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Amazon private label push to shake up sportswear?

Reports that Amazon is teaming up with some of the world’s biggest athletic apparel suppliers ahead of a move into sportswear have sent stoc...

Nicaragua leads August surge in US apparel imports

Apparel imports into the US rose month-on-month in August as retailers remained focused on the back-to-school season and started to bring in...

Supply chain spared in recent Mexico earthquakes

Hundreds of garment workers are thought to have perished when two textile factories collapsed in last month's earthquake near Mexico City, a...

Strategies to survive in a declining market

Surviving in a declining market is the biggest challenge for the discount/mass-market retailers and suppliers of commodity products such as...

Latest Interviews

No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO – Interview 25 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

After working for the past seven years on a set of tools to measure the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has shared little evidence to suggest how, or even if, companies are using it. But the group is now ready to tackle transparency head-on with a raft of new activities and products, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the global alliance, tells just-style.

The North Face takes a holistic view on harmful chemicals – Interview 28 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.

Latest News

First US hemp fibre contract signed for clothing 17 Oct 2017

Michelle Russell

America's first contract to supply US-grown textile grade hemp for use in apparel production has been agreed with a Los Angeles-based clothing company, marking a milestone in the use of the previously outlawed fibre.

Sears Canada to liquidate, all stores to close 17 Oct 2017

Beth Wright

Sears Canada has received court approval to proceed with a liquidation that will result in a wind-down of its business and the closure of its remaining stores.

Destination Maternity eyes options to boost growth 17 Oct 2017

Michelle Russell

Ailing US retailer Destination Maternity has seen its share price jump after revealing it is analysing potential strategic alternatives in a bid to return to profitability through streamlining and investment in e-commerce.

Patagonia helps pioneer regenerative organic certification 17 Oct 2017

Beth Wright

A new standard for regenerative organic agriculture, including cotton production, has been developed by a group of farmers, ranchers, non-profits, scientists, and brands – including outdoor apparel company Patagonia.

US retail sales hit two-year high 16 Oct 2017

Beth Wright

US retail sales booked the largest increase in more than two years in September, as recovery efforts got under-way in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Shoe importer fined US$1.5m for misclassification 16 Oct 2017

Hannah Abdulla

A footwear importer in the US has been ordered to pay more than US$1.5m in unpaid duties over "grossly negligent" product misclassification.

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