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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 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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

COMMENT: Government giveaways stifle garment industry growth David Birnbaum | 12 Aug 14

Governments have a vital role to play in supporting the modern industrial economy, but in many garment-exporting countries this positive support is both lacking and counter-productive. Based on his work in the Dominican Republic, David Birnbaum suggests government giveaways make change even more difficult.

ANALYSIS: US apparel imports show continuing China competitiveness Leonie Barrie | 8 Aug 14

Half-way through the year and US apparel imports are taking shape to give a broader view of the trends so far - including average unit costs from China falling below those of Bangladesh. Not surprisingly, supply options in the first six months of 2014 point to China and Vietnam as the ongoing winners, while shipments from Bangladesh continue to drop.

US: Hampshire and Levi Strauss in global sourcing deal Michelle Russell | 17 Jul 14

Fashion apparel maker Hampshire Group has signed a global sourcing deal with jeans giant Levi Strauss.

US: Costs push Levi Strauss Q2 earnings down Michelle Russell | 9 Jul 14

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co saw its earnings plummet in the second quarter, hurt by restructuring and debt extinguishment-related charges, as well as lower wholesale revenues in the Americas.

ANALYSIS: Vietnam soars as US apparel imports decline in May Leonie Barrie | 8 Jul 14

Despite forecasts suggesting US imports would continue to rise in May - in part to offset the threat of possible industrial action and disruption at major West Coast container ports this summer - the latest data in fact shows apparel imports were down year-on-year. While Vietnam was one of the few countries bucking the overall decline, shipments from China and Bangladesh showed fluctuating fortunes.

US: Target "reduces" Cambodia garment sourcing Michelle Russell | 27 Jun 14

US retailer Target Corp is another apparel manufacturer to have reportedly reduced its sourcing from Cambodian garment factories in response to industry turmoil in the country.

CAMBODIA: Garment and textile exports grow in Q1 Katie Smith | 17 Jun 14

Despite lapses in factory safety and ongoing labour unrest, Cambodian exports of garments and textiles grew 9% in the first three months of the year.

US: Cotswold Industries pioneers Tencel in pocketing Leonie Barrie | 13 Jun 14

An innovative new pocketing fabric has been developed using Lenzing's Tencel fibre, which is said to take pocketing and waistbanding "to a new era with softness, strength and sustainability."

VIEWPOINT: Risk-averse retailers vote with their orders Leonie Barrie | 12 Jun 14

The international apparel supply chain faces a complex array of risks and variables, and buyers are putting a high priority on minimum disruption. Indeed, there's a stark link between the three top-ten supplier countries whose imports to the US have fallen this year so far.

CHINA: Clothing retail to soar as export growth falters Textiles Intelligence | 9 Jun 14

China's retail market looks set to soar over the next few years as the government acts to encourage domestic growth to offset a possible slowdown in clothing exports.








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