Top stories this week on just-style include an interview with Esquel Group CEO John Cheh discussing the Hong Kong-based manufacturer's new $313.3m eco-friendly production complex, a look at how Guatemala expects to double its apparel export growth this year, the implementation of the new Bangladesh 'Transition Accord,' and H&M's holograms designed to enhance online shopping.

Esquel elevates green credentials with new Chinese facility
Hong Kong-based Esquel Group, the world's largest woven shirt maker, has been bedding-in operations at a ground-breaking new $313.3m manufacturing complex launched in March. With a focus on sustainability, the Chinese facility is starting with the supply of premier blended cotton yarns, with a garment factory to follow – as CEO John Cheh tells just-style.

Garment factories slow in meeting Better Work criteria
Of the more than 1,500 garment factories currently engaged with the Better Work programme the operates across seven countries, only two have so far met the initiative's stringent criteria.

Guatemala eyes export surge amid yarn investment
Guatemala expects to double its apparel export growth this year amid surging US orders and investment to boost synthetic yarn production to help Central American neighbours churn out more fashionable apparel, executives told-just-style during the country's latest Apparel Sourcing Show.

New Bangladesh Safety Accord missing key brands
The new Bangladesh worker safety pact – the '2018 Accord' or 'Transition Accord' – is now in effect but has fallen short of its goal of retaining 100% of its original signatories, including brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Australia's Pacific Brands. 

H&M developing holograms to enhance online shopping
Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M has partnered with UK augmented reality software developer HoloMe Technologies on a project designed to allow online shoppers to view garments from its Monki brand in 3D using holograms.