Top stories on just-style this week include a look at how the ongoing 'trade war' between the US and China could increase the number of American apparel brands shifting their sourcing away from Chinese suppliers, an interview with Pamela Mar, director of sustainability at the Fung Group, and Vietnam becoming the seventh country to ratify CPTPP – or TPP-11.

US brands ponder sourcing switch away from China
The ongoing trade dispute between the US and China could accelerate the trend for American apparel brands to shift their sourcing away from Chinese suppliers – but any such moves will pose challenges.

Digitisation is key to upgrading Asia's fashion factories. Just do it responsibly, says Fung Group's director of sustainability
Digital technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence are starting to bring more speed, efficiency and transparency to apparel supply chains – but less well documented is their potential impact on job losses and social unrest, especially in Asia. It's a balancing act that Pamela Mar weighs up in her roles as director of sustainability at the Fung Group and EVP of Supply Chain Futures for the Fung Academy.

Honduras raises $1bn in textile investments under 2020 plan
Honduras has raised over $1bn or about one-third of the $3bn needed to transform its textiles industry as part of the Honduras 2020 development plan, a top executive has told just-style, admitting the initiative is facing heavy delays. 

Vietnam ratifies the CPTPP trade pact
Vietnam has become the seventh country to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – or TPP-11 – which is set to come into force later this year.

VF Corp inks deal for new Jeanswear business headquarters
US apparel giant VF Corp has named historic textile mill Revolution Mill in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the future home for select functions of its Jeanswear business.