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Global news roundup

21 May 2014 | Michelle Russell and Katie Smith

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.... read more


INDIA: Century Textiles halves denim fabric production

2 February 2009 | just-style.com

Cotton yarn and fabric maker Century Textiles & Industries is halving denim production at its Madhya Pradesh unit, blaming adverse markets and slowing demand.... read more


Century posts Q4 textile earnings decline

7 May 2015 | Katie Smith

Indian yarn, fabric and denim maker Century Textiles & Industries saw earnings in its textile division fall during the fourth quarter, despite sales growth.... read more


Century Textiles books mixed Q2 results

4 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

Indian manufacturer Century Textiles has booked mixed results in its second-quarter, with a fall in sales and growth in earnings.... read more


Aditya Birla "low Risk" in CanopyStyle viscose audit

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla has completed its second CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show the company's current supply chain is again at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources.... read more


COMMENT: What are the great apparel industry issues for 2009?

23 December 2008 | just-style.com

Amid the welter of articles looking ahead at trade and business prospects for 2009, three issues dominate the apparel industry. Will anyone stop the slowdown in Western clothing markets? Will the collapse of input prices mean cheaper clothes? And what about US and EU protectionism? Mike Flanagan wonders just how important they really are.... read more


INDIA: Apparel exporters to benefit from Japan trade pact

21 February 2011 | just-style.com

Indian apparel exporters have welcomed an agreement to boost trade with Japan, which was signed last week.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing sues over worker exploitation claims

6 June 2011 | just-style.com

Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing is suing publisher Bungeishunju after one of its publications claimed the Uniqlo casual clothing chain exploits workers employed in its stores and at the factories that make its products.... read more


BANGLADESH: Uniqlo production venture taking shape

14 July 2010 | just-style.com

A joint venture to make fabric and garments for the Uniqlo casual clothing chain in Bangladesh is making “satisfactory progress,” according to one of the partners in the project, with a small-scale garment plant already in operation.... read more


BANGLADESH: Fast Retailing signs Fire and Safety Accord

8 August 2013 | Petah Marian

Fast Retailing, which owns the Uniqlo brand, has signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. ... read more


INDIA: Uniqlo looking to India for garment sourcing?

26 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

Casual clothing company Uniqlo, owned by Japanese giant Fast Retailing Co, is looking to begin sourcing garments from India, a government statement claims.... read more


Fast Retailing takes steps to safeguard suppliers

27 April 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The owner of the Uniqlo and Gu brands, Fast Retailing, says it is rolling out a series of measures to cut the risk of Covid-19 to its manufacturing partners and workers across its supply chain, including payment to its suppliers for complete orders and orders where production has started.... read more


July 2010 management briefing: Sizing a headache for globalising apparel industry

27 July 2010 | just-style.com

As trade barriers continue to diminish, clothing brands are becoming more global. However it is not as easy for the sizes of their goods to be quite as worldly. International players need to adapt their fits for different target markets but that level of adaptation varies by country.... read more


Uniqlo under fire again for China worker abuses

27 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has come under fire from labour rights groups for failing to improve working conditions and environmental pollution at Uniqlo supplier factories in mainland China.... read more


Fast Retailing ramps up sustainability efforts

31 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

Fast Retailing says it is working to raise the bar across the apparel industry, after facing criticism earlier this year of factory conditions at two of its suppliers in China. Detailing some of its efforts in its latest CSR report, the Japanese business says it has ramped up inspection efforts at its garment and textile suppliers, and set out a new initiative to spread best practices.... read more


Fast Retailing reveals core Uniqlo factory list

6 March 2017 | Beth Wright

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has published the names and locations of the 146 factories that manufacture garments for its Uniqlo casual clothing chain, in a bid to increase transparency across its supply chain.... read more


Fast Retailing to reveal supplier list

1 February 2017 | Beth Wright

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's largest fashion retailer, has confirmed to just-style it is preparing to make its supplier list public within 2017.... read more


Fast Retailing to start monitoring textile suppliers

18 February 2015 | Richard Woodard

Uniqlo brand owner Fast Retailing has outlined further plans to improve workplace monitoring, following criticism of factory conditions at two of its suppliers in China.... read more


Uniqlo to discontinue use of alpaca wool

17 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Japan's Fast Retailing Group has confirmed that its Uniqlo casual clothing chain, as well as its PLST and Comptoir des Cotonniers brands, are to phase out the use of alpaca wool in their products.... read more


VIETNAM: Apparel firms invest $200m in production facilities

24 February 2014 | Ngo Tuan

Two investment licenses have been granted by the Ho Chi Minh city Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority that will lead to the construction of two apparel complexes worth nearly $200m.... read more


COMMENT: Quality issues in Japan's cashmere sector

29 October 2010 | just-style.com

Since the 1970s Japan's consumers - especially young women between 25-40 years old - have had a penchant for luxury items, from bags to shoes to cashmere sweaters, shawls and scarves.... read more


BANGLADESH: Grameen Uniqlo opens first two stores

5 July 2013 | Siddique Islam

Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo opened its first two stores in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka today (5 July), offering locally-produced high quality clothing at affordable prices. ... read more


just-style management briefing: Textile and clothing recycling worldwide

3 April 2012 | Alan Osborn

Textile recycling has come a long way since the days of the rag-and-bone man a generation or so ago, with particularly dramatic changes happening in some European countries over the past ten years. As a result, sources of advice on recycling for the textile and clothing industry have grown apace.... read more


Uniqlo taps Lemaire as artistic director

9 June 2016 | Beth Wright

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo has tapped former Hermès creative director Christophe Lemaire as artistic director of its newly established Uniqlo Paris R&D Centre and new Uniqlo U line.... read more


Global news roundup

20 April 2010 | just-style.com

The following is a roundup of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.... read more


Top stories this week on just-style...

16 January 2015 | Katie Smith

The most-read stories on just-style this week include an insight into Myanmar's garment sector, political tensions raising risks to Bangladesh's read-made garment industry, and a comment on online apparel retailing.... read more


Uniqlo owner highlights progress at supplier factories

3 August 2015 | Katie Smith

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has highlighted the progress it has made with monitoring and improving working conditions at its textile supplier factories following a series of alleged violations earlier this year.... read more


Uniqlo suppliers criticised for unsafe factories

13 January 2015 | Katie Smith

Japan's Fast Retailing is to review its processes for monitoring supplier factories after an investigation exposed "harsh and dangerous" working conditions at two facilities in China making Uniqlo clothes.... read more


Fast Retailing joins Canopy forest-friendly sourcing policy

26 April 2018 | Beth Wright

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, has become the latest company to sign up to Canopy's policy that commits brands to stop sourcing the raw material for their viscose and rayon textiles from ancient and endangered forests.... read more


Fast Retailing to cut plastic use in its supply chain

3 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing is to eliminate the use of unnecessary plastic throughout its supply chain and reduce up to 85% of the amount of single-use plastic packaging at group stores by the end of 2020.... read more


Uniqlo to launch circular clothing collection scheme

22 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Fast Retailing clothing brand Uniqlo is gearing up to launch an initiative that collects Uniqlo clothing that is unwanted by consumers to give them a new life and keep valuable resources out of landfills.... read more


HONG KONG: Crystal commits to sustainable business

3 November 2010 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong based Crystal Group, one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers, is well on its way to achieving its five-year environmental targets according to the company's first sustainability report which has just been published.... read more


Sourcing costs and competition weighing on margins

25 March 2014 | Michelle Russell

Pricing pressure and increasing competition mean apparel sourcing executives may have to deal with higher gross margins and flat average unit costs this year, according to a new UK report.... read more


just-style management briefing: Fast fashion shifts supply chain focus

2 July 2012 | MJ Deschamps

Global manufacturing and supply chains are shifting and changing in response to fast fashion's demand for up-to-the-minute styles and trends at relatively low prices.... read more


China's new five-year plan to guide industry expansion

31 January 2012 | Wang Fangqing

Domestic market expansion, new materials development and the transfer of production bases are all priorities under the 12th five-year plan (2011 to 2015) for the domestic textile industry, released by mainland China's ministry of industry and information technology earlier this month.... read more


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