Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the myth of fast fashion's 'circular economy', China's indispensable role as the dominant player in apparel sourcing, how discounter Lidl is making money on its latest fashion range, and a new recycled natural leather product developed by Nike. 

The myth of fast fashion's 'circular economy'
The 'circular' business model being promoted by large global fashion brands as the key to fixing a material-intensive system fails to address the core problem of overproduction and overconsumption, a new report suggests.

Still no apparel sourcing alternatives to China
While China might have passed its zenith as the dominant player in apparel sourcing, the country's indispensable role is expected to remain for some time to come, according to a new survey of supply chain executives.

How Lidl is making money on new fashion range
Industry experts are applauding discounter retailers' attempts at breaking into the apparel sector with zero impact to their existing supply chains – a move retail analyst GlobalData forecasts will see clothing sales grow by more than 90% in the channel by 2022.

Nike Flyleather as "game-changing" as Flyknit
US sporting goods giant Nike has unveiled a new "super material" – made with at least 50% recycled natural leather fibre and water power – that it says has the potential to be as "game-changing" as its Flyknit technology for performance footwear.

Gap, Nike and VF join pledge to tackle climate change
Gap Inc, Nike, Levi Strauss and VF Corp are among the six US apparel companies who have become the latest to commit to set emissions reduction targets that help limit global warming through the Science Based Targets initiative.