Top interviews on just-style this year

Top interviews on just-style this year

Among the industry executives who spoke exclusively with just-style in 2018 were Roger Lee, CEO at Hong Kong-based apparel giant TAL Group; Epic Group chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani; Sara Bermúdez Couto, head of product safety management and environmental sustainability at Esprit; and Pamela Mar, director of sustainability at the Fung Group and EVP of Supply Chain Futures for the Fung Academy.

1: How TAL Apparel is rebalancing for growth – CEO Interview
By his own admission, Roger Lee, CEO at Hong Kong-based apparel giant TAL Group, is an optimist. And it's a trait that has stood him – and the 70-year-old company he leads – in good stead in recent years as he focuses and rebalances the business for future growth.

2: Innovation the name of the game for Delta Galil CEO
If there is a quality that gives many Israeli companies an edge internationally, it is innovation. And this trait certainly runs through the work of Israeli apparel major Delta Galil, as CEO Isaac Dabah tells just-style in an exclusive interview.

3: Epic belief in Bangladesh drives continued growth
As one of the biggest garment exporters in Bangladesh, with a commitment to the country that goes back more than 30 years, Epic Group chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani knows better than most how the industry has reinvented itself in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster. Here he tells just-style why his belief in Bangladesh means the company's investment in the country continues unabated.

4: Why circular fashion is "the answer for everything" at Esprit
Hong-Kong listed Esprit is currently rethinking every step of the fashion lifecycle with a view to "inclusive circularity" that respects the use of both material and human resources. Sara Bermúdez Couto, head of product safety management and environmental sustainability, explains.

5: Digitisation is key to upgrading Asia's fashion factories. Just do it responsibly, says Fung Group's director of sustainability
Digital technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence are starting to bring more speed, efficiency and transparency to apparel supply chains – but less well documented is their potential impact on job losses and social unrest, especially in Asia. It's a balancing act that Pamela Mar weighs up in her roles as director of sustainability at the Fung Group and EVP of Supply Chain Futures for the Fung Academy, as she tells just-style.

6: Decathlon makes a leap on environmental labelling – and it wants to share the data
Global sporting goods retailer Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies, as Raffaele Duby, sustainable development leader for product and design, tells just-style.

7: DBL embraces digital focus to turbocharge its business – Interview
The digital integration of Bangladesh's booming textiles and garment sector is gaining pace, with 'Industry 4.0' becoming a watchword for increased competitiveness. One company taking such technological development very seriously is Dhaka-based DBL Group, which has targeted digital efficiencies to turbocharge its business growth – as managing director MA Jabbar explains.

8: C&A Foundation sets out vision for circular fashion – Interview
One year into his role as head of circular fashion at the C&A Foundation, Douwe Jan Joustra is leading discussions on how to create the conditions for change in the entire fashion system. His main aim is to see retailers adopt new business models, transitioning into "service providers" where fashion will be offered as a service for customers, not consumers – an idea he will share at next month's IAF World Fashion Convention.

9: The skills deficit is the biggest challenge for UK manufacturing – David Nieper MD interview
David Nieper, one of the UK's last remaining vertical fashion manufacturers, is taking control of its own destiny by investing in the country's first digital printing plant for jersey fabric, addressing the skills deficit through an in-house sewing school, and helping to develop the industry's first apprentice standard. Managing director Christopher Nieper explains why the business continues to punch above its weight.

10: Volt Smart Yarns bridging the gap on wearables – Interview
Ahead of the launch of its new Volt Wearable Technology division, Matt Kolmes, CEO at Supreme Corporation, talks to just-style about how the company's Volt Smart Yarns has been gaining momentum in the smart fabrics industry – and some of the challenges still facing the sector in reaching its full potential.