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5 key trends in world textile and apparel trade

Based on an analysis of the latest World Trade Organization (WTO) data, this article identifies five key trends in world textile and apparel...

The CSR risk in Chinese overseas garment factories

Research into the corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts of China’s textile and garment enterprises as they expand overseas has uncov...

Why speed is a new currency for Li & Fung

Changing mindsets and challenging the status quo are key to building fast and smart supply chains, according to Paul Fowler, chief informati...

Unravelling the Indian garment export anomaly

How is it possible that an industry that, for all practical purposes, is dominated by a single season can become one of the world's largest...

Latest Interviews

Esquel CEO emphasises efficiency and sustainability 28 Nov 2017

Wang Fangqing

A leading and long-term supplier to global names such as Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Hugo Boss, Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturer Esquel Group is testing a new territory as it broadens its sustainable horizons, as vice chairman and CEO John Cheh explains.


Why Primark is working to do "the right thing" – Interview 31 Oct 2017

Michelle Russell

Unlike many other major apparel firms, value fashion chain Primark chooses not to openly set targets for its sustainability and ethical commitments, but instead "just get on and do it," as Katharine Stewart, Primark's director of ethical trade, tells just-style. Yet in recent years the retailer has started to open up about its work to engage more closely with its supply chain: in particular, turning its focus to ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably.

Latest News

Ethiopia inaugurates two new industrial parks 14 Dec 17

Michelle Russell

Ethiopia will inaugurate two new industrial parks this month, representing an investment of US$315m, as part of the government's long-term vision to become a world-leading apparel and textile hub.


Mauritius garment workers win new minimum wage 14 Dec 17

Michelle Russell

The Mauritian Government has approved a new minimum wage package, which unions say will mean a significant increase for many workers, particularly those in the textile sector.


M&S partners on improving Bangladesh RMG worker health 13 Dec 17

Beth Wright

Retailer Marks & Spencer has joined forces with global confederation Care International to create a sustainable and scalable model to address the health and social needs of the more than 4m female garment workers in Bangladesh.


Timberland ups responsibly sourced cotton use 13 Dec 17

Beth Wright

Timberland increased the use of organic, US-origin and Better Cotton in its products in the third quarter, the US outdoor apparel and footwear giant has said, as it outlined its latest sustainability achievements. 


US groups urge passage of tariff bill by year-end 13 Dec 17

Leonie Barrie

A diverse group of more than 200 American companies and organisations is urging Congress to approve a bill before the end of the year that would temporarily reduce or suspend duties on certain raw material imports.


New Cotton Portal to enhance trading transparency 12 Dec 17

Michelle Russell

A new online platform has been launched to provide market intelligence for cotton products and help cotton producers, traders and policymakers to better harness opportunities in the sector.

Latest blogs

just-style market research sale 11 Dec 17

Leonie Barrie

Are you planning for the year ahead and beyond? Well this week we’re offering great deals on some of our market research...


Gearing up for the holiday shopping season 11 Dec 17

Leonie Barrie

The volume of US apparel imports saw an increase in October on the prior year as retailers geared up for the holiday shopping season. Bangladesh booked the second highest growth behind India, reversing four consecutive months of declines.

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