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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

VF Corp issues Bangladesh factory safety funding

8 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

VF Corp, and the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC), have provided loans to three Bangladeshi garment factories under a new funding programme for fire and building safety improvements.... read more

Levi Strauss launches its most sustainable jean

23 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

US denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has launched what is claimed to be its most sustainable jean yet, made with organic cotton and the newly-patented Circulose fibre made from cotton recycled from discarded textiles.... read more

INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss raises the bar on sustainability

26 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

"We're best when we're leading and pioneering," is Michael Kobori's take on denim giant Levi Strauss & Co's responsibility in ensuring it has an ethical supply chain. But it is competition, believes the company's VP of sustainability, more so than collaboration, that really raises the bar when it comes to sustainability.... read more

TAIWAN: Freudenberg to increase transparency through sustainable coalition

15 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb Company says it is committing to increased transparency and openness through its decision to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.... read more

In the money: Levi Strauss eyes opportunities to drive 2014 profit

12 February 2014 | Michelle Russell

Levi Strauss & Co says it is focusing on a number of key strategies to drive its profitable core in its next fiscal year, with a focus primarily on Europe, China, women's wear and cost management.... read more

US: Promotions and lower margins hit Levi Strauss Q4

12 February 2014 | Michelle Russell

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co said lower gross margin and higher seasonal advertising spend hit earnings in the fourth quarter.... read more

Levi and Google partner on "smart" jeans

1 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

Taking wearable technology to a new level, US denim giant Levi Strauss is joining forces with internet behemoth Google to design jeans that enable a consumer to perform certain actions on their smart phones.... read more

Levi Strauss creates supply chain division

7 September 2018 | Michelle Russell

US denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has created a consolidated product, innovation and supply chain organisation as it looks to better streamline decision-making and consolidate accountability for core business growth drivers.... read more

SOURCING: Supply chain mapping using the Bitcoin blockchain

31 July 2015 | Michelle Russell

A new tool that could bring greater transparency to complex global apparel supply chains has been developed by UK start-up Provenance. Based on the Bitcoin blockchain platform, which enables digital asset transfers across the internet, the technology can create a unique digital record that verifies, tracks and traces each step of the production process, without the need for software.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

5 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

The most-read stories on just-style this week include at look at US apparel sales figures for May, just-style speaks with the chairman of sourcing specialist William E. Connor, and Levi joins forces with internet behemoth Google to design "smart jeans". ... read more

Levi Strauss called out over climate impact

27 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

Levi Strauss has been called out by international environmental organisation Stand.earth for what it says is the company’s "outsized role" in the impact of climate change and air pollution across the globe.... read more

Levi Strauss continues funding supply chain innovations

8 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has chosen 12 members to join its Collaboratory fellowship – a programme aimed at accelerating innovation in sustainable apparel.... read more

Levi Strauss urged to help end "exploitation" of Madagascan dockworkers

20 April 2017 | Michelle Russell

Global denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has been called on by unions to extend its policies on improving workers’ rights in its factories to those of transport workers in Madagascar.... read more

Tonello and Levi Strauss develop “green” stonewash process

11 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

Garment finishing business Tonello has partnered with denim giant Levi Strauss & Co to develop a new stonewash system that eliminates the use of a pumice stone and is expected to reduce water usage, production costs and carbon footprint.... read more

IN THE MONEY: Levi Strauss warns of port delays on supply chain

13 February 2015 | Michelle Russell

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has said the “volatile” and “unpredictable” delays occurring on the West Coast ports could adversely affect its supply chain and product availability if it continues.... read more

Hampshire Group moves to profit in Q3

7 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

US apparel business Hampshire Group has moved to a profit in its third-quarter thanks to strong growth in sales driven by the addition of new brands earlier this year.... read more

Global brands back training for Pakistan cotton farmers

29 September 2016 | Michelle Russell

Around 200,000 Pakistani cotton farmers are set to benefit from a global cotton industry partnership that will train them on issues such as sustainability in farming and child labour thanks to funding from brands such as H&M and Levi Strauss & Co. ... read more

Fashion brands linked to polluting viscose producers

13 June 2017 | Michelle Russell

A number of fashion giants, including Sweden’s H&M and Inditex's Zara, are said to be buying viscose from highly polluting factories that are contributing irreparable damage to environmental and human health.... read more

US: Hampshire and Levi Strauss in global sourcing deal

17 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Fashion apparel maker Hampshire Group has signed a global sourcing deal with jeans giant Levi Strauss.... read more

ANALYSIS: Mauritius emerges as sustainable sourcing hub

21 May 2014 | Michelle Russell

Strategically located along the trading route between Asia and Africa, Mauritius is fast emerging as a major sourcing hub for textile and apparel products. Despite low-cost competition from Asia, the industry has successfully navigated its way through a plethora of challenges in the last few decades to emerge as a now high-tech, dynamic, and vertically integrated sector. Michelle Russell takes a closer look.... read more

US: Target "reduces" Cambodia garment sourcing

27 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

US retailer Target Corp is another apparel manufacturer to have reportedly reduced its sourcing from Cambodian garment factories in response to industry turmoil in the country.... read more

VIETNAM: Jeanologia and Vinatex commit to jeans production

9 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

Spanish sustainable textile technology firm Jeanologia is building its partnership with the Vinatex group with the aim of making Vietnam a global centre of excellence in the production of jeans.... read more

Mauritius overview: Textile and apparel firms talk tactics

13 May 2014 | Michelle Russell

The Mauritian textile and apparel industry has overtaken sugar to become the country's largest export, with a turnover of around US$885m in 2013, a marginal increase of just 0.07% over the year before. Local textile and clothing manufacturers are working hard to sustain this growth, with several sharing their future ambitions with just-style.... read more

Clothing brands commit to 100% sustainable cotton by 2025

25 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

Asos, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co and Nike are among 13 clothing and textile brands who have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.... read more

H&M worker rights pledge showing early results

8 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

A global framework agreement, initiated by H&M and the IndustriAll global union, has succeeded in helping to reinstate sacked workers at garment factories in Myanmar and Pakistan just months after coming into force.... 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