEO just-style.com | 14 Apr 11

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc has tapped former Levi Strauss executive Jim Calhoun as the new VP and CEO of its Hurley action sports apparel brand.

US: Margin decline eats into Levi Strauss Q1 profit Joe Ayling | 13 Apr 11

US jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has booked a 28% drop in first quarter profit after resorting to price cutting in an attempt to increase sales and shift inventory.

US: Levi Strauss teams with Target on Denizen brand just-style.com | 12 Apr 11

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to expand its low cost Denizen brand to the US and Mexico this summer, one year after the label was launched in Asia.

TURKEY: Istanbul to host Fashion Apparel Conference just-style.com | 12 Apr 11

Around 2000 industry professionals are expected to take part in the fourth Istanbul Fashion Apparel Conference, which takes place next month and brings together Turkish textile and apparel manufacturers, retailers, and national and international brands.

CHINA: Yida jeans plant takes more green steps Leonie Barrie | 7 Apr 11

Hong Kong based Crystal Group, one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers, is taking steps to improve the energy, water, waste, material usage, air quality and noise at its Yida denim factory to prove the industry doesn't have to be as polluting as many critics claim.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 1 Apr 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.

Speaking with style: Kurt Cavano, CEO, TradeCard Leonie Barrie | 31 Mar 11

There's plenty of talk about the uphill battle confronting apparel supply chains in the face of cautious consumer spending and the pressure on margins from rising raw material, labour and transportation costs. What's needed are constructive ways to counter these pressures. Kurt Cavano, CEO of the TradeCard supply chain platform, believes technology has a key role to play.

US: Levi's agrees to pay $1m back in overtime just-style.com | 30 Mar 11

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has agreed to pay $1m in overtime back wages to 596 misclassified employees in the US, after the US Department of Labor found overtime violations.

US: Hampshire widens FY losses on falling sales just-style.com | 22 Mar 11

Falling women's wear sales and lower selling prices have contributed to a wider full-year losses at clothing maker Hampshire Group Limited.

US: Levi's taps Etheridge as head of women's design just-style.com | 16 Mar 11

Jeans brand Levi's has tapped Laurie Etheridge as the global head of women's merchandising and design, responsible for all product categories across all regions - including the Curve ID denim line which focuses on fit rather than size.

COMMENT: Nicaragua growing as an apparel powerhouse just-style.com | 7 Mar 11

The Nicaraguan textile and apparel industry is in a buoyant mood after a recovery in US demand last year helped lift the sector's exports by 14% to $1bn. Here government promotion institute Pro Nicaragua spells out some of the country's competitive advantages.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 4 Mar 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.

US: Levi's appoints global marketing chief just-style.com | 4 Mar 11

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has named Rebecca Van Dyck as its global chief marketing officer for the Levi's brand.

just-style management briefing: Innovation is key to sustainable success just-style.com | 3 Mar 11

In the green clothing and textiles market, the requirement to create sustainable and marketable eco-friendly products is becoming increasingly competitive. Out-of-the-box innovation is immensely valuable in such a sector where companies seek to balance environmental marketing against increased costs - if green production can be achieved for lower costs, then major labels can and do take notice.

US: Walmart, M&S, Levi's back apparel eco-index scheme Leonie Barrie | 1 Mar 11

Leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers and manufacturers including Nike, Gap Inc, H&M, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer and Walmart are driving a new initiative to improve sustainability across the entire apparel and footwear sector.

US: Levi’s gets second bite in trademark case just-style.com | 11 Feb 11

Jeans manufacturer Levi Strauss & Co can try again to sue apparel company Abercrombie & Fitch in a row over a design carried on the back pocket of its jeans.

US: Levi's expands Curve ID women's denim line just-style.com | 10 Feb 11

Jeans giant Levi's is expanding its new Curve ID women's denim line to include a new fit, new styles and more sizes after selling more than a million units since their launch last August.

US: Global growth lifts Levi Strauss Q4 profit 28% just-style.com | 9 Feb 11

Jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co has booked a 28% rise in fourth quarter profit thanks to top-line growth in all regions, including its Levi's retail business in the US and wholesale operations in Europe.

THE FLANARANT: Is RFID in apparel finally coming of age? Mike Flanagan | 8 Feb 11

With apparel retailers and brands looking for new ways to bring down their buying-in prices, could now be the time for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to finally come into its own? Mike Flanagan certainly thinks so, pointing out that costs are coming down, suppliers are beginning to collaborate, and benefits could include better management in garment factories.

HONG KONG: Esprit to ban the use of sandblasting just-style.com | 7 Feb 11

Hong Kong-based clothing firm Esprit has vowed to stop using the controversial sandblasting technique in its global production chain with immediate effect.

Spotlight on...Grupo M stitches growth with Haiti just-style.com | 28 Jan 11

Leading Dominican Republic apparel maker Grupo M is growing fast by applying its technical expertise to neighbouring Haiti, where the Haitian Economic Lift Program is opening up new prospects for trade with the US. Jozef De Coster reports.

UK: Littlewoods to launch Levi's Curve ID jeans just-style.com | 26 Jan 11

Littlewoods Europe will be selling Levi Curve ID and Not Your Daughter's Jeans (NYDJ) to customers in France, Spain, Germany and Portugal as part of its new collection.

December management briefing: Part IV - The strange and unusual on just-style in 2010 just-style.com | 23 Dec 10

With the global textile and clothing industry this year emerging from a deep slump, it is perhaps understandable that there were going to be unexpected twists and turns in the sector during 2010.

LESOTHO: Better Work programme launches in Africa just-style.com | 21 Dec 10

Buyers from Gap Inc, Levi Strauss and Wal-Mart attended the launch earlier this month of the Better Work programme in Lesotho – the first time the scheme, which aims to improve working conditions in the garment sector, has been rolled out in Africa.








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