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US: Landgrebe to lead Bebe Stores 2b division Katie Smith | 18 Apr 13

US women's wear retailer Bebe Stores has appointed Michelle Landgrebe as executive vice president and general merchandising manager of its 2b outlet division.

PERU: Calls for labour reform a "hot-button" issue Leonie Barrie | 15 Apr 13

Efforts by a group of US apparel brands and retailers to persuade the Peruvian government to repeal legislation that allows the use of short-term contracts in the country's garment industry have, as yet, generated no formal response, just-style has learnt.

GUATEMALA: Agrees enforced labour laws under DR-CAFTA Leonie Barrie | 12 Apr 13

The Guatemalan government has agreed to enforce its labour laws - finally resolving a complaint filed in 2008 by the US government under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).

AUSTRALIA: Billabong in exclusive talks as bid cut to AUD287m Petah Marian | 9 Apr 13

Australian surfwear brand Billabong will enter ten days of exclusive talks with a consortium led by the former boss of the brand's America's division after the group cut its bid by 45% to AUD0.60 per share.

PSF 2013: Chemical challenges reveal "crazy complexity" Leonie Barrie | 8 Apr 13

The complicated mix of legal requirements, standards and certification schemes facing brands and retailers when managing chemicals in the apparel supply chain was outlined at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong. And the over-riding message is that the industry must collaborate if it is to move forward on the issue.

AUSTRALIA: Billabong suspends shares as it extends talks Petah Marian | 4 Apr 13

Billabong has indefinitely suspended its shares from trading as it continues takeover talks with its two suitors.

PSF 2013: Unlocking the value of the supply chain Leonie Barrie | 3 Apr 13

As retailers struggle to differentiate themselves from their peers, and have little room to manoeuvre when it comes to mark-ups and markdowns, there's a growing awareness that the supply chain can contribute to improved efficiency and a competitive edge.

AUSTRALIA: Billabong halts trading as takeover talks continue Petah Marian | 2 Apr 13

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has halted trading in its shares while negotiations continue with its two suitors.

US: John Varvatos goes live with FashionManager ERP Katie Smith | 2 Apr 13

Men's wear clothing brand John Varvatos Enterprises (JVE) has implemented the FashionManager solution from RLM Apparel Software Systems to increase visibility and efficiency across its demand to delivery processes.

Interview: Tim Wheeler, president, international division, Jockey Leonie Barrie | 28 Mar 13

Overseeing international operations for one of the world's most-recognised brands, Tim Wheeler paints a picture of a business model fine-tuned for success.

Focus: Apparel sales in Asia Pacific Ashma Kunde | 27 Mar 13

Apparel sales in the Asia Pacific region are continuing on a golden growth trajectory despite a slowdown in China. Domestic brands are continuing to hold their own, and foreign brands intent on making further inroads are increasingly focusing on lower-tier cities for growth.

just-style's research roundup Liz Hague | 25 Mar 13

Featured reports from just-style's research store this week include a look at innovation within water sports apparel, a summary of designer collaborations at H&M, and an overview of clothing and footwear retailing in Europe.

AUSTRALIA: Billabong halts trading as share price plummets Petah Marian | 21 Mar 13

Australian surfwear brand Billabong halted trading in its shares today (21 March) after its share price plummeted 14.2% on concerns about a potential takeover offer expected next week.

VIETNAM: TCM builds $1.6m knitting plant Ngo Tuan | 15 Mar 13

Vietnam's leading textile and garment manufacturer, Thanh Cong textile Garment Investment Trading JSC (TCM), has begun construction of new knitting plant in a bid to supply material for its own production.

HONG KONG: Prime Source Forum returns for sourcing debate Leonie Barrie | 14 Mar 13

Senior executives from across the apparel industry and its supply chain will be heading to Hong Kong later this month for the annual Prime Source Forum.

CAMBODIA: European activists detained at garment protest Leonie Barrie | 11 Mar 13

European activists have been detained by Cambodian police after taking part in a protest outside the E Garment clothing factory near Phnom Penh.

PERU: US brands tell government to repeal worker law Richard Woodard | 6 Mar 13

Leading apparel brands from the US are urging the Peruvian government to repeal legislation which allows suppliers to use short-term contracts to employ their workers.

US: Coach adds two executives to creative team Katie Smith | 27 Feb 13

Upscale footwear, handbags and accessories retailer Coach Inc has added two executives to its creative team to help it develop into a global lifestyle brand.

AUSTRALIA: Billabong to axe suppliers following H1 loss Leonie Barrie | 22 Feb 13

Struggling Australian surfwear brand Billabong International has swung to a first-half loss after writing off the value of its brands - and says that from next month it intends to slash the number of apparel suppliers that it uses to less than one-fifth of the current total.

US: Reef hires Cooke to lead footwear business Katie Smith | 20 Feb 13

US surfwear brand Reef has appointed Tom Cooke to the newly-created position of vice president of footwear as it looks to drive growth in the category.

In the money: VF moderates short term growth aspirations Petah Marian | 18 Feb 13

Apparel maker VF Corp has admitted revenue in the year ahead is likely to fall short of long-term expectations, with performance hindered by unseasonably warm weather affecting sales of the North Face brand combined with weak economic conditions in Europe.

US: VF fourth quarter net income rises 32% Petah Marian | 15 Feb 13

VF Corp has seen its fourth quarter net income shoot up by 32%, driven by sales growth in its outdoor and sportswear divisions combined with improving gross margins.

UK: Cotswold Outdoor posts "robust" full-year sales Katie Smith | 15 Feb 13

Strong trading during December helped UK clothing and accessories retailer Cotswold Outdoor to book robust like-for-like sales growth in 2012.

US: Crailar in development deal with Cotswold Industries Katie Smith | 13 Feb 13

Crailar Technologies has entered into an agreement with Cotswold Industries to develop sustainable pocketing and waist banding for its apparel customers.

US: John Varvatos appoints Quieti as president and CEO Petah Marian | 8 Feb 13

The John Varvatos clothing brand has appointed Cristiano Quieti as president and CEO of John Varvatos Enterprises.

Outlook 2013: Other issues to watch Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

Generally, 2013 is seen as being another challenging year for the apparel industry – although there is cautious optimism for an improved business environment. Issues such as compliance, sustainability and product safety are likely to come to the fore, and keep a close eye on trade talks to expand duty-free opportunities such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Outlook 2013: Apparel industry opportunities Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

Opportunities the apparel industry should focus on this year include developing strategic relationships to improve flexibility across the supply chain; a focus on adding value through design, innovation and branding to protect margins; and the use of technology to integrate the multichannel experience.

Outlook 2013: Lessons that should have been learnt Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

What should apparel firms have learnt from the upheaval of the past couple of years - and what should they be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future? They need to remain nimble enough to respond to changing buying patterns, develop strong partnerships across the supply chain, and focus on a sourcing portfolio that balances costs and risks.

Outlook 2013: Apparel industry challenges Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 13

Uncertainty is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the apparel industry in 2013. The economic situation in Europe and the US, a combination of rising production costs and flat prices, the pressure to improve working conditions, a lack of new production centres and low volume growth in fashion all add up to a worrying year.

just-style's research roundup Liz Hague | 4 Feb 13

Featured reports from just-style's research store this week include a SWOT, strategy and corporate finance report on H&M, a review of the apparel market in Morocco, and a look at prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Vietnam.








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