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Why digitisation is the smart approach to quality

Digitising the quality process at Helly Hansen and VF Corporation is disrupting the traditional concept of quality control – and paving the...

Timberland commits to cotton from Haiti

Haiti is making its return to the cotton supply chain with the country’s first cotton harvest in three decades thanks to help from US outdoo...

Leonie Barrie | 13 Apr 2017

VF Corp’s latest five-year growth plan sets out the company’s goals to 2021, including a ramped-up focus on its top-performing Vans, Timberland and The North Face brands. Underpinning its plans, the company notes, is a rapidly changing marketplace – and the pivotal role played by its supply chain.

Michelle Russell | 22 Mar 2017

First feedback on last week's launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has welcomed the move – but warns against drawing conclusions too quickly and highlights a number of critical issues such as the quality and credibility of information, governance and price pressures.

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2015

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were William E Connor, chairman and CEO of William E Connor & Associates; Patagonia's director of social & environmental responsibility Cara Chacon; Frank Henke, global director of social and environmental affairs at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group; and Esquel Group vice chairman and CEO John Cheh. 

Leonie Barrie | 14 Dec 2015

US apparel giant VF Corp is extending its Third Way manufacturing programme to strategic suppliers in sub-Saharan Africa as it continues to build long-term relationships with key partners.

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Leonie Barrie | 28 Jul 2016

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.

Katie Smith | 8 May 2015

Outdoor wear behemoth The North Face has secured its position as a leader in the field since its inception 50 years ago. While "ahead of the game" on sustainability, the US2$bn brand is also just "scratching the surface," according to Adam Mott, the group's director of sustainability. Here he tells just-style how the company is re-evaluating and rethinking everything it does based on what's right for the worker, the environment, and the consumer.

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Michelle Russell | 6 Jul 2018

Jeans brand Wrangler has partnered with farm-management software company MyFarms to show how field-level sustainability data can be used to strengthen agricultural supply chains.

just-style | 25 Jun 2018

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, PVH Corp saw revenues exceed guidance thanks to strength across the business, while Guess saw continued momentum in Europe and Asia push earnings and sales up in the three months ended 5 May. Dick's Sporting Goods raised its full-year outlook and Destination XL narrowed its net losses.

Michelle Russell | 8 Jun 2018

The North Face, the largest brand in VF Corp's outdoor and action sports group, has launched an online "recommerce" initiative that aims to keep its clothing in use for longer.

just-style | 18 May 2018

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination Maternity narrowed its net loss, Sears was boosted by the new US tax law, Caleres returned to profit, Dick's Sporting Goods achieved growth across key businesses, and Urban Outfitters produced record fourth-quarter sales.

Beth Wright | 1 May 2018

US apparel giant VF Corp has completed the sale of its Nautica brand business to Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of Juicy Couture and Jones New York.

Beth Wright | 19 Apr 2018

Sustainable cotton farming techniques can result in the removal of three times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere as conventional farming methods, according to a new report from US jeans brands Wrangler.

Michelle Russell | 17 Apr 2018

The North Face, the largest brand in VF Corp's outdoor and action sports group, has initiated a project that turns recycled bottles collected from the waste streams of US national parks into garments.

Beth Wright | 13 Apr 2018

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland says it is making "steady" progress towards its 2020 sustainability goals, particularly in its bid to incorporate more sustainable cotton into its apparel.

Michelle Russell | 11 Apr 2018

New Zealand natural fibre performance apparel brand Icebreaker, recently acquired by VF Corp, has published its first transparency report offering an insight into all aspects of the company’s operations and supply chain.

Leonie Barrie | 4 Apr 2018

Apparel giant VF Corporation has completed its acquisition of New Zealand based natural fibre performance apparel brand Icebreaker.

Michelle Russell | 29 Mar 2018

US jeans brand Wrangler is working with major denim suppliers around the world to adopt what it claims is a revolutionary water-saving technology.

Beth Wright | 29 Mar 2018

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corporation has named Steve Murray to the new position of vice president, strategic projects, tasked with elevating the North Face brand's footwear strategy and supporting the integration of the Altra brand into VF's portfolio.

Leonie Barrie | 16 Mar 2018

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corporation has named Velia Carboni to the new position of chief digital officer, tasked with coming up with new, innovative online shopping experiences.

Beth Wright | 15 Feb 2018

US apparel giant VF Corp, Hong Kong-based sourcing specialist William E Connor & Associates, and retailer Marks & Spencer are the only apparel, sourcing and retail companies to make it on to the latest annual ranking of the world's most ethical companies.

just-style | 6 Feb 2018

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Deckers Brands exceeded expectations, while Boot Barn Holdings saw earnings nearly double. Destination Maternity, meanwhile, widened its losses.

Michelle Russell | 19 Jan 2018

US apparel giant VF Corp is investing US$52m in a new distribution centre in Pennsylvania in a move to help it improve speed to market in northeastern America.

Michelle Russell | 12 Jan 2018

US apparel giant VF Corporation has begun a new long-term partnership with North Carolina State University to help drive industry-leading research, provide education opportunities for VF executives, and develop a pipeline of future talent for the company.

Leonie Barrie | 11 Dec 2017

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corporation, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has launched a new global sustainability and responsibility strategy setting out updated goals and targets across its business and global supply chain.

Michelle Russell | 28 Nov 2017

US apparel giant VF Corp has furthered its commitment to ensuring and communicating that its products are free of animal fur through a partnership with the Fur Free Retailer programme.

Leonie Barrie | 28 Nov 2017

VF Corporation, the parent company of denim brands Lee and Wrangler, has announced a number of senior leadership changes within its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) jeanswear division.

Michelle Russell | 3 Nov 2017

Apparel giant VF Corp is amplifying its focus on high-performance apparel made of natural fibres with the purchase of New Zealand based ethical and sustainable performance apparel brand Icebreaker.

Beth Wright | 3 Oct 2017

US apparel giant VF Corporation has completed its previously announced acquisition of Williamson-Dickie Mfg Co – owner of brands including Dickies – in a deal worth around US$820m.

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Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 2015

From retailing to manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2015. As the year draws to a close, just-style's annual review tracks those for whom 2015 will be memorable in more ways than one.

Michelle Russell | 23 Feb 2015

A tentative agreement on a new five-year contract has been agreed for some 20,000 dockworkers at 29 US West Coast ports, ending nine months of discussions. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been engaged in talks since 12 May to replace the existing six-year contact, which expired on 30 June.

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