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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, 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: Sportsgirl CEO Elle Roseby 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

Gap Australia stores to shutter by next January 7 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

Australian brand owner and distributor Oroton Group is to discontinue its franchise agreement with US speciality retailer Gap, in a move that will see its six Gap stores in Australia shutter by the end of January next year.


Topshop Australia closes 5 stores to save business 11 Jul 2017

Michelle Russell

The administrators of fashion retailer Topshop Australia are closing five stores in a bid to try and save the business in the region.


Caulfeild Apparel to tackle human rights abuses 5 Jul 2017

Beth Wright

Caulfeild Apparel Group has partnered with Outland Denim, the profit-for-purpose premium Australian brand using jeans as a vehicle for social change.


Australian Government mulls Modern Slavery Act 15 Jun 2017

Leonie Barrie

The Australian Government is holding an inquiry later this month to look at whether the country should adopt national legislation to combat modern slavery in global supply chains.


Australian wool digital portal prepares for launch 9 Jun 2017

Michelle Russell

The Australian Wool Innovation (AWE) is preparing to launch its digital wool exchange platform within 16 months, a move expected to benefit the industry to the tune of $38m.


Billabong taps Nordstrom exec Howell as CFO 1 Jun 2017

Beth Wright

Australian surfwear company Billabong International has named former Nordstrom executive Jim Howell as CFO, succeeding Peter Myers, who has served in the role since January 2013.

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