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Rana Plaza five years on – A time for reflection

Rana Plaza five years on – A time for reflection

As the global garment industry stops to reflect on the tragic events that took place in Bangladesh five years ago, it is also a time to consider what has changed, what hasn't – and what still needs to be done

Winners and losers of a Trump tariff on China garments

Winners and losers of a Trump tariff on China garments

As President Donald Trump prepares to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese imports into the United States, we take a look at the potential winners and losers in the global garment trade

Pure sourcing

Pure sourcing

How brands can work to build a compliant supply chain, the challenges of reshoring in the UK, and the business of mass customisation were all subjects discussed at this year's Pure Origin event in London.

US apparel imports

US apparel imports

Figures from the Office of Textiles and Apparel show the volume of US apparel and textile imports was up 3.2% in 2017, and the average unit price of China's exports have dropped steadily over the last seven years.

Outlook 2018 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2018 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

2018 is set to be a year in which disruptive trends that have been on the horizon start to become the norm for the apparel industry and its supply chain, according to feedback from executives consulted by just-style

Top 20 of 2017

Top 20 of 2017

A look at the top news, analysis, comment, and interviews published on just-style in 2017.

State of Sourcing 2018 – just-style survey results

State of Sourcing 2018 – just-style survey results

The global apparel supply chain will continue to be buffeted by rising costs and pressure for faster deliveries, smaller quantities and more styles in 2018, according to just-style's annual State of Sourcing survey.

A first look for what

A first look for what's ahead in 2018

The global fashion industry is on track for continued growth in 2018. We take a look at some of the trends shaping the industry and what's in store for next year.

ABSCI considers Brexit impact on UK textile industry

ABSCI considers Brexit impact on UK textile industry

The scale of the challenge presented by Brexit to the UK’s fashion and textiles industry was laid bare at this year's ASBCI’s conference.

Textile Exchange 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference

Textile Exchange 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference

Textile Exchange says the outcome of this year's conference will identify action items to develop a roadmap to 2030 for the industry.

How the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing

How the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing

"Speed-to-market," "product differentiation" and "inventory control" are some of the most popular buzzwords. Vietnam continues to lure US firms. Competition is intensifying between western hemisphere supply chains and factories in Asia. But there are still no sourcing alternatives to China

NAFTA renegotiation – Key issues for textiles and apparel

NAFTA renegotiation – Key issues for textiles and apparel

As the United States, Canada and Mexico prepare to begin formal talks to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we take an in-depth look at key issues for textile and apparel supply chains.

US reviewing AGOA country eligibility

US reviewing AGOA country eligibility

The US has launched its annual review into the eligibility of sub-Saharan African countries to receive benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) – but is also looking at withdrawing benefits for Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

Texprocess & Techtextil 2017

Texprocess & Techtextil 2017

Digitalisation was a buzz-word at the recent Texprocess apparel technology trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, with new tools allowing data to flow seamlessly from digital design and development all the way through the supply chain.

Apparel made in Ethiopia

Apparel made in Ethiopia

just-style’s editor Leonie Barrie recently visited Ethiopia to see for herself the massive developments taking place to elevate this East African nation into a compelling new garment and textile sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

Rana Plaza - Four year anniversary

Rana Plaza - Four year anniversary

On the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry.

PSF 2017 – Navigating the perfect storm in fashion sourcing

PSF 2017 – Navigating the perfect storm in fashion sourcing

Global political frictions and economic uncertainty, investment in automation and efficiencies, digitalisation, data and skills shortages are among the challenges facing today’s apparel sourcing executives.

Primark challenges critics with India cotton initiative

Primark challenges critics with India cotton initiative

With the aim of ensuring all cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, Primark is adamant having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices is not at odds with efforts to improve ethical standards in its supply chain.

Outlook 2017 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2017 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

2017 is shaping up to be another uncertain year for the apparel industry and its supply chain, according to feedback from a panel of executives consulted by just-style.

Top 20 of 2016

Top 20 of 2016

just-style takes a look at the top news, analysis, comment, and interviews published on just-style in 2016.

Fashion finance – Freeing up capital in the apparel supply chain

Fashion finance – Freeing up capital in the apparel supply chain

Specialised finance products for the garment industry, solutions for keeping track of inventory, and software systems to guide planning and operations are all covered in our special reports on how to free up capital in the apparel supply chain.

Madagascar back on the apparel sourcing radar

Madagascar back on the apparel sourcing radar

Madagascar all but fell off the sourcing radar when it lost its duty-free privileges to the US at the beginning of 2010. But a change of fortunes in the last two years is now seeing its apparel exports bounce back.

What a Trump presidency might mean for apparel

What a Trump presidency might mean for apparel

Global markets were thrown into disarray after Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States. The win is also likely to mean that international trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) fall by the wayside.

Fast fashion: Key issues as time-to-market shrinks

Fast fashion: Key issues as time-to-market shrinks

Fast fashion brands face numerous challenges, from ensuring they make decisions that get orders right the first time, to navigating complex logistical issues, and having the flexibility to make swift decisions and changes. Here we offer some solutions.

Fashion in flux – figuring out future supply chains

Fashion in flux – figuring out future supply chains

Apparel retailers and brands must take a hard look at their current business models and supply chains if they want to remain competitive into the future.

Ethiopia violence undermines sourcing strategies

Ethiopia violence undermines sourcing strategies

The apparent benefits of Ethiopia make the country a serious risk – both politically and commercially – for apparel and textile investors.

Raw materials – Issues facing supply and demand

Raw materials – Issues facing supply and demand

What is the future likely to hold when it comes to forecasts on supply, demand, prices, challenges and opportunities for raw materials used in apparel production – including cotton, synthetics, leather and wool? Here we take a closer look.

Cambodia garment sector faces ongoing challenges

Cambodia garment sector faces ongoing challenges

At first glance, Cambodia's garment sector is doing fine, with data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) pointing to a 14.7% jump in exports during the first quarter. But dig deeper, and the Cambodian garment industry is less optimistic.

Why traceability plays a key role in social compliance

Why traceability plays a key role in social compliance

Lack of transparency and traceability across global supply chains has been thrown into the spotlight after US retailer Target Corporation pulled all luxury bed linen produced by Welspun Global Brands over concerns about the provenance of the cotton used.

Denim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school

Denim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school

With the second-biggest shopping season of the year now underway, analysts are cautiously optimistic that back-to-school sales will provide a much-needed lift for US clothing retailers thanks to several key trends and well-controlled inventory levels.

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