Top stories this week on just-style include a look at what the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership might mean for the US and EU textile and apparel industries, updates on the future fashion sourcing landscape from the Prime Source Forum conference in Hong Kong, and Walmart snapping up online fashion and accessory retailer ModCloth.

What might TTIP mean for US and EU textiles and apparel?
Over the past four years, the United States and the European Union (EU) have been negotiating the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP or T-TIP) free trade agreement, which intends to unlock market access opportunities for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic through the elimination of trade and investment barriers as well as enhanced regulatory coherence. Here Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, looks at what the pact might mean for the US and EU textile and apparel industries.

PSF 2017 – Geo-political uncertainty and how to survive it
Global political frictions and economic uncertainty, coupled with a sea-change across the retail sector thanks to the rise of e-commerce, digitally-connected consumers, 'see now, buy now' expectations, fickle millennials, store closures and competition from online specialists, are all creating a perfect storm for apparel sourcing executives to try to navigate.

PSF 2017 – Unlocks for the future fashion sourcing landscape
Economic uncertainty and upheaval in global trade agreements are immaterial if the apparel and footwear industry can't respond, engineer and produce products that consumers want to buy. Investment in automation and efficiencies, as well as facing up to skills shortages, are among the unlocks for the future fashion sourcing landscape.

Walmart snaps up online fashion firm ModCloth
US retail giant Walmart is further beefing up its e-commerce strategy with the acquisition of women's online fashion and accessory retailer ModCloth.

Kraig Biocraft to begin spider silk production in Vietnam
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, a leading developer of spider silk-based fibres, says it has found locations to begin production in Vietnam, following a site survey trip in Quang Nam province.