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US apparel imports continue to feel weight of China tariffs 10 Dec 2019

The knock-on effect of retailers bringing orders forward to beat the September tariff hike on clothing shipments from China still continues to be felt months later. The volume of US apparel imports dropped for the third consecutive month in October, with shipment volumes from the East Asian supply powerhouse falling by close to a third month-on-month. Meanwhile, rivals Bangladesh and Pakistan were the only countries to book an increase.

Monthly trade programme roundup – November 2019 3 Dec 2019

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the EU, US and Japan covers developments in November 2019. 

Ten trends set to shape fashion industry in 2020 27 Nov 2019

Anxiety and concern is the prevailing mood across the fashion industry for 2020, with global fashion industry growth expected to slow further as economic growth shrinks and competition intensifies. A new report offers the ten trends set to shape the industry during the course of the year.

From Field to Shelf – Sustainability is fast fashion’s Achilles heel 22 Nov 2019

Fast Fashion may be a successful way of operating in today's hyper-competitive market, but it has a glaring weakness: sustainability. Moreover, two aspects of sustainability – environmental impact and worker well-being – are often buried under greenwashed marketing and feel-good statistics. And according to Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, that's where the seeds of fast fashion's demise have taken root.

Apparel supply chains under increasing scrutiny 15 Nov 2019

Clothing and textile executives attending a New York conference have been told they need to take special care when assessing their supply chains to ensure they are not tainted with human rights abuses – because not only may the reputational risks be severe, but criminal liability may follow.

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Tariffs delayed as US-China agree Phase One trade deal 16 Dec 2019

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a Phase One trade deal, in a move that will delay new tariffs that had been due to take effect over the weekend and reduces the rates currently imposed on most apparel and textile products.

Anna Bakst to step down as Kate Spade boss 13 Dec 2019

Accessories company Tapestry has announced the CEO and brand president of its Kate Spade business, Anna Bakst, will step down at the end of the year. 

Toray takes new PET-recycled fibre to next level 13 Dec 2019

Japanese fibre firm Toray Industries says it has developed a new commercial fibre brand called "&+" derived from recycled PET bottles, but with properties comparable to those made from virgin materials and incorporating traceability technology.

US Q3 in brief – Vince Holding Corp, Oxford Industries 13 Dec 2019

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Vince Holding Corp has booked a rise in both earnings and sales, while American Eagle Outfitters has reported record revenue for the period. Elsewhere, J.Crew Group has announced an agreement on the terms of a transaction that will enable it to separate its J.Crew and Madewell brands into two independent companies and pursue a proposed IPO of Madewell. 

Yellowbrick and Pensole team up on apparel talent drive 13 Dec 2019

Two organisations providing training and education to future leaders in the footwear and apparel industries have teamed up to help major brands find the under-the-radar talent needed to elevate their businesses.

Timberland ups Q3 sustainable cotton use 12 Dec 2019

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has achieved a year-on-year increase in its use of more sustainably sourced cotton in the third quarter, and says all of its vendors audited for social and labour compliance in the period met or exceeded its expectations. 

US apparel groups hail deal on USMCA trade pact 11 Dec 2019

After two years of talks, a deal has finally been struck on the revised terms of the United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, with US apparel and textile industry groups urging swift Congressional and presidential approval.

Largest hemp fibre processing facility planned in US 11 Dec 2019

The largest industrial hemp processing facility for textile-grade fibre is being planned in the United States to take advantage of the massive growth forecast for the industrial hemp industry.

Reclassification of women’s shirts flags growing trend 11 Dec 2019

Alarm bells have been raised over another proposal to reclassify some fashion items imported into the United States – with the latest plans relating to women’s shirts.

PLM to drive transparency and growth at Naadam 11 Dec 2019

Ethical cashmere brand NAADAM has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help drive transparency, improve vendor collaboration and sustain growth.

Latest blogs

Are low-labour rate countries being victimised by their customers? 30 Sep 2019

There is a common belief that low-labour-rate countries are forever being victimised by their customers, who force the factories to accept unacceptably low FOB (free on board) prices. An analysis from just-style suggests this has never made sense, less so now than ever before.

Central America leads US apparel imports surge 9 Sep 2019

The volume of apparel imported into the US saw a double-digit growth surge month-on-month in July as retailers stocked up for the back-to-school season and rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of scheduled tariff hikes. Growth in shipment volumes from El Salvador and Honduras was highest during the month, with China also booking double-digit gains but Bangladesh seeing a decline.

Trump drops Mexico tariffs amid deal on migration 17 Jun 2019

US President Donald Trump has "indefinitely suspended" the recently proposed tariff hike on Mexican imports after the two parties reached a signed agreement.