Top stories this week on just-style include a plan to accelerate apparel exports to the US from El Salvador, attempts to ease increasing congestion at Bangladesh's Chittagong port, VF Corp CEO Steven Rendle taking on the additional role of chairman amid second-quarter gains, and the acquisition by Michael Kors of Jimmy Choo for US$1.2bn.

Bangladesh attempts to ease Chittagong port congestion
The Customs House at Bangladesh's main Chittagong port has said it will remain open around the clock until further notice in a bid to ease increasing congestion that is understood to be hurting the country's garment export businesses.

El Salvador to boost speed-to-market amid 6,000 job losses
El Salvador has launched a plan to boost worker training and streamline customs to accelerate apparel exports to the US and improve its competitiveness against increasingly nimble players like Honduras.

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VF Corp lifts FY view on strong Q2, CEO to add chairman duties
VF Corporation CEO Steven Rendle will take on the additional role of chairman when Eric Wiseman retires later this year – as the US apparel giant booked second quarter gains and raised its outlook for the year.

Michael Kors acquires Jimmy Choo in US$1.2bn deal
Luxury shoe maker Jimmy Choo has been acquired by fashion brand Michael Kors in a US$1.2bn cash deal that signals further consolidation in the luxury lifestyle sector.