Top stories on just-style in the month of May included a look at Li & Fung's plans to create its first fully-digital T-shirt supply chain, CEO Spencer Fung's thoughts on the evolving goalposts of digitalisation, 12 material innovations for a sustainable future, and a big-picture overview of the state of the EU textile and apparel industry and trade.

Li & Fung plans to create digital T-shirt supply chain
Li & Fung is preparing to create its first fully-digital T-shirt supply chain through a new cooperation agreement with US robotics firm SoftWear Automation.

Li & Fung's 'shot at the moon' approach to digitalisation
Digitalisation offers a solution to some of the challenges facing the global apparel industry – but as Spencer Fung, group CEO of Li & Fung explains, the goalposts are constantly evolving.

12 material innovations for a sustainable future
Biodegradable banana silk, a solvent-assisted dyeing method for cotton fibre, and a biodegradable coating made from squid ring teeth protein that prevents microfibre shedding are among a dozen material innovations that have the potential to drive the apparel industry closer to its circular economy goals, according to a new report.

Brands should rethink supply chains in a time of volatility
The uncertainty of potential tariffs affecting the clothing and textile sector – and a Trump administration that appears poised to levy more of them – loomed large over the annual Sourcing Conference organised by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) in Washington DC last week.

EU textile and apparel trade – four key things to know
Based on an analysis of the latest Eurostat data, Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware provides a big-picture overview of the state of the EU textile and apparel industry and trade. Understanding these critical patterns is key to helping companies better explore the region's huge sourcing and market access opportunities.