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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: 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: 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.


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.


WORLD: Clothing firms agree limits for textile chemicals Leonie Barrie | 6 Jun 14

The group working towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the apparel and footwear supply chain has reached a significant milestone by releasing its long-awaited Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL).


ANALYSIS: Bangladesh lags as Vietnam leads US import growth Leonie Barrie | 5 Jun 14

As US retailers stocked up in anticipation of a busy spring and summer, their preferred supplier choices in April continued to be led by China and Vietnam. But the decline in shipments from Bangladesh appears to be accelerating.


CAMBODIA: Court ruling frees garment workers and activists Leonie Barrie | 30 May 14

A Cambodian court has today (30 May) freed 25 garment workers and labour activists arrested during demonstrations earlier this year, instead handing out suspended sentences ranging from one to over four years.


CAMBODIA: Court ruling frees garment workers and activists Leonie Barrie | 30 May 14

A Cambodian court has today (30 May) freed 25 garment workers and labour activists arrested during demonstrations earlier this year, instead handing out suspended sentences ranging from one to over four years.


US: Levi Strauss cuts sourcing from Cambodia Katie Smith | 29 May 14

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has reduced its sourcing from Cambodian garment factories in a bid to "minimise supply-chain risk and ensure delivery" amid ongoing unrest in the country.


CAMBODIA: Brands back new talks on worker rights violations Richard Woodard | 23 May 14

Clothing brands and retailers including H&M, Gap and Levi Strauss are set to renew talks with the Cambodian government on Monday (26 May) over the alleged violation of worker rights in the country.


ANALYSIS: Mauritius emerges as sustainable sourcing hub Michelle Russell | 21 May 14

Strategically located along the trading route between Asia and Africa, Mauritius is fast emerging as a major sourcing hub for textile and apparel products. Despite low-cost competition from Asia, the industry has successfully navigated its way through a plethora of challenges in the last few decades to emerge as a now high-tech, dynamic, and vertically integrated sector. Michelle Russell takes a closer look.


Mauritius overview: Textile and apparel firms talk tactics Michelle Russell | 13 May 14

The Mauritian textile and apparel industry has overtaken sugar to become the country's largest export, with a turnover of around US$885m in 2013, a marginal increase of just 0.07% over the year before. Local textile and clothing manufacturers are working hard to sustain this growth, with several sharing their future ambitions with just-style.


US: Hampshire extends Levi Strauss license deal Michelle Russell | 13 May 14

Fashion apparel maker Hampshire Group has extended its license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co. for its Dockers brand's men's tops business.


US: Hampshire extends Levi Strauss license deal Michelle Russell | 13 May 14

Fashion apparel maker Hampshire Group has extended its license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co. for its Dockers brand's men's tops business.


TAIWAN: Freudenberg to increase transparency through sustainable coalition Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 14

Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb Company says it is committing to increased transparency and openness through its decision to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.


US: Wal-Mart exec to lead Levi Strauss e-commerce Katie Smith | 15 Apr 14

Levi Strauss & Co has tapped Wal-Mart executive Marc Rosen to head up e-commerce, as the denim giant looks to strengthen its online operations.


US: Levi Strauss Q1 profit slides on restructuring costs Katie Smith | 9 Apr 14

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has seen its first-quarter profit more than halve on the back of restructuring charges and costs related to the launch of a global productivity initiative.


VIETNAM: Jeanologia and Vinatex commit to jeans production Michelle Russell | 9 Apr 14

Spanish sustainable textile technology firm Jeanologia is building its partnership with the Vinatex group with the aim of making Vietnam a global centre of excellence in the production of jeans.


US: Levis Strauss restructuring to cut 800 jobs Michelle Russell | 26 Mar 14

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co is to cut around 800 jobs as part of a new restructuring programme it hopes will deliver up to US$200m in annual savings.


SWEDEN: H&M recognised for ramping up its eco-credentials Leonie Barrie | 25 Mar 14

Continuing to dispel the notion that its fast fashion model is out of kilter with the apparel industry's increasing focus on sustainability issues, retailer H&M is ramping up its eco-credentials.


US: Nomura to head global retail at Levi Strauss Katie Smith | 24 Jan 14

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has appointed Craig Nomura as its new president of retail to support growth.

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