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How slowing global economic growth affects apparel

Globalisation has given apparel a good ride. But at what cost? asks Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, as he looks at how the i...

China's eco-tax reins in polluting textile makers

The introduction of an environmental protection tax in China just over a year ago has pushed up the price of textiles produced in the countr...

Green factories help bolster Bangladesh reputation

The Rana Plaza tragedy pushed Bangladesh’s US$30bn clothing industry into making health and safety improvements to reassure brands they woul...

Why fashion needs a business-model revamp

A new paper from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) supports growing views that business corporate social responsibility programmes are no...

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Denim doesn't have to be the bad guy – how Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change 1 Mar 2019

Hannah Abdulla

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability, or lack of it. But change is nigh, promises Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. The company recently expanded its Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) programme to four countries in Asia, which has so far delivered 20% savings in water and energy consumption for six key vendors. Next on the agenda is a new target to reach 40% savings by 2025.


VF has a vision for circular supply chains – it just needs them to scale up 1 Feb 2019

Beth Wright

More than a year into its new global sustainability and responsibility strategy, apparel giant VF Corp is helping to drive efforts to lead large scale commercialisation of circular business models. But as Anna Maria Rugarli, senior director of sustainability and responsibility for EMEA at VF International, explains, the current supply chain still lacks many of the key links needed to make circularity work.

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Digital focus helps drive Nike's Q3 growth 22 Mar 19

Leonie Barrie

Nike Inc’s focus on driving speed, innovation and digitisation across its business – its so-called Triple Double strategy – has helped the US sporting goods giant to strong growth during the third quarter.


Sri Lanka sets sights on ambitious apparel export growth 22 Mar 19

Poorna Rodrigo

Sri Lanka is eyeing annual clothing exports of US$8bn by 2025 after passing the US$5bn milestone in 2018 – a move seen as especially significant for the country because it has been achieved while maintaining an "ethical and reliable brand."


Top stories this week on just-style... 22 Mar 19

Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style this week were dominated by China, with a look at the impact of an environmental protection tax on the country's textile production, and an Op-Ed from Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), on the consequences of President Trump's "flawed" trade strategy. Meanwhile, the United Nations has officially launched the 'UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion,' and a new tool is being developed to enable greater traceability in garment supply chains.


Bangladesh seeks duty benefit on US cotton garments 21 Mar 19

Hannah Abdulla

Bangladesh is seeking duty relief on garments made using US cotton, promising to import larger amounts of cotton should it be successful in its bid.


New guidance tackles forced labour in cotton sourcing 21 Mar 19

Beth Wright

The Responsible Sourcing Network has published two new documents that help establish an industry-wide approach to identify and address forced labour in cotton sourcing.


New Lectra Innovation Lab to rethink fashion value chain 21 Mar 19

Beth Wright

Technology specialist Lectra has opened a new Innovation Lab as part of a bid to rethink the entire value chain of the fashion industry.

Latest blogs

The price of US imports from China continues to fall 19 Mar 19

Leonie Barrie

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to dominate US apparel imports – with import volume rising and prices continuing to fall again last year.


Outlook for UK retailers looks bleak 11 Mar 19

Hannah Abdulla

The outlook for UK retailers continues to look bleak. UK department store John Lewis blamed a "challenging" retail backdrop for a more than 45% drop in full-year profits to GBP160m. It was a similar story for rival Debenhams, which issued a warning on full-year profits based on poor sales performance. In an update, the retailer said for the 18 weeks to 5 January, gross transaction value fell 5.6% and like-for-like sales were down 5.7%.

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