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UK inquiry into the impact of fast fashion

UK inquiry into the impact of fast fashion

The UK environmental audit committee launched an inquiry into the environmental impacts of the garment industry, as well as social issues such as workers' rights and fair pay.

Magnifying sustainability impact through collaboration

Magnifying sustainability impact through collaboration

This year's Fair Wear Foundation Annual Summit discussed ways brands and organisations can collaborate, build bridges and magnify their sustainability impact, both on an individual level and as a community.

The failure of the US garment industry

The failure of the US garment industry

In this three-part series we look at why the US garment industry is now in a state of failure – and whether smart factories and reshoring will offer some salvation

Building a smart future for fashion

Building a smart future for fashion

The 34th World Fashion Convention took place in Maastricht in October, organised by the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and addressing the theme 'Building a Smart Future for Fashion'.

New NAFTA 2.0 and the apparel supply chain

New NAFTA 2.0 and the apparel supply chain

Following more than a year of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico have reached agreement on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Fashion must act now to secure a sustainable future

Fashion must act now to secure a sustainable future

The global fashion industry is on a trajectory set to stretch planetary resources beyond breaking point unless it finds better ways of producing, using and disposing apparel, according to the stark message at the recent Fashion Summit (Hong Kong) 2018

Rohingya crisis and wage issues weigh on Myanmar

Rohingya crisis and wage issues weigh on Myanmar

Myanmar's garment exports may be thriving, but the ongoing Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State and rising wages are the latest shadows on the horizon.

Hong Kong – The new hub for sustainable innovation

Hong Kong – The new hub for sustainable innovation

A number of new projects being unveiled in Hong Kong in September – revealed exclusively on just-style – include the first mill being set up in more than half a century to produce recycled yarn from post-consumer apparel.

Why is the used clothing trade such a hot-button issue?

Why is the used clothing trade such a hot-button issue?

US apparel imports from Rwanda have lost their duty-free benefits under AGOA after it refused to lift a policy that bans imports of used clothing. Here we look into world used clothing trade – and why it deserves more attention.

US trade policy remains top sourcing concern

US trade policy remains top sourcing concern

The impact of a protectionist trade policy agenda in the US is the top challenge for the US fashion industry in 2018 – closely followed by increasing cost pressure, which is creeping up executives' agendas again.

Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Sustainability and social responsibility, "responsible automation", and digitalisation, are among the challenges facing today’s apparel sourcing executives.

Clothing caught as EU and US tariff spat escalates

Clothing caught as EU and US tariff spat escalates

The European Union (EU) is planning to impose safeguard duties on imports of US-made clothing in response to punitive tariffs by the Trump administration on steel and aluminium – a decision that has been slammed by the US clothing sector.

The impact of global purchasing practices on industry

The impact of global purchasing practices on industry

Fashion brands are setting purchasing practices that are driving prices down while trying to fill holes through code of conducts and social auditing. What impact is this having on the supply chain and how do we address the challenges?

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.

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