The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at a new Fairtrade Textile Standard that aims to improve conditions for workers along the textile and garment supply chain, how Gap is using new product processes to help it "guess less and fix faster", an exclusive interview on how Primark manages to balance ethics and ultra-low prices, and whether Vietnam is ready to reap the benefits of the TPP trade pact. 

New Fairtrade textile standard criticised as "complex and costly"
A new Fairtrade Textile Standard launched today (22 March) to try to improve conditions for workers along the textile and garment supply chain – including the provision of a living wage – has already been criticised for pushing costs and responsibility onto suppliers.

New product processes help Gap "guess less, fix faster"
US specialty retail giant Gap has made no secret of the fact it faces an uphill battle to turn around its business, but in-house quality mis-steps coupled with the race against the clock to translate trends from the catwalks to the high street are making its work doubly difficult.

How Primark balances ethics and ultra-low prices
With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental retail issues. Paul Lister, responsible for Primark's ethical trading team, tells just-style "the strength of a brand's ethics is not about a price point" – and that close engagement with the supply chain is key.

PSF 2016 – Is Vietnam ready to reap the benefits of TPP?
It is no secret that Vietnam's textile and clothing sector is widely expected to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the recently-agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact. But some industry observers are questioning whether the Southeast Asian country is really ready to reap the benefits that will come its way once the deal goes live.

Mexico textile sector worries over TPP and Trump wall
Mexico's textile sector is eyeing growth of 4% this year but faces looming threats including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Donald Trump's proposal to barricade its US border – which some executives estimate could trigger $2bn in annual trade losses.