Top stories this week on just-style include an interview with Ranjan Mahtani, chairman and CEO at Epic Group, on why brands, retailers and their suppliers must redefine their roles for the future. Esquel Group has hit back at US allegations that its Chinese spinning mill is engaged in forced labour of Uyghurs; the UK government is being urged to introduce a licensing scheme to ensure textile factories are fit to trade; and Ann Taylor owner Ascena Retail Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Has the apparel sourcing bubble burst?
For Ranjan Mahtani, chairman and CEO at Epic Group, one of the world's largest clothing manufacturers, the global Covid-19 pandemic is the final straw. He believes the time has finally come for brands, retailers and their suppliers to take stock, re-evaluate current practices – and redefine their roles for the future.

Esquel Group hits back at US Uyghur blacklist move
Hong-Kong headquartered Esquel Group, one of the world's leading shirt makers, has hit back at allegations from the US government its Chinese spinning mill is engaged in forced labour of Uyghurs.

Boohoo backs call for factory 'fit to trade' license
Online fast fashion retailer Boohoo says it has written to the Home Secretary and offered its support for a licensing scheme that ensures all garment factories are meeting their legal obligations to their employees. 

Ascena latest to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Ascena Retail Group, owner of the Ann Taylor, Loft and Lane Bryant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest retail group to do so during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nike to streamline organisation and corporate leadership team
Nike Inc is to streamline its organisation – including its corporate leadership team – as the sporting goods firm looks to become a nimbler, flatter organisation.