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Credibility key to new Bangladesh safety organisation

Having announced it will transfer its operations to a new safety monitoring organisation before the end of the year, the Alliance for Bangla...

US clothing and footwear on EU tariff retaliatory list

The European Union (EU) has warned it is prepared to impose temporary safeguard duties on imports of US-made apparel and textiles, as part o...

SAC and GAFTI team up on sustainable standards

Two leading initiatives trying to move the apparel industry towards a single solution for compliance and sustainability are to practice what...

Gap sets new goal for suppliers to pay workers digitally

Gap Inc is encouraging all 800 of its tier 1 supplier factories to pay garment workers digitally by 2020, in a move that will help improve s...

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Steel spat escalates as China slaps tariffs on $3bn of US imports 23 Mar 2018

Simon Harvey

China has slapped tariffs on US$3bn of American imports in retaliation for President Donald Trump's measures on steel and aluminium shipments.

UK companies failing to comply with anti-slavery law 23 Mar 2018

Michelle Russell

Thousands of UK companies are failing to meet standards set out by the Government's UK Modern Slavery Act, new figures show, with only a few leading companies demonstrating real efforts to tackle modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

US textile industry "cannot afford to rest on its laurels" 23 Mar 2018

Michelle Russell

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has endorsed President Donald Trump's view that US trading relationships must be rooted in fairness and reciprocity – but has called on the Administration to include textiles in any laws or regulations that would strengthen "buy American" and invest more in recruitment and automation for the industry.

Nike in Q3 loss amid Tax Act, acquires Zodiac 23 Mar 2018

Beth Wright

Shares in Nike Inc slipped this morning (23 March) after a 4.47% hike in after-hours trading as the US sporting goods giant booked a loss in its third-quarter and announced the acquisition of a leading consumer data analytics firm as part of its Consumer Direct Offense strategy.

Next earnings tumble amid difficult clothing market 23 Mar 2018

Michelle Russell

UK clothing and homewares retailer Next Plc has seen its annual profits fall by 8% as the company described 2017 as the most challenging year it has faced for 25 years.

Trump set to waive metal tariffs for EU and six other countries 23 Mar 2018

Simon Harvey

US President Donald Trump appears to have capitulated on his pledge to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminium from the European Union and six other countries.

Lectra solutions boost design and product development 23 Mar 2018

Beth Wright

The latest offering from technology specialist Lectra includes two new solutions designed to help both design and product development teams better share information in a bid to boost speed and efficiency and keep up with consumer demands.

JC Penney joins Cotton Leads programme 23 Mar 2018

Beth Wright

JC Penney has joined more than 500 companies from across the global supply chain who have signed up to the Cotton Leads programme, which supports responsible production practices by cotton growers in the US and Australia.

Bold Metrics develops AI tool for garment size and fit 23 Mar 2018

Michelle Russell

Bold Metrics, the developer of algorithmic body measurement prediction technology, has added a new tool that allows apparel brands to take a more data-driven approach when designing clothes and ready-to-wear sizing.

Tapestry names Bakst Kate Spade CEO 23 Mar 2018

Beth Wright

Accessories business Tapestry, formerly known as Coach Inc, has named former Michael Kors executive Anna Bakst as CEO and brand president of Kate Spade.

Donna Karan and DKNY to go fur-free 23 Mar 2018

Beth Wright

Branded apparel and accessories maker G-III Apparel Group has announced its Donna Karan and DKNY brand will no longer use animal fur in its products.

Top stories this week on just-style... 23 Mar 2018

Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the punitive tariffs President Donald Trump is preparing to impose on Chinese imports into the United States – which could include apparel and footwear – and the potential winners and losers in the global garment trade, how Vietnam's apparel sector is set to reap the benefits oft he Comprehensive and Progressive Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and former New Look CEO Anders Kristiansen is to replace Esprit chief Jose Martinez later this year.

US Q4 in brief –G-III Apparel, Lands' End, Guess, The Children's Place 23 Mar 2018


In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Genesco booked a rise in both earnings and revenue, Sears was boosted by the new US tax law, Caleres returned to profit, Dick's Sporting Goods achieved growth across key businesses, and Urban Outfitters produced record fourth-quarter sales.

UK consulting on insolvency protection for suppliers 22 Mar 2018

Michelle Russell

The UK Government is consulting on a set of reforms that will give greater protection to staff and small suppliers of insolvent businesses under new plans to crack down on directors and employers behaving irresponsibly.

AfCFTA giant stride forward for the development of Africa 22 Mar 2018

Beth Wright

Leaders of nearly 50 African nations have signed a deal to create the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), marking a historic milestone in the economic integration of the continent.

Unions call on apparel brands to support workers in Haiti 22 Mar 2018

Beth Wright

Haiti is in the spotlight once again as global unions urge apparel brands sourcing in the country to intervene and ensure their suppliers reinstate union leaders and activists unions claim were unfairly dismissed last year following strikes to demand an increase in the minimum wage.

Li & Fung reveals strong start to three-year plan 22 Mar 2018

Michelle Russell

Improved operating efficiency and productivity led Li & Fung to a 21.8% increase in the services segment of its core supply chain solutions business in 2017 as it revealed a strong start to its current three-year plan.

Trump signals change of heart in NAFTA talks 22 Mar 2018

Ivan Castano Freeman

The US is showing a stronger willingness to speed up negotiations on the textile and apparel chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as looming Mexican presidential elections could scupper talks to upend the 23-year accord, a top textiles negotiator has told just-style.

Lenzing unveils new sustainability goals 22 Mar 2018

Beth Wright

As part of its commitment to responsible sourcing, Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has outlined a series of new sustainability goals that will be achieved through a specially designed eco-investment programme to help drive the "substantial reduction" of specific emissions by 2022.

New Look CVA approved, 980 jobs and 60 stores at risk 22 Mar 2018

Beth Wright

New Look has announced its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) has been approved by an overwhelming majority of its creditors – a move that means 60 stores are due to close resulting in up to 980 redundancies.

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