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The reality of manufacturing fashion in the UK

The idea of bringing mass-market garment production back to the UK is finally gaining momentum among manufacturers and retailers. But accord...

Making clothes should never mean life or death

Is Bangladesh is a place where workers are safe to make clothes sold by Western retailers and brands - and is the lure of low costs a risk w...

Katie Smith | 28 Feb 2014

Industry experts this week assembled to share their views on the reality of manufacturing textiles and apparel in Britain. Here is a roundup of some of the comments made at the the ASBCI conference 'Making it in the UK - Ready or not?'

Leonie Barrie | 19 Apr 2013

Fashion retailers, brands and manufacturers are facing a "moving target" when it comes to garment sizing and fit. A focus on changing consumer shapes, communication with both offshore factories and customers, pattern blocks and fit forms, as well as processes and training are all needed now if the industry is to prevent problems in the future, say leading executives.

Katie Smith | 21 Dec 2012

Instead of our regular look at the most read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top stories on just-style in 2012. From Nike's Flyknit seamless running shoes to garment factory strikes, innovation and labour problems were some of the issues that made the headlines. | 14 Oct 2010

A recent seminar looking at specific challenges facing the children's wear market concluded that weight and waist sizes are a better indicator of 'fit' than age; children's wear sales are being boosted by grandparents and fathers; and cross-shopping retail strategies are paying off as consumers prefer to shop under one roof in supermarkets, discount and department stores.

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Petah Marian | 13 Aug 2013

Andy Dunkley, the CEO of Lee Cooper has set some ambitious targets for the licensed denim brand, with plans for it to double its revenue to US$1bn over the next five years. Dunkley told Petah Marian about the Lee Cooper "family" and its plans at the company's recent licensee conference.

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Michelle Russell | 5 Feb 2016

Value fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has had its ratings outlook downgraded by Moody's over concerns about the company's ability to reverse the decline in profitability in its current fiscal.

With the holiday season done and dusted, UK apparel and footwear retailers are counting the cost. In the most recent Christmas trading reports, JD Sports, SuperGroup, Fat Face and Debenhams saw sales rise over the all-important trading period, while Tesco and Matalan recorded a decline in revenue. Sainsbury's posted an increase in clothing sales, Shop Direct delivered "record breaking" results, and Ted Baker enjoyed a "good retail performance". 

Katie Smith | 16 Oct 2015

Value fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has cut its full-year earnings outlook, after its second quarter performance was weighed down by the “severe financial impact” of challenges at is new distribution centre. 

Katie Smith | 12 Jan 2015

Value fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has said it expects to record full-year profit growth, despite posting a drop in Christmas sales.

Katie Smith | 17 Sep 2014

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

Katie Smith | 9 Sep 2014

The International Labour Organization-backed fund for victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy has distributed BDT108m (US$1.4m) to 700 cases.

Richard Woodard | 7 Aug 2014

Campaigners have renewed their condemnation of cut-price clothing retailer Matalan, claiming that the company has made only a “token” contribution to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund.

Richard Woodard | 5 Aug 2014

Union confederation the TUC is urging the UK government to match-fund corporate donations to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund, and to pressure the Bangladesh government to increase and openly declare its own contribution.

Michelle Russell | 31 Jul 2014

UK apparel retailer Matalan has made a contribution to the Rana Plaza Compensation Trust Fund but insists it has never been ordered by any organisation to pay compensation.

Michelle Russell | 29 Jul 2014

UK apparel retailer Matalan has moved to defend its position following accusations it has violated terms of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, and is dragging its feet over paying into the compensation fund.

Katie Smith | 23 Jul 2014

Nicole Farhi's creative director, Joanna Sykes, is leaving the upmarket fashion brand after less than two years in the role.

Leonie Barrie | 20 May 2014

Value fashion retailer Matalan is implementing Lectra's Modaris 3D product development solution to enhance the fit, style and quality of its garments.

Katie Smith | 13 May 2014

Value fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has reported a drop in full-year profit, but stressed that earnings have improved for the start of the new fiscal year.

Katie Smith | 1 May 2014

Sainsbury's clothing boss James Brown has been promoted to director of all non-food trading, as part of a reshuffle to prepare for the departure of CEO Justin King.

Michelle Russell | 3 Apr 2014

Italian fashion firm Benetton has moved to defend its position on Bangladesh following accusations it has violated terms of the Accord and is dragging its feet over paying into the compensation fund.

Michelle Russell | 2 Apr 2014

The North Face says it remains committed to ensuring its suppliers meet the group's ethical standards despite a report accusing the outdoor wear brand of failing workers by not paying a living wage.

Michelle Russell | 31 Mar 2014

European retailers including Debenhams, Matalan and North Face are failing workers in their supply chain by not paying a living wage, according to a new brand survey.

Katie Smith | 31 Mar 2014

Former Pringle, Mulberry and Tanner Krolle executive, Martin Mason, has been named chief executive of upmarket British fashion brand Nicole Farhi, with effect from 1 April.

Michelle Russell | 26 Mar 2014

Campaigners are stepping up their calls for brands to pay into the Rana Plaza compensation fund after it was revealed to just-style that less than 20% of the amount required to make payments to all workers has so far been received.

Leonie Barrie | 19 Mar 2014

The committee set up to pay compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse aims to distribute US$2m to around 3,600 workers and families before the one-year anniversary of the tragedy on 24 April.

Leonie Barrie | 14 Mar 2014

Compensation payments to victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse are due to start next month - but campaigners admit funds still fall far short of the $40m needed to make payments to all workers.

Katie Smith | 6 Mar 2014

New Look non-executive chairman Alistair McGeorge is to step down after three years at the value fashion retailer.

Katie Smith | 18 Feb 2014

The owner of upmarket fashion brand Nicole Farhi is looking to hire a global CEO and marketing director as part of wider plans to drive growth.

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