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Hirdaramani sees sustainability key in new normal

Sri Lanka is long-recognised as a pioneer in innovation and sustainability, with manufacturing giant Hirdaramani Group one of those champion...

There's no playbook for navigating a pandemic

While there are there are no playbooks to guide the apparel industry through the coronavirus crisis and beyond, Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong K...

Lever Style: The go-to supplier for digital brands

Fuelled by new investment from its recent listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, fashion supply chain manager Lever Style is realigning it...

The Laboratory steers H&M Group sustainable future

Set up to test and scale the game-changing concepts that will help drive the fashion industry towards a more sustainable and circular future...


Novetex puts a positive spin on textile waste – Interview 5 Feb 2020

Beth Wright

Hong Kong-based yarn spinner Novetex Textiles is leading the charge towards sustainability with a HK$15m (US$1.9m) investment to help scale up a process developed by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) to upcycle textile waste into yarns that can be reused to make garments. Chairman Ronna Chao explains more.


The Lycra Company stretches its sustainability agenda 17 Jan 2020

Michelle Russell

Performance fibre specialist The Lycra Company is ramping up its Planet Agenda sustainability platform, developing more solutions for the circular economy and taking a broader look at the issues from design to consumer – as sustainability director Jean Hegedus explains.


Factory owners must push 'Made in Bangladesh' transformation – Interview 19 Dec 2019

Hannah Abdulla

A fierce advocate of the Bangladesh apparel industry, Mostafiz Uddin, founder and CEO of the Bangladesh Denim Expo and the managing director of the Denim Expert factory, says the onus is on factory owners to talk about their successes, improvements and developments if the country is to retain custom and grow garment exports into the future.


Esquel CEO finds a way through US tariffs 16 Dec 2019

Wang Fangqing

The US-China trade war has hit the Chinese clothing and textile export sector severely, but companies that have invested in manufacturing sites outside China have been better protected, Esquel Group vice chairman and CEO John Cheh has told just-style.


Go Global's new M&A model puts garment makers at the heart of the deal 6 Nov 2019

Leonie Barrie

Go Global Retail is a brand investment platform with a difference. Led by industry veteran and sourcing expert Jeff Streader, it aims to blow up the traditional transactional supply chain with a vision to build brands in partnership with garment makers as strategic investors – as he exclusively tells just-style.


Vidalia Mills – Weaving a new vision for US denim 4 Oct 2019

Leonie Barrie

The closure of the last US selvedge denim mill two years ago might have marked the end of an era. But thanks to the vision of Daniel Feibus and his team, the original looms have found a new home at Vidalia Mills as part of plans to build a cutting-edge, transparent and sustainable denim manufacturing chain in the United States.


Rwanda steps into Africa’s apparel sourcing mix – Interview 18 Sep 2019

Leonie Barrie

For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world’s next big destination for textile and fashion production. But another East African country – Rwanda – is also gearing up for a slice of the action, with the country’s newest export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time.


Bangladesh garment group's new boss has big agenda – Interview 30 Aug 2019

AZM Anas

Months after taking the reins as president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), businesswoman Dr Rubana Huq tells just-style of her priorities for the next two years – from factory safety, to exploring new markets, increasing sustainability, and promoting innovation in the world’s second largest clothing exporter.


Nirapon's vision for a safer apparel sector in Bangladesh – Interview 24 Jul 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Bangladesh's newest safety monitoring initiative, Nirapon, has come under fire since its launch earlier this year, with much of the criticism around its focus on monitoring rather than overseeing factory remediation, and the fact it doesn't name or shame non-compliant suppliers. But in a candid interview with just-style, CEO Moushumi Khan suggests getting supplier buy-in and encouraging them in the right way to be compliant is a key factor in increasing workplace safety in Bangladeshi garment factories. 


How a converged single audit approach marks the next step in responsible sourcing 28 Jun 2019

Hannah Abdulla

An overhaul of the auditing process on factory safety and working conditions is long overdue – and a new initiative launched this month could offer the solution. The Social & Labour Convergence Programme's Converged Assessment Framework enables apparel brands and retailers to align collectively around one standard, reduce the amount of money spent on duplicated auditing, and instead free up resources to improve efficiency and factory working conditions. SLCP executive director Janet Mensink, and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, tell just-style more.


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