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What should suppliers do when retailers go bust? 12 Jul 2018

Difficult trading conditions on the high street, increased online competition, rising costs and low consumer confidence are pushing retail bankruptcies to record-highs. Yet while the store closures and redundancies are widely reported, the fallout is also reverberating further along the supply chain.

What’s hindering progress on sustainable fashion? 11 Jul 2018

The fashion industry might like to think sustainability is at the top of its agenda, but fierce competition on price, a fast fashion focus on volume rather than value, and flagging consumer interest are all hindering progress. Yet industry executives remain hopeful that as issues like microplastics pollution move into the mainstream, the issue of cheap and disposable clothing may also come to the fore.

Who pays for a higher wage for garment factory workers? 28 Jun 2018

This year has seen statutory minimum wage rises in a number of countries and their provinces, with a number still in the pipeline. Yet there continues to be a disconnect between buying departments and compliance teams when it comes to costing labour in price negotiations. So who should pay for a minimum wage increase? Two industry experts share their thoughts.

Making your fashion brand more ethical and sustainable 20 Jun 2018

Today's consumers are increasingly concerned their purchases should be inflicting the least possible harm on the environment and societies around the globe. As a consequence, there is more pressure than ever on retailers and brands to reassure responsible consumers their products are made using raw materials from reliable sources. 

The skills deficit is the biggest challenge for UK manufacturing – David Nieper MD interview 15 Jun 2018

David Nieper, one of the UK's last remaining vertical fashion manufacturers, is taking control of its own destiny by investing in the country's first digital printing plant for jersey fabric, addressing the skills deficit through an in-house sewing school, and helping to develop the industry's first apprentice standard. Managing director Christopher Nieper explains why the business continues to punch above its weight.

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Top stories this week on just-style... 13 Jul 2018

Top stories this week on just-style include the US's new tariffs on Chinese imports, a look at how sourcing recycled post-consumer textile fibres is the most challenging action point for clothing brands, and how suppliers are affected when a retailer goes bust and what they need to do in such a situation.

Automation to push slavery abuse in SE Asia garment sector 12 Jul 2018

Drastic job losses in South East Asia resulting from the onset of robot manufacturing could produce a spike in slavery and labour abuses in global supply chains, particularly in the garment, textile and footwear industries, a new risk report is predicting.

Asos blames infrastructure investment for sales slowdown 12 Jul 2018

Asos has blamed investment in a number of key infrastructure projects in the US and Europe for a slowdown in sales in its last quarter as the online fashion retailer lowered its guidance for the full year.

New Lycra Bra Fabric Finder technology launches 12 Jul 2018

Synthetic materials manufacturer Best Pacific has partnered with the Lycra brand to launch a Bra Fabric Finder technology that helps consumers pick the right casual bra using a special search solution.

London sourcing event explores sustainable denim 12 Jul 2018

London-based sourcing and manufacturing show Pure Origin is to launch a new denim area at this month's event, with a focus on the alternative ways to make denim more sustainable

Tesco names new UK and Ireland CEO 11 Jul 2018

UK supermarket group Tesco has announced Jason Tarry, currently group chief product officer, is to become CEO of the company's UK and Republic of Ireland business.

Sourcing recycled textile fibres a challenge for fashion brands 10 Jul 2018

Sourcing recycled post-consumer textile fibres is the most challenging action point for clothing brands as they look to hit their 2020 sustainability targets, the first status report for the Circular Fashion System has found.

Mothercare to shutter ten more stores 9 Jul 2018

Ailing UK-based mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has announced it will now shutter 60 stores – ten more than previously announced - as part of its rescue plan, and placed its Children's World subsidiary into administration.

British Fashion Council to assess fashion visas 9 Jul 2018

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced it is to work with the UK government as an independent assessor for visa applications from fashion industry applicants in a bid to secure a new route for designers to work in the UK.

Top stories this week on just-style... 6 Jul 2018

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the ten worst countries in the world for worker rights, how apparel firms must move towards "responsible automation", why knowing who makes up your supply chain is a vital first step to tackling sustainability, and Nike's appointment of company veteran Noel Kinder as sustainability chief.

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Higher worker wages – who pays? 2 Jul 2018

There continues to be a disconnect between buying departments and compliance teams when it comes to costing labour in price negotiations. So who should pay for a minimum wage increase?

Trump tariff dispute rumbles on 26 Jun 2018

The US has escalated its trade threats to China after President Donald Trump said he is considering tariffs on an additional $200bn of Chinese goods if China "refuses to change its practices."

Trump spares textile machinery in tariff spat 19 Jun 2018

Hundreds of US imports from China will be hit with an additional 25% tariff from next month – but to the relief of the US textile, apparel and footwear industry, most of the equipment used in the domestic manufacturing of these products has been removed from the list of products.