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Top stories on just-style this week include H&M Group cutting ties with a Xinjiang yarn mill following allegations it was engaged in forced labour, while five new US detention orders have been issued on cotton and apparel from the region. Turkey’s clothing manufacturing sector has reached an agreement with brand buyers regarding late payments, and Next Plc is to acquire a majority stake in the UK business of Victoria’s Secret.

H&M quits Xinjiang yarn mill amid forced labour allegations
Swedish clothing retailer H&M Group is cutting ties with a yarn mill Xinjiang with which it had an “indirect relationship” after it was alleged to be engaged in forced labour.

New US detention orders on Xinjiang cotton and clothing
Five new Withhold Release Orders (WRO) have been issued on products imported into the United States from China – including apparel items and cotton linked to the Xinjiang region where there are concerns over the use of forced labour.

Turkish clothing makers rebounding from Covid crisis
The Turkish clothing manufacturing sector says it has struck an accord with major brand buyers to complete and pay for previous orders.

From Field to Shelf – Should the denim industry worry about knitwear?
Anecdotal evidence suggests consumer demand for mass-market jeans has plummeted during the Covid pandemic. In contrast, demand for knitwear – including cotton T-shirts, knitted shirts and sweatpants – has increased as comfort becomes king. Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc, crunches the numbers to find out more.

Next to take majority stake in Victoria’s Secret UK
Clothing and homewares retailer Next Plc is to acquire a majority stake in the UK business of lingerie, loungewear and beauty products retailer Victoria’s Secret under a new joint venture.

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