The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the landmark TPP trade agreement – including doubts over when it will actually come into action – the shift in core business practices required to take advantage of potential growth in e-textiles and smart garments, and US apparel import trends in August.
Update: Negotiators agree landmark TPP trade deal
After more than five years of negotiations, leaders of 12 Pacific Rim countries, including the US, Japan and Vietnam, have finally concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – paving the way for what will be the world's largest free trade agreement.
The Flanarant: TPP – now the real fight starts
On 5 October, the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) announced that their trade ministers had agreed a deal. But Mike Flanagan still doubts it will come into action this decade.
Where next for e-textiles and smart garments?
Taking advantage of potential growth in e-textiles and smart garments is not without risk, according to a new report from just-style, and may also require a fundamental shift in core business practices.
Nike debuts new fabric for adaptive breathability
Sportswear giant Nike has launched a new responsive, lightweight fabric, which it claims adapts to changes in body temperature to help runners stay more comfortable and perform better.
Cambodia leads US apparel import growth in August
Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in August, with seven of the top ten supplier countries booking year-on-year growth. Cambodia led the pack, posting a solid double-digit gain, with strong increases also recorded by China, Bangladesh and Vietnam.