Top stories on just-style in October include three steps the garment industry must take to build back better for workers, concern regarding potential new tariffs on US imports from Vietnam, and an interview with Fatima Alaouia-Zohra, director-general of Morocco's textile and clothing industry association AMITH. Gap Inc has set out proposals to shake up its business, and H&M debuted the first retail model of a garment-to-garment recycling system.

1. Three ways to build back better for garment workers
To mark this year's World Decent Work Day, Jennifer Schappert, executive director of ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation), explains why ensuring all parties are at the negotiating table, responsible purchasing practices, and finding fast and effective solutions to disputes are critical steps to helping the global garment industry build back better for workers.

2. New Levi Strauss store concept nods to circular economy
Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has launched a new store concept in the UK where worn denim can get a new lease of life thanks to customisation and repair services provided by in-house tailors.

3. Viscose major RGE to explore recycled fibre vision in China
Singapore based viscose major Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) has outlined progress on its commitment to invest US$200m in next-generation textile fibre innovation and technology and revealed plans to further its work by exploring how waste can also be used as a resource.

4. Steering Morocco's makers through the coronavirus crisis – Interview
Fatima Alaouia-Zohra, director-general of Morocco's textile and clothing industry association AMITH, tells just-style how the Covid-19 crisis has galvanised the sector into setting a new course for the future.

5. Covid and EU duty-free loss a double blow for Cambodia
The Covid-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for Cambodia's garment sector, since it coincides with the partial withdrawal of the country's duty-free access to the European Union (EU) market. 

6. Sustainability top of mind for fashion leaders despite Covid-19
Business leaders in the global fashion industry are prioritising sustainability, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the topic ranked as the second most important strategic objective for companies in the sector – but more access to better quality data is required to help truly drive change.

7. US apparel industry concern at potential new Vietnam tariffs
Plans by the US Trade Representative to launch a Section 301 investigation on Vietnam – a move that could pave the way for imposition of new punitive duties on US imports from the country – have been met with dismay by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).

8. Adidas, Kering and Lululemon to use mushroom-based leather
Adidas, Kering, Lululemon and Stella McCartney have been given exclusive access to use the new Mylo bioengineered leather developed by biotechnology company Bolt Threads.

9. Shaping a sustainable future for India's fashion industry
A perfect storm of innovation and opportunity means the Indian fashion and textile sectors are accelerating towards sustainability and circularity, according to a new report analysing the Indian supply chain from raw materials through to end-of-use.

10. Unlocking the garment export potential of India and Bangladesh
It's easy to blame the coronavirus or recession for some of the problems facing the garment export industry. But what if the issues are more deep-rooted? The real challenge is to separate out the noise and draw up practical strategies based on accurate information, garment industry specialist David Birnbaum explained on a recent webinar. Using Bangladesh and India as examples, he suggested solutions to help realise their potential.

11. Woolmark cuts licence fee for certification programme
The Woolmark Company is halving the annual licence fee for its Woolmark Certification Program, in a move aimed at helping supply chain partners gain access to the quality scheme.

12. H&M to debut in-store garment-to-garment recycling
The first retail model of the garment-to-garment recycling system pioneered by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) is to make its debut in an H&M store in Sweden.

13. Bealls buys Stage Stores trademarks and brands
Bealls Inc has acquired the intellectual property of Stage Stores with a US$7m bid that also covers the off-price department store operator's Texas distribution centre.

14. Adidas poised to sell Reebok?
German sporting goods giant Adidas is said to be mulling a sale of its Reebok business, which it acquired in 2006 for US$3.8bn.

15. Driving supply chain value via digital partnerships
Digitalising apparel supply chains is disruptive but it also presents opportunities – with the real value coming from those that are nimble, agile and smarter, as opposed to just being faster.

16. Utexa yarn mill helping Honduras to get back on track
Set up two years ago to give a boost to Central America's apparel production, the Utexa synthetic yarn plant in Honduras most recently played a pivotal role in US PPE supply chains. Navigating the Covid-19 pandemic has been a rollercoaster ride, general director Eric Joo tells just-style – and one that proves the importance of collaboration.

17. Here's how Gap Inc plans to shake up its business
US specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc has set out proposals to shake up its business, with a heavier focus on the Old Navy and Athleta brands and the closure of around one-third of Gap and Banana Republic stores in North America.

18. Kohl's to launch speciality athleisure brand
Kohl's is to launch a new private label speciality athleisure brand, produced using sustainable methods and materials, as the US department store retailer looks to strengthen its position in active and casual apparel to tap into consumer demand for more comfortable clothing.

19. China tops US apparel import declines in August
The resumption of business for retailers following the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown helped boost US apparel imports in August on the month prior, but failed to lift numbers on a year-on-year basis. Compared to last year, China booked one of the largest falls in shipment volumes once again, with only three of the top ten reporting growth.

20. New leadership at Li & Fung as Phi named CEO 
Hong Kong-based sourcing giant Li & Fung Limited has promoted group president Joseph Phi to group chief executive officer, while current CEO Spencer Fung succeeds William Fung as executive chairman.