Top stories this week on just-style include reports from the recent US Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference looking at the current state of play in US trade policy? and sustainable sourcing, why African countries are hoping to divert manufacturing from Asia, and the opening of the first of 150 mini clothing factories in Sri Lanka.

Brandix eyes athleisure with Best Pacific fabric venture
Leading Sri Lankan garment exporter Brandix is launching a joint venture with synthetic materials manufacturer Best Pacific of Hong Kong to produce warp knit synthetic fabric and webbing in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka opens first of 150 mini apparel factories
The first of 150 "mini" garment factories has opened in a Sri Lankan village originally set up for displaced people, as part of a US$1.8m national apparel initiative implemented by the Government.

US moves from 'America first' to 'America alone' on trade
Prospects for trade deals that have underpinned growth in American clothing and textile imports and exports appear increasingly precarious as the Trump administration passes the 300-day mark, participants at a US fashion industry summit have heard.

Sustainable sourcing driven by investors, not consumers
The hold that ethical sourcing and sustainability has over the US fashion and apparel industries is being cemented more by by changing investor requirements than by consumers, a major US fashion industry conference has heard.

Africa waking up to apparel sourcing opportunities
According to exhibitors at the recent Destination Africa trade event in Cairo, Egypt, Africa has significant opportunities to divert manufacturing from Asia due to rising production costs, especially in China, and take advantage of its close proximity to European markets.