Top stories this week on just-style include a look at trends in US garment imports from Mexico and countries in the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), a new wage board set up by the Bangladesh Government, and how an investigation found women garment workers in India are being held captive.

Bangladesh manufacturers making inroads into lingerie
Lured by a shifting global market and better margins, Bangladesh's apparel producers are rushing into the lingerie space – predicting Chinese manufacturers will secure fewer export orders for these lines as their costs rise.

Indian garment factories found "keeping women captive"
Indian garment suppliers for large brands including Hugo Boss, Mothercare, Debenhams and Primark have been enforcing slave labour by holding female workers captive, an investigation has found.

Trends in US garment imports from Mexico and DR-CAFTA
Negotiators are preparing to meet for the sixth round of NAFTA trade talks next week – and as soon as this deal has been repackaged, the spotlight could turn to the US free trade agreement with Central America. Here, in the first of a series of articles showing month by month changes in US garment imports, David Birnbaum takes a look at Mexico and DR-CAFTA.

Bangladesh sets up new wage board for RMG sector
The Bangladesh Government has formed a new wage board that will recommend a minimum salary for workers in the country's garment industry following recent labour unrest and calls for the implementation of a more transparent and regular wage review mechanism.

Mexican makers work to lift exports amid NAFTA threat
The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) may be under threat, but Mexican textile and apparel makers continue to take a "no pasa nada" [nothing's the matter] approach to the looming risk that the treaty will end.