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2013: A year in review - The unusual and unpredictable Lee Adendorff | 9 Dec 13

Waterless dyes, textiles that clean themselves and new 3D printing filaments: the only thing missing this year was spray on clothing.


2013: A year in review - Sourcing winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 9 Dec 13

What a difference a year makes for garment-making countries. While some were crippled by ongoing unrest, deadly factory fires and natural disasters, others saw exports increase in a critically competitive environment.


CAMBODIA: Sweater plant wins M&S eco-factory status Leonie Barrie | 4 Dec 13

A new US$20m sweater factory in Cambodia has been awarded eco-factory status by UK retailer Marks & Spencer.


UZBEKISTAN: Eleven people died during cotton harvest Leonie Barrie | 29 Nov 13

Eleven people, including a six-year-old boy, are said to have died during this year's cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, according to a new report.


IRELAND: M&S workers prepare for Christmas strikes Michelle Russell | 29 Nov 13

Marks and Spencer employees are to stage a series of walk-outs across the Republic of Ireland in the run up to Christmas, in a row over the closure of their pension scheme.


SWITZERLAND: New finish uses water for odour-free fabrics Leonie Barrie | 29 Nov 13

A new finishing technology that inhibits the development of odour-causing bacteria on textiles and clothing uses a thin film of water to create an anti-microbial barrier.


UK: Marks & Spencer backs UNICEF carbon offset project Katie Smith | 29 Nov 13

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first major company to sign up to UNICEF’s carbon offset project, supporting a pilot project in Bangladesh that helps to reduce indoor air pollution and its impact on children's health.


PHILIPPINES: H&M plans first flagship store Katie Smith | 29 Nov 13

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has taken its first steps into the Philippines by signing a contract for its first store there.


Cheaper private label apparel "losing traction" Richard Woodard | 28 Nov 13

The growth of inexpensive private label apparel is ending as the sector becomes less and less competitive, according to new research.


INDIA: Apparel maker K.Mohan selects ERP to boost ops Leonie Barrie | 27 Nov 13

Indian apparel manufacturer K.Mohan and Co has selected WFX cloud-based ERP software to enhance its operations as it prepares for growth.


SRI LANKA: Textured Jersey gears up for future growth Leonie Barrie | 20 Nov 13

Knitted fabric manufacturer Textured Jersey Lanka is gearing up for future growth with a number of new investments to add capacity, reduce energy costs and expand across the region.


Is M&S ready to make its mark on India? Leonie Barrie | 15 Nov 13

Faced with declining clothing sales in its home market, British retailer Marks & Spencer is looking overseas for growth, with a new focus announced this week to make India its largest international market in the next three years. But is M&S being overly ambitious in its plans? What challenges does it face? And would it be better-served exploring opportunities elsewhere?


UK: Shop Direct product director Doyle exits Katie Smith | 15 Nov 13

Karl Doyle, Shop Direct group product director, has left the UK catalogue and online retailer after eight months in the post to pursue other career opportunities.


The Flanarant: China's competitiveness buoyed by Asia challenges Mike Flanagan | 13 Nov 13

Despite a decision eight years ago by Japanese brands and retailers to cut the amount of clothing sourced from China, garment imports from the country are on the rise. Mike Flanagan believes the reasons should resonate with buyers in the US and EU too.


UK: Cambodia worker health part of M&S Plan A progress Katie Smith | 13 Nov 13

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is trialling a new campaign aimed at helping 14,000 garment workers in Cambodia deal with common health issues, as part of its Plan A ethical programme.


UK: Smart clothing technology put up for sale Leonie Barrie | 13 Nov 13

A wearable fabric technology that has been used in smart clothing applications by the likes of Marks & Spencer, Craghoppers and Zegna is up for sale.


INDIA: Marks & Spencer eyes sales and sourcing growth Leonie Barrie | 11 Nov 13

Retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has set its sights on expansion in India, targeting around 80 stores in the market by 2016 and establishing the country as a key sourcing hub.


In the money: Women's wear continues to weigh on M&S Leonie Barrie | 5 Nov 13

A question mark continues to hang over Marks & Spencer's clothing performance after the retailer recorded its ninth consecutive quarterly decline in like-for-like general merchandise sales - despite the much-publicised re-launch of its autumn/winter women's wear ranges in September.


UK: M&S clothing sales continue to fall Leonie Barrie | 5 Nov 13

Retailer Marks & Spencer has reported a fall in general merchandise sales in the first half of the year, despite efforts to overhaul its womenswear and relaunch its autumn/winter ranges in September.


M&S trading update: What the analysts say Leonie Barrie | 5 Nov 13

Marks & Spencer's clothing business continues to struggle, booking lacklustre sales and lower margins despite ongoing efforts to reinvigorate its women's wear. As the retailer today (5 November) revealed its first-half trading update, analysts continue to question whether it is finally turning a corner.


UK: Little evidence of onshoring boost to manufacturing Richard Woodard | 5 Nov 13

Onshoring or reshoring could give UK manufacturing a boost by relocating production of some goods from current low-cost locations overseas, according to a new report.


UK: Jaeger strengthens creative team with two hires Katie Smith | 5 Nov 13

Luxury British fashion brand Jaeger has strengthened its creative team with two new appointments.


UK: Another women's wear director to leave M&S Katie Smith | 21 Oct 13

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has confirmed that Gillian Ridley Whittle has stepped down as the retailer's development and buying director for women's wear.


UZBEKISTAN: Pressure grows to end forced labour in cotton Leonie Barrie | 17 Oct 13

Faced with ongoing international criticism and a ban on the use of Uzbek cotton by more than 136 international apparel brands and retailers, the country's government is for the first time allowing the International Labor Organization (ILO) to carry out inspections during the 2013 cotton harvest.


BANGLADESH: Garment exports soar 24% in Q1 Siddique Islam | 14 Oct 13

Bangladesh's ready-made garment exports are continuing to soar, rising by more than 24% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year despite on-going labour unrest, political turmoil and factory safety issues.


UK: Arcadia adds two trading directors to BHS team Katie Smith | 14 Oct 13

UK fashion retailer Arcadia Group has added two trading directors to its BHS chain.


Spotlight on...What do fashion consumers really want? Katie Smith | 4 Oct 13

What do consumers really want from their fashion products and shopping experience? That was the question industry experts attempted to answer this week - with their conclusions suggesting retailers need to offer value, quality and convenience to shoppers, preferably all at the same time. Another challenge is for retailers to engage with their customers online or in-store to make sure they keep returning. Katie Smith reports.


BANGLADESH: Safety Accord releases data on 1,600 factories Leonie Barrie | 3 Oct 13

Details of nearly 1,600 Bangladesh factories used by more than 90 leading fashion retailers and brands have been released today (3 October) as part of a commitment to improve safety and transparency in the country's garment industry.


UK: M&S makes changes at the top of its Asia business Leonie Barrie | 1 Oct 13

Retailer Marks & Spencer is reshuffling the executives leading its Asia operations, with Pascal Martin leaving later this month to be replaced by Bruce Findlay, the former retail director at Calvin Klein Europe and Tommy Hilfiger Asia-Pacific.


Chinese manufacturers dig into green technology Wang Fangqing | 30 Sep 13

The Chinese textile industry has long been blamed for over-consuming resources and water pollution. And with consumers increasingly keen to take production processes into account when making purchases, brands are keen to improve their image and that of their suppliers.

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