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just-style takes an Easter break

18 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The just-style offices are now closed for the Easter weekend – so there will be no site updates or email newsletters until Tuesday 23 April.... read more

Dutch sustainable garment group "making too little progress"

18 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Despite claims by the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles (AGT) that its member companies are "well on the way to meeting sustainability targets," two worker rights groups say the initiative is making too little progress on its goal of supply chain transparency.... read more

EU threatens new US tariffs in ongoing subsidy row

18 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The European Commission has identified US$20bn worth of US imports on which it could impose additional tariffs in a tit-for-tat reaction to proposed measures outlined by Washington earlier this month – but while handbags and cotton are listed, other textiles and clothing are not.... read more

Rip Curl turns to cloud-based PLM platform for global collaboration

18 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Surfing sportswear company Rip Curl will replace its legacy PLM system with a single collaborative platform to connect its global network and speed time to market.... read more

Concern as Cambodia collective bargaining talks stall

18 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Cambodian unions have written to global clothing firms Gap, Puma, Nike, Adidas, Uniqlo, Levi Strauss and VF Corp urging them to sign up to the ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation) living wage initiative and collectively link their international purchasing practices to the development of national industry-wide collective agreements.... read more

re:source now tracks monthly apparel unit value trends

17 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

We've now reached one of the most exciting points in the development of the re:source by just-style strategic sourcing tool, with the launch of our direct source trade data – giving users access to the most up-to-date trade and unit value data available anywhere.... read more

European organic certifier loses license for five countries

16 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Certification body Control Union has blamed the challenge of collecting supply chain data from other certification bodies for a decision by the European Commission to withdraw its license as an organic certifier for imports from five countries.... read more

HanesBrands to shutter North Carolina sock plant

15 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Underwear and activewear maker HanesBrands is to close its sock manufacturing plant in Mount Airy, North Carolina, as part of wider moves to realign its global sock production in Central America and Asia.... read more

Brexit extension averts crisis but means more uncertainty

12 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

A six-month extension to the deadline for the UK's departure from the European Union means a possible 'no-deal' Brexit – which could have happened today (12 April) – has been averted.... read more

Investment in digital supply chains set to surge in 2019

11 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Investment in digital supply chains is set to increase dramatically in 2019, a new survey suggests – but the biggest challenge remains in finding enough workers with the necessary skills to implement them.... read more

Levi Strauss delivers strong growth in first results since IPO

10 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has delivered strong top and bottom line growth in the first set of quarterly results since its initial public offering last month, and revealed plans to open about 100 new stores in fiscal 2019.... read more

Africa edges closer to Continental Free Trade Agreement

10 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The ambitious African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) is edging closer towards implementation after Egypt this week became the 18th member state to deposit its instruments of ratification.... read more

US mulls EU tariff hike on products such as clothing

10 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Sweaters, anoraks, suits and swimwear imported into the United States from Europe are on a list of products that could be hit by US$11.2bn in additional duties this summer as part of an escalating trade row over aircraft subsidies.... read more

China manufacturing sector bounces back in March

9 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

China’s manufacturing sector saw a surprise return to growth in March, with operating conditions improving for the first time since last November, in part due to positive progress in US-China trade talks.... read more

10 supply chain risk predictions for 2019

9 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

An array of potential threats could add costs and uncertainty supply chains in 2019 and beyond – including raw material shortages, more recalls and safety scares, and increasingly tough environmental regulations – a new report suggests.... read more

An exciting chapter begins with new just-style magazine

8 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

We've stepped into an exciting new chapter at just-style, with the launch of the first issue of our new just-style magazine. Each quarter this free digital publication will explore major topics that are top-of-mind for today’s apparel industry executives, plus regular sections on key market developments, sourcing strategy, new technologies and sustainability.... read more

Jordan garment factories elect migrant worker union leaders

5 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Migrant workers in Jordanian garment factories that produce for international – especially US – brands now have union representation following elections last month.... read more

First Insight broadens global capabilities and customers

4 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Customer-centric merchandising platform First Insight is continuing its international expansion with the opening of new offices in London and Chennai, India – and the addition of a number of international retailers to its client roster, including Superdry and Bata India.... read more

Millennials and boomers boost US bra sales

2 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Growth within the otherwise mature $7.2bn US bra category is being fuelled by millennials’ desire for comfort, boomers’ spending power, and their common attraction to pure-play e-commerce retailers, according to new research.... read more

Bangladesh government "shockingly unready" for factory safety

2 April 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Ahead of a decision by Bangladesh’s supreme court on the future of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in the country, an analysis of the government’s factory remediation data shows a "shocking level of unreadiness" to take over the Accord's work.... read more

Mini garment-to-garment recycling line wins design award

27 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The mini Garment-To-Garment production line developed by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) to recycle post-consumer garments into clean and wearable clothes has won an award in one of the world’s leading design competitions.... read more

Apparel rule of origin changes in US-Morocco FTA

27 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Changes to some textile and apparel rules of origin under the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (USMFTA) are due to come into effect from 1 April, meaning certain woven women’s garments can use inputs from outside the two countries and still qualify for duty-free treatment.... read more

Ascena to sell stake in Maurices chain for $300m

25 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Shares in Ascena Retail Group, owner of the Ann Taylor, Loft and Lane Bryant chains, have jumped more than 12% after the company said it is selling a majority stake in its Maurices women's clothing business for $300m.... read more

PVH to take back control of Tommy Hilfiger in SE Asia

25 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

US apparel giant PVH Corporation is taking back more direct control of its Tommy Hilfiger business in Central and South East Asia ahead of plans to expand the brand in the region.... read more

George at Asda to list second-tier supplier factories

25 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

George, the fashion and homewares arm of UK supermarket group Asda, is taking a number of steps to improve the ethical and environmental impact of its products – including using only polyester that is sourced from recycled materials by 2025, and publishing a list of its second tier apparel supplier factories.... read more

NCTO elects Glen Raven CEO as 2019 chairman

22 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

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

Digital focus helps drive Nike's Q3 growth

22 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

Oritain hire to tackle fraud in fashion supply chains

22 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

The price of US imports from China continues to fall

19 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

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 again last year.... read more

10 new start-ups chosen to reshape fashion industry

18 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Ten new start-ups focusing on innovative data management, new materials, dyeing technology, and end of use solutions are among the latest batch of innovations that will be nurtured for their potential to accelerate the shift to a circular fashion industry.... read more

Primark’s John Lyttle joins Boohoo as new CEO

15 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The former chief operating officer at value fashion retailer Primark has today (15 March) started his new role as CEO at online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group.... read more

US mulls changes to KORUS apparel rules of origin

15 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The United States has launched a new investigation on possible modifications to some apparel and textile rules of origin in the new US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).... read more

European project tackles the recycling of coated textiles

12 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

A new European Union (EU) funded initiative is underway to try to find ways to recycle multi-layer coated and painted textile and plastic materials, including functional and performance fabrics used in outdoor gear.... read more

Macy’s names Ongman as chief merchandising officer

13 February 2019 | Leonie Barrie

US department store retailer Macy’s Inc has named Patti Ongman as chief merchandising officer of the Macy’s brand, succeeding Jeff Kantor who is to retire.... read more

New AI platform aligns product decisions to consumers

8 February 2019 | Leonie Barrie

A new product decision platform that is tightly aligned to the retail calendar is helping brands including Levi’s, Madewell and Teva to reduce the gap between products made and what consumers buy.... read more