Top stories on just-style this week include a look at the knock-on impact of Myanmar's refugee problem on the country's garment export sector, the US reaching a preliminary trade agreement with Mexico that could replace NAFTA, the latest sourcing trends from the MAGIC trade show, and results of a new study that found 83% of women working in Bangladesh's garment industry are subject to sexual harassment in factories.

Can Myanmar's garment sector reach its full potential?
After a United Nations (UN) report this week branded Myanmar's refugee problem one of the world's worst humanitarian and human rights crises, David Birnbaum looks at the knock-on impact for the country's garment export sector. He argues that while Myanmar is one of the few alternatives to China for high value-added, complex and difficult-to-make products, its poor reputation may prevent it from reaching its full potential.

Trump to the American retail consumer – "You're Fired"
We are all trying hard to rationalise or explain what the Trump administration is trying to do, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Apparently, we are attempting to stop unfair trade practices – promoted by China – by taxing ourselves and taking money out of our own pockets. Makes sense, right?

New US-Mexico deal could replace NAFTA
The US has reached a preliminary agreement regarding a new trade accord with Mexico that could replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including stronger textile provisions than the original trade pact, and are designed to incentivise greater US and Mexican production in textiles and apparel trade.

Key apparel supply chain takeaways from Sourcing at MAGIC
The MAGIC trade show held earlier this month in Las Vegas provided Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, with an ideal opportunity to talk with vendors from some leading apparel sourcing destinations about the latest sourcing trends and the overall business environment.

Bangladesh female workers subject to harassment
Around 83% of women working in Bangladesh's garment industry are subject to sexual harassment in factories, a new study into gender-based violence in the country's clothing industry has found.