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US fashion sector taking climate change seriously

When President Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord three months ago, there was concern the move would undermine...

How higher cotton prices have weighed on demand

High prices and lower import levels suggest the market, for now at least, is moving away from cotton. Robert Antoshak, managing director at...

Vietnam again leads June US apparel import growth

Apparel imports into the US in June have risen as merchants stocked up for summer and prepare for the back-to-school season, climbing on the...

American Apparel lifts prices on US-made garments

Gildan Activewear sees a bright future for its newly acquired and just relaunched American Apparel brand – but is giving shoppers the option...

Latest Interviews

No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO 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.

North Face has holistic view on harmful chemicals 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.

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Kohl's continues efforts to "rightsize" stores 23 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

As part of its efforts to enhance store profitability and improve customer experience, US department store retailer Kohl's will continue its efforts to "rightsize" its stores and says by the end of 2017, nearly half of its locations will be "operationally smaller".

Back-to-school shopping taking longer than usual 23 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

Even though more parents started back-to-school shopping early this year, the average US family with children in grades K-12 had completed only 45% of their shopping as of early August, the lowest level since 40% in 2012.

US Q2 in brief – DSW, Foot Locker, Walmart 23 Aug 2017


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Footlocker blamed limited availability of innovative new products for a drop in sales; retail giant Walmart appears to be holding its own in a challenging and competitive retail market, and and US department store giant Target reported an "encouraging" second-quarter as efforts to turn around its business appear to be paying off.

Macy's restructures merchandising in speed focus 22 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

US retail giant Macy's has revealed a number of changes aimed at boosting speed and responsiveness, including hiring former eBay executive Hal Lawton as president and restructuring its merchandising operations with the loss of 100 jobs.

Target develops sensory-friendly apparel 22 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

US department store retailer Target Corp has revealed a selection of sensory-friendly apparel for children under its largest ever private label apparel brand, Cat & Jack.

China and Cuba explore silk farming opportunities 21 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

Representatives from the silk industries in China and Cuba have met to discuss ways to expand silk production in Cuba and explore a growth area for both countries.

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