Top stories on just-style this week include an interview with Andrew Olah, founder of the denim trade show Kingpins, on why all exhibiting denim mills need to meet corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards; a look at why the Bangladeshi government is "shockingly unready" to take over the work of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety; and steps by US apparel giant VF Corp to spin-off its jeanswear business.

Why Kingpins is setting new standards for the denim supply chain – Interview
Implementing an industry standard hasn't been high on the list of priorities for most textile mills for the simple reason that no-one is asking for it. But this is all about to change as pressure mounts for increased sustainability, ethical production and transparency across the apparel supply chain. And a driving force is coming from an unlikely source – the denim trade show Kingpins – as Andrew Olah, event founder and CEO of textile company Olah Inc, explains.

Vietnam sees US apparel shipments surge in January
With trade talks between the US and China still unresolved when retailers and brands were planning their spring merchandise buys, US apparel imports surged in January as importers sought to mitigate the potential impact. Vietnam booked the largest growth, but rock-bottom prices at neighbouring giant China continue to win over US customers.

Bangladesh government "shockingly unready" for factory safety
Ahead of a decision by Bangladesh's supreme court on the future of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in the country, an analysis of the government's factory remediation data shows a "shocking level of unreadiness" to take over the Accord's work. 

VF Corp takes next step in Kontoor Brands spin-off
US apparel giant VF Corp is preparing for the official spin-off of its jeanswear business as an independent, publicly traded company called Kontoor Brands Inc, having today (1 April) announced the public filing of a Form 10 Registration Statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

H&M uses new sustainable materials in latest line
Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has introduced three new sustainable materials – including leather alternative Piñatex – into the new spring 2019 collection from its eco-friendly Conscious Exclusive line.