Top stories on just-style in December include a look at ten themes that will shape the fashion sector's priorities for the year ahead, an interview with Cüneyt Yavuz, CEO of Turkish denim giant Mavi, and how Adidas is mulling strategic alternatives for Reebok. The month also saw the demise of Bonmarché, the Arcadia Group, and Debenhams, while the owner of UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group said he feels the company is being punished over scrutiny of the Leicester garment supply chain.

1. Adidas confirms weighing options for Reebok
Adidas today (14 December) said it is exploring strategic alternatives for Reebok, which could involve a sale of the brand – confirming speculation that began at the end of November.

2. 10 trends set to shape the fashion industry in 2021
The Covid-19 crisis has decimated the global fashion industry and its supply chains – and its impact is likely to weigh on the sector until at least 2022, according to a new report. With recovery set to take time and different paths in all regions, here are ten themes that will shape priorities for the year ahead. 

3. Turkish denim major Mavi doubles down on global growth
Turkish denim giant Mavi sold 9.7 million pairs of jeans worldwide in 2019 – and is ploughing on with its global expansion despite ongoing uncertainties around the Covid-19 pandemic, its CEO and director, Cüneyt Yavuz, tells just-style.

4. Bonmarché latest victim of high street crash
UK-based women's value clothing retailer Bonmarché has fallen into administration for the second time in just over a year, leaving more than 1,500 jobs at risk.

4. Time's up for US firms to cut ties to major Xinjiang cotton producer - Update
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has officially enforced a new withhold release order that detains the entry of cotton and cotton products produced by China's Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and its subordinate and affiliated entities as well as textile and apparel products made using that cotton, even if they are made in third party countries.

6. How will Covid-19 shape Asian garment production?
The Asian garment sector is at a critical juncture, having been left reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. While industry experts expect the region to continue to dominate global garment production in the future, they say the crisis will shape manufacturing in Asia for years to come.

7. New manufacturing models leading the way forward
Apparel brands and their supply chains have been shaken to their core this year, with the Covid-19 pandemic presenting an untold number of challenges. From store closures and mountains of unsold inventory, to the cancellation of orders leading to mass factory closures, companies are being forced to rethink the way they operate – with new and smarter fashion manufacturing models starting to emerge.

8. Latest lockdown raises concerns for survival of UK retailers
Clothing retailers in parts of the UK have been dealt a devastating blow in the run-up to Christmas as the government announced new Tier-4 restrictions that will see non-essential retail closed, a move which experts estimate will cost them GBP2bn (U$2.66bn) in sales per week.

9. HKRITA and H&M Foundation further sustainable technology drive
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel (HKRITA) has entered into a five-year collaboration plan with the H&M Foundation to drive the sustainable development of the fashion and textile industry through research into technology enhancements.

10. The Flanarant – Arcadia collapse: What went wrong?
Everyone knows why Arcadia collapsed. But there are a lot of confused – often downright wrong – ideas about what helped push it over the edge, says Mike Flanagan, CEO of apparel industry consultancy Clothesource. And stop blaming Amazon, he adds. 

11. H&M Group's new membership brand to sell clothing at cost
Apparel giant H&M Group has soft-launched a new membership-based brand that sells apparel and home products at the price they cost to make.

12. Fashion brands still lag on responsible viscose sourcing
Despite efforts by the world's leading viscose manufacturers to move towards more responsible production, most fashion brands have made few or no commitments to clean up their viscose supply chains, according to new research.

13. Primark faces GBP430m sales hit from recent lockdowns
Value fashion retailer Primark expects to have lost GBP430m (US$578.6m) in sales during the recent lockdown across the UK – but says all orders placed with its suppliers have been honoured. 

14.  M&S set to benefit from Debenhams store closures
The demise of Debenhams was inevitable after its underinvestment, lacklustre ranges and uninspiring stores caused it to lose relevance among consumers in recent years – but the news of its collapse has still come as a huge blow to the retail industry.

15. Arcadia Group collapses into administration
British retail tycoon Phillip Green's Arcadia Group has collapsed into administration with 13,000 jobs now at risk.

16. Boohoo owner "feels punished" over Leicester scrutiny
The owner of UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has told an audit committee he feels the company is being punished over scrutiny of the Leicester garment supply chain and that he could easily take business off-shore but vowed the company is committed to "making things better".

17. US apparel imports from China rebound in October
The volume of US apparel imports continued its upward trajectory in October, both on a monthly and year-on-year basis, as retailers continued to recover from the pandemic lockdown and began to stock up for the holiday season. While shipment volumes from China were down on those a month earlier, the sourcing powerhouse saw exports to the US increase on a year-on-year basis for the first time in 14 months.

18. New vegan product certification for apparel and footwear
Testing and audit services provider TÜV SÜD has launched a vegan product certification for apparel, footwear and home textiles. 

19. M&S to double down on sustainability with Plan A relaunch
Retailer Marks & Spencer is relaunching its Plan A eco and ethical programme, saying the time has come to reinvigorate the initiative and return it to the "centre of the customer story."

20. VF Corp opens first multi-brand retail store
Apparel giant VF Corp has opened its first multi-brand store in a move aimed at creating a new approach to retail and furthering its strategy to become more consumer-minded, retail-centric, and hyper-digital.