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INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss refocuses on "profit through principle" Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 14

Levi Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.


INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss refocuses on "profit through principle" Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 14

Levi Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.


VF Corp issues Bangladesh factory safety funding Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 14

VF Corp, and the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC), have provided loans to three Bangladeshi garment factories under a new funding programme for fire and building safety improvements.


Top stories this week on just-style... Katie Smith | 14 Nov 14

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the news that Levi Strauss will cut 500 jobs as part of a restructure, a 28% increase in wages for Cambodia garment workers, and Bangladesh seeing its apparel exports to the US decline in September.


Levi Strauss to axe 500 jobs as part of restructuring Leonie Barrie | 11 Nov 14

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is axing 500 jobs as part of a $143m deal to outsource some of its global business services including information technology, finance, human resources, customer service and consumer relations.


Bangladesh slips as US imports surge in September Katie Smith | 10 Nov 14

US apparel imports surged in September as retailers continued to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption to shipments due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports. Four of the top-ten supplier countries - China, Vietnam, Indonesia and India - saw strong double-digit gains, but Bangladesh sank for the seventh month in a row.


Hampshire Group moves to profit in Q3 Michelle Russell | 7 Nov 14

US apparel business Hampshire Group has moved to a profit in its third-quarter thanks to strong growth in sales driven by the addition of new brands earlier this year.


Levi Strauss offers cheaper loans to ethical suppliers Katie Smith | 6 Nov 14

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to provide low-cost loans to help its garment suppliers in developing countries to upgrade environmental, health, safety and labour standards - with better terms available to those who perform well on sustainability metrics.


Levi Strauss offers cheaper loans to ethical suppliers Katie Smith | 6 Nov 14

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to provide low-cost loans to help its garment suppliers in developing countries to upgrade environmental, health, safety and labour standards - with better terms available to those who perform well on sustainability metrics.


Levi Strauss and M&S join Canopy forest fibre initiative Richard Woodard | 29 Oct 14

Leading fashion players including Levi Strauss & Co and Marks & Spencer are the latest names to sign up to non-profit organisation Canopy’s Fashion Loved by Forest sustainability initiative.


Crystal Group steps up efforts in carbon monitoring Leonie Barrie | 24 Oct 14

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal Group has stepped up its efforts to disclose greenhouse gas emissions by becoming one of just two unlisted companies taking part in a climate change questionnaire.


China tightens up on corporate social responsibility Jens Kastner | 16 Oct 14

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.


China tightens up on corporate social responsibility Jens Kastner | 16 Oct 14

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.


Vietnam surges ahead in US apparel import gains Leonie Barrie | 10 Oct 14

Spurred on by the back-to-school season and fears of potential disruption to shipments of holiday merchandise amid the dockworkers contract dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports in August reached their highest level in more than a year.


Levi Strauss Q3 profit hit by charges Richard Woodard | 7 Oct 14

Levi Strauss & Co recorded a double-digit reduction in third quarter profit, thanks to the impact of charges linked to the company’s productivity initiative.


Diesel's co-founder works to beat the denim blues Ivan Castano Freeman | 3 Oct 14

Adriano Goldschmied, Diesel's co-founder, is working to promote a new stretch fabric he hopes will turn around the fortunes of the $50bn denim industry.


INTERVIEW: Crystal Group CEO rises to the challenges Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 14

Building the business for long-term growth, but also ensuring that the company has a strong local supply chain in place to deliver on its goals, are among the challenges faced by Andrew Lo, CEO of Hong Kong based Crystal Group, as he continues to build the capacity and competitiveness of one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers.


Spotlight on...Pacific Crystal Textiles gears up for Vietnam production Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 14

A long-standing investment between two Hong Kong based companies - Crystal Group and Pacific Textiles Holdings - to set up a new fabric mill in Vietnam is nearing completion. Add in Crystal Group's new garment manufacturing facilities, and the site is expected to be the largest vertical textile and garment operation in the country.


US: ITC proceeds with denim patent investigation Michelle Russell | 19 Sep 14

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has said it will proceed with the launch of an investigation into a patent infringement complaint regarding certain laser abraded denim garments.


UK: New Look taps Mason as non-exec chairman Katie Smith | 17 Sep 14

UK fashion retailer New Look has tapped former Matalan and Levi Strauss executive Paul Mason as its new non-executive chairman.


ANALYSIS: China and Vietnam lead US apparel imports in July Leonie Barrie | 8 Sep 14

US retailers ramped up stocks for the start of the back-to-school season in July, pushing apparel imports for the month up by 13.4%, according to the latest data. But while China and Vietnam were the biggest beneficiaries of these gains, shipments from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Cambodia tumbled.


UK: Jeans brand once owned by Levi Strauss up for sale Leonie Barrie | 4 Sep 14

A vintage jeans brand once owned and manufactured by denim giant Levi Strauss & Co is up for sale.


UK: Jeans brand once owned by Levi Strauss up for sale Leonie Barrie | 4 Sep 14

A vintage jeans brand once owned and manufactured by denim giant Levi Strauss & Co is up for sale.


US: Retailers urge ITC to drop denim patent case Richard Woodard | 4 Sep 14

Retailers and fashion businesses have joined forces to call on the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to abandon a patent investigation into laser-abraded jeans.


US: Former Wet Seal CEO returns to helm as Goodman exits Katie Smith | 3 Sep 14

Former Wet Seal CEO Edmond Thomas is to return to the helm of the teen apparel retailer, replacing John Goodman who has left the company.


3D technology: Applications in retail Lee Adendorff | 2 Sep 14

From scanning technology for major sizing studies, to magic mirrors or virtual fitting rooms, 3D technology is helping to transform both retail stores and online shopping.


INTERVIEW: Hampshire Group CEO hails turnaround progress Leonie Barrie | 27 Aug 14

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.


INTERVIEW: Hampshire Group CEO hails turnaround progress Leonie Barrie | 27 Aug 14

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.


SUSTAINABILITY: Crystal Group nurtures its caring culture Leonie Barrie | 15 Aug 14

As one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers, Hong Kong based Crystal Group believes its size and continuing growth carry additional responsibilities to "nurture our caring culture."


EUROPE: Clothing retailers set out case for EU-Vietnam FTA Leonie Barrie | 13 Aug 14

A group of European retail clothing brands is calling for the elimination of duties on apparel, along with more flexible rules of origin, as part of the free-trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam.

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