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Alibaba to buy controlling stake in Sun Art Retail

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

China's Alibaba Group Holding Limited is to take a majority stake in Sun Art Retail Group Limited, one of the country's largest big box retailers.... read more

Ascena Retail sells Catherines to FullBeauty Brands?

21 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Ascena Retail Group, owner of the Ann Taylor, Loft and Lane Bryant chains, has reportedly sold its Catherines brand for more than double what it was initially offered.... read more

Worker rights risks rise to the fore

7 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

As fashion brands and retailers begin to reset and reshape their supply chains as they emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, a new multi-year investigation has identified child labour and audit deception among the risks at stake when sourcing from garment factories in Myanmar.... read more

RTW Retailwinds sells online ops in new $40m deal

2 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

RTW Retailwinds has sold its New York & Co e-commerce business to Saadia Group through a bankruptcy auction – superseding a prior agreement with Sunrise Brands announced last month.... read more

The top 10 challenges facing US companies in China

26 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Trade tensions and tariffs are among the top concerns facing US companies operating in China this year, with the Covid-19 pandemic unsurprisingly also making a prominent appearance, all breeding uncertainty into the business environment.... read more

Private equity firms go head-to-head for Asda stake

25 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Two private equity firms – both fronted by retail veterans – are preparing to place bids for a stake in UK supermarket chain Asda.... read more

New fashion retail landscape emerging

10 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The new fashion retail landscape emerging in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is already leading to dramatic and permanent changes in the way brands and fashion retailers plan and work. There are some practical steps that surviving businesses should consider as online becomes the dominant way of doing business.... read more

JD Sports fined over breach of order in Footasylum case

5 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

JD Sports Fashion and its largest shareholder Pentland Group have been fined by the UK Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) for breaching an order related to its acquisition of Footasylum.... read more

Lever Style to acquire knitwear manufacturer Vista Apparels

4 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

A subsidiary of fashion supply chain manager Lever Style Corp has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire certain assets of Hong Kong knitwear manufacturer Vista Apparels.... read more

Leicester garment industry dominates headlines

13 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has dominated the headlines in the last week after media reports surfaced of exploitation and unsafe conditions at one of its Leicester-based supplier factories, which is reportedly paying staff just GBP3.50 (US$4.38) an hour.... read more

Ruyi Group sees investment as key to future-proofing business

25 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Like most in the global textile industry, Chinese giant Shandong Ruyi Group has had to face the challenges Covid-19 has thrown its way but believes its preparation and investment in brands and technology prior to the pandemic has stood it in good stead for the future as it looks to maintain its path to becoming a "one-stop internationally advanced intelligent industrial chain".... read more

Superdry to take back control of China business

22 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion retailer Superdry has revealed plans to take back full control of its China business, ending its four-year joint venture with local partner Trendy International.... read more

Industry weathering the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic

15 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Trust, people and partnerships – key tenets underpinning fashion supplier and sourcing powerhouse PDS Group – have been tested to the limit during the coronavirus pandemic. But they've also stood the business in good stead, helping to not only weather the storm but reposition it to emerge even stronger from the crisis.... read more

Frasers Group buys 5% stake in Hugo Boss

15 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Frasers Group, formerly known as Sports Direct International, has bought a 5.1% stake in German luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss.... read more

Retail in spotlight as bankruptcies stack up

18 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is starting to be felt more heavily across the retail sector with more bankruptcies emerging.... read more

Li & Fung privatisation deal gets green light

13 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

Global sourcing and logistics giant Li & Fung has been given the green light by shareholders to take the company private.... read more

Concerns mount as Covid-19 impacts supplier orders

20 April 2020 | Michelle Russell

The coronavirus (Covid-19) continued to dominate our news coverage last week as supplier orders continue to be cancelled, apparel sales continue to plummet, and industry jobs remain on the line.... read more

Pandemic continues to wreak havoc on industry

23 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

The ongoing impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the global apparel industry and its supply chain continued to dominate content on just-style over the past week.... read more

Moss Bros agrees to GBP22.6m takeover deal

12 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

Moss Bros could be taken private after the parent company of Crew Clothing offered to acquire the UK menswear retailer in a GBP22.6m (US$28.5m) deal.... read more

Outdoor brand Montane acquired by Inverleith

4 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

European outdoor clothing specialist Montane has been acquired by Edinburgh-based specialist consumer brand investor Inverleith LLP.... read more

Karl Mayer expands tech potential with Stoll buy

2 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

Textile machinery group Karl Mayer is expanding its technological growth potential with the acquisition of flat-knit machine technology firm Stoll Group.... read more

Riri and Coeurdor merge to create "largest" metal trims group

17 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swiss zips and buttons manufacturer Riri has joined forces with France's Coeurdor to create what they say is the largest metal accessories group dedicated to high-end luxury brands.... read more

JD Sports slams Footasylum merger findings as "flawed"

11 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

JD Sports says the provisional findings of the UK competition watchdog's probe into its acquisition of rival Footasylum are "fundamentally flawed" and demonstrate "a complete misunderstanding" of the market.... read more

Globus department store group gets new owners

5 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Thailand-based retail giant Central Group has teamed up with Austrian investor Signa in a joint venture to acquire Swiss luxury department store group Globus.... read more

Ocean State Innovations buys textile finisher ColorWorks

8 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

US garment linings supplier Ocean State Innovations has acquired textile dyer and finisher ColorWorks.... read more

Top interviews on just-style in 2019...

23 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

Among the industry executives who spoke exclusively with just-style in 2019 were Dr Rubana Huq, president of the BGMEA; Andreas Streubig, director of global sustainability for Hugo Boss; Andrew Olah, event founder and CEO of textile company Olah Inc; and Anna Maria Rugarli, senior director of sustainability and responsibility for EMEA at VF International.... read more

Top 20 analysis articles on just-style in 2019...

23 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

In this year-end roundup, we take a look at the top analysis pieces on just-style in 2019. Trump and trade, sustainability, ethics, sourcing challenges and technology were just some of the issues covered.... read more

Top 20 comment articles on just-style in 2019...

20 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

The most-read comment articles on just-style in 2019 were dominated by sustainability issues, the US-China trade war, digital technologies, and successful sourcing strategies.... read more

Progress on trade deals welcomed

19 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a Phase One trade deal in a move that will delay new tariffs that were due to take effect over the weekend and halve the rates currently imposed on most apparel and textile products imported from China.... read more

Marquee Brands makes bid for Destination Maternity

3 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

US mother-and-baby retailer Destination Maternity has approved Marquee Brands as a stalking horse bidder in its ongoing sale process, six weeks after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.... read more

Catalyst Capital makes third offer for Hudson's Bay Co

28 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) has received a third – and higher – offer from Catalyst Capital Group to acquire the company.... read more

Coats to acquire US technical yarn maker Pharr HP

26 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

Industrial thread maker Coats has signed a binding agreement to acquire the business and assets of US high-performance engineered yarn maker Pharr HP.... read more

Vietnam's textile-garment plan hits hurdles

19 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

domestically-made textile inputs remains a major problem that continues to hinder clothing manufacturers in the country.... read more

Zutano acquires toddler shoe brand Morgan & Milo

16 October 2019 | Michelle Russell

US based infant and juvenile clothing and footwear designer Zutano has acquired toddler footwear firm Morgan & Milo.... read more

Oasis and Warehouse Group enters menswear with Idle Man buy

10 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

British fashion retailer the Oasis and Warehouse Group has taken its first step into menswear with the acquisition of online fashion brand The Idle Man.... read more