Top stories this week on just-style were again dominated by events around forced labour in China's Xinjiang cotton-hub, with fashion brands urged not to trade their human rights principles for market access amid the threat of consumer boycotts. Elsewhere, the impact on global trade from the blockage of the Suez Canal is likely to be felt for some time, and Gap Inc announces plans to sell its Janie and Jack business.

Fashion firms urged to resist China boycott threats
Global fashion brands are being urged not to trade their human rights principles for market access, despite facing a barrage of commercial retaliation in China over their statements against the use of forced Uyghur labour. 

H&M Group stresses long-term commitment to China
Swedish fast fashion retailer H&M Group today (31 March) emphasised its long-term commitment to China, after coming under fire from Chinese consumers over its stance on forced labour in cotton-hub Xinjiang.

The push from Hong Kong to Singapore
Hong Kong has been the centre of the global garment industry for the past 40 years. But rising uncertainty now means the new place to go is Singapore, says David Birnbaum.

Suez Canal reopens amid supply backlogs and delays
A giant container ship that has blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week has finally been freed – but the impact on global trade is still likely to be felt for some time to come.

Gap Inc strikes deal to offload Janie and Jack
US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc is to sell its Janie and Jack business to brand investment platform Go Global Retail as part of its bid to prioritise focus and resources behind its billion-dollar Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta labels.