Top stories on just-style this week include a look at how clothing manufacturers in El Salvador are seeking to solidify their focus on underwear exports, a new report has called for bold policies to foster the move to a circular fashion economy, HanesBrands has confirmed it is to close its sock manufacturing plant in Mount Airy, North Carolina, and Berghaus is making a major investment in its product and innovation team to boost speed to market. 

El Salvador makers seek to develop underwear niche
El Salvador clothing manufacturers are seeking to solidify their focus on underwear exports, from basic cotton intimates to trendy and sophisticated lingerie.

Bold policies needed to mainstream sustainable fashion
With a "staggering" 73% of materials used for clothing sent to landfill or incinerated, and less than 1% of the fibres recycled, Ecopreneur, the European Sustainable Business Federation, is calling for decisive policy measures to create a framework to foster the move to a circular fashion economy.

HanesBrands to shutter North Carolina sock plant
Underwear and activewear maker HanesBrands is to close its sock manufacturing plant in Mount Airy, North Carolina, as part of wider moves to realign its global sock production in Central America and Asia.

Apparel groups urge talks on India GSP withdrawal
European and international business associations representing apparel and footwear brands and importers have voiced concerns over the US's plans to terminate India's Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status and urged it to extend talks to reach a "mutually agreeable" solution. 

Berghaus doubles size of product and innovation team
Berghaus, part of the Pentland Brands group of companies, is making a major investment in its product and innovation team in order to support the brand's long-term growth strategy and boost speed to market.