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US: Leadership changes align VF Corp for long-term growth Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 14

Apparel giant VF Corp is hoping a number of new key appointments, including an Americas head, will play a crucial role in helping the company build sustainable, long-term growth.


US: Fruit of the Loom to cut 600 jobs with plant closure Katie Smith | 7 Apr 14

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom is to lay off more than 600 workers with the closure of its facility in Jamestown, Kentucky.


UK: North Face firm on commitment to supplier wages Michelle Russell | 2 Apr 14

The North Face says it remains committed to ensuring its suppliers meet the group's ethical standards despite a report accusing the outdoor wear brand of failing workers by not paying a living wage.


US: Hampshire Group promotes Price to COO Katie Smith | 31 Mar 14

Fashion apparel maker Hampshire Group has promoted senior vice president of operations, David Price, to the role of chief operating officer.


HONG KONG: Prime Source Forum gears up for sourcing debate Leonie Barrie | 28 Mar 14

In less than a week's time, senior sourcing executives from Marks & Spencer, Puma, Esprit, Perry Ellis, Under Armour, VF Asia, Luen Thai Holdings, Crystal Group and TAL Apparel will be sharing their views and insight with other industry stakeholders at Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.


US: Rick Helfenbein named AAFA chairman Leonie Barrie | 7 Mar 14

Rick Helfenbein, president of TellaS Ltd, Luen Thai USA has been named the new chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).


US: Deckers EMEA president Murray steps down Katie Smith | 3 Mar 14

Stephen Murray is to step down as president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at footwear specialist Deckers Outdoor Corp at the end of the year.


US: Life Fitness moves into activewear with Amiee Lynn Leonie Barrie | 26 Feb 14

Exercise equipment specialist Life Fitness is expanding into activewear after agreeing a new licensing deal with apparel maker Amiee Lynn Inc.


BANGLADESH: Workers see safety offsetting output Leonie Barrie | 24 Feb 14

Garment workers in Bangladesh not only lack basic knowledge on fire and building safety but also feel fire drills and safety training take too much time and increase pressure on them to reach production targets, a survey has found.


BANGLADESH: Krilla steps down as Alliance refocuses on Dhaka Leonie Barrie | 24 Feb 14

Plans by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety to shift most of its work from Washington to Dhaka, where efforts are currently underway to accelerate its factory inspections, will also see Jeff Krilla step down as president and CEO.


just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 21 Feb 14

Among the most-read stories on just-style this week were claims that hazardous chemicals have been found in luxury children's clothing and footwear, calls by Cambodian labour unions for a mid-March strike, and a comment on new initiatives aimed at making it easier for factories to compete while improving wages and working conditions.


In the money: VF Corp outlines 2014 growth plans Michelle Russell | 17 Feb 14

Apparel giant VF Corporation has ended the year on a strong note after booking a 7% increase in fourth-quarter earnings, affirming its targets are on-track and setting out expansion plans for next 12 months.


US: VF Corp Q4 sales and earnings climb Michelle Russell | 14 Feb 14

Apparel giant VF Corporation has booked an increase in fourth-quarter earnings and sales, but results missed analyst expectations.


Bangladesh factory reforms “lagging” – but why? Richard Woodard | 12 Feb 14

Close to a year after the Rana Plaza disaster, progress on improving worker safety and labour rights in Bangladesh has been painfully slow – but who is responsible for the delays?


BANGLADESH: Alliance factory safety inspections on track Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 14

The US-based group working to improve safety conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh says it has inspected nearly one-third (31%) of the 700 factories used by its members - and is on track to have the process finished by July.


US: Responsible Down Standard up for wide-scale uptake Leonie Barrie | 23 Jan 14

A new standard to help companies ensure that the down in their products comes from ethically treated geese is to be overseen by non-profit organisation Textile Exchange in a bid to widen its uptake.


Outlook 2014: Apparel industry challenges Leonie Barrie | 16 Jan 14

Among the biggest challenges facing the apparel industry in 2014, responsible sourcing and the need for greater visibility across the supply chain were singled out. Another issue is increased volatility in apparel retail, along with the rise of omnichannel and its impact on sourcing and logistics.


Outlook 2014: Other issues to watch Leonie Barrie | 16 Jan 14

What is likely to keep apparel industry execs awake at night in 2014 – and is the year ahead set to be better than 2013? While confident in their outlook, managing risks and protecting brands are set to be top priorities. Social unrest and violence in supplier countries are among the issues to watch, as are new internet business models.


Outlook 2014: What's happening with sourcing? Leonie Barrie | 16 Jan 14

How is the sourcing landscape likely to shift in 2014, and what strategies can help apparel firms and their suppliers to stay ahead? While China is still seen leading the pack, forging strategic relationships with key manufacturers and supply countries, a growing interest in onshoring or reshoring for the US and EU, and striking a balance between speed and cost, are among the suggestions.


US: Denim brand NYDJ Apparel in ownership shuffle Katie Smith | 7 Jan 14

US women's denim brand NYDJ Apparel has been acquired by private equity firms Crestview Partners and Maybrook Capital Partners from Falconhead Capital.


GERMANY: Jack Wolfskin ups efforts to ban fluorine chemicals Katie Smith | 6 Jan 14

German outdoor supplier Jack Wolfskin has said it will ban perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOA) from its production processes by summer 2014.


GERMANY: Hazardous chemicals found in outdoor clothing Leonie Barrie | 3 Jan 14

Tests carried out in Germany on jackets and gloves sold by outdoor clothing brands including The North Face, Jack Wolfskin, Patagonia and Adidas are said to have found the presence of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and can pose long-term risks to human health.


FRANCE: Lee Jeans inks apparel license with CWF Katie Smith | 12 Dec 13

Lee Jeans, a subsidiary of VF Corporation, has inked an exclusive license agreement with Children Worldwide Fashion Group (CWF) for a new kids' wear collection in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa.


US: Updated Higg Index aids sustainability measurement Leonie Barrie | 11 Dec 13

The Higg Index sustainability measurement tool for the apparel supply chain has been updated with a new web interface and social impact modules, improved environmental content - and for the first time brings footwear brands into the equation.


BANGLADESH: Alliance for Worker Safety opens Dhaka office Katie Smith | 11 Dec 13

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has opened an office in Dhaka, giving it a local presence from which to focus its efforts on improving fire and structural safety in the country's garment factories.


FRANCE: Dassault Systèmes to acquire Realtime Technology Leonie Barrie | 11 Dec 13

Dassault Systèmes is to buy an 84% controlling stake in Realtime Technology AG, the Munich-based provider of 3D visualisation software used by companies including Hugo Boss, Adidas and The North Face.


In the money: JC Penney says turnaround is "taking hold" Katie Smith | 21 Nov 13

The turnaround of struggling department store chain JC Penney is beginning to take hold, according to CEO Mike Ullman. But the US-based retailer still has a lot more work to do if it is to see the light at the end of the tunnel any time soon.


US: Vans recalls boys hooded jackets over strangulation risk Katie Smith | 12 Nov 13

VF Corporation-owned skatewear brand Vans has recalled around 2,400 boys' jackets because drawstrings in the hood around the neck area pose a strangulation hazard to young children.


Sustainability strategy clear for Crystal Group Leonie Barrie | 8 Nov 13

For Hong Kong based Crystal Group, one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers, efforts to put sustainability at the heart of its business are seen as key to driving improved productivity and profitability.


VIETNAM: TCM posts 948% hike in Q3 profit Ngo Tuan | 31 Oct 13

Leading Vietnamese textile and garment manufacturer Thanh Cong Textile Garment Investment Trading (TCM), has seen its third-quarter profit soar by 948%.

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