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US apparel retailers buffeted by winter storms

10 February 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Winter storms played havoc with US apparel retailers in January. While some consumers were forced to stay at home, others simply lost the will, with holiday shopping fatigue, static wages, and a lack of inspiring new ranges all hitting comparable store sales.... read more

UK: AllSaints joins ban on angora

4 February 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion retailer AllSaints has joined a number of other firms in banning the use on angora from its future collections following pressure from animal rights group PETA.... read more

Unrest presents a serious challenge

3 February 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Ongoing political unrest in Thailand has not yet impacted the country's garment industry - but the unstable environment presents a serious challenge moving forward, just-style has been told.... read more

Adidas and H&M gain sustainable rankings

27 January 2014 | Katie Smith

Fashion and sportswear firms H&M and Adidas have made it onto a list of the most sustainable companies in the world.... read more

Teen retail troubles continue

27 January 2014 | Leonie Barrie

The troubled teen retail space saw more upheaval last week with the surprise departure of the chief executive of American Eagle Outfitters after less than two years in the role.... read more

Say goodbye to posture problems

27 January 2014 | Katie Smith

Problems with posture are set to be a thing of the past, with the introduction of a T-shirt designed to make the wearer stand up tall again.... read more

Challenges and opportunities in 2014?

21 January 2014 | Leonie Barrie

just-style's annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead has gathered feedback from leading executives on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2014. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.... read more

Retailers continue to be challenged over Christmas

13 January 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Results on the performance of apparel retailers over the key Christmas shopping season are continuing to trickle through, with figures released last week showing that December proved to be a challenging month for those in the US.... read more

A troubled start for Cambodia

6 January 2014 | Leonie Barrie

2014 has got off to a troubled start in Cambodia, where protests over a new minimum wage for garment workers have been turning increasingly violent.... read more

A pop of purple sets the mood for 2014

2 January 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Surely one of the best reasons to cut short the holiday break and rush back to your desk at the beginning of January is to see what Pantone is unveiling as its colour of the year.... read more

Happy holidays from just-style

23 December 2013 | Leonie Barrie

As 2013 comes to an end, the team here at just-style.com is taking a well-earned break. The office will be closed from 24 December for the annual Christmas and New Year celebrations - but we'll be back at our desks again on 2 January 2014.... read more

Sycamore's union with Jones Group ends speculation

23 December 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Months of speculation over a buyout of The Jones Group came to an end last week when it was confirmed the US clothing and footwear company's new owner will be private equity firm Sycamore Partners.... read more

UPDATE: WORLD: PVH issues ban on angora wool products

18 December 2013 | Katie Smith

PVH Corp, owner of the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, has joined a number of apparel firms in banning the use of angora in all of its products after an investigation by animal rights group PETA exposed "shocking" conditions in the industry.... read more

Pakistan GSP+ could boost exports

16 December 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Pakistan's garment manufacturers are anticipating significant trading benefits after finally being granted preferential access to the European Union under the GSP+ scheme.... read more

Waterless dyeing takes step forward

9 December 2013 | Leonie Barrie

A dyeing process that eliminates water and reduces the use of chemicals is moving towards commercial production, with Nike set to launch sportswear early next year that uses the fabric.... read more

2013: A year in review - Brand winners and losers

9 December 2013 | Lee Adendorff

Increased costs, quality issues, and weakened demand resulted in job cuts and widened losses for certain retailers in 2013. But overseas expansion, the value of domestic manufacturing, and innovative products bolstered others.... read more

H&M takes matters into its own hands

2 December 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Frustrated by slow progress towards the process of implementing fair living wages in the apparel supply chain, Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz has decided to take matters into its own hands.... read more

BANGLADESH: Arson suspected in Standard Garments fire

2 December 2013 | Siddique Islam

A fire that gutted two buildings at one of the largest garment manufacturers in Bangladesh has been blamed on an arson attack - with apparel makers urging the government to catch the culprits within a week.... read more

Interview: John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group

27 November 2013 | Michael Standaert

While many companies may be looking for strategies to exit China as its labour and manufacturing costs rise, that is certainly not the case for Hong Kong-based quality cotton shirt manufacturer Esquel Group. John Cheh, the company's vice chairman and CEO, tells just-style how the group continues to grow, sustain and innovate.... read more

Factory inspections get underway

26 November 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Inspections got underway last week to assess the structural, fire and electrical safety of at least 2,000 garment factories in Bangladesh, after three separate groups agreed on a common set of standards.... read more

The end in sight for Bangladesh pay talks

18 November 2013 | Leonie Barrie

It would finally seem that an end is in sight to the protracted negotiations to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers in Bangladesh.... read more

INDIA: Apparel exports increase 13% in H1

12 November 2013 | Katie Smith

Indian apparel exports grew almost 13% during the six months from April to October, according to figures released this week.... read more

Confusion hangs over Bangladesh's wage talks

11 November 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Confusion and conflict seem to have characterised progress on plans to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers in Bangladesh.... read more

Textile sourcing spotlight shines on Cambodia

4 November 2013 | Leonie Barrie

The sourcing spotlight seems to be shifting to Cambodia's garment industry, which is currently fighting to maintain its competitive edge while tackling a range of labour problems.... read more

Efforts to improve safety in Bangladesh continue

28 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

In the week that marked six months since the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh, attention not surprisingly turned to ongoing efforts to improve garment worker safety - and the progress made so far.... read more

Brands push forward on Bangladesh safety agreements

21 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

There were major developments last week from the two groups of brands and retailers working to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh's garment factories.... read more

TURKEY: Textile Sustainability Conference takes shape

21 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Sessions on the circular economy, re-imagining textile manufacturing, how to verify product claims, cotton sustainability and collaboration are among the highlights at this year's upcoming Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference.... read more

Fabric mill fire fuels puts new spotlight on safety

14 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

The safety of Bangladesh's textile and garment industry has been called into question again after at least seven people were killed last week in a fire at a fabric mill. More than 50 people were also injured in the blaze at Aswad Composite Mills Limited, part of the Palmal Group.... read more

Bangladesh factory list a work in progress

7 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

By its own admission, the data released on nearly 1,600 Bangladesh factories used by signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is still a work in progress.... read more

Production shifts bring potential problems

7 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Details of nearly 1,600 Bangladesh factories used by more than 90 leading fashion retailers and brands were released last week as part of a commitment to improve safety and transparency in the country's garment industry.... read more

EUROPE: Tommy Hilfiger to implement Centric PLM in Europe

1 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel giant PVH Europe has selected Centric Software's product lifecycle management (PLM) solution for all Tommy Hilfiger Europe product divisions - and plans to extend this to its Calvin Klein Europe brands as well.... read more

Balancing cost, compliance and capacity

30 September 2013 | Leonie Barrie

What a lot of difference two years makes to the apparel sourcing landscape. Back in 2011, a survey of chief purchasing officers forecast Bangladesh ready-made garment exports would nearly triple within a decade. But follow-up research suggests the country has lost some of its sheen.... read more

Patagonia faces up to the "elephant in the room"

25 September 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Confronting the "elephant in the room" is all in a day's work for Patagonia - and the outdoor clothing and footwear company's latest campaign is no exception.... read more

Economic recovery buoys apparel production

23 September 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Continuing signs of recovery in Europe, coupled with rising demand across other industrialised nations, is helping global apparel and textile production to year-on-year growth, according to new data.... read more

Factory compensation talks stall

16 September 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Talks last week to try to agree compensation payments for the victims and survivors of two Bangladesh factory disasters failed to reach a decision, with brands and retailers set to meet again in a fortnight to consider their next steps.... read more