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The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is one of the many programmes available to apparel brands and retailersMaybe it’s time for a single cotton sustainability standard 16 Nov 17

Robert P Antoshak

There's an undeniable desire on the part of brands around the world to clean up their supply chains, and there's no lack of interest in using more sustainable cotton. But the confusing mix of standards and options available merely delays the decision-making process for so many firms, argues Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.


"The role of Africa is growing in the world"African clothing sector eyes growth on rising China costs 16 Nov 17

Paul Cochrane

African clothing exporting countries are banking on rising costs in China and changing consumption patterns worldwide to attract buyers to the continent to take advantage of lower production costs.


UK factories are experiencing their strongest performance in nearly three decadesUK textile sector needs government support and confidence to thrive 14 Nov 17

Michelle Russell

British manufacturing is enjoying a renaissance, helped by growth in the cost benefits of reshoring. Yet the scale of the challenge presented by Brexit to the UK's fashion and textiles industry is a sizeable one that needs both government support and more industry confidence if it is to thrive. 


Adidas Group aims to become the first fast sports company by 2020Adidas poised to thrive in highly competitive landscape 9 Nov 17

Pedro Aguilar

Despite a number of difficult years, Adidas is back on track. The company's strong performance has been helped by the health of the global sportswear industry, the proliferation of athleisure, and a more reactive and agile manufacturing process, writes Pedro Aguilar, beauty and fashion analyst at market research provider Euromonitor International.


Textile and apparel supply chains involving NAFTA members, particularly the US and Mexico, face intense competition from AsiaWhich products would be hardest hit if NAFTA nixed? 8 Nov 17

Dr Sheng Lu

As talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) head into their fifth round later this month, concerns remain that US President Donald Trump may end the agreement should the United States, Canada and Mexico be unable to strike a deal. Here Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, identifies the textile and apparel products that would be most affected by NAFTA's termination. 


"Improved working conditions is why weNew audit framework allows increased focus on remediation 8 Nov 17

Michelle Russell

A converged assessment framework for social and labour compliance that aims to reduce or eliminate audit fatigue could allow brands and suppliers to invest more in true corrective remediation, its organisers have said.


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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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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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