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The advantages and challenges of local sourcing

Delayed shipments, rising labour costs, quality claims and compliance issues are just some of the challenges facing sourcing managers. Add i...

NAFTA renegotiation – Key textile & apparel issues

As the United States, Canada and Mexico prepare to begin formal talks to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NA...

A tale of 3 countries – Vietnam, India, Bangladesh

Things are no longer going well for Bangladesh when it comes to US garment imports, writes David Birnbaum, as he takes a closer look at why...

Vietnam backpack undercuts AFFOA's US-made message

With all of the change in today's textile industry, many ask what the future will hold for fabric design and innovation. Will today's fabric...

Latest Interviews

Clarks manufacturing for faster future – Interview 11 Jul 2017

Michelle Russell

With a history in shoemaking that goes back almost 200 years, footwear giant Clarks is about to take a step into the future with a new model to bring innovative shoe manufacturing back to the UK. CEO Mike Shearwood and sourcing director Antony Perillo spoke to just-style about the company's multi-million pound investment to slash lead times and bring more agility to its sourcing portfolio.


How C&A Foundation is trying to transform fashion 27 Jun 2017

Michelle Russell

Driven by concerns the fashion industry isn't working to improve the lives of the 150 million people who make our clothes, the C&A Foundation is tasked with the single goal of making it a force for good. Here executive director Leslie Johnston tells just-style how the corporate foundation affiliated with global fashion retailer C&A is trying to be the catalyst that transforms the sector to be both sustainable and responsible.

Latest News

India leather producers face new regulatory threat 20 Jul 17

Raghavendra Verma

Leather exporters in the north Indian production hub of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh are facing closure of their tanneries over environmental concerns – on top of existing challenges that include trying to overcome the shortage of raw hides and loss of business to Brazilian companies.


Egypt inks EUR1.5m deal to lift cotton added value 20 Jul 17

Hannah Abdulla

The Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry has agreed a EUR1.5m (US$1.72m) project with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Italian Development Cooperation (AICS) to boost the value of its cotton.


US sets out NAFTA negotiating stance for textiles 19 Jul 17

Leonie Barrie

The United States has set out its goals for the upcoming talks to renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico – with a focus on reducing the trade deficit with Canada and Mexico, and bringing more manufacturing jobs back to the United States.


Solid, sustainable growth "key" to Inditex future 19 Jul 17

Beth Wright

Inditex has hailed the strengthening of the group's commitment to sustainability along the value chain in 2016, with chairman and CEO Pablo Isla highlighting "solid, sustainable, and integrated growth" as key to the future of Inditex.


Coats and Permess partner on garment interlinings 18 Jul 17

Michelle Russell

Industrial thread maker Coats has partnered with high-end interlinings firm Permess to produce a comprehensive co-branded range of interlinings for all segments of the garment industry.


Fruit of the Loom joins Sustainability Consortium 18 Jul 17

Beth Wright

Athletic apparel and intimates manufacturer Fruit of the Loom has joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) as part of its commitment to help improve the environmental, social and economic performance of the textile value chain.

Latest blogs

The rise and fall of Bangladesh? 17 Jul 17

Leonie Barrie

The rise of Bangladesh's garment export industry has been nothing less than spectacular – and until recently it seemed that nothing could stop its growth.


Calls for boiler inspections in Bangladesh 10 Jul 17

Leonie Barrie

Labour rights groups are calling for garment factory safety inspections to be expanded to cover boilers, after a blast at the Multifabs facility in Bangladesh last week killed at least 11 people.

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