Top stories on just-style in September included a 51% minimum wage increase for garment workers in Bangladesh, a comparison of the labour costs across the world’s top 25 clothing supply countries, President Trump’ decision to move forward with a 10% tariff on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from China, and an interview with head of circular fashion at the C&A Foundation Douwe Jan Joustra.
1. Bangladesh garment worker wages to increase by 51%
The Bangladesh Government has increased the minimum wage for garment workers by 51% following months of negotiations.
2. How labour costs compare across 25 top supply countries
It takes more than cheap labour to produce competitively priced clothing – and the new re:source by just-style online sourcing tool lets us quickly measure and compare how labour costs stack up for the world’s top 25 clothing supply countries.
3. Changing trends in world textile and apparel trade
The value of world textile and apparel exports returned to growth in 2017 for the first time in two years, with notable trends including China’s textile shipments reaching a new record high and Vietnam’s continuing climb as a leading exporter. In turn, these shifts are closely linked to changing patterns in world apparel manufacturing, writes Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.
4. New China tariffs will create supply chain chaos
US President Donald Trump has decided to move forward with a 10% tariff on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from China, in a move the US fashion industry says will considerably disrupt the sector’s supply chain.
5. 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.
6. Chinese textile firms step up Ethiopia sourcing
Major Chinese textile firms are stepping up sourcing and investment plans in Ethiopia as increasing trade tensions between the US and Beijing create an incentive for the East Asian country to look at alternative sourcing destinations.
7. Experts point way ahead for African textile sector
Sub-Saharan Africa may not have been the most fertile ground for technological innovation in the clothing, textile and fibre sectors, but speakers at the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) conference in Nairobi, Kenya had no shortage of ideas on the best way ahead.
8. Myanmar garment productivity project gains momentum
A three-year project taking place in Myanmar’s garment industry to enhance productivity and improve workplace health and safety is generating great interest, organisers have told just-style, and feeds into a wider goal of improving productivity by 25% over the next ten years.
10. Gap launches sustainable men’s lifestyle brand
US speciality clothing retailer Gap Inc is to launch a high-performance men’s apparel brand that features fabrics made with renewable and recycled fibres.