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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

Australian brands urged to address factory worker wages 6 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Just 4% of the price of a piece of clothing sold in Australia is estimated to make it back to the pockets of factory workers, according to new research, which calls for big brands to "step up to their responsibilities" on worker wages.


Two of Australia's fashion industry bodies to merge 19 Oct 2017

Hannah Abdulla

Two of Australia's textile and fashion industry organisations are to merge, saying the move will result in a more influential body that is aligned around helping all parts of the industry ecosystem to grow.


Former Gap boss developing sustainable plant-free fibre 8 Sep 2017

Michelle Russell

Australian technology company Nanollose, headed up by former Gap Inc clothing boss Alfie Germano, is producing what it claims is the world’s first plant-free fibre, offering a sustainable alternative to commonly used fibres such as cotton for the textile industry.


Cotton Australia welcomes water use efficiency grant 4 Sep 2017

Beth Wright

Cotton Australia, the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry, has welcomed a Queensland Government initiative to invest in water infrastructure on the state's farms.


Billabong at turning point despite AUD77.1m loss? 1 Sep 2017

Michelle Russell

Australian surfwear company Billabong International says it has reached a turning point in returning to profitability, despite widening its losses and reporting a fall in full-year sales.


Topshop/Topman to relaunch in Australia 29 Aug 2017

Michelle Russell

Fashion retailer Arcadia Group is to relaunch four Topshop/Topman stores in Australia just months after its franchise business fell into administration.

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