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China and changing consumer top of mind for US apparel execs 22 Mar 2019

Taking the theme ‘Demand and Deliver,’ this year’s annual American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) conference mulled American trade policy, along with finding creative ways to thrive amid an ever-changing retail landscape.

From Field to Shelf – How does slowing global economic growth affect apparel? 20 Mar 2019

Globalisation has given apparel a good ride. But at what cost? asks Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, as he looks at how the industry will grow – or not – in the future.

China trade – Hoping for a Mar-A-Lago miracle? 19 Mar 2019

While we wait for news of the next trade summit between the United States and China, Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), mulls the consequences of President Trump’s flawed trade strategy – including long-lasting damage to global supply chains.

Falling prices helped China lead US apparel imports in 2018 15 Mar 2019

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to dominate US apparel imports – with import volume rising and prices continuing to fall in 2018. 

re:source monthly trade programme roundup – February 2019 12 Mar 2019

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Japan covers developments in February 2019. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.

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Digital focus helps drive Nike's Q3 growth 22 Mar 2019

Nike Inc’s focus on driving speed, innovation and digitisation across its business – its so-called Triple Double strategy – has helped the US sporting goods giant to strong growth during the third quarter.

Oritain hire to tackle fraud in fashion supply chains 22 Mar 2019

Product traceability specialist Oritain has appointed a new managing director for North America in a bid to boost its expertise in cotton and agriculture to tackle fraud in global fashion and textile supply chains.

FIT students to develop on-demand apparel brands 22 Mar 2019

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City is teaming up with OnPoint Manufacturing (OPM), which specialises in purchase activated on-demand mass customisation of apparel, to develop two branded lines of clothing and accessories.

NCTO elects Glen Raven CEO as 2019 chairman 22 Mar 2019

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has elected Leib Oehmig, CEO of Glen Raven Inc, as its new chairman for 2019.

New guidance tackles forced labour in cotton sourcing 21 Mar 2019

The Responsible Sourcing Network has published two new documents that help establish an industry-wide approach to identify and address forced labour in cotton sourcing.

Levi Strauss raises more than US$623m in IPO 21 Mar 2019

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co raised more than US$623m in its initial public offering (IPO) yesterday (20 March) after selling 36.7m shares priced at $17.

Nine West emerges from Chapter 11 as Premier Brands Group 21 Mar 2019

Footwear and apparel firm Nine West Holdings Inc has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has been renamed Premier Brands Group Holdings LLC.

US Q4 in brief – Guess Inc, J Crew, DSW, Zumiez 21 Mar 2019

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Guess Inc released its first results under new CEO Carlos Alberini, J Crew moved to a loss, and Tilly's finished fiscal 2018 with its strongest single-quarter comp sales result since the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Instagram rolls out another seamless shopping feature 21 Mar 2019

Social media platform Instagram has taken yet another step towards "seamless" shopping, launching a new feature that will allow shoppers to buy products, including apparel, without leaving the app.

DSW renamed Designer Brands as outlines strategic priorities 20 Mar 2019

US footwear and accessories retailer DSW Group has outlined its three-year strategic priorities and financial goals and unveiled a new corporate name – Designer Brands Inc.

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US imports hit by earlier stockpiling efforts 11 Feb 2019

Latest figures have revealed a fall in US apparel import volumes from nine of the top ten supplier countries in November. China, its biggest apparel supplier, booked flat growth. The picture was hugely different from the previous month where all ten showed positive growth for imports into the US, suggesting retailers were stockpiling earlier to get ahead of the holiday period, as well as bringing in spring merchandise, in a bid to beat a potential increase in tariffs on goods from China.

Brexit deal rejection worries apparel industry 21 Jan 2019

Last week's rejection of Theresa May's proposed UK-EU Brexit deal by MPs saw chatter spike among industry execs who say a No-Deal Brexit could be problematic for the sector given its heavy reliance on overseas talent

Apparel makers - Let's get virtual 21 Nov 2018

The Virtual Reality market is becoming a bit of a big deal. According to recent forecasts from DigiCapital, the global VR market value could surpass $120bn by 2020. And, as consumers are demanding more from their apparel, combining VR with apparel is something to think about. Cue Google.