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Disney project builds better factory working conditions Leonie Barrie | 21 Nov 17

A year-long global project on improving working conditions in factories making Disney-branded products around the world has successfully trained 201 managers from 115 licensee companies that in turn contract some 2,447 factories.

Disney accused of using polluting suppliers in China Leonie Barrie | 12 Sep 16

Three environmental protection groups in China have accused Disney of using licensing as a way of shirking its environmental responsibility.

Walt Disney recalls kids' Darth Vader bodysuits Michelle Russell | 20 Jan 16

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has issued a recall on its Darth Vader and Disneyland 60th infant bodysuits due to a choking hazard. 

THE FLANARANT: Is legal action the key to compliance? Mike Flanagan | 10 Feb 15

There is growing pressure from activists and governments to make Western laws apply to alleged non-compliance in developing country garment factories. But be careful what you wish for, advises Mike Flanagan, who points out that the most likely outcome is that countries will be blacklisted with no effort to improve standards.

Kanati pulls out of Pakistan over supply chain issues Michelle Russell | 28 Jan 15

Canadian men's wear company Kanati Co says continued disruption to its production in Pakistan has forced it to pull out of the country and bring its entire manufacturing back home.

Outlook 2015: What keeps you awake at night? Leonie Barrie | 15 Jan 15

When it comes to other issues the apparel industry should be keeping a close eye on in the year ahead, compliance and factory safety, macroeconomic headwinds, trade legislation, and consumer confidence are all cited as likely to have a bearing on whether or not 2015 turns out to be better than 2014.

Top ten news stories on just-style in 2014... Katie Smith | 23 Dec 14

Instead of our regular roundup of the most-read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top news stories on just-style in 2014. Minimum wage rises, toxic substances in clothing, job cuts, and factory safety issues were some of the issues that made the headlines.

Top company strategic reviews of 2014 Michelle Russell | 17 Dec 14

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to heavy promotional activity in order to keep sales up. Subsequently, however, margins and earnings were hit. As a result, a large number of firms were forced to carry out strategic reviews on their business operations in order to turn their businesses around. Here are some of those that just-style has reported on this year.

UPDATE: Tazreen Fashions compensation agreement outlined Katie Smith | 25 Nov 14

An agreement on delivering compensation to the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh has been outlined - two years after the blaze killed at least 112 people and injured 300 others.

UPDATE: New JC Penney CEO “credible but no solution” Michelle Russell | 16 Oct 14

The appointment of Marvin Ellison to the helm of department-store group JC Penney Company has been described as "a credible hire" but one that offers "no solution" to the retailer's tough structural issues.

IAF convention calls for innovation and fashion inclusion Ivan Castano Freeman | 9 Oct 14

Global apparel brands must boost innovation and put customers at the centre of their growth strategies in order to survive an increasingly challenging market, industry executives said at the International Apparel Federation's 30th Fashion Convention in Colombia last week.

JC Penney sets out three-year growth plan Richard Woodard | 9 Oct 14

Retail giant JC Penney Company has outlined plans it hopes will return the business to sustained and profitable growth at an analyst meeting in New York.

IAF's 30th Convention kickstarts in Colombia Ivan Castano Freeman | 1 Oct 14

The International Apparel Federation (IAF)'s 30th annual convention launched in Medellin, Colombia on Tuesday (29 September), luring 330 delegates from over 15 countries to discuss the industry's latest challenges.

COLOMBIA: Denim expert Adriano Goldschmied joins IAF convention Leonie Barrie | 18 Sep 14

Adriano Goldschmied, the creator of iconic denim lines Diesel, Replay and AG Adriano Goldschmied and adviser to many other denim brands, is joining the speaker line-up at the annual IAF World Fashion convention taking place later this month.

US: MAG Brands to launch Hello Kitty outerwear Leonie Barrie | 5 Sep 14

Sanrio has inked a licensing agreement with New York based MAG Brands for a collection of Hello Kitty outerwear for the US market.

COLOMBIA: IAF Convention tackles fashion industry challenges Leonie Barrie | 3 Sep 14

With less than a month to go before the start of its annual World Fashion convention, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) has released more details of the line-up, which includes speakers from Desigual and Disney, McKinsey and the World Bank.

IN THE MONEY: More licensing and less M&A for Global Brands Michelle Russell | 27 Aug 14

Following its spin-off from Li & Fung last month, fashion apparel, footwear and accessories business Global Brands Group has outlined the firm's strategy as it heads into the second half. Its focus will include more licensing deals and fewer acquisitions.

ANALYSIS: Hazardous chemical removal a key industry issue Michelle Russell | 19 Aug 14

Since Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report in 2011, revealing toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China, the environmental pressure group has been calling on apparel firms to remove these from their supply chains. While a number of companies have signed up to the group's Detox campaign, it appears there is still much more work to be done. just-style takes a look at the challenges of committing and the need for industry collaboration.

HONG KONG/US: Global Brands extends Disney sleepwear license Katie Smith | 14 Aug 14

Fashion apparel, footwear, and accessories business Global Brands Group has extended its sleepwear licensing arrangement with Disney Consumer Products.

INDIA: Wal-Mart expands e-commerce operations Michelle Russell | 27 Jun 14

Retail giant Wal-Mart is expanding its technology centre in India and has hired a former Oracle executive to head up the operations.

PAKISTAN: US calls on Govt to implement textile labour standards Michelle Russell | 23 May 14

The US has called on Pakistan to implement international labour standards in its textile sector adding that it will support the Government on compliance with ILO standards.

IN THE MONEY: Kohl's "greatness agenda" to drive growth Katie Smith | 19 May 14

US department store retailer Kohl's has outlined a new strategic initiative designed to generate sales growth, after booking a drop in earnings and revenue in the first quarter. The plan, dubbed "Greatness Agenda", focuses on giving customers what they want, when they want it - and however they want it.

US: New 3D printing technique has apparel potential Leonie Barrie | 7 May 14

A new type of 3D printer has the potential to open up new possibilities for the technology by turning wool and wool blend yarns into fabric objects including apparel.

Top stories this week on just-style... Michelle Russell | 11 Apr 14

The most-read stories on just-style this week include data that reveals cotton's share of the US clothing market has fallen, a ban by Walt Disney on Pakistan and Bangladesh production, VF Corp's new China hub, and the high tariffs imposed by the Bangladesh government on building and safety equipment for the country's factories.

US: Walt Disney bans Pakistan and Bangladesh production Leonie Barrie | 8 Apr 14

US-based Walt Disney Company (WDC) has gone ahead with its threat to phase out the sourcing of Disney-branded products from Bangladesh and Pakistan over concerns the countries no longer meet its guidelines on working conditions.

BANGLADESH: Calls reignited for Tazreen compensation Katie Smith | 4 Apr 14

The pending anniversary of Rana Plaza has reignited calls for compensation to be given to victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire, in the hope they will not be forgotten.

US: Phoenix Footwear narrows Q4 losses Michelle Russell | 14 Mar 14

Comfort shoe maker Phoenix Footwear Group has narrowed its fourth-quarter net loss and booked an increase in revenues.

UK: Primark joins hazardous chemical pledge Katie Smith | 10 Feb 14

Primark has become the latest retailer to commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain after a Greenpeace campaign.

CAMBODIA: Retailers call for investigation into violence Katie Smith | 21 Jan 14

Adidas, Esprit, and Gap Inc are among a coalition of 30 retailers and brands that have signed a new letter calling for an investigation into the recent violence in Cambodia's garment industry.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 17 Jan 14

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at Asos Christmas retail sales, key apparel industry issues to watch this year, and the discovery of hazardous chemicals in children's wear and shoes made in China.






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