The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at how Fast Retailing has invested US$3.8m in a joint venture to increase production of seamless knitwear, the first fall in the internet's share of UK clothing sales, and the role that technology can play in helping brands and manufacturers to adapt their business models to meet changing consumer demands.  

Fast Retailing invests in knitwear Innovation Factory
Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's largest fashion retailer, has invested JPY400m (US$3.8m) in a joint venture with specialist knit machinery manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg, in a move designed to increase production of its Wholegarment seamless knitwear.

How technology is helping unravel supply chain challenges
Technology has a key role to play in helping brands, retailers and manufacturers to adapt their business models to meet changing consumer demands – be it implementing changes around design, fit or product innovation.

Forever 21 to close Hong Kong flagship
US teen apparel retailer Forever 21 has confirmed to just-style it is to shutter its flagship store in Causeway Bay, a move analysts say may be due to the cooling down of the fast fashion trend in Hong Kong, coupled with high rent charges.

Has peak internet hit Britain's clothing sales?
Between June and September 2016, the internet's share of UK clothing sales fell consistently – something Mike Flanagan doesn't think has ever happened in the history of selling clothes, anywhere, ever before.

Adidas unveils high-tech All Blacks rugby jersey
German sportswear giant Adidas has unveiled what it says is its "strongest and most innovative" rugby jersey, with features that include a "ground-breaking" chassis system designed to give the wearer a competitive edge by improving the flow of energy through the body.