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C&A increasing transparency with supplier ratings

Fashion retail chain C&A has expanded the disclosure of its supplier production and, for the first time, published supplier ratings as it lo...

What Arket reveals about H&M's new direction

H&M’s new Arket concept is quite unlike anything previously seen from the retailer. Rather than adopt a faster sourcing strategy, the compan...

Change or die – a stark message for supply chains

The old guard of the United States apparel and footwear industries better wise up to changes occurring all along the supply chain if they wa...

RCEP and its impact on textile and apparel trade

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has the potential to be one of the most significant mega-FTAs in the world, both econ...

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Ethiopia sets its sights on $30bn apparel exports 3 May 2017

Leonie Barrie

Ethiopia is raising the bar on its garment and textile ambitions, targeting exports worth $30bn by 2025: a huge goal for a country whose annual shipments currently sit at just $115m. Speaking for the first time about the plans, Dr Arkebe Oqubay, a minister and special advisor to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, shares with just-style the "bold vision" he believes will transform this East African nation into a compelling new sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.


How KiK is raising the bar on working conditions 11 Apr 2017

Leonie Barrie

After garments made for KiK were found at each of the factories involved in the apparel industry’s biggest tragedies, the low-cost German clothing chain is on a mission to raise the bar on working conditions within its supply chain. Recent developments include legally binding audits at supplier factories, and the extension of building safety assessments to Pakistan, as Ansgar Lohmann, head of KiK’s Corporate Social Responsibility department, explains.

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Made in Britain demand growing as exports climb 23 Jun 17

Michelle Russell

Britain’s manufacturers are continuing to see a demand for ‘Made in Britain’ goods, new figures show, with growth recorded across all sectors in the UK.


Cone Denim launches sustainable stretch yarn tech 23 Jun 17

Beth Wright

US textile major Cone Denim is bringing sustainability to stretch with the launch of a new dual-core stretch yarn technology to mark the tenth anniversary of S Gene, and its commitment to developing denims using 100% recycled polyester content.


Innovation key to driving US jeans market growth 23 Jun 17

Michelle Russell

The US women’s and men’s jeans market has rebounded from recent challenging times, but retailers will need to continue innovating if they are to drive the market further forward, new figures show.


Menswear market a growing opportunity for retailer 23 Jun 17

Michelle Russell

The global menswear market is largely being ignored by retailers, despite its rate of growth, new figures show.


US Q1 in brief – The Finish Line, J Crew 23 Jun 17

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, G-III Apparel moved to a loss on acquisition charges, while Guess saw earnings fall on soft Americas sales. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. 


Top stories this week on just-style... 23 Jun 17

Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the ten worst countries in the world for working people, Amazon's new "try before you buy, and only pay for what you keep" service, why H&M's new Arket concept is quite unlike anything previously seen from the retailer, and the US launches a review of the eligibility of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda to continue to receive benefits under AGOA.

Latest blogs

Digital pieces of the fashion supply chain take shape 12 Jun 17

Leonie Barrie

The digital pieces of the fashion supply chain puzzle are starting to come together, according to executives at the recent Texprocess apparel technology trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.


Latest supply chain leaders? 5 Jun 17

Leonie Barrie

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M, Zara brand owner Inditex, and sportswear giant Nike are not only among the world's leading brands, they also have some of the best supply chains too, according to a new review.

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