The most-read stories on just-style this week include news that Myanmar garment makers are mulling possible shut-downs following plans to introduce the sector's first minimum wage, a look at the continuing diversification of US apparel sourcing, and why the fashion industry is still grappling to find the best ways to leverage the business benefits of 3D virtual design.

UPDATE: Myanmar garment makers mull shut-downs over wage plans
Myanmar’s garment industry has warned of possible shut-downs following the government’s announcement this week of a controversial proposed minimum wage of MMK3,600 (US$3.22) per day - but trade unions have reacted angrily to the threats, telling employers that they must accept the minimum wage.

US apparel sourcing sees slow diversification
Despite China's continued dominance of US apparel and textile imports, shipments from Vietnam continued to surge last year, reflecting the country's low labour costs and its focus on specialisation, modernisation, and increasing value added.

Leveraging the business benefits of 3D virtual design
While 3D design and virtual prototyping technology is already well-established in industries like architecture and automotives, the fashion industry is still grappling to find the best ways to leverage its business benefits.

Birnbaum bites back: Open costings - yes or no?
"Open book costing: for or against? As a supplier will it help to give buyers a breakdown of costs, or will buyers just use this as a means of driving cost down?" This question has been posed to garment industry expert David Birnbaum by a reader of just-style. His advice follows.

Brands back better labour practices in Pakistan
Some of the largest international fashion brands sourcing from Pakistan – including H&M, Li & Fung, Gap India and C&A – have reaffirmed their commitment to improving labour and environmental practices in the country’s textile and clothing sector.