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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.

BANGLADESH: Alliance approves fire and building safety standards Leonie Barrie | 23 Oct 13

The group of North American brands and retailers working to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh's garment factories has agreed the standards against which facilities will be assessed, and established a committee of third-party experts to help with implementation.

In the money: VF Corp buoyant about long-term growth Leonie Barrie | 22 Oct 13

After booking a 13.8% hike in third-quarter profit, boosted by strong sales in its outdoor & action sports and jeanswear businesses, it's not surprising that executives at apparel giant VF Corporation are in buoyant mood.

US: VF Corp books 14% hike in Q3 profit Leonie Barrie | 21 Oct 13

Apparel giant VF Corporation has booked a 13.8% hike in third-quarter profit, boosted by strong sales in its outdoor & action sports and jeanswear businesses.

BANGLADESH: North American Alliance releases factory details Leonie Barrie | 18 Oct 13

The group of North American brands and retailers working to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh's garment factories has publicly released details of more than 620 factories used to supply its clothes.

US: Skechers, Levi Strauss top customer satisfaction survey Katie Smith | 18 Oct 13

Customer satisfaction with athletic footwear and apparel manufacturers, including Skechers and Levi Strauss, remains high, new research suggests.

US: Calvin Klein names Cancelloni Asia Pacific president Katie Smith | 7 Oct 13

Frank Cancelloni has today (7 October) been named as the president of Calvin Klein's Asia Pacific business, tasked with helping to drive growth in the region.

CHINA: Yida jeans factory meets sustainability milestones Leonie Barrie | 7 Oct 13

In its quest to improve the sustainability of its business, the latest milestones achieved by Crystal Group's Zhongshan Yida Apparel jeans making facility highlight its progress in reducing the carbon footprint of each garment made.

US: Polartec claims "first" breathable insulation technology Leonie Barrie | 3 Oct 13

Performance fabric maker Polartec has launched a new synthetic insulation technology that can be used to create what it describes as the "first-ever breathable 'puffy' garments."

US: VF signs climate and clean energy agreement Katie Smith | 30 Sep 13

As part of an ongoing commitment to reduce its environmental footprint, apparel giant VF Corporation has joined a coalition calling on US policymakers to address climate change and clean energy policies.

US: Fogliato exits Billabong to join Columbia Sportswear Katie Smith | 26 Sep 13

Billabong's general manager for Europe, Franco Fogliato, has been named the latest executive to leave the Australian surfwear company, and is headed to outdoor apparel and footwear firm Columbia Sportswear.

US: Macy's targets millennials with activewear expansion Katie Smith | 10 Sep 13

As part of efforts to grow its market share in activewear and attract more millennial shoppers aged between 13 and 30, department store retailer Macy's is to expand its athletic apparel assortment into more stores this autumn.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 30 Aug 13

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the Walt Disney Company's decision to phase out sourcing from Pakistan, VF to introduce three innovation centres, and garment and footwear workers in Cambodia are now paid higher wages.

US: VF innovation hubs to drive ‘must-have’ products Katie Smith | 28 Aug 13

Apparel giant VF Corporation is to create three global innovation centres to speed the development of "game-changing" products in technical apparel, footwear and jeans.

Bangladesh: The catalyst for change in the supply chain Leonie Barrie | 22 Aug 13

Far from marking the beginning of the end for Bangladesh's garment export sector, recent tragedies have set the industry on a course that could see it evolve into a world-class player, executives have told just style. And more than that, the changes underway could also redefine the apparel supply chain of the future.

US: Bangladesh safety alliance names chair as talks begin Petah Marian | 20 Aug 13

The group of leading retailers and brands who make up the North American Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has named Ellen O'Kane Tauscher as the independent chair of its board of directors.

NICARAGUA: ILO Better Work programme boosts apparel Leonie Barrie | 16 Aug 13

Since its introduction in the country three years ago, the International Labor Organization's (ILO) Better Work programme has been credited with helping elevate Nicaragua as an ethical sourcing location and a major player in the global apparel industry.

US: Nautica in sock licensing deal with Delta Galil Katie Smith | 6 Aug 13

VF Corporation-owned Nautica Apparel has signed a licensing agreement with Israel-based apparel maker Delta Galil for men's dress, casual and athletic socks in the US and Canada.

US: TowerBrook closes 824m True Religion deal Leonie Barrie | 31 Jul 13

TowerBrook Capital Partners has completed its $824m acquisition of denim and sportswear brand True Religion Apparel.

US: The North Face launches technical-training line Katie Smith | 29 Jul 13

The North Face, a division of VF Corporation, has launched a range of functional performance apparel and footwear, designed to meet the rigors of outdoor athlete training.

In the money: Timberland troubles can’t stop VF Richard Woodard | 23 Jul 13

A month after unveiling its new five-year growth plan, VF Corporation chairman and CEO Eric Wiseman said the company was “right on track” when unveiling a healthy set of second quarter results.

Could India rival China as a clothing exporter? Raghavendra Verma | 22 Jul 13

The Indian apparel industry has made progress with backward integration over the last five years, but needs to reorganise to play to its strengths, a conference was told last week. And if India does invest, it could rival China as clothing exporter.

US: VF Q2 adjusted income up on sales and margins Petah Marian | 19 Jul 13

VF Corp saw second quarter adjusted net income rise on the back of growing margins and rising sales.

US: Fruit of the Loom implements data analytics tool Leonie Barrie | 17 Jul 13

Fruit of the Loom is to measure and monitor data flowing across its business operations with a new analytics platform that will help it stay one step ahead of a changing environment.

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.

US: North American retailers detail Bangladesh safety plan Leonie Barrie | 10 Jul 13

A group of leading North American retailers and brands - led by Wal-Mart and Gap - have committed more than $142m in funding and low interest loans to help improve factory safety conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh.

HONG KONG: Crystal Group assesses environmental performance Leonie Barrie | 2 Jul 13

Hong Kong based Crystal Group, one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers, is continuing to make progress towards more sustainable manufacturing after assessing the environmental performance of its sweater, T-shirt and denim divisions.

US: Timberland names Schmidt-Eisenhart EMEA president Katie Smith | 27 Jun 13

Footwear brand Timberland has promoted Timo Schmidt-Eisenhart to the newly-created position of president of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

TURKMENISTAN: Textile industry offers investment potential Poorna Rodrigo | 17 Jun 13

Turkmenistan's growing textile sector may in future provide opportunities for foreign investment through the privatisation of state-owned manufacturing units, a spokesman from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Ashgabat told just-style.

US: VF expects revenue to reach $17bn by 2017 Petah Marian | 11 Jun 13

VF Corp aims to reach US$17bn in revenue by 2017, representing a five-year compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10%.








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