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Retailers begin to outline store reopening plans – Update

16 June 2020 | just-style

Debenhams, Brooks Brothers, and J.Crew Group are among the latest apparel brands and retailers to outline reopening plans after stores and online operations were closed temporarily worldwide as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.... read more


Pandemic to impact FY21 results says Ralph Lauren

28 May 2020 | Beth Wright

Ralph Lauren expects both its first quarter of fiscal 2021 and full-year results for the period to be "significantly" negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic amid a 15% drop in sales for the final quarter of 2020. ... read more


Iconix to sell Umbro China for US$62.5m

1 May 2020 | Beth Wright

Brand management company Iconix Brand Group plans to offload its equity interests in Umbro China Limited to HK Qiaodan Investment Limited for US$62.5m... read more


Global retail staff and salary reductions amid Covid-19 – Update

1 May 2020 | just-style

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the apparel and footwear industry, brands and retailers are moving from store closures to worker lay-offs or furloughs, as well as executive pay cuts. Here are the latest:... read more


Fast Retailing Group latest ZDHC signatory brand

19 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fast Retailing Group, and fabric and yarn manufacturer Century Rayon, have become the latest to have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group as a signatory brand and contributor, respectively.... read more


Ralph Lauren pilots 16-day fast track supply chain

10 February 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion company Ralph Lauren Corporation has successfully piloted a new fast track model that has seen it execute a sweatshirt from design to delivery in just 16 days.... read more


Ralph Lauren higher pricing boosts Q3 earnings

5 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Ralph Lauren booked higher earnings and sales in its third-quarter, proving the fashion retailer’s turnaround plan is taking hold, but said it is continuing to monitor the impact of closing half its store base in China amid the Coronavirus outbreak.... read more


Ralph Lauren and Puma join trans-Arctic shipping ban

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

US fashion business Ralph Lauren Corporation and German sportswear brand Puma are among the latest eight companies to join a pledge led by US sporting goods giant Nike and environmental group Ocean Conservancy to prohibit shipping through the Arctic Ocean.... read more


Ralph Lauren makes renewable energy commitment

9 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US fashion business Ralph Lauren Corporation has made a series of commitments to sustainability including joining the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and setting a target of 100% renewable electricity by 2025 in its owned and operated offices, distribution centres and stores.... read more


Ralph Lauren resumes sourcing from Bangladesh

27 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

Following extensive due diligence, US apparel giant Ralph Lauren Corporation has resumed sourcing from Bangladesh, five years after it pulled out of the country in the wake of the Rana Plaza factory building collapse.... read more


Ralph Lauren maintains FY view but warns on Hong Kong

8 November 2019 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant Ralph Lauren Corporation has maintained its fiscal 2020 full-year revenue guidance in the wake of better-then-expected second-quarter, helped by strong demand in Asia – and especially China – but warned of "intensifying headwinds" in Hong Kong.... read more


Ralph Lauren digital product IDs to drive supply chain efficiency

5 November 2019 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant Ralph Lauren Corporation (RLC) is introducing Digital Product Identities (IDs) for tens of millions of Ralph Lauren products in a move that will provide supply chain insight to help drive efficiency around orders and inventory.... read more


Casual fashion continues to draw US teen spend

9 October 2019 | Beth Wright

Athletic brands such as Canadian yogawear retailer Lululemon and sportswear giant Nike continue to prove popular with teens in the US, as casualisation of fashion continues despite teen spending falling to the lowest levels in eight years.... read more


Ralph Lauren Q1 moving in the right direction

30 July 2019 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant Ralph Lauren has delivered results in line with expectations for the first quarter, with signs that efforts to elevate its brands and stabilise its North America business are starting to pay off.... read more


Ralph Lauren rolls out new sustainability goals

14 June 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US clothing and footwear company Ralph Lauren has committed to using 100% sustainably sourced key materials – including cotton – in its products by 2025, as part of a new set of sustainability goals.... read more


US Q4 in brief – VF Corp, Boot Barn Holdings, Destination Maternity

23 May 2019 | just-style

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Iconix Brand Group reported a GAAP net loss, CEO of PHV Corp, Emanuel Chirico, said the company is "very pleased" with its fourth-quarter and full year 2018 results, and Guess Inc released its first results under new CEO Carlos Alberini.... read more


PVH names Stefan Larsson to newly created role of president

22 May 2019 | Beth Wright

PVH Corp, owner of brands including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has appointed former Ralph Lauren CEO Stefan Larsson to the newly created role of president.... read more


Fourth-quarter profits slip at Ralph Lauren

15 May 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Fourth-quarter profits have slipped at Ralph Lauren on the back of higher restructuring charges during the period.... read more


New Ralph Lauren polo made from recycled materials

23 April 2019 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant Ralph Lauren has launched a new polo shirt made from recycled plastic bottles and dyed with a waterless process as it pledges to remove 170m plastic bottles from landfills and oceans by 2025.... 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


Outlook for UK retailers looks bleak

11 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The outlook for UK retailers continues to look bleak. UK department store John Lewis blamed a "challenging" retail backdrop for a more than 45% drop in full-year profits to GBP160m. It was a similar story for rival Debenhams, which issued a warning on full-year profits based on poor sales performance. In an update, the retailer said for the 18 weeks to 5 January, gross transaction value fell 5.6% and like-for-like sales were down 5.7%. ... read more


How Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change

4 March 2019 | Beth Wright

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability, or lack of it. But change is nigh, promises Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. The company recently expanded its Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) programme to four countries in Asia and is now engaging in one of its most ambitious plans to date, with a target to cut carbon emissions across its supply chain by 40% by 2025. "At this point, that is the most aggressive target in the industry, we believe, in terms of both the magnitude and the timeframe," Kobori tells just-style.... read more


British MPs call for laws to tackle fast fashion

25 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK government is being urged to introduce legislation that requires fashion brands and retailers to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains and take more responsibility for the environmental impact of their businesses. ... read more


Cambodia facing trade benefits suspension

18 February 2019 | Beth Wright

The European Union has officially started the process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The move follows a warning toCambodia in Octoberthat without clear and demonstrable improvements to its human rights situation there would be asuspension of trade preferences. Not surprisingly, the news has disappointedthe Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), which sayssuch a movewould jeopardise the country's efforts to build a responsible apparel supply chain.... read more


US imports hit by earlier stockpiling efforts

11 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

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.... read more


US Q3 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp

6 February 2019 | just-style

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Francesca's Holdings Corporation swung to a third-quarter loss of US$16.2m, PVH Corp posted what CEO Emanuel Chirico called a "strong earnings performance", and Abercrombie booked its fifth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales.... read more


Ralph Lauren on track but more work required

5 February 2019 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant Ralph Lauren has delivered better-than-expected results for the third quarter, suggesting the firm's brand-building, product, digital and global expansion are finally on the right track.... read more


Hemp apparel – hype or opportunity?

4 February 2019 | Leonie Barrie

With products derived from hemp making their presence felt in a range of industries, from food and drinks to medicines, we've looked at potential applications in clothing – and issues for the supply chain.... read more


TexOps restructure and the quest to get ahead

28 January 2019 | Beth Wright

Salvadoran sportswear maquila TexOps is navigating a painful restructuring, with owner David Ha putting the brakes on expansion. "We are going back to basics,” the Korean entrepreneur tells just-style in an exclusive interview, revealing how the firm is strategising ahead to get ready for what is coming. This, he says, includes an increase in US labels shifting sourcing south of the border as Trump's trade war with China escalates.... read more


Brexit deal rejection worries apparel industry

21 January 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

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 ... read more


US trade updates out of date

15 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel and textile industry executives are among those being deprived of key trade and economic data amid the ongoing US government shutdown – at a time when trade tensions between the US and China mean that having access to the most up-to-date statistics is more important than ever.... read more


2019 off to a positive start

7 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Getting 2019 off to a positive start, it seems US apparel retailers saw some holiday cheer, with strong sales momentum that started during the back-to-school season carrying on to Christmas.... read more


UN sets new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

18 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing the UN’s new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.... read more


Decathlon's decade-long eco-labelling project

12 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Global sporting goods giant Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies. The retailer has spoken exclusively to just-style about the initiative.... read more


Regional supply chains shape up

26 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Regional patterns in world textile and apparel trade are becoming increasingly important, according to an analysis using data from the re:source by just-style sourcing tool. The trend reflects both the changing dynamics of the global economy and the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers.... read more


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