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CANADA: Organisations call on retailers to sign Accord

18 December 2013 | Michelle Russell

Twenty-five Canadian organisations have called on the country's retailers and brands to sign the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.... read more


 Vegan fabric a fad or a future phenomenon?

10 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

Veganism is often thought of in food terms, and not clothing, so the idea of purchasing a vegan wool jumper or a vegan handbag could seem alien to many. The movement is gradually gaining momentum, albeit slowly. But whether the industry has the desire to really push it in the right direction is questionable.... read more


Iran develops GM cotton crop

3 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

Iran has developed what is said to be the first sample of genetically modified cotton, produced using indigenous technology.... read more


Is outer space the answer to more sustainable cotton?

31 July 2017 | Michelle Russell

Can space-based experiments be the answer to making cotton a more sustainable fibre on Earth? The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has partnered with US retail giant Target Corporation to find out.... read more


Is Ethiopia the place to be?

2 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

There has been a big buzz around Ethiopia as a potential source of apparel for at least the last five years ­– yet exports in 2014 were just US$112m. But that could finally be set to change, with sourcing specialists at this year's 'Origin Africa' event seeming to agree that Ethiopia is the place to be.... read more


Rwanda gearing up for a slice of sourcing action

24 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world's next big destination for textile and fashion production. But another East African country – Rwanda – is also gearing up for a slice of the action, with the country's newest export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time.... read more


Coronavirus continues disruption of apparel and textile supply chain

9 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fuelled by new investment from its recent listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, fashion supply chain manager Lever Style is realigning its business model to be the product engine for rising e-commerce brands. ... read more


China promotes its 13th Five-Year Plan

30 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

China is using a catchy English-language TV ad to promote its 13th Five-Year Plan for the five years to 2020. But Mike Flanagan questions whether the Plan really tells us how garment-making in China will be affected.... read more


The winners and losers of 2015

21 December 2015 | Michelle Russell

From retailing to manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2015. As the year draws to a close, just-style's annual review tracks those for whom 2015 will be memorable in more ways than one.... read more


Special offer for just-style registered members

21 September 2015 | Michelle Russell

just-style has just launched an exciting offer for registered members: A full-year subscription with a saving of over one third on the usual price AND a free, 33-page report on how to develop a comprehensive sourcing strategy, by vendor, country and overseas representation.... read more


Race on to secure TPP agreement

12 August 2015 | Michelle Russell

After the latest round of TPP talks failed to clinch a deal, the race is now on to secure an agreement before the US presidential elections halt progress. Trade ministers are scrambling to try and forge a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement within two months, after a meeting of trade ministers in Hawaii failed to clinch a deal last week.... read more


Africa's potential to rival Asia for sourcing

8 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

Interest in sourcing apparel from sub-Saharan Africa might be on the rise, yet the results of a new survey suggest few players currently have concrete plans to tap into its potential.... read more


Strikes underscore Vietnam challenges

13 April 2015 | Michelle Russell

Strikes and protests are rare in Vietnam, but recent demonstrations by thousands of footwear factory workers underscore some of the challenges facing one of the industry's main manufacturing hubs. It also exposes a looming pension crisis and worker shortage in a country that many see as a key sourcing alternative to China.... read more


Apparel firms tap into growing wearable tech market

24 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

Smart fabrics and wearable technology go hand in hand. And with strong growth forecast over the coming years, it's no wonder fashion and software companies are developing new products to tap into the market.... read more


US port dipute conclusion nears

23 February 2015 | Michelle Russell

A tentative agreement on a new five-year contract has been agreed for some 20,000 dockworkers at 29 US West Coast ports, ending nine months of discussions. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been engaged in talks since 12 May to replace the existing six-year contact, which expired on 30 June.... read more


Ethiopia apparel and textile industry making massive gains

8 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

just-style's editor Leonie Barrie recently visited Ethiopia to see for herself the massive developments taking place to elevate this East African nation into a compelling new garment and textile sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.... read more


Cutting edge technology defining apparel industry

15 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

Cutting-edge textile processing products including a new technology for dyeing yarns in a more sustainable manner and a digitalised sewing machine set up via a touchscreen or app, were among the most exciting developments at last week's Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.... read more


Industry welcoming move to renegotiate NAFTA

23 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

The US textile industry has welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to renegotiate NAFTA, saying it is in America's national interest to modernise the trade agreement.... read more


Bangladesh works to resolve labour activist issues

2 March 2017 | Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced plans to pull out of the Dhaka Apparel Summit, held at the weekend, in protest.... read more


Trump and Brexit generate more confusion

20 March 2017 | Michelle Russell

Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics of "Brexit means Brexit" left no-one better informed. Mike Flanagan has taken a closer look in his monthly Trade Tracker update.... read more


Hanjin Shipping collapse triggers fear of West Coast port repeat

19 September 2016 | Michelle Russell

The recent bankruptcy of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container shipper, at the end of August, has left billions of dollars worth of merchandise in limbo, leaving the fallout for apparel and footwear importers and exporters unclear.... read more


Happy New Year from just-style

6 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

Happy New Year from the team at just-style. We hope you had a good break.... read more


New re:source to help unravel sourcing decisions

19 December 2016 | Michelle Russell

Apparel sourcing is a complex process built on a mix of location, logistics, lead-time, price, compliance, risk and reliability. And it's in a constant state of flux as retailers, brands and manufacturers try to find the right balance across all these factors.... read more


The rejection of globalisation

22 August 2016 | Michelle Russell

Mike Flanagan, CEO at industry consultancy Clothesource, spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning to stay in the EU. Not once, he says, did he hear his opponents - or anyone in Britain's new, Brexit-friendly government - say they wanted to reject global integration or repudiate over 30 years of globalisation.... read more


Industry weighs up impact of Brexit

4 July 2016 | Michelle Russell

Britain's historic vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) has left retailers and manufacturers mulling the consequences as the nation prepares for a long period of political and economic uncertainty.... read more


Innovation key focus for apparel and textile firms

17 May 2016 | Michelle Russell

Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry. ... read more


Vietnam continuing to gain US market share

7 March 2016 | Michelle Russell

Central America's textile exports are forecast to slow this year as Vietnam continues to gain US market share. And, with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) gaining new support, it is expected more sourcing and investment will move to Vietnam. In response, Central America is scrambling to hammer out a new regional textiles growth strategy.... read more


Will Brexit benefit Britain's garment industry?

14 March 2016 | Michelle Russell

A referendum on Britain’s continuing membership of the European Union will take place on 23 June. Opinion polls in early March showed voters split about 50/50, with around one-third still unsure.... read more


Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality

10 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.... read more


Revised wage ladder marks step toward living wage

24 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

An online tool to help apparel brands, retailers and manufacturers work towards improved wages for garment workers in global supply chains has been updated in a move that marks another step towards the eventual provision of a living wage.... read more


Seeking alternatives to rising labour costs

1 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

Instead of relocating production in an attempt to sidestep the challenge of rising labour costs, China's textile and clothing manufacturers should work to create a more sustainable industry.... read more


Apparel industry reacts to Russia tensions

18 August 2014 | Michelle Russell

Retail shares have been among the biggest fallers in the last two weeks as financial markets react to President Vladimir Putin's retaliation to the imposition of sanctions on Russia.... read more


Cambodia garment industry approaching crossroads

27 August 2014 | Michelle Russell

If Cambodia's US$5.5bn garment industry is not yet at a crossroads, it is approaching one, according to participants at an industry trade show held in Phnom Penh. Many industry suppliers believe that while Cambodia remains a growing market for their textile and garment products, there are challenges ahead, from rising labour costs to increased competition from neighbouring countries.... read more


Bangladesh Alliance and Accord update on progress

28 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety have both issued their first annual reports, providing an update on the work carried out on improving safety and working conditions in the country to date.... read more


Compliance remains a concern in Cambodian garment sector

8 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia's Labor Advisory Committee (LAC), a government-led tripartite group, last week agreed the next minimum wage adjustment for garment workers, which will take effect on 1 January 2015.... read more


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