Top stories on just-style in July included an interview with Ranjan Mahtani, chairman and CEO at Epic Group, on why Covid-19 is the final straw for apparel industry players, and a look at how technology is key to the sector's emergence from the crisis. The list also includes a look at why manufacturers in India think coronavirus could be a force for good, and the latest bankruptcy filings from firms including Brooks Brothers and Ascena Retail Group.

1. Has the apparel sourcing bubble burst?
For Ranjan Mahtani, chairman and CEO at Epic Group, one of the world's largest clothing manufacturers, the global Covid-19 pandemic is the final straw. He believes the time has finally come for brands, retailers and their suppliers to take stock, re-evaluate current practices – and redefine their roles for the future.

2. Quiz latest to offload Leicester supplier amid "modern slavery" allegations
Quiz has launched an investigation into one of its Leicester-based suppliers, the second UK fast-fashion retailer to do so in under a week, after allegations of non-compliance with living wage requirements at its factories surfaced.

3. US clothing retail sales jump 105% in June
Sales at US clothing retailers more than doubled in June from the month before as businesses continued to reopen following coronavirus-enforced lockdowns – although continued Covid-19 outbreaks remain a threat to recovery.

4. Nine new innovative South Asia fashion start-ups
Innovations ranging from sustainable dyeing solutions to bamboo and agri-waste alternatives to plastic are among the innovations from the nine new start-ups joining the second batch of Fashion for Good's South Asia Innovation Programme.

5. India manufacturers see coronavirus as catalyst for good
Sustainability, innovation and digitalisation are all seen as key to helping the Indian textile and clothing industry build back better from the Covid-19 pandemic. The South Asian manufacturing hub could also benefit from its indigenous environmentally friendly processes and models of textile production, executives believe.

6. Brooks Brothers latest to file for bankruptcy
US men's wear retailer Brooks Brothers has become the latest company to file for bankruptcy protection after being hit by falling sales and declining demand for its business attire.

7. Technology key to navigating post-Covid fashion system
Technology is at the heart of the apparel and textile industry's emergence from post-Covid lockdown, with digitalisation now key to helping brands navigate the fragile system the pandemic has exposed.

8. Ascena latest to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Ascena Retail Group, owner of the Ann Taylor, Loft and Lane Bryant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest retail group to do so during the coronavirus pandemic.

9. Boohoo backs call for factory 'fit to trade' license
Online fast fashion retailer Boohoo says it has written to the Home Secretary and offered its support for a licensing scheme that ensures all garment factories are meeting their legal obligations to their employees. 

10. From Field to Shelf – How the apparel industry can become exceptional
As disheartened members of this supply chain, and as optimistic consumers, we commit to being part of the 20% – the minority demanding and developing, launching, and implementing new and sustainable innovations and standards up and down the supply chain. By Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc, and April Kappler, consultant to the cotton and textile supply chain.

11. Does the clothing supply chain need to push the reset button?
The global apparel and textile industry supply chain is in need of a complete reset if it is to survive beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, and this could mean changing to a demand driven calendar, embracing 'smartification', and distributing margin differently, industry experts have said.

12. Retail forecasting helps planners to navigate pandemic
Retail planners need an agile approach to see them through a pandemic, with artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques among the tools to help make the best decisions at every stage from initial response to recovery. 

13. Apparel suppliers face new cost pressures as orders resume
High pressure tactics used by apparel and footwear brands and retailers during cost negotiations are not only impacting suppliers' profitability but also threaten their social and environmental sustainability too, a new survey has found.

14. Edinburgh Woollen Mill leaves apparel workers "in lurch"
The owner of Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) is claimed to have left workers at a supplier in Hungary in the lurch after it closed five months ago, leaving workers unpaid.

15. Nike to streamline organisation and corporate leadership team
Nike Inc is to streamline its organisation – including its corporate leadership team – as the sporting goods firm looks to become a nimbler, flatter organisation.

16. Mexico makers relish better times as USMCA kicks in
Yesterday (1 July) should have been a day to celebrate in Mexico as its newly revamped trade deal with the US and Canada – the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – swung into effect. But instead of hosting a fiesta over the extension of a pact to export textiles and apparel duty-free to the world's biggest market, the Aztec nation is counting its losses amid tumbling shipments to its key northern neighbour.

17. G-Star Raw files for bankruptcy protection in US
Denim fashion brand G-Star Raw has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US after the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic weighed on business.

18. Elcatex secures $100m loan to bolster Honduras production
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has loaned US$96m to Honduran textiles and apparel manufacturer Grupo Elcatex to help it bolster production and exports.

19. Clean wastewater pilot shows scaling-up potential
A pilot project to assess the feasibility of a new wastewater treatment system at scale is said to have provided encouraging results for future implementation of the technology in the apparel supply chain.

20. Covid-19 pandemic accelerates existing sourcing trends
Rather than redrawing global sourcing maps, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated and deepened a number of pre-existing trends – including a diversification of supplier portfolios – new research suggests.