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Industry executives to meet in Washington DC to try to plot a clear course aheadUS fashion sector mulls tactics to tackle Trump tariffs 18 Jul 18

Keith Nuthall

Executives from the US clothing industry have met in Washington DC to plot tactics to push the Trump administration away from a protectionist policy that it regards as potentially damaging for brands, retailers and consumers.


For the moment, only textiles are subject to the second round of US tariffsFrom Field To Shelf – Hold the hysteria on Trump's tariffs 17 Jul 18

Robert P Antoshak

Over the past few days, the media has covered the current round of tariff retaliations between the US and China as a boxing match, writes Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc. But it’s only round two and for now, at least, calm analysis is what’s needed.


The number of retailer bankruptcies has risen in recent yearsWhat should suppliers do when retailers go bust? 12 Jul 18

Michelle Russell

Difficult trading conditions on the high street, increased online competition, rising costs and low consumer confidence are pushing retail bankruptcies to record-highs. Yet while the store closures and redundancies are widely reported, the fallout is also reverberating further along the supply chain.


Are consumers willing to spend more money on a product that has been produced in a more ethical manner? What’s hindering progress on sustainable fashion? 11 Jul 18

Beth Wright

The fashion industry might like to think sustainability is at the top of its agenda, but fierce competition on price, a fast fashion focus on volume rather than value, and flagging consumer interest are all hindering progress. Yet industry executives remain hopeful that as issues like microplastics pollution move into the mainstream, the issue of cheap and disposable clothing may also come to the fore.


Mohammed Abdul Jabbar, managing director of DBL GroupDBL embraces digital focus to turbocharge its business – Interview 10 Jul 18

AZM Anas

The digital integration of Bangladesh’s booming textiles and garment sector is gaining pace, with ‘Industry 4.0’ becoming a watchword for increased competitiveness. One company taking such technological development very seriously is Dhaka-based DBL Group, which has targeted digital efficiencies to turbocharge its business growth – as managing director MA Jabbar explains.


The new Who has signed the new Bangladesh '2018 Accord' – Update 10 Jul 18

Beth Wright

More than two-thirds of the 220 companies who signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have now committed to the new agreement – the '2018 Accord' or 'Transition Accord'. Spanish clothing brand Desigual and UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group are among the latest to sign, taking the total to 183. Here we list the signatories so far.


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There continues to be a disconnect between buying departments and compliance teams when it comes to costing labour in price negotiations. So who should pay for a minimum wage increase?


From Field To Shelf From Field To Shelf

Regular opinion about the global market for cotton, textiles and apparel, and how it impacts on the supply chain from the field to the shelf. By industry consultant Robert P Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc.


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Monthly figures from the Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) highlight the rise and fall of global apparel imports into the US.


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just-style's summary of apparel and footwear news from the world’s local media.


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just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.


In the money In the money

A regular in-depth analysis prompted by what’s happening in the financial world and how it impacts on the apparel and footwear supply chain from manufacturing to retail.


The Flanarant The Flanarant

A forthright take on the follies the world’s apparel buying community has to deal with, from Mike Flanagan, CEO of Clothesource – and his suggestions for putting them right.


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Exclusive interviews with some of the apparel and footwear industry’s leading movers and shakers. Companies already featured include Marks & Spencer, H&M, Timberland, Adidas, New Look and Li & Fung.


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With a focus on individual companies, new or emerging markets, and issues such as product safety – this column takes a behind the scenes look that sheds new light on stories hitting the headlines.


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Facts and figures taken from some of the research reports published on just-style. Much of this information is only available in the reports themselves, so these articles provide a valuable snapshot of the latest data and forecasts.


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A month-by-month overview of US apparel and shoe chains' sales results. Same-store sales figures help gauge how a specific retailer has performed, making this feature invaluable for evaluating your customers or competitors.

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