Top stories this week on just-style include an interview with Sanjeev Mahtani, chairman and owner of Must Garment Corporation, on his fears for the future of apparel suppliers, and a look at why better access to the US market would help Myanmar's clothing industry transformation. Elsewhere, apparel produced anywhere in the world but with links to forced labour in Xinjiang is included in a new withhold release order banning imports into the US, and a new initiative urges fashion brands to up their use of recycled polyester.

Broken retail model pushes apparel suppliers to breaking point
It has taken Sanjeev Mahtani 30 years to build Must Garment Corporation, but just a matter of months for his lifetime's work to come crashing down. As he tries to pick up the pieces of his manufacturing business, he tells just-style why he fears for the future of apparel suppliers – and the millions of workers they employ.

The Flanarant – Myanmar's several crises show way to better jobs
Myanmar today resembles Romania 30 years ago, when the country swerved at the last possible moment from potential catastrophe to a more prosperous and peaceful future. And the clothing industry is key to its transformation, believes Mike Flanagan.

Regional supply chains still shape textile and apparel trade
Textiles and apparel might be a global industry, but the latest statistics show trade patterns remain largely regional. However, changes are happening, and align closely with the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers and related free trade agreements – as shown in this new analysis by Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. 

US clothing imports included in Xinjiang detention order
Clothing that is produced anywhere in the world but has links to forced labour in China's Xinjiang province is included in a recent withhold release order (WRO) banning imports into the US.

Apparel brands challenged to use more recycled polyester
A new joint initiative is aiming to spur a shift in the market towards the uptake of recycled polyester (rPET) and the associated reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 2025.