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Top ten news stories on just-style in 2014... Katie Smith | 23 Dec 14

Instead of our regular roundup of 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 news stories on just-style in 2014. Minimum wage rises, toxic substances in clothing, job cuts, and factory safety issues were some of the issues that made the headlines.

2014: Year in review - Brand winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 17 Dec 14

Successful turnaround plans, strong export growth, and innovative products paid dividends for some brands in 2014, while others were dented by takeover talk, adverse currency impacts and unsubstantiated marketing claims.

Bangladesh falls further as US apparel imports grow Katie Smith | 10 Dec 14

As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Three of the top-ten supplier countries - Vietnam, Honduras and India - saw strong double-digit growth, but Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.

Puma CCO Caroti steps down Katie Smith | 5 Dec 14

Puma's chief commercial officer, Stefano Caroti, is to exit the German sportswear business after seven years in the role.

Puma commits to 100% PFC removal Michelle Russell | 24 Nov 14

German sportswear business Puma has laid out an action plan for the elimination of chemicals in its products and set milestones to achieve full transparency in its supply chain.

Bangladesh slips as US imports surge in September Katie Smith | 10 Nov 14

US apparel imports surged in September as retailers continued to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption to shipments due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports. Four of the top-ten supplier countries - China, Vietnam, Indonesia and India - saw strong double-digit gains, but Bangladesh sank for the seventh month in a row.

Puma "moving in the right direction" in Q3 Michelle Russell | 7 Nov 14

German sportswear business Puma said it believes things are moving in the right direction after revealing footwear sales have risen for the first time in seven quarters.

Top stories this week on just-style... Katie Smith | 7 Nov 14

The most-read stories on just-style this week included news that VF Corp is being viewed as the most suitable buyer for sportswear brand Puma, an insight into some of the trends and challenges facing the retail sector, and the impact of slowdowns at US west coast ports on apparel shipments.

Jack Wolfskin taps ex-Esprit executive as CEO Katie Smith | 5 Nov 14

German outdoor clothing specialist Jack Wolfskin has appointed former Esprit chief product and design officer Melody Harris-Jensbach as its new chief executive.

VF Corp seen as most suitable buyer for Puma Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 14

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corp could be the most suitable buyer for German sportswear company Puma, analysts believe, following reports the brand is up for sale.

Kering outlines new sustainable fashion partnership Katie Smith | 27 Oct 14

French luxury goods group Kering has outlined a new partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at the London College of Fashion (LCF) to support sustainable practices and innovation in the fashion industry.

Kering multi-brand strategy boosts Q3 sales Michelle Russell | 24 Oct 14

French luxury goods group Kering has booked an increase in third-quarter revenues, thanks to the multi-brand strategy it has in place.

Kering to source crocodile skins from Madagascar Leonie Barrie | 17 Oct 14

Luxury goods group Kering, owner of the Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Saint Laurent brands, is backing a project to support the sustainable supply of crocodile skins in Madagascar.

China tightens up on corporate social responsibility Jens Kastner | 16 Oct 14

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.

Vietnam surges ahead in US apparel import gains Leonie Barrie | 10 Oct 14

Spurred on by the back-to-school season and fears of potential disruption to shipments of holiday merchandise amid the dockworkers contract dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports in August reached their highest level in more than a year.

UK: Retailers urged to create more biodegradable clothing Richard Woodard | 23 Sep 14

Designers and retailers in the UK are being urged to create clothes from more easily biodegradable materials to ease waste disposal issues.

ANALYSIS: China and Vietnam lead US apparel imports in July Leonie Barrie | 8 Sep 14

US retailers ramped up stocks for the start of the back-to-school season in July, pushing apparel imports for the month up by 13.4%, according to the latest data. But while China and Vietnam were the biggest beneficiaries of these gains, shipments from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Cambodia tumbled.

EUROPE: Sporting goods federation names new president Leonie Barrie | 3 Sep 14

The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) has named Luca Businaro, president of Assosport Italy and CEO of Novation Tech, as the organisation's new president.

ANALYSIS: Hazardous chemical removal a key industry issue Michelle Russell | 19 Aug 14

Since Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report in 2011, revealing toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China, the environmental pressure group has been calling on apparel firms to remove these from their supply chains. While a number of companies have signed up to the group's Detox campaign, it appears there is still much more work to be done. just-style takes a look at the challenges of committing and the need for industry collaboration.

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.

Spotlight on...Organic cotton faces potential supply shortage Leonie Barrie | 5 Aug 14

Brands and retailers seeking to use more organic cotton in their ranges over the next few years are likely to face a potential supply crisis as new figures show a 21% decline in organic cotton production last year.

FRANCE: Kering H1 profit lifts on revenue rise Richard Woodard | 31 Jul 14

Luxury goods group Kering, owner of Gucci, Saint Laurent and Puma, registered net profit growth in the first half of the year as revenues crept up on last year.

GERMANY: Puma Q2 beats consensus despite profit slide Katie Smith | 29 Jul 14

German sportswear business Puma delivered a second-quarter performance in line with both analyst and company expectations, despite posting a 76.2% drop in net earnings.

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: Preferred fibre usage “set to grow further” Richard Woodard | 17 Jun 14

Usage of preferred fibres such as identity cotton and recycled polyester is set to grow further, says the first Preferred Fibers Market Report from non-profit organisation Textile Exchange.

US: Zwiers to lead global growth at Wolverine Worldwide Katie Smith | 16 Jun 14

As part of ongoing efforts to accelerate global growth, US clothing and footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has promoted company veteran James Zwiers to president of its International Group.

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.

US: Puma sees benefits of Cradle to Cradle certification Michelle Russell | 9 Jun 14

Sportswear firm Puma is one of ten companies that have cut costs, improved product value, developed new revenue streams and avoided risks thanks to its 'Cradle to Cradle' certification.

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.






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