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TPP trade pact in milestone signing by 12 nations

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, involving 12 nations and covering 40% of the world economy, has finally been signed by minis...

Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m

Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit s...

Pacific Brands review may drive more divestment

Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a b...

“Complex” Billabong seeks simple solution

Simplicity is the key to restoring fortunes at beleaguered surf-led apparel business Billabong, according to new CEO Neil Fiske....

Latest Interviews

Speaking with style: Dilan Gooneratne, CEO, MAS Bodyline 2 Jan 2013

Petah Marian

Bodyline was one of the first factories set up by Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant MAS Holdings in partnership with Victoria's Secret and Triumph. Looking back over the past 20 years, the company's CEO Dilan Gooneratne tells Petah Marian about the challenges Bodyline faced, and how the business was turned around in the midst of the economic crisis.

Interview: Elle Roseby, CEO, Sportsgirl 7 Nov 2011

Petah Marian

Trendy Australian fashion retailer Sportsgirl has spent the last five years working to establish a presence in all areas of its customers' lives. CEO Elle Roseby spoke to Petah Marian about how the 63-year-old brand has managed to remain relevant for its internet-savvy shoppers.

Latest News

Visitor numbers up 20% at Australia sourcing show 5 Oct 2018

Beth Wright

More fashion and footwear buyers than ever before are expected to attend next month's apparel sourcing shows in Australia, with pre-registrations for the International Sourcing Expo Australia and co-located Footwear & Leather Show Australia said to be 20% higher than the same time last year.

New Zealand bans controversial mulesing practice 18 Sep 2018

Michelle Russell

New Zealand's wool industry is about to become more ethical after the country's government banned the practice of mulesing sheep, with businesses facing a fine of up to NZ$25,000 (US$16,484) for a breach.

Cotton Australia welcomes findings of water resource study 6 Sep 2018

Michelle Russell

Cotton Australia has welcomed the findings of a study into the potential of northern Australia’s water resources and its potential to significantly boost the viability of irrigated cropping industries such as cotton.

India footwear and leather suppliers firm up footprint in Australia 4 Sep 2018

Michelle Russell

A large delegation of Indian footwear and leather suppliers will be present at this year’s three-day Footwear and Leather Show in Melbourne.

Australasian partnership to tackle textile waste 29 Aug 2018

Beth Wright

Australian fashion technology firm BlockTexx is to join forces with New Zealand textile research company The Formary to tackle textile waste.

Research underway to develop non-creasing cotton 16 Aug 2018

Leonie Barrie

A team of scientists in Australia is working on a project to develop the next generation cotton fibre – which could feature many of the properties of synthetics, such as being stretchy, non-creasing and even waterproof, while retaining its natural fibre feel.

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