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Focus: Latin America increasingly important for apparel Ashma Kunde | 30 Apr 13

Following last month's overview of apparel in Asia Pacific, Euromonitor International assesses the prospects and pitfalls in the next goldmine of opportunity: Latin America.

BANGLADESH: Buyers call for action on factory safety Siddique Islam | 30 Apr 13

Representatives from more than 40 apparel brands and retailers have called for a credible action plan to address workplace safety in the Bangladesh clothing sector as the death toll from last week's Rana Plaza building collapse climbs to 386.

US: Nike collaborates on sustainable materials challenge Petah Marian | 29 Apr 13

Nike has teamed up with NASA and a number of other US government departments to collaborate on developing sustainable materials.

EUROPE: Study urges re-think on apparel trade policy Leonie Barrie | 23 Apr 13

A new study into the impact of the branded clothing sector on the European economy is calling for a shift in thinking when it comes to setting out trade policies to include the full breadth of the industry.

US: Nike to expand Washington County HQ Katie Smith | 19 Apr 13

Four months after lawmakers in Oregon approved legislation that tax rules would not change for companies making new investments in the state, sportswear giant Nike is to expand its headquarters in Washington County.

UZBEKISTAN: Activists call on Nike to end dealings with Daewoo Petah Marian | 18 Apr 13

Human rights activists have called on Nike to stop doing business with Daewoo International, which they claim is the largest processor of forced labour cotton in Uzbekistan.

PERU: Calls for labour reform a "hot-button" issue Leonie Barrie | 15 Apr 13

Efforts by a group of US apparel brands and retailers to persuade the Peruvian government to repeal legislation that allows the use of short-term contracts in the country's garment industry have, as yet, generated no formal response, just-style has learnt.

GUATEMALA: Agrees enforced labour laws under DR-CAFTA Leonie Barrie | 12 Apr 13

The Guatemalan government has agreed to enforce its labour laws - finally resolving a complaint filed in 2008 by the US government under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).

NETHERLANDS: IKEA GreenTech joins Nike to back waterless dyeing Leonie Barrie | 9 Apr 13

The development and availability of an innovative waterless dyeing system is set to accelerate with the decision by Ikea GreenTech to join Nike as an investor in the company behind the new technology.

US: Myntra acquires virtual fitting room developer Fitiquette Katie Smith | 8 Apr 13

Indian online fashion retailer Myntra has acquired San Francisco-based virtual fitting room developer Fitiquette to help improve the shopping experience for Indian consumers.

Focus: Apparel sales in Asia Pacific Ashma Kunde | 27 Mar 13

Apparel sales in the Asia Pacific region are continuing on a golden growth trajectory despite a slowdown in China. Domestic brands are continuing to hold their own, and foreign brands intent on making further inroads are increasingly focusing on lower-tier cities for growth.

US: Basketball footwear sales continue to grow Katie Smith | 27 Mar 13

Basketball footwear has become one of the fastest growing athletic footwear categories in the US, according to new research.

US: Under Armour sued over use of G Defy name Petah Marian | 26 Mar 13

Sportswear brand Under Armour is being sued by footwear brand Gravity Defyer over Under Armour's use of the G Defy name on its footwear.

US: Nike Q3 profit up 16% as margins rise Richard Woodard | 22 Mar 13

Sporting goods colossus Nike grew earnings ahead of revenues in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 thanks to a substantial increase in gross margins.

US: Nike to speed the supply of sustainable materials Petah Marian | 19 Mar 13

Nike is teaming up with Swiss company Bluesign Technologies to accelerate the supply of more sustainable materials for use in the sportswear giant's products.

Change is a constant in new retail landscape Katie Smith | 14 Mar 13

Despite the importance of the online channel and mobile technology to the growth of the UK retail sector, old-fashioned values like trust and a physical store presence will continue to play a key role in its future growth, leading executives say.

Question marks over new zero discharge roadmap Richard Woodard | 7 Mar 13

Leading fashion brands and retailers have joined forces to issue an update on their joint “roadmap” aimed at securing zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chains by 2020. But the revised plans have already come under fire.

PERU: US brands tell government to repeal worker law Richard Woodard | 6 Mar 13

Leading apparel brands from the US are urging the Peruvian government to repeal legislation which allows suppliers to use short-term contracts to employ their workers.

US: Quiksilver makes senior management appointments Petah Marian | 5 Mar 13

US surf wear brand Quiksilver has announced a series of senior management changes as part of efforts to turnaround the business, following the appointment of a new president and CEO in January.

Global news roundup Katie Smith | 5 Mar 13

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 1 Mar 13

The most read stories on just-style this week include a look at the challenges Burma faces in becoming a competitive sourcing destination, Under Armour filing a trademark infringement lawsuit against Nike, and Inditex and New Look compensating the families of victims of the Smart Export Garment factory fire.

US: Coach adds two executives to creative team Katie Smith | 27 Feb 13

Upscale footwear, handbags and accessories retailer Coach Inc has added two executives to its creative team to help it develop into a global lifestyle brand.

US: Under Armour sues Nike for trademark infringement Katie Smith | 25 Feb 13

Performance apparel and footwear maker Under Armour has filed a lawsuit that claims sportswear giant Nike is infringing its I Will trademark.

CHINA: Belle International shares fall on FY profit warning Katie Smith | 21 Feb 13

Chinese footwear and sportswear business Belle International has seen its share price fall today (21 February) after admitting its 2012 profit will be at the lower end of analyst expectations.

US: Iconix buys Lee Cooper brand in $72m deal Leonie Barrie | 20 Feb 13

European denim brand Lee Cooper has been sold to Iconix Brand Group in a $72m deal that will help the New York based firm grow its international presence.

Malaysia makers to focus on quality to achieve growth Jonathan Dyson | 19 Feb 13

Malaysia's textile and clothing industry is planning to focus on three key areas - higher value fashion, dyeing and finishing, and technical textiles - to sustain strong growth and continue to compete with significantly lower-cost competition elsewhere in Asia.

UK: JD Pro head Knight exits Katie Smith | 7 Feb 13

Sports and casual wear retailer JD Sports has confirmed to just-style that Tom Knight, who led the development of its sports performance fascia, has left the business.

US: Nike completes sale of Cole Haan to Apax Partners Petah Marian | 4 Feb 13

Sportswear giant Nike has completed the sale of footwear brand Cole Haan to private equity firm Apax Partners, after the US$570m deal was revealed in November.

The Flanarant: Compliance campaigns set to take a new direction Mike Flanagan | 1 Feb 13

Two campaigns carried out over the past two years by two groups of activists have achieved very different results. Whereas Greenpeace has successfully corralled major brands and retailers into its Detox programme, the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement (BFBSA) campaign has struggled to make a mark. Mike Flanagan looks at what the Bangladesh factory fire row tells us about the future of compliance.

US: Under Armour head of footwear McCarthy resigns Katie Smith | 24 Jan 13

Gene McCarthy, senior vice president of footwear at Under Armour, is to leave the performance apparel and footwear specialist next month.








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