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Africa faces challenges in reaching full potential

Speakers and exhibitors at the recent Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week are optimistic at the continent's capability in the textile and appar...

New NAFTA 2.0 – The devil is in the detail

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – also dubbed NAFTA 2.0 – has finally been agreed, but what does it mean for apparel s...

Combatting endemic challenges in factory safety

The Bangladesh experience represents a model for what factory safety reform might look like in other low-resource contexts. But now is a cri...

Moving further and faster on closed loop clothing

There’s a lot of talk about the potential benefits of developing a closed loop or circular economy as a long-term solution to the environmen...

Latest Interviews

C&A Foundation sets out vision for circular fashion – Interview 20 Sep 2018

Beth Wright

One year into his role as head of circular fashion at the C&A Foundation, Douwe Jan Joustra is leading discussions on how to create the conditions for change in the entire fashion system. His main aim is to see retailers adopt new business models, transitioning into "service providers" where fashion will be offered as a service for customers, not consumers – an idea he will share at next month's IAF World Fashion Convention.


How TAL Apparel is rebalancing for growth – CEO Interview 22 Aug 2018

Leonie Barrie

By his own admission, Roger Lee, CEO at Hong Kong based apparel giant TAL Group, is an optimist. And it's a trait that has stood him – and the 70-year-old company he leads – in good stead in recent years as he focuses and rebalances the business for future growth.

Latest News

US fibre producers file trade petition against China, India 19 Oct 18

Michelle Russell

Two major US synthetic yarn producers have filed petitions alleging dumped and subsidised imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India are causing material injury to the domestic industry.


Researchers develop AI-backed textile quality control system 19 Oct 18

Michelle Russell

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed an intelligent fabric defect detection system that uses advanced technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning.


Top stories this week on just-style... 19 Oct 18

Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style this week include H&M hitting back at claims it "unnecessarily incinerated around 100,000 pieces of clothing", a look at how nimble new players are building a smart future for fashion, and speakers at the recent Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week are optimistic at the continent's capability in the textile and apparel sector.


Wrangler to fund sustainable cotton programme for farmers 19 Oct 18

Beth Wright

US jeans brand Wrangler has committed to a demonstration farm training programme to support cotton farmers dedicated to advancing sustainable agriculture practices.


US$30m funding to scale up "natural silk" coating 18 Oct 18

Hannah Abdulla

A Massachusetts, US-based natural chemistry company has closed a $30m investment round that will be used to scale up production of its Liquid Silk product, which replaces synthetic finishing chemicals.


Coats opens first of three global innovation hubs 18 Oct 18

Michelle Russell

Coats has opened the first of three innovations hubs planned by the industrial thread manufacturer for collaboration with customers, brands, suppliers, universities and start-ups.

Latest blogs

Apparel sourcing rules under NAFTA 2.0 15 Oct 18

Leonie Barrie

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – also dubbed NAFTA 2.0 – has finally been agreed, but what does it mean for apparel sourcing? Here we take a close look at the new apparel-specific rules of origin.


Trade tremours continue to reverberate 8 Oct 18

Leonie Barrie

Following more than a year of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico have reached agreement on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new deal has been largely welcomed by apparel industry executives in the three countries.

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