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UK sustainable cashmere brand makes debut

1 March 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

A new sustainable cashmere brand has launched with financial backing from a leading UK retail expert. ... read more

Woolworths ups casual focus as clothing underwhelms in H1

1 March 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

South African retailer Woolworths has booked a 58.3% rise in headline earnings per share for the first half of the year but the underperformance of its clothing division has reportedly prompted a shift in focus to casual and sportswear as demand for formalwear drops.... read more

Top expectations for baby boomers shopping online

1 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Global e-commerce shoppers who are baby boomers have different expectations than younger groups when purchasing online international brands, a new survey shows, with clothing the top category for purchases, and a clear refund policy key to a successful experience.... read more

Top stories on just-style in February...

1 March 2021 | Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style in February include an interview with Sanjeev Mahtani, chairman and owner of Must Garment Corporation, on his fears for the future of apparel suppliers, and a look at the potential impact the military coup in Myanmar will have on the country's garment sector. We also talk with Eric Dorchies, CEO at Mauritius-based Ciel Textile Ltd, and Jenny Holloway, director of skills training provider and manufacturer Fashion-Enter, and explore how shipping bottlenecks between Asia and the rest of the world continue to cause problems for industry supply chains.... read more

US Q4 in brief – Foot Locker, Carter’s, Wolverine Worldwide

1 March 2021 | just-style

The latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers show while some companies are beginning to recover from the market disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, others are continuing to struggle.... read more

Birkenstock under new ownership in LVMH-backed deal

26 February 2021 | Beth Wright

German footwear brand Birkenstock has struck a deal to sell a majority stake to private equity firm L Catterton and affiliates including Financière Agache, the family investment firm of Bernard Arnault – chairman and CEO of luxury conglomerate LVMH.... read more

Debenhams permanently closes all Scottish stores

26 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Department store group Debenhams has announced its 15 stores in Scotland will not reopen following the easing of lockdown arrangements and are therefore closed permanently – a move that impacts some 647 jobs.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

26 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include an interview with Sanjeev Mahtani, chairman and owner of Must Garment Corporation, on his fears for the future of apparel suppliers, and a look at why better access to the US market would help Myanmar's clothing industry transformation. Elsewhere, apparel produced anywhere in the world but with links to forced labour in Xinjiang is included in a new withhold release order banning imports into the US, and a new initiative urges fashion brands to up their use of recycled polyester.... read more

Timeline – How coronavirus is impacting the global apparel industry – FREE TO READ

26 February 2021 | just-style

Since the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak began in China at the end of 2019, its impact has been felt across the global apparel and textile sector. just-style's timeline shows how the pandemic is evolving – and will be updated as developments unfold.... read more

Primark warns of GBP1.1bn first-half sales hit

25 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Value clothing retailer Primark is expecting a sales loss of GBP1.1bn (US$1.6bn) in the first half as the impact on trading from government restrictions in the UK and Europe takes it toll.... read more

Belk Inc wins approval for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

25 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

US department store retailer Belk Inc has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and won approval to cut US$450m of its debt.... read more

US retail sales to exceed $4.33trn in 2021 amid vaccine rollout

25 February 2021 | Beth Wright

The National Retail Federation (NRF) anticipates that retail sales will grow between 6.5-8.2% to more than US$4.33 trillion in 2021 as more individuals get vaccinated and the economy reopens.... read more

Puma applauds supplier partnerships despite FY profit slump

24 February 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Puma has booked a 69% slide in full-year net earnings as sales were hit by the Covid pandemic but the group says the long-term collaboration with its suppliers proved to be "indispensable" in 2020 and will continue to be a key component of its strategy. ... read more

Target Corp in leadership reshuffle

24 February 2021 | Beth Wright

US department store retailer Target Corp., has outlined a number of changes across its executive leadership team, including the addition of a chief growth officer. ... read more

Covectra rolls out tech to track fakes, combat counterfeiting

24 February 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Track and trace solutions specialist Covectra is rolling out a smart label and mobile authentication solution to combat the counterfeiting of products.... read more

Fashion brands urged to publicly condemn Myanmar coup

23 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion brands and retailers sourcing in Myanmar are being urged to take action to help end the military coup in the country – including publicly joining international condemnation of the takeover.... read more

Frasers Group anticipates GBP100m lockdown hit

23 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Frasers Group, the owner of brands including House of Fraser, Sports Direct and Flannels, says the UK lockdown and subsequent closure of non-essential retail stores could impact the company by more than GBP100m (US$140.9m).... read more

Digital conference to explore post-pandemic digital opportunity

23 February 2021 | Beth Wright

The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) will explore the post-pandemic digital opportunity for the UK’s fashion sector and why digital transformation has become an imperative rather than an aspiration in a webinar next month.... read more

John Lewis to close a further eight stores?

22 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK department store chain John Lewis Partnership is reported to be preparing to close a further eight stores as the retailer continues to find ways to cut costs.... read more

Mango to begin selling third-party brands online

22 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Spanish clothing brand Mango is opening up its online selling channel to third-party brands in order to extend its commercial offer in what it calls complementary product categories.... read more

Apex Global confirms acquisition by Galaxy

22 February 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Apex Global Brands, the owner of brands including Hi-Tec, Magnum and Cherokee, has entered into a merger agreement with Galaxy Universal LLC, a wholesaling, sourcing and brand management company.... read more

Truworths launches Primark-esque budget brand

22 February 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

South African retailer Truworths, the owner of UK footwear chain Office, is to launch a new budget clothing brand which will be rolled out in 15 of its stores in an attempt to cater to evolving shopping habits following the Covid outbreak.... read more

Zalando expands pre-owned online store to Sweden, Denmark

22 February 2021 | Beth Wright

German fashion e-tailer Zalando has expanded its pre-owned fashion webshop Zircle to Sweden and Denmark in a move aimed at supporting its target of extending the life of 50m fashion items by 2023.... read more

Challenging start to year for UK clothing retailers

19 February 2021 | Beth Wright

UK retail sales tumbled month-on-month in both volume and value terms in January, with a national lockdown leading to declines of more than one-third in the amount spent and the quantity bought at clothing stores.... read more

Mango's new denim line saves 30m litres of water

19 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Spanish clothing brand Mango is launching a new denim collection it claims will save 30m litres of water through more sustainable finishing processes.... read more

Van Mossevelde named Icebreaker global brand head

19 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Apparel powerhouse VF Corp has promoted Jan Van Mossevelde to global brand president of the Icebreaker natural fibre performance clothing range.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

19 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at why suppliers must be centre stage as the apparel industry reshapes for the future, the pros and cons of globalisation, and Adidas confirming plans to sell Reebok. Meanwhile, apparel "road warriors" suspect the situation in Myanmar may be slow to resolve, and the death of 28 garment workers in a flooded Moroccan factory prompts new calls for a binding international safety agreement.... read more

US consumer appetite for apparel rose again in January

18 February 2021 | Beth Wright

US retail sales grew sharply in January as government stimulus payments provided a boost and momentum from 2020’s record holiday season carried over into the new year, with consumer appetite for apparel continuing to grow.... read more

J.Crew builds sustainable cashmere supply chain

18 February 2021 | Beth Wright

J.Crew Group has announced that 100% of all cashmere sweaters and non-apparel pieces from the newly launched spring 2021 collection and onwards, will be produced using the Good Cashmere Standard (GCS) certified cashmere – a move it claims is a first-of-its-kind commitment among US retailers.... read more

Issa brothers complete acquisition of Asda

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The acquisition of UK supermarket chain Asda for GBP6.8bn (US$8.8bn) by UK entrepreneurs the Issa brothers and private equity firm TDR Capital has been completed this week.... read more

TechStyle Fashion Group picks PLM to improve design operations

18 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Direct-to-consumer fashion retailer TechStyle Fashion Group has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to accelerate its digital transformation. ... read more

Fashion education needs a re-think on the data skills front

17 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

A new study is calling for a rethink of fashion education to ensure students are equipped with the data science and data analysis skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing industry.... read more

New guide aims to boost UK apparel recycling

17 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Environmental charity WRAP has published new best-practice guidance to help retailers, brands, and their re-use and recycling partners set up new schemes from scratch, or to improve existing take-back schemes to increase clothing recycling in the UK.... read more

Adidas starts divestiture process for Reebok

16 February 2021 | Beth Wright

German sporting goods giant Adidas has decided to begin a formal process aimed at divesting Reebok after concluding its assessment of strategic alternatives for the brand.... read more

Dune Group looks to CVA for "vital lifeline"

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Dune Group Ltd has launched a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal as the UK footwear retailer looks for a "vital lifeline" amid its struggles to continue operating through lockdown.... read more