Top stories this week on just-style were dominated by events around forced labour in Chinese cotton hub Xinjiang.  Western nations imposed fresh sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the mass internment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang – a move applauded by footwear, apparel and textile industry bodies. But Chinese consumers also launched social media campaigns calling for a boycott of brands that have banned the raw material.

Chinese backlash over Xinjiang cotton rages on
The backlash by Chinese consumers against Western fashion and footwear brands over their stance on forced labour in cotton-hub Xinjiang appears to be worsening, with calls for boycotts extending to more companies and domestic firms pledging their support for the raw material.

Western nations unite on Xinjiang forced labour crackdown
Britain, the EU, Canada and the US have slapped sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the mass internment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang – a move applauded by footwear, apparel and textile industry bodies.

Boohoo in major supplier cull amid new strategy launch
UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo has substantially cut its supplier network following an investigation into its supply chain last year

How the pandemic has put a "fundamental flip" on retail
The coronavirus pandemic has been the catalyst to fundamentally change consumers' shopping habits, offering new opportunities for brands and retailers to engage with new customers in new channels.

Kontoor Brands expands Indigood water saving programme
Jeans giant Kontoor Brands, owner of the Wrangler and Lee brands, is expanding its Indigood programme to include additional water saving technologies in a bid to offer more options for suppliers.