Top interviews on just-style this year

Top interviews on just-style this year

Some of the top interviews on just-style in 2016 were with James Rogers, the sustainability manager of The North Face, Eran Itzhak the CEO of Israel-based tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group, and Paul Lister, responsible for Primark's ethical trading team.

1: The North Face takes a holistic view on harmful chemicals

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.

2: How Primark balances ethics and ultra-low prices

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental retail issues. Paul Lister, responsible for Primark's ethical trading team, tells just-style "the strength of a brand's ethics is not about a price point" – and that close engagement with the supply chain is key.

3: Bagir CEO says suit-maker is back on track

Exactly 12 months into his role as chief executive of Israel-based tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group, and Eran Itzhak is in a buoyant mood. The business is debt-free for the first time in nearly a decade, has refocused its manufacturing base on Ethiopia, Egypt and Vietnam, and is fighting back with new products and a return to innovation.

4: KTC refashioning the reputation of Made in China

Backed by his belief that the current apparel sourcing model is broken, Gerhard Flatz, managing director at high end performance wear specialist KTC, is charting a new course for the company. He's trying to change the perception of what it means to be 'Made in China' by losing the factory tagline and instead building on the firm's ethical credentials, its skilled workmanship, and repositioning it as a key ingredient of a high quality garment.

5: Omega Compliance committed to supply chain integrity

Increasing requirements by apparel brands and retailers for specialist quality assurance, compliance and supply chain security services are fuelling the strong double-digit growth of Omega Compliance, a standalone subsidiary of sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the company tells just-style why its momentum on responsible sourcing shows no sign of slowing down.