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5 key trends in world textile and apparel trade

Based on an analysis of the latest World Trade Organization (WTO) data, this article identifies five key trends in world textile and apparel...

The CSR risk in Chinese overseas garment factories

Research into the corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts of China’s textile and garment enterprises as they expand overseas has uncov...

Trade Tracker – Farewell Brexit, what's next?

Last week, the UK announced that Britain would – for at least the foreseeable future – remain within the EU-dominated European Single Market...

Why speed is a new currency for Li & Fung

Changing mindsets and challenging the status quo are key to building fast and smart supply chains, according to Paul Fowler, chief informati...

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Esquel CEO emphasises efficiency and sustainability 28 Nov 2017

Wang Fangqing

A leading and long-term supplier to global names such as Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Hugo Boss, Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturer Esquel Group is testing a new territory as it broadens its sustainable horizons, as vice chairman and CEO John Cheh explains.


Why Primark is working to do "the right thing" – Interview 31 Oct 2017

Michelle Russell

Unlike many other major apparel firms, value fashion chain Primark chooses not to openly set targets for its sustainability and ethical commitments, but instead "just get on and do it," as Katharine Stewart, Primark's director of ethical trade, tells just-style. Yet in recent years the retailer has started to open up about its work to engage more closely with its supply chain: in particular, turning its focus to ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably.

Latest News

Ethiopia inaugurates two new industrial parks 14 Dec 17

Michelle Russell

Ethiopia will inaugurate two new industrial parks this month, representing an investment of US$315m, as part of the government's long-term vision to become a world-leading apparel and textile hub.


Sports Direct shares tumble as H1 profit plummets 67.3%  14 Dec 17

Beth Wright

Shares in Sports Direct International were down 9.6% this morning (14 December) as profit more than halved in the UK sportswear retailer's first six months of the year, despite what chief executive Mike Ashley said was a "spectacular trading performance".


M&S partners on improving Bangladesh RMG worker health 13 Dec 17

Beth Wright

Retailer Marks & Spencer has joined forces with global confederation Care International to create a sustainable and scalable model to address the health and social needs of the more than 4m female garment workers in Bangladesh.


Timberland ups responsibly sourced cotton use 13 Dec 17

Beth Wright

Timberland increased the use of organic, US-origin and Better Cotton in its products in the third quarter, the US outdoor apparel and footwear giant has said, as it outlined its latest sustainability achievements. 


Myanmar project to boost garment sector welfare 13 Dec 17

Michelle Russell

A new three-year project has launched in Myanmar with the aim of improving the work environment in the country's garment sector through the generation of more decent jobs, sustainable value addition, improved productivity and social dialogue.


Bangladesh garment worker training centre plays key role 13 Dec 17

Leonie Barrie

A centre of excellence that provides training for Bangladesh apparel workers is not only helping the country remain among the world’s top ready-made garment (RMG) exporters but also has an important role to play in developing skills for the future.

Latest blogs

just-style market research sale 11 Dec 17

Leonie Barrie

Are you planning for the year ahead and beyond? Well this week we’re offering great deals on some of our market research...


Gearing up for the holiday shopping season 11 Dec 17

Leonie Barrie

The volume of US apparel imports saw an increase in October on the prior year as retailers geared up for the holiday shopping season. Bangladesh booked the second highest growth behind India, reversing four consecutive months of declines.

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