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ITALY: Canepa claims world-first toxic-free textiles pledge Leonie Barrie | 27 Sep 13

Italian high-end textile manufacturer Canepa SpA has made a commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its products and supply chain by 2020 - becoming, it claims, the first textile company in the world to join Greenpeace's Detox campaign.

US: Europe and Converse send Nike Q1 profit up 33% Richard Woodard | 27 Sep 13

Sporting goods giant Nike posted a 33% surge in first quarter net profit, buoyed by near-ubiquitous growth and improving margins.

WORLD: C&A tops organic cotton charts Richard Woodard | 24 Sep 13

Fashion retailer C&A leads two top 10 lists charting organic cotton use, drawn up by non-for-profit organisation Textile Exchange in its 2012 Market Report.

US footwear trade and sourcing snapshot Leonie Barrie | 20 Sep 13

The US trade deficit in footwear rose 6% to $22.9bn last year on the back of a sizable increase in imports and a marginal drop in exports, an annual trade report has shown.

US: Woolrich to launch first footwear collection Leonie Barrie | 19 Sep 13

Outdoor clothing company Woolrich has hired footwear licensing group Portland Product Werks (PPW) to launch its debut footwear collection.

US: Macy's targets millennials with activewear expansion Katie Smith | 10 Sep 13

As part of efforts to grow its market share in activewear and attract more millennial shoppers aged between 13 and 30, department store retailer Macy's is to expand its athletic apparel assortment into more stores this autumn.

WORLD: Footwear market to reach $211.5bn in 2018 Katie Smith | 2 Sep 13

The global footwear market is expected to be worth US$211.5bn in 2018, with growth driven by Asia Pacific and Europe, according to new research.

WORLD: Rising demand for sportswear and fitness apparel Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 13

Global demand for indoor sportswear and fitness apparel is continuing to rise, despite constrained consumer spending in key economies around the world, a new report says.

US: Former Under Armour exec named Merrell president Katie Smith | 23 Aug 13

Apparel and footwear firm Wolverine Worldwide has appointed Gene McCarthy, former senior vice president of footwear at Under Armour, as president of the Merrell brand.

US: Perry Ellis Q2 net loss up as margins shrink Richard Woodard | 22 Aug 13

Apparel group Perry Ellis International posted an increased loss in the second quarter, with revenues up only slightly and margins down.

AUSTRALIA: Billabong financing terms rewritten Petah Marian | 21 Aug 13

Altamont Capital Partners has revised its long term financing agreement with troubled surfwear brand Billabong to gain approval from the Australian Takeovers Panel.

Comment: Holding Cambodia accountable for its actions David Birnbaum | 6 Aug 13

A fundamental difference between Cambodia and Bangladesh is that the Cambodian government and industry are held accountable for making the necessary improvements to factory working conditions. And this, says David Birnbaum, will ensure Cambodia moves up the economic ladder.

just-style's most read stories this week... Petah Marian | 2 Aug 13

The most read stories on just-style this week include a look at PVH setting out its succession plan, Hudson's Bay's acquisition of Saks, and a report on the use of mobile phones to monitor labour abuses in garment factories.

Green garments: Brands clean up their toxic chemical use Mark Rowe | 2 Aug 13

Environmental concerns focus on a range of pollutants in that water, from pesticides on cotton fields to dust storms caused by overgrazing in Inner Mongolia by cashmere goats.

CHINA: Adidas, Nike and Armani on most powerful brand list Leonie Barrie | 31 Jul 13

Adidas, Nike and Armani are among the top 20 most powerful international brands in China, according to new research, having worked out how to connect with the new sophisticated, value-driven consumer.

US: Nike names Cheek as VP of men's training Petah Marian | 23 Jul 13

Nike has named Craig Cheek as vice president of men's training, overseeing the sportswear giant's training, baseball and football businesses, including managing Nike's relationship with the National Football League (NFL).

just-style's most read stories this week... Petah Marian | 19 Jul 13

Top stories on just-style this week included Nike's launch of its 'Nature Amplified' range, a look at how garment worker wages are driving sourcing shifts, and a report on China's competitiveness as a sourcing location.

US: Nike unveils new 'Nature Amplified' products Richard Woodard | 17 Jul 13

Sporting goods giant Nike has unveiled four new products – two new running shoes and two new apparel ranges - designed to work intuitively with the human body.

AUSTRALIA: Billabong reaches refinancing deal, sells DaKine Petah Marian | 16 Jul 13

Australian surfwear brand Billabong will sell its DaKine clothing and accessories brand and let go of chief executive Launa Inman as part of a refinancing deal.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 5 Jul 13

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the launch of Nike's new app to help designers focus on sustainability, mounting pressure for Gap and Walmart to join the safety accord, and a look at ERP and PLM software tools for apparel firms.

Focus: Western European apparel market sluggish but strategic Ashma Kunde | 4 Jul 13

From the home of haute couture to a hotbed for disposable fashion, Euromonitor International assesses the recent performance of the Western European apparel market.

US: New Nike app to help designers focus on sustainability Leonie Barrie | 3 Jul 13

Sportswear giant Nike has launched a new tool to help apparel designers evaluate the environmental impact of their material choices and ultimately create more sustainable clothing.

CAMBODIA: Nike calls for inquiry into factory dispute Katie Smith | 2 Jul 13

Sportswear giant Nike has called for an inquiry by the Cambodian government into a dispute between police and thousands of garment workers at a factory it sources from.

Software solutions: New tools develop in diverse directions Lee Adendorff | 1 Jul 13

Given their rapid evolution over recent years, it is difficult to predict where ERP and PLM will be a few years from now. Increased compatibility, cloud-based systems, social media mining, and on-demand manufacturing tools will undoubtedly have an increasingly important part to play.

In the money: Innovation key to Nike's growth strategy Katie Smith | 1 Jul 13

Sportswear giant Nike plans to accelerate its innovation agenda, with more new ideas and faster solutions, as part of efforts to bolster long-term growth and profitability.

US: Nike posts Q4 profit hike on higher sales Katie Smith | 28 Jun 13

Sportswear giant Nike has reported a 22% hike in fourth-quarter net profit, driven by higher sales and improved margins.

US: Nike shuffles management as Denson plans to retire Petah Marian | 21 Jun 13

Nike has announced a series of strategic leadership changes following brand president Charlie Denson's decision to retire in January 2014.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 21 Jun 13

The most-read stories on just-style this week include continuing protests in Cambodia over the sacking of garment workers, the news that apparel pricing edged up in May, and Tesco's decision to stop sourcing from an unsafe factory in Bangladesh.

WORLD: Four apparel brands in top-50 green rankings Richard Woodard | 20 Jun 13

Four apparel and retail brands are named in the top 50 rankings of Interbrand’s latest Best Global Green Brands report.

UPDATE: CAMBODIA: Garment workers sacked over strike Richard Woodard | 17 Jun 13

Protests are continuing over the mass sacking in Cambodia of striking workers who make garments for companies including Nike, Lululemon Athletica and Wilson Sports Apparel.








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