The most-read stories on just-style this week include a regional supply chain to make finished shirts for the US market, Nine West reducing its Asian sourcing team, and Patagonia appointing a head of environmental activism as part of its continued investment in grassroots groups.

Regional supply chain set up for US shirting market
Turkish shirting fabrics specialist Söktas is joining forces with Honduran company Kattan Group - thought to be the largest shirt manufacturer in the western hemisphere - to make finished shirts for the US market.

Nine West to reduce Asia sourcing team
Nine West Holdings has revealed it will reduce its Asian sourcing team after inking a deal with Camuto Group to provide production and sourcing for its Nine West, Bandolino and Anne Klein footwear brand.

Patagonia ramps up environmental activism with new hire
Patagonia has appointed a head of environmental activism as part of its continued investment in grassroots groups, to which it has given US$6.2m so far this year.

Los Angeles garment industry violations “alarming”
While most allegations of factory worker abuses focus on Asia, an “alarming” number of health and safety violations are also occurring in Los Angeles' garment industry, a new report has found, including physical violence and sexual harassment.

Bangladesh Alliance remains a "work in progress"
The group of North American brands and retailers working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories continued to make progress in their second year. But challenges remain in remediation and financing, and more work is needed if the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is to leave a legacy of safer factories in 2018.