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Bangladesh, Vietnam and India together accounted for just 71% of China’s apparel export value in 2016Still no apparel sourcing alternatives to China 19 Sep 17

Leonie Barrie

While China might have passed its zenith as the dominant player in apparel sourcing, the country's indispensable role is expected to remain for some time to come, according to a new survey of supply chain executives.


Digital printing is rated the most advanced aspect of digitisation in apparel manufacturing, according to executives surveyedDigitisation – The next apparel sourcing hotspot? 14 Sep 17

Leonie Barrie

So far, the promise of digitisation in the apparel industry remains largely unfulfilled. But with opportunities for new cheap supplier countries nearly exhausted, it is now seen as offering sourcing executives untapped potential to lower costs, shorten lead times and increase transparency. A new survey takes a deep dive into unlocking digitisation's potential.


When it comes to global clothing supply, thereConsolidation of the international trade of apparel 13 Sep 17

Robert P Antoshak

The two largest apparel import markets in the world – the European Union and United States – are dominated by a comparatively small group of supplier countries. At the same time, fewer types of products are also sold in greater quantities. Here, Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, wades through the trade data.


From left: Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc, speaks with Steve Lamar, executive vice president of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), and Jon Gold, vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation (NRF)Key trade issues facing US textiles and apparel 12 Sep 17

Leonie Barrie

The current state of play when it comes to NAFTA renegotiations, the Trump administration’s trade policy, China Section 301, what's going on with retail, where next for supply chains, US labelling requirements, and Made-in-USA were among the many topics covered in the latest 'Kingpins Goes to D.C.' panel discussion.


US apparel imports surged in July on back-to-school ordersUS apparel imports surge on back-to-school orders 11 Sep 17

Michelle Russell

The volume of US apparel imports saw a double-digit increase month-on-month in July as retailers stocked up for the back-to-school season – but were marginally lower than the same time last year. The biggest gains were booked by Vietnam, Cambodia and India, but shipments from Bangladesh slipped again.


Sourcing at MAGIC attracted over 81,000 attendeesHow the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing 6 Sep 17

Dr Sheng Lu

As usual MAGIC, one of the largest fashion trade shows in the United States held 13-16 August in Las Vegas, was crowded and hot. The event attracted over 81,000 attendees, including vendors, buyers, service providers and educational institutions coming from over 40 countries and regions. Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, presents his thoughts from the event regarding the industry outlook and the changing landscape of apparel sourcing.


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Leonie BarrieLatest blog entry: A deep dive to unlocking digitisation's potential 18 Sep 2017

Leonie Barrie

So far, the promise of digitisation in the apparel industry remains largely unfulfilled. But with opportunities for new cheap supplier countries nearly exhausted, it is now seen as offering sourcing executives untapped potential to lower costs, shorten lead times and increase transparency.


US apparel import roundup US apparel import roundup

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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Global news roundup Global news roundup

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.


Speaking with style Speaking with style

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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Retail roundup Retail roundup

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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