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Kingpins transforms into virtual event

Kingpins transforms into virtual event

The coronavirus pandemic has led to most industry events this year being cancelled. Some, like Kingpins, have gone virtual. Through a series of webinars, industry experts have discussed how Covid-19 is impacting the denim industry.

Xinjiang labour abuse reports hit apparel industry

Xinjiang labour abuse reports hit apparel industry

Reports have surfaced of alleged forced labour practices in China's Xinjiang province. Industry bodies are now calling on the US government to help find a solution that protects the right of workers and the integrity of global supply chains

Why vegan fashion materials require careful scrutiny

Why vegan fashion materials require careful scrutiny

As veganism continues to gain popularity among consumers, it's no surprise that apparel and footwear firms are looking to join the movement. However, there are a number of issues brands and retailers must consider before declaring products as "vegan".

How coronavirus is impacting the global clothing industry

How coronavirus is impacting the global clothing industry

just-style's ongoing coverage of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak looks at its effect on global fashion retailers and their supply chains.

Are companies "greenwashing" sustainability goals?

Are companies "greenwashing" sustainability goals?

This week has seen more pledges by companies to make their organisations carbon-netural, which has drawn both praise and criticism.

Key issues set to shape apparel sourcing in 2020

Key issues set to shape apparel sourcing in 2020

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands, retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable trade changes, pressure for smarter and faster decisions, and new levels of sustainability will all weigh on 2020.

The apparel industry issues that shaped 2019

The apparel industry issues that shaped 2019

Of the thousands of stories published on just-style during 2019, we've filtered out the year's top issues. Trade, M&A, strategic sourcing, recycling, 3D technology, and worker welfare were just some of the topics that made the headlines.

Has Africa

Has Africa's clothing chain reached a tipping point?

Two potential windows of opportunity are simultaneously opening for the East African cotton-to-clothing supply chain: the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the expected shift of garment production from Asia to Africa.

Weaving a sustainable future for US denim

Weaving a sustainable future for US denim

Bringing together the whole cotton supply chain from farmers to fashion brands is key to understanding the raw material's environmental impact and enabling retailers to make true sustainability claims about the fibres contained in clothes.

How to accelerate Africa apparel sourcing?

How to accelerate Africa apparel sourcing?

The industry remains optimistic at sub-Saharan Africa's capability in the textile and apparel sector – but many challenges remain before it can reach its full potential.

Mitigating the US-China tariff impact

Mitigating the US-China tariff impact

Some brands are mitigating the potential impact of new China tariffs. Here's how...

Facing up to fashion

Facing up to fashion's sustainability and ethical challenges

Speakers at a recent conference organised by the ASBCI (Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry) face up to fashion's sustainability and ethical challenges

US-China trade war ramps up

US-China trade war ramps up

An imminent rise in new tariffs on virtually all US imports from China – including textiles, apparel and footwear – has raised its head again thanks to a new tweet from President Trump. But what's potentially at stake?

China tariff war – the impact on US textiles and apparel

China tariff war – the impact on US textiles and apparel

Just as it seemed the ongoing US-China trade war was heading into the final round of talks, US President Trump has threatened to not only raise tariffs – but to extend them to cover all imports from China.

Denim

Denim's new sustainable direction

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability – or lack of it. Here's how change is underway.

Outlook 2019 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2019 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

The global apparel industry and its supply chain are facing unchartered territory in 2019, according to feedback from executives consulted by just-style

The year on just-style – Highlights of 2018

The year on just-style – Highlights of 2018

Of the thousands of stories published on just-style during the last year, we've filtered out the top news, comment, analysis and interviews of 2018. The US-China trade war, digitalisation, worker safety and sustainability were just some of the issues covered.

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?

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