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Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 28 Jul 17

Top stories this week on just-style include a plan to accelerate apparel exports to the US from El Salvador, attempts to ease increasing congestion at Bangladesh's Chittagong port, VF Corp CEO Steven Rendle taking on the additional role of chairman amid second-quarter gains, and the acquisition by Michael Kors of Jimmy Choo for US$1.2bn.


VF Corp in support of growing NAFTA trade Michelle Russell | 13 Jul 17

Instead of withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the US should seek to improve it, according to apparel giant VF Corp, in a testimony adding that any changes to textile and apparel rules should be aimed at increasing competitiveness and flexibility.


US Q1 in brief – Cherokee, The Finish Line, J Crew Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 10 Jul 17

In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, G-III Apparel moved to a loss on acquisition charges, while Guess saw earnings fall on soft Americas sales. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. 


Vietnam suppliers realising benefits of IFC efficiency scheme Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 17

Around 28 textile and apparel suppliers to VF Corp and Target in Vietnam have realised a collective saving of US$15m in water, energy and chemical operating costs under a resource efficiency scheme run by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).


VF Corp taps Reebok exec Waldeck as Lee president Beth Wright | 1 Jun 17

US apparel giant VF Corp has named former Reebok executive Chris Waldeck as president of its Lee and Rock & Republic brands.


Dior, Nike and Inditex world's largest apparel companies Beth Wright | 26 May 17

Parisian fashion house Christian Dior, US sporting goods behemoth Nike, and Spanish clothing giant Inditex have all topped Forbes' 2017 The World's Biggest Public Companies ranking.


Wrangler pilots US sustainable cotton programme Beth Wright | 25 May 17

VF Corp-owned jeanswear brand Wrangler has launched a pilot programme to help US cotton farmers reach the next level in sustainable growing practices.


VF Corp promotes Arens as The North Face president Beth Wright | 16 May 17

US apparel giant VF Corp has named Arne Arens global brand president of The North Face, the largest brand in the company's outdoor and action sports group.


US Q4 in brief – Cherokee, Vince Holding, Destination Maternity Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 15 May 17

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions. 


VF Corp completes licensed sports group sale Beth Wright | 2 May 17

US apparel giant VF Corp has completed the sale of its licensed sports group business to Fanatics for an undisclosed amount.


Wrangler expands outdoor lifestyle line Beth Wright | 28 Apr 17

VF Corp-owned jeanswear brand Wrangler has expanded its outdoor collection with a new men's line featuring moisture wicking, breathable material that keeps the wearer cool, dry and comfortable.


Global Brands Group inks global Timberland license deal Beth Wright | 24 Apr 17

Hong Kong-based Global Brands Group has inked a global licensing deal with Timberland to design, produce and distribute men's and women's soft and cold weather accessories.


Where does VF's supply chain sit in new growth strategy? Leonie Barrie | 13 Apr 17

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.


VF Corp to sell licensed sports group business to Fanatics Leonie Barrie | 5 Apr 17

Apparel major VF Corporation is to sell its licensed sports group business to Fanatics for an undisclosed amount.


VF Corp to focus on supply chain agility and China growth Michelle Russell | 30 Mar 17

US apparel giant VF Corp is to place more focus on supply chain demand and agility, digitalisation and investment in China, as part of a new five-year plan outlined today (30 March) by the owner of brands including The North Face, Timberland and Wrangler.


Where next for the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark? Michelle Russell | 22 Mar 17

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.


Sequential Brands taps former VF Sportswear president as CEO Beth Wright | 22 Mar 17

Brand management company Sequential Brands has tapped former VF Sportswear president, Karen Murray, as CEO.


Marks & Spencer tops human rights benchmark Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 17

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has topped a new benchmark ranking that aims to incentivise companies in a race to the top for the moral and commercial advantages of a strong human rights record.


VF Corp reveals first forest-friendly sourcing policy Beth Wright | 28 Feb 17

US apparel giant VF Corp, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has unveiled its first-ever Forest Derived Materials Policy, which sets formal guidelines for the company's purchasing preferences and use of sustainable forest materials and products.


VF Corp sees Q4 and FY earnings tumble Beth Wright | 17 Feb 17

US apparel giant VF Corporation, owner of the North Face and Timberland brands, said it expects revenue to decline in the first half of 2017 after revealing a fall in both sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2016.


H&M leads Better Cotton league Beth Wright | 14 Feb 17

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says demand for more sustainable cotton is on the rise, with Swedish retailer H&M and sportswear giants Adidas and Nike leading the field in its 'Better Cotton league'.


Wolverine taps former The North Face president Beth Wright | 7 Feb 17

US clothing and footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has named former The North Face brand president, Todd Spaletto, as president of its Wolverine outdoor and lifestyle group.


VF Corp to train students on 3D design technology Beth Wright | 6 Feb 17

The jeanswear division of US apparel giant VF Corp, which includes its Wrangler and Lee brands, is partnering with the University of North Carolina to incorporate 3D design technology into its curriculum, to help prepare students for careers in the apparel and retail industries.


VF promotes Sullivan as sportswear president Beth Wright | 3 Feb 17

US apparel giant VF Corp, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has named Brendan Sullivan as president of sportswear, responsible for its global Nautica brand and Kipling brand in North America.


VF appoints Campbell as Smartwool president Beth Wright | 27 Jan 17

US apparel giant VF Corp, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has named Travis Campbell as brand president of its wool apparel line Smartwool.


VF Corp reveals gender parity commitment Beth Wright | 19 Dec 16

US apparel giant VF Corp, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has revealed its commitment to achieving gender parity throughout its corporate leadership structure by 2030, in partnership with the Paradigm for Parity coalition.


Wrangler facilities to use 20% less water by 2020 Michelle Russell | 15 Dec 16

Having saved 3bn litres of water in the denim production process over the past decade, VF Corp-owned jeanswear brand Wrangler has now set a new goal to reduce usage at its facilities by 20% by 2020.


US Q3 in brief – The Finish Line, Destination Maternity, Cherokee, Sears Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 9 Dec 16

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Sears Holdings remained optimistic despite widening its net losses, while Vince Holding blamed challenging conditions and warm weather for a fall in both earnings and sales. Abercrombie & Fitch, meanwhile, revealed a "disastrous" quarter as sales fell and earnings plummeted 80%, while American Eagle Outfitters booked record sales and its 9th consecutive quarter of profit improvement.


VF Corp promotes O'Meara to lead international unit Leonie Barrie | 8 Dec 16

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corporation says Aidan O’Meara will be the next vice president and group president of VF International following the retirement of Karl Heinz Salzburger at the end of next year.


Apparel brands "ignoring" refugee abuse in Turkey factories Michelle Russell | 25 Oct 16

The majority of large apparel brands are ignoring the "endemic" abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish clothing factories supplying European retailers, a new report has found. 

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