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INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss refocuses on "profit through principle"

8 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

Levi Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.... read more


True Religion uses water-saving denim technology

26 April 2016 | Michelle Russell

Upscale denim brand True Religion Apparel has developed a casule collection that features an innovative denim fabric treatment with wash technology that uses less water, waste and energy.... read more


New Lycra Bra Fabric Finder technology launches

12 July 2018 | Michelle Russell

Synthetic materials manufacturer Best Pacific has partnered with the Lycra brand to launch a Bra Fabric Finder technology that helps consumers pick the right casual bra using a special search solution.... read more


Investments boosting Invista's ADN production

9 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

US-based fibre producer Invista has set a 12-month production record for adiponitrile (ADN) – a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 plastics and fibres – at its Orange, Texas facility.... read more


Lycra Beauty Cooling launched for shapewear

28 September 2015 | Michelle Russell

The first garments manufactured using US fibre maker Invista's new Lycra Beauty Cooling technology have been unveiled in New York.... read more


Cordura innovates on flannel and laminate fabrics

10 August 2016 | Michelle Russell

Invista's Cordura brand has developed flannel and laminate fabrics for outdoor apparel that it says offer enhanced durability, comfort, a waterproof finish and are more lightweight.... read more


Invista develops sustainable Lycra stretch fibre

12 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

US-based fibre producer Invista has launched a new version of its Lycra T400 fibre with enhanced sustainability thanks to the use of EcoMade technology.... read more


Nylon producer Nilit buys Invista's Brazil unit

20 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

Israel-based nylon producer Nilit has acquired Invista's Americana, Brazil manufacturing site - adding its nylon 6.6 operations to the company's existing facilities in the US, China and Israel.... read more


Invista investing $65m to expand US speciality fibre capacity

9 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

Invista is investing over US$65m in state-of-the-art fibre production at its US-based Camden facility in a move aimed at significantly expanding domestic capacity of high-tenacity speciality fibres used in its Cordura fabrics.... read more


Invista's Cordura expands fabric line in Japan

25 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

Invista's Cordura brand is gearing up to expand its durable product portfolio in Japan with the launch of tailor-made fabric offerings for the active, outdoor, and urban lifestyle segments. ... read more


Invista unveils Coolmax EcoMade technology for denim

24 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

US fibre producer Invista is continuing to drive innovation in denim with new technologies under its Coolmax brand that offer sustainability and cooling comfort to jeans wearers.... read more


Invista to deploy advanced ADN technology in France and US

26 September 2017 | Michelle Russell

US-based fibre producer Invista is to deploy its most advanced adiponitrile (ADN) technology, used to produce nylon 6,6 intermediates, at its joint-owned Butachimie facility in France and in the US.... read more


Invista reaffirms commitment to China as ADN plant progresses

25 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Invista says it is confident of China’s demand growth for nylon as the US-based fibre producer makes advancements in its 400,000 tonne adiponitrile (ADN) plant in Shanghai.... read more


Invista acquires Cone Denim dual core patent portfolio

12 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

US-based fibre producer Invista, owner of the Lycra brand, has acquired the dual core patent portfolio of Cone Denim and its parent company International Textile Group (ITG).... read more


Invista starts construction on China nylon plant

22 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

US-based fibre producer Invista has broken ground on its 400,000 tonne adiponitrile (ADN) plant in Shanghai.... read more


Invista and Lenzing collaborate on denim fibre

21 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

US fibre maker Invista and Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group have collaborated for a second time on a denim project.... read more


Denim industry hits Amsterdam for Kingpins show

19 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

The Kingpins sourcing show kicked off in Amsterdam this week, with some of the world's most innovative denim mills, trim providers, wash houses and manufacturers taking part in two days of exhibitions, workshops and seminars.... read more


Skechers pushes Adidas off US No.2 spot

19 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

It seems Adidas has been caught napping after Skechers passed the German sporting giant to take its second place in the sports footwear market in the US.... 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


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


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