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CHINA: Hazardous chemicals found in children’s wear Richard Woodard | 14 Jan 14

Potentially hazardous chemicals have been found in children’s clothes and shoes made by leading brands such as Burberry, Adidas and Disney, according to a new investigation.

US: Reebok joins line-up at smart fabrics and wearable tech show Katie Smith | 14 Jan 14

Executives from Reebok, Walt Disney, and Clothing+ will join Adidas and Fabric Works to speak at this year's Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology conference.

2013: A year in review - The unusual and unpredictable Lee Adendorff | 9 Dec 13

Waterless dyes, textiles that clean themselves and new 3D printing filaments: the only thing missing this year was spray on clothing.

BANGLADESH: Campaigners fight on for Tazreen families Richard Woodard | 22 Nov 13

Campaign groups and unions are renewing calls for meaningful compensation for victims of the Tazreen Fashions factory fire – almost one year after the blaze killed at least 112 people.

INDONESIA/VIETNAM: Disney grant aids factory text message projects Richard Woodard | 6 Nov 13

A grant from the Walt Disney Company will aid the expansion of an innovative project which aims to educate workers about occupational safety and health via text message.

PAKISTAN: Initiative to promote factory safety Leonie Barrie | 7 Oct 13

An initiative to promote workplace safety and health in Pakistan's factories was launched last week, more than a year after the Ali Enterprises garment factory burnt down with the loss of 260 lives.

just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 30 Aug 13

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the Walt Disney Company's decision to phase out sourcing from Pakistan, VF to introduce three innovation centres, and garment and footwear workers in Cambodia are now paid higher wages.

US: Walt Disney Company to phase out Pakistan sourcing Ahmed Abdullah | 28 Aug 13

The Walt Disney Company (WDC) is to phase out the sourcing of Disney-branded products from Bangladesh, Belarus, Ecuador, Pakistan and Venezuela over concerns the countries no longer meet its guidelines on working conditions.

BANGLADESH: Retailers urged to discuss Rana Plaza compensation Petah Marian | 24 Jul 13

Retailers involved in the recent Bangladesh apparel factory tragedies are being called on to attend meetings to discuss compensation for victims.

US: Firms caught smuggling unsafe children's products Leonie Barrie | 19 Jun 13

Three Florida-based corporations and their management have been sentenced for smuggling counterfeit Disney, Marvel and major league baseball merchandise from China.

US: Kurt Salmon names Bogan retail products partner Katie Smith | 5 Jun 13

Michelle Bogan has rejoined management consulting firm Kurt Salmon as a partner in its retail and consumer products group.

Comment: What's the best way to raise standards in Bangladesh? David Birnbaum | 30 May 13

Three strategies have emerged among clothing brands and retailers trying to decide what steps to take to raise standards in factories in Bangladesh. But David Birnbaum believes the approach in which customers provide funds to upgrade factory structures is the worst option of all.

US: David's Bridal taps Gap's Pamela Wallack as CEO Katie Smith | 13 May 13

Wedding dress retailer David's Bridal Inc has appointed Pamela Wallack, the head of Gap's Global Creative Center in New York, as its new chief executive officer.

UK: French Connection names Castleton finance director Katie Smith | 8 May 13

UK fashion retailer French Connection has today (8 May) appointed Adam Castleton as its new group finance director.

BANGLADESH: European retailers agree Tazreen fire compensation Petah Marian | 16 Apr 13

European retailers C&A, Kik and El Corte Ingles will contribute to a compensation plan for the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh in November last year.

US: Quiksilver makes senior management appointments Petah Marian | 5 Mar 13

US surf wear brand Quiksilver has announced a series of senior management changes as part of efforts to turnaround the business, following the appointment of a new president and CEO in January.

US: Quiksilver names Mooney as president and CEO Petah Marian | 3 Jan 13

US surfwear brand Quiksilver has named Andy Mooney as president and CEO, succeeding co-founder Bob McKnight, who has been named executive chairman.

CHINA: Apparel brands accused of environmental “blind spot” Richard Woodard | 18 Oct 12

The production of sustainable apparel in China has a “blind spot” that wastes large amounts of energy and water, and causes pollution problems, says a new report.

US: Express promotes Kornberg to president Katie Smith | 16 Oct 12

US clothing retailer Express has promoted David Kornberg to the position of president, with responsibility for both men's and women's merchandising and design.

US: Toxic chemicals found in kids' boots and raincoats Leonie Barrie | 30 Aug 12

Back-to-school items including children's rainboots and raincoats have been found to contain high levels of phthalates - chemicals that are banned for use in toys in the US because of adverse health effects - according to a new report.

LUXEMBOURG: Fila inks licensing deal with MAG Brands Katie Smith | 26 Mar 12

Fila Luxembourg has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with US-based manufacturer of sportswear, outerwear and swimwear MAG Brands in the country.

US: JC Penney taps Beja Miller for store centre strategy Petah Marian | 5 Mar 12

US department-store operator JC Penney has appointed Laurie Beja Miller as executive vice president of The Square, the new core of its revamped stores that will be a centre for entertainment and various attractions.

US: JC Penney appoints Blum as chief technology officer Petah Marian | 18 Jan 12

JC Penney has appointed Kristen Blum as executive vice president and chief technology officer.

US: John Bryson sworn in as secretary of commerce Leonie Barrie | 25 Oct 11

The US Senate has named John Bryson as the next Secretary of Commerce, replacing Gary Locke who now serves as the US ambassador to China.

Chinese makers focus on markets closer to home Wang Fangqing | 24 Oct 11

China's perpetually rising costs and currency have, of late, been undermining the country's export industry. But they have also encouraged Chinese clothing retail entrepreneurs to focus on their domestic market - most notably its demographic of Internet-savvy, younger generation consumers.

SWEDEN: H&M ranked world's top user of organic cotton Leonie Barrie | 7 Sep 11

Swedish fashion retailer H&M was ranked as the world's number one user of organic cotton last year - taking it closer to its goal of only using cotton from more sustainable sources by 2020.

WORLD: Organic cotton market jumps 20% in 2010 Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 11

Neither the recession nor unstable economies have put a damper on the fast-growing organic textiles industry, according to a new report, which shows the sector grew by 20% to an estimated $5.61bn in 2010.

CHINA: Greenbox teams with Disney on children's wear Leonie Barrie | 30 Aug 11

Chinese retailer Greenbox is to integrate Disney's most popular brands, including Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh, into its children's clothing lines as part of a deal inked by the two companies.

CANADA: Trimera names Zuber as head of intimates just-style.com | 12 May 11

Sportswear maker Trimera Group has named Rebecca Zuber, the former chief marketing officer at Tefron, as president of its recently-launched intimates division.

US: Nike names Levi's exec Calhoun as Hurley CEO just-style.com | 14 Apr 11

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc has tapped former Levi Strauss executive Jim Calhoun as the new VP and CEO of its Hurley action sports apparel brand.





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