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US: Timberland makes "notable strides" in sustainability Leonie Barrie | 31 May 13

Timberland says it made "many notable strides" last year in boosting the sustainability of its business, including the use of more recycled, organic or renewable sources in its apparel and footwear.


AUSTRALIA: Billabong to sell Canadian business? Katie Smith | 29 May 13

Australian surfwear brand Billabong is reportedly looking to sell its Canadian business as speculation mounts that a full takeover of the company is unilkely to proceed.


SWEDEN: iStone becomes DeSL Fashion PLM partner Leonie Barrie | 22 May 13

UK-based software provider DeSL is partnering with Swedish IT consultancy iStone as its Fashion PLM partner.


AUSTRALIA: Billabong requests voluntary share suspension Katie Smith | 9 May 13

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has requested a voluntary suspension of trading in its shares so it can progress takeover discussions with interested parties.


AUSTRALIA: Billabong in trading halt ahead of update Katie Smith | 7 May 13

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has placed its shares in another trading halt today (7 May) ahead of an update regarding the potential sale of the business.


In the money: Falling jeanswear costs boost VF Richard Woodard | 30 Apr 13

A positive first quarter for VF Corporation – net profit surged up 25% on last year – was marked by strong performance for The North Face and Vans, and improving margins as jeanswear costs fell.


US: VF reopens Wrangler distribution plant in Hackleburg Katie Smith | 30 Apr 13

Apparel giant VF Corporation has reopened its distribution facility in Hackleburg, two years after it was destroyed in a tornado.


US: DeSL opens New York City office Leonie Barrie | 29 Apr 13

UK-based software provider DeSL has opened a New York City office, close to its growing customer base in the fashion, apparel, textile and footwear sectors.


US: VF lifts full-year guidance on Q1 profit growth Katie Smith | 26 Apr 13

Apparel maker VF Corporation has today (26 April) lifted its full-year earnings guidance after reporting a 25.7% jump in first-quarter net profit.


AUSTRALIA: Billabong extends talks with Sycamore Partners Petah Marian | 24 Apr 13

Billabong has extended exclusive talks with Sycamore Partners and former Americas boss Paul Naude to consider the potential sale of the Australian surfwear brand.


EUROPE: Study urges re-think on apparel trade policy Leonie Barrie | 23 Apr 13

A new study into the impact of the branded clothing sector on the European economy is calling for a shift in thinking when it comes to setting out trade policies to include the full breadth of the industry.


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.

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