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GHANA: Joins Cotton made in Africa scheme Leonie Barrie | 17 Feb 14

Ghana is the latest country to sign up to the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative, whose sustainably grown cotton is purchased and processed by firms such as Puma, Tchibo, C&A and REWE.

UK: Primark joins hazardous chemical pledge Katie Smith | 10 Feb 14

Primark has become the latest retailer to commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain after a Greenpeace campaign.

GERMANY: WFSGI focus on global issues as Dassler takes lead Michelle Russell | 27 Jan 14

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) will focus on boosting trends and innovation in the global marketplace under the direction of new president Frank Dassler.

CAMBODIA: Retailers call for investigation into violence Katie Smith | 21 Jan 14

Adidas, Esprit, and Gap Inc are among a coalition of 30 retailers and brands that have signed a new letter calling for an investigation into the recent violence in Cambodia's garment industry.

Cambodia and Bangladesh count the cost of disruption Lee Adendorff | 15 Jan 14

Cambodian garment factories are to sue over recent strikes, while those in Bangladesh are counting the cost of three months of political turmoil.

CAMBODIA: Labour groups urge brands to back wage rise Leonie Barrie | 10 Jan 14

Labour rights groups and trade unions are calling on global clothing brands to support a rise in the minimum wage for Cambodian garment workers, and to look at the long-term implications of their purchasing practices.

CAMBODIA: Apparel brands urged end to violence Richard Woodard | 8 Jan 14

In the run-up to the end of a two-week garment worker strike in Cambodia this week, a group of leading apparel brands joined together to call for "peaceful negotiations".

GERMANY: Hazardous chemicals found in outdoor clothing Leonie Barrie | 3 Jan 14

Tests carried out in Germany on jackets and gloves sold by outdoor clothing brands including The North Face, Jack Wolfskin, Patagonia and Adidas are said to have found the presence of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and can pose long-term risks to human health.

Top ten analysis stories on just-style in 2013... Katie Smith | 23 Dec 13

Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2013 were stories relating to the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, sustainable garment production, and closing the loop in the apparel supply chain.

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

Increased costs, quality issues, and weakened demand resulted in job cuts and widened losses for certain retailers in 2013. But overseas expansion, the value of domestic manufacturing, and innovative products bolstered others.

FRANCE: Kering invests in Tomas Maier brand Katie Smith | 19 Nov 13

Kering (formerly PPR) is stepping up investment in its luxury portfolio by entering into a joint venture with Tomas Maier to develop the US-based brand.

FRANCE: Kering in full-year profit warning Katie Smith | 14 Nov 13

Kering has warned its full-year profit will be down "significantly" on the prior year, hurt by one-off charges at Puma and the disposal of its mail order business, La Redoute.

GERMANY: Puma to close development centre as sales slump Leonie Barrie | 11 Nov 13

Puma is to close its product development centre in Vietnam and relocate international product teams to its base in Germany following a review of the struggling sportswear brand by its new chief executive.

FRANCE: Kering forecasts job cuts at La Redoute Katie Smith | 31 Oct 13

French luxury goods group Kering has said it expects the restructuring and sale of its La Redoute mail order business will have a "significant" impact on jobs.

FRANCE: Gucci, Puma weigh on Kering Q3 sales Katie Smith | 25 Oct 13

French luxury group Kering (formerly PPR) reported a 1.5% decline in third-quarter revenue, weighed down by its performance at Gucci and at its sportswear brand Puma.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 25 Oct 13

The most-read stories on just-style this week include brands hitting back at the stance by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) on factory audits, the decision to extend Better Work into Bangladesh, and Skechers introducing glow-in-the-dark running shoes.

CAMBODIA: Brands concerned at association's audit stance Leonie Barrie | 21 Oct 13

A group of major brands that source garments from Cambodia - including Gap, H&M, Levi Strauss, Nike and Puma - have raised their concerns at attempts by local manufacturers to "undermine" plans to publicly disclose details of factory audits.

EUROPE: FESI names Nike executive Alves president Katie Smith | 10 Oct 13

The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), which represents athletic footwear and active apparel brands such as Adidas, Puma and Lotto, has appointed Bruno Alves as its new president.

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.

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.

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.

US: K-Swiss hires Sarin as VP of product Katie Smith | 7 Aug 13

E-Land owned US footwear maker K-Swiss has appointed Eric Sarin as the company's new vice president of product as part of efforts to "bring the brand back to prominence".

CAMBODIA: Some 40 workers faint at garment factory Petah Marian | 2 Aug 13

Approximately 40 workers have fainted at a garment factory in Cambodia, allegedly after inhaling glue fumes.

GERMANY: Puma first-half net income down on China, Europe Petah Marian | 24 Jul 13

Sportswear brand Puma saw net income fall during the first half on weakening sales in China and Europe, combined with declining margins.

FRANCE: Kering names Sustainability Technical Advisory Group Petah Marian | 23 Jul 13

French luxury group Kering has set up an advisory group to help advise and advance its sustainability strategy.

just-style's research roundup Liz Hague | 22 Jul 13

Featured reports from just-style's research store this week include a look at specialist apparel retailers in France, a report on apparel in Canada, and an overview of footwear in Australia.

Bangladesh pushes garment industry to "tipping point" Petah Marian | 19 Jul 13

The recent garment factory tragedies in Bangladesh are pushing the industry towards a tipping point - as consumers call for increased sustainability and information about where their clothes come from, according to speakers at the recent Source Sustainability Summit.

GERMANY: Puma names Hochstetter global creative director Katie Smith | 15 Jul 13

German sportswear maker Puma has hired Torsten Hochstetter to the newly-created position of global creative director.

How do the Bangladesh safety pacts measure up? Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 13

Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.

AUSTRALIA: Shoppers will pay more for ethical clothing Katie Smith | 26 Jun 13

Almost 70% of Australian consumers would pay more for their clothes if they knew workers overseas were producing garments in safe working conditions and were being paid a good wage.








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