The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at why the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas, the challenges facing the US outdoor industry bought on by changing demographics and new sales channels, and Abercrombie & Fitch appointing a new brand leadership team.

TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas
Defying high hopes, last month's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Hawaii failed to result in a deal, leaving US textile and apparel companies in the lurch when it comes to everything from sourcing outlooks to export scenarios. And industry executives now warn that the TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas.

US outdoor industry ponders growth amidst change
With US outdoor specialty store sales up by 5.2% to US$3.8bn, and sales of outdoor apparel up 7.9% to $3.2bn (according to NPD Leisure Trends), the outdoor industry had reason to celebrate at the recent Outdoor Retailer (OR) Summer Market, held earlier this month in Salt Lake City. But despite the strong sales figures, the industry is facing an array of challenges brought on by changing demographics, new sales channels, and unprecedented growth, as Debra Cobb reports.

Abercrombie puts brand leadership team in place
Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co has put a new brand leadership team in place in a bid to help drive the A&F brand forward.

New approach to garment industry living wage
Collective bargaining at industry level is the missing mechanism that will enable significant progress to be made towards living wages for garment workers, a global union has claimed.

Patagonia cuts ties with wool supplier over animal cruelty claims
Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has stopped sourcing wool from supplier Ovis 21, after an investigation exposed "extreme cruelty" towards lambs and sheep.