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Payless emerges from bankruptcy with eye on US growth

17 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with a new executive management team, a pledge to strengthen relationships with vendors and suppliers, and a goal to return to the US.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

17 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at some of the biggest challenges set to face apparel brands and retailers in the year ahead, the US and China sign the long-anticipated 'Phase One' trade agreement, the Myanmar Government begins its bi-annual review of the country's minimum wage, and we explore what changes are likely under Nike's new CEO John Donahoe.... read more

Jim Pisani to step down as Timberland brand president

16 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Jim Pisani is to step down as global brand president of Timberland after three and a half years in the role.... read more

US holiday sales in brief – Target Corp, Zumiez, Urban Outfitters

16 January 2020 | just-style

It's been a mixed bag of holiday sales filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers as Target's holiday sales failed to meet company expectations but Urban Outfitters reported record results. Elsewhere, L Brands has lowered its fourth-quarter earnings guidance and Kohl's is now expecting fiscal 2019 diluted earnings per share to be at the low end of its guidance range.... read more

Store growth continues to drive Primark sales

16 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Value fashion giant Primark has again credited the continued expansion of its store portfolio both at home and abroad for a rise in first-quarter sales but cited a "marginal" decline in UK like-for-like sales during the period.... read more

US apparel group berates proposed EU tariff hike

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A US apparel trading association has expressed its disapproval at a threatened tariff hike of apparel and accessories from the EU over an ongoing aircraft subsidies dispute, warning of its impact on American workers and consumers.... read more

NRF 2020 – Retail technology launches and developments

15 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Retail's 'Big Show', the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention & Expo, which took place in New York this week, is an annual opportunity for retailers to tap into the latest technologies for improving everything from customer analysis to inventory management. Here we highlight some of the latest launches and developments.... read more

Record trading at Boohoo – What the analysts say

14 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Online retailer Boohoo has hailed record trading in the last four months of 2019 – which includes the peak Christmas trading season – with group revenue surging 44% across all key geographic regions in the period to 31 December. The performance has seen the business raise its annual sales forecast, with analysts noting the group continues to excel in a challenging market.... read more

Five changes to expect at Nike as Donahoe takes charge

14 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

It's all change at the top for sportswear giant Nike Inc as John Donahoe yesterday (13 January) took over the reins as the company's fourth CEO in its 55-year history. But with a background in technology rather than retail and sportswear, what changes are likely under his leadership?... read more

Boohoo raises FY forecast on "record" four months

14 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Shares in Boohoo rose today (14 January) after the online fast fashion retailer said it expects annual group revenue growth to come in ahead of expectations after a period of record trading in the last four months of 2019. ... read more

JD Sports confident on FY amid positive Christmas trading

13 January 2020 | Beth Wright

JD Sports Fashion remains confident its annual pre-tax profits will be in the upper range of current market expectations after a positive Christmas trading period.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

10 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style see industry experts explain the urgent need for the clothing sector to embrace Industry 4.0, PVH Corp is selling its Speedo North America swimwear business to Pentland Group, and the US is urged to sanction China over the ongoing human rights situation in Xinjiang.... read more

Online searches for activewear see spike in New Year

8 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Lyst.co.uk, the global fashion search platform, has revealed searches for activewear items have jumped 59% since the beginning of the year as consumers look to meet New Year's fitness resolutions.... read more

Ten breakthrough apparel innovations at CES 2020

8 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

just-style has rounded up ten innovations in the apparel and footwear sectors that will be presented at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week.... read more

Shoe Zone laments business rates burden as FY profit tumbles

8 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Shares in Shoe Zone were down by more than 3% this morning (8 January) as full-year profit at the UK value footwear retailer was knocked by what CEO Anthony Smith called the "increasing financial burden" placed on High Street businesses. ... read more

UK fashion sector calls for support to boost exports

7 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK fashion and textile industry has called on the government to increase support for exporters, fix the skills and training landscape, and minimise disruption to trade, as it looks to raise the profile of the sector and boost trade by addressing key challenges.... read more

Native Shoes develops liquid gel 3D printed footwear

7 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Canadian shoe company Native Shoes has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to 3D print two of its most popular footwear designs.... read more

New Nike Atsuma shoe aims to reduce material waste

3 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

A new Nike sneaker released this week (1 January) aims to reduce material waste by using scraps created during the production process.... read more

Footwear specialist AMG Asia embarks on PLM project

23 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Advanced Manufacturing Group (AMG), a multinational specialist in footwear development and production, has embarked on a PLM (product lifecycle management) project to help provide retail customers with end-to-end visibility and connectivity.... 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 stories on just-style in December

23 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style in December included an interview with Esquel Group vice chairman and CEO John Cheh; a look at efforts by the Chinese government to boost investment in the textile industries of Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) countries; and the move by the US and China to reach an agreement on a Phase One trade deal.... 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

Top 20 news stories on just-style in 2019...

20 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

Of the thousands of stories published on just-style during the last year, we've filtered out the top news items of 2019. Trade, M&A, strategic sourcing, recycling, 3D technology, and worker welfare were just some of the issues that made the headlines.... read more

US Q3 in brief – Genesco, Stage Stores, Tailored Brands

19 December 2019 | just-style

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Stage Stores has narrowed its net loss, 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. ... read more

3D printing firm Voxel8 appoints von Gottberg as CEO

19 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Voxel8, a tech start-up whose 3D printing technologies are offering new ways to design and produce footwear, athletic apparel, and smart textiles, has named Friedrich (Fred) von Gottberg as its new president and CEO.... read more

Pentland Brands strengthens Berghaus product team

18 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

Pentland Brands has appointed former Nike and Columbia Sportswear executive Paul Anderton as head of category for product innovation for the Berghaus brand.... read more

Laws needed to encourage more supplier factory listings

18 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

Clothing and footwear brands and retailers have "dramatically" improved transparency in their supply chains, a new report has found, but suggests more can be done – including the introduction of legislation and going beyond tier-1 suppliers.... read more

Hibbett Sports names Michael Longo CEO

17 December 2019 | Beth Wright

US sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports has named Michael Longo as its new president and CEO, succeeding Jeff Rosenthal.... read more

Michael Kors owner acquires first factory

17 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Capri Holdings, the owner of brands including Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, is to acquire its first manufacturing facility.... read more

Hotter Shoes uses predictive analytics for buying decisions

16 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

UK shoe manufacturer Hotter Shoes is using consumer-driven predictive analytics to make design, buying and pricing decisions on a wide range of its products.... read more

H&M strategy efforts pay off with FY sales hike

16 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Swedish apparel retailer H&M has booked a rise in both fourth-quarter and full-year group sales as ongoing efforts as part of its transformation strategy continue to pay off.... read more

US clothing retail sales fall in November

16 December 2019 | Beth Wright

A late Thanksgiving and tough year-on-year comparison led to a marginal rise in US retail sales in November, but consumers continued to cut clothing spend in the first half of the holiday season.... read more

Tariffs delayed as US-China agree Phase One trade deal

16 December 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more

UK fashion manufacturers must consolidate or die

13 December 2019 | Guest author

In Britain there are too many small clothing and footwear manufacturers making too little money. It is time for the sector to take a leaf from the German market and realise that for many it is merge or die.... read more