Top stories this week on just-style include the Trump administration's decision to delay the October hike on China tariffs, a look at the steps required to source successfully in Vietnam, Levi Strauss's long-term ambition to slash water use, and Lululemon launches an investigation into labour abuse allegations at a supplier factory in Bangladesh.

Trump administration plans to pause October tariff hike
The US is to delay plans to raise additional punitive tariffs on US$250bn worth of Chinese goods to 30%.

US-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-list updated
Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported into the US from China, we've taken an updated look at the latest actions and the products on the hit-list.

Steps to successful sourcing in Vietnam
Trade and political tensions between China and the US have moved many companies to consider sourcing in other areas in Southeast Asia, and especially Vietnam. While challenges abound, it is possible to build good relationships with factories, as Alexander Twibill, director of marketing for HQTS Group, explains.

Levi Strauss shares long-term ambition to slash water use
Levi Strauss & Co recently embarked on a new global water strategy that will see the jeans giant focus reduction efforts on the most water-stressed sourcing countries in its supply chain. Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability, tells just-style why the move paves the way to its long-term goal of using only as much water as replenishes naturally wherever it is operating – and why extending this work beyond the factory fence is key to driving wider change.

Lululemon to probe Bangladesh labour abuse claims
Canadian athleisure brand Lululemon Athletica says it is launching a full investigation into allegations that workers at a supplier factory in Bangladesh have been subjected to physical abuse.