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Trump's Christmas gift to China hosiery makers

Some say President Trump's decision to delay the introduction of certain new tariffs until December is a gift to American consumers. David B...

China apparel makers well prepared for trade war

The intensifying trade war between the US and China is proving to be an opportunity for some larger Chinese clothing manufacturing firms who...

US-China tariff war – Apparel hit-list updated

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported...

Personalisation isn't the future – it's now

A shift from traditional mass manufacturing to more agile production with multiple capsule collections and scaled personalised production is...

Latest Interviews

Nirapon's vision for a safer apparel sector in Bangladesh – Interview 24 Jul 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Bangladesh's newest safety monitoring initiative, Nirapon, has come under fire since its launch earlier this year, with much of the criticism around its focus on monitoring rather than overseeing factory remediation, and the fact it doesn't name or shame non-compliant suppliers. But in a candid interview with just-style, CEO Moushumi Khan suggests getting supplier buy-in and encouraging them in the right way to be compliant is a key factor in increasing workplace safety in Bangladeshi garment factories. 


How a converged single audit approach marks the next step in responsible sourcing 28 Jun 2019

Hannah Abdulla

An overhaul of the auditing process on factory safety and working conditions is long overdue – and a new initiative launched this month could offer the solution. The Social & Labour Convergence Programme's Converged Assessment Framework enables apparel brands and retailers to align collectively around one standard, reduce the amount of money spent on duplicated auditing, and instead free up resources to improve efficiency and factory working conditions. SLCP executive director Janet Mensink, and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, tell just-style more.

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Global fashion firms commit to new sustainability pact 23 Aug 19

Beth Wright

Thirty-two of the world's leading fashion and textile companies – including Adidas, H&M, Inditex, Fung Group, Nike and Gap – have joined a new coalition that has pledged to set practical steps to reduce the environmental impact of the apparel industry.


Gap works to mitigate tariff threat as Q2 profit tumbles 23 Aug 19

Beth Wright

US specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc has reported another fall in comparable sales for the second quarter with negative results across nearly all segments of the business – and says it continues to closely monitor tariff discussions with contingency plans in place ahead of the upcoming List 4 tariffs.


Zara launches first denim line made from repurposed jeans 23 Aug 19

Beth Wright

Fast fashion chain Zara has launched its first collection made from post-consumer denim and revealed plans to scale up its repurposing efforts in the future. 


Unions enlighten Ethiopia on collective bargaining 23 Aug 19

Beth Wright

Representatives from garment unions in South Africa and Ethiopia have met in Cape Town this month to share social dialogue and collective bargaining strategies that could bolster the living wage campaign in Ethiopia. 


Laura Ashley swings to FY loss 23 Aug 19

Beth Wright

UK fashion and homewares retailer Laura Ashley says it continues to invest in its website after blaming a re-platforming exercise as one of the reasons behind a year-on-year drop in profit.


Columbia Sportswear expands global headquarters 23 Aug 19

Hannah Abdulla

Outdoor apparel and products company Columbia Sportswear is expanding its headquarters campus in Washington County, Oregon to give it more space to innovate, design and collaborate to create "high-quality products for active people."

Latest blogs

How brands are mitigating the potential impact of new China tariffs 12 Aug 19

Beth Wright

US apparel brands and retailers may be caught between higher costs and raising prices when it comes to navigating an extra 10% tariff on clothing and footwear imported from China from the beginning of next month – but analysts suggest some are managing to mitigate the potential impacts.


Looming US tariffs on China apparel 5 Aug 19

Leonie Barrie

US fashion and footwear brands, retailers and importers were rocked last week after a surprise tweet from US President Donald Trump announced that a punitive 10% tariff will be imposed on $300bn worth of US imports from China – including all textiles, apparel and footwear – from 1 September. 

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