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US: Ralph Lauren to axe Rugby brand Katie Smith | 5 Nov 12

Luxury apparel business Ralph Lauren Corp has announced plans to discontinue operations for its Rugby label to drive growth.

CHINA: Apparel brands accused of environmental “blind spot” Richard Woodard | 18 Oct 12

The production of sustainable apparel in China has a “blind spot” that wastes large amounts of energy and water, and causes pollution problems, says a new report.

CHINA: Apparel brands to reduce pollution in supply chain Katie Smith | 10 Oct 12

Leading apparel brands including Gap, Adidas and H&M Hennes & Mauritz are looking at ways to reduce pollution within their supply chains following accusations that they were purchasing clothing from suppliers who illegally discharge polluted water in China.

US: Talon inks supply deal with Fat Face Katie Smith | 9 Oct 12

Apparel fastener and trim business Talon International has entered into a two-year agreement to supply clothing and accessories retailer Fat Face with trims and zippers.

US: Under Armour names Fremar head of women's business Katie Smith | 2 Oct 12

Performance apparel and footwear maker Under Armour has appointed Leanne Fremar as senior vice president and executive creative director of its women's business as part of plans to expand the category.

just-style management briefing: New outsourcing players challenge export giants Poorna Rodrigo | 1 Oct 12

The BRIC countries are far from being the only emerging market suppliers for the global apparel sector - and a knot of competitors such as Bangladesh and Vietnam have long been vying for business. But there are also smaller players who are looking to grow.

AUSTRALIA: Oroton FY profit flat as "transition" year looms Leonie Barrie | 21 Sep 12

Australian luxury fashion company Oroton Group says it expects its new financial year to be one of "transition," with Asia and the internet helping to offset the loss of its exclusive licensing deal with Polo Ralph Lauren.

US: Talon reaches an end to Tekfit waistband dispute Richard Woodard | 19 Sep 12

Apparel fastener and trim business Talon International has ended its long-running legal dispute with Pro-Fit Holdings over the patented Tekfit stretch-waistband technology.

US: Calvin Klein Underwear names Reyes head of global design Katie Smith | 12 Jul 12

Calvin Klein Underwear, a division of the Warnaco Group, has appointed apparel designer Brian Reyes as vice president and head of global design.

US: Jones names Bowman president of international unit Katie Smith | 2 Jul 12

Apparel and footwear company The Jones Group has appointed Scott Bowman to the newly created role of group president of global retail and international development to drive overseas growth.

US: Industry execs partner on sailing jacket venture Petah Marian | 22 Jun 12

Former American Apparel executive Marty Staff has partnered with Bert Pulitzer to revive Pulitzer's iconic sailing jacket.

UK: Counterfeit Olympic apparel goods seized Katie Smith | 11 Jun 12

A range of counterfeit Olympic apparel goods have been seized by Border Force officers in the UK, including themed vests and football shirts carrying brands like Adidas and Polo Ralph Lauren.

US: Ralph Lauren hails "spectacular" Q4, FY growth Leonie Barrie | 22 May 12

Luxury apparel and accessories business Ralph Lauren Corporation today (22 May) booked "spectacular" double-digit gains in both fourth quarter and full-year results - but warned that measures to change its distribution in China and economic uncertainty in Europe are likely to weigh on wholesale revenues in the year ahead.

Speaking with style: Henry Tan, CEO, Luen Thai Holdings (Part I) Leonie Barrie | 9 May 12

Luen Thai Holdings is Hong Kong's largest listed garment firm, with 34,000 employees, revenues of around US$1bn and a flagship business that produces over 80m garments a year - as well as footwear and bags - from production bases in China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Cambodia. In the first of two articles based on a conversation with just-style managing editor Leonie Barrie at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, CEO Henry Tan calls for industry-wide collaboration in a bid to increase efficiency and offset rising costs in the apparel supply chain.

HONG KONG: Global Sources sourcing fair to take place this month Katie Smith | 11 Apr 12

Global Sources' spring China Sourcing Fair, which showcases garments, textiles and fashion accessories, is set to take place at the end of the month.

Hong Kong's changing role in the apparel industry Vicky Sung | 10 Feb 12

China's rise over the past two decades as the leading location for apparel sourcing has had a knock-on effect on Hong Kong's role in the global garment industry, shifting it from a manufacturer to a servicing and sourcing centre. It will take on even more diverse roles in the future, according to industry executives speaking at recent conferences in Hong Kong. Vicky Sung reports.

Fashion focus helps Ralph Lauren offset higher prices Leonie Barrie | 10 Nov 11

Luxury clothing seller Ralph Lauren Corporation has listed rising input costs among the "near-term headwinds" that continue to buffet its business, but says shoppers are willing to spend more on products as long as they put "fashion first" and offer something new and exciting.

US: American Apparel loses business development head Leonie Barrie | 27 Oct 11

Marty Staff, the head of business development at struggling US manufacturer and retailer American Apparel Inc, is to leave the company after just six months it was revealed yesterday (26 October).

UK: Ralph Lauren signs five-year golf sponsorship Leonie Barrie | 21 Sep 11

Luxury brand and retailer Ralph Lauren Corporation has signed a five-year partnership with The R&A, organiser of the Open Championship golf tournament, to become an official patron until 31 July 2016.

HONG KONG: Esquel signs deal for FastReact planning tool Leonie Barrie | 15 Sep 11

Global apparel manufacturer Esquel Group, which produces clothing for brands including Hugo Boss, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and Lacoste, has signed a deal to use FastReact's planning software as part of ambitious plans for the growth and increased productivity of its business.

just-style’s research roundup Liz Hague | 15 Aug 11

Highlighted research from just-style this week includes an in-depth look at Marks & Spencer's strategy around apparel and footwear, analysis of Colombia and China's retail sectors, as well as research into footwear manufacturing in the UK.

US: Polo Ralph Lauren lifts outlook on Q1 profit surge Leonie Barrie | 10 Aug 11

Luxury clothing seller Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation has raised its full-year forecast after an "outstanding" first quarter that saw profit rise by more than half, helped by higher wholesale and retail sales around the world.

just-style’s research roundup Liz Hague | 1 Aug 11

This week the latest reports available from just-style include an analysis of the children's wear market in China, the top 100 global jeans manufacturers, world textile and apparel trade and production trends, and global trends in fibre prices, production and consumption.

JORDAN: Survey uncovers labour violations in apparel plants John Zarocostas | 1 Jul 11

A large number of Jordan's apparel factories have breached core international labour standards, a compliance survey by two international agencies has found.

US: Wooster takes Gilt Man fashion post just-style.com | 27 Jun 11

Online marketplace operator Gilt Groupe has appointed ex-Neiman Marcus executive Nick Wooster as fashion advisor on Gilt Man, its men’s website.

US: Ralph Lauren continues Wimbledon marketing just-style.com | 20 Jun 11

US fashion firm Ralph Lauren celebrates Wimbledon's 125th anniversary, by launching a serving challenge.

US: Polo Ralph Lauren boosts full-year profit just-style.com | 25 May 11

US fashion firm Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation has posted increased full-year profits, as it continued to gain more control of global operations.

'Made in Italy' thrives without EU label law Joe Ayling | 13 May 11

After a period of decline the Italian clothing and textile industry is again winning plaudits by playing its trump card: 'Made in Italy'. Joe Ayling reports on the significance of 'Made in' labels to Italy, and how a stable of luxury brands has conserved the country's reputation for quality.

Spotlight on...Turkey's apparel industry Joe Ayling | 12 May 11

The traffic in Istanbul is notoriously congested, and the Turkish fashion industry also finds itself approaching an important set of crossroads. Joe Ayling reports from the Istanbul Fashion Apparel Conference 2011.

TURKEY: Growth of BRICs alters garment trade balance Joe Ayling | 12 May 11

A leading sourcing executive says emerging retail markets have made up for a shortfall in garment orders from developed Western markets in recent years.






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