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Apparel supply concerns hit as coronavirus impact builds 17 Feb 2020

Michelle Russell

Novel coronavirus (now officially named 2019-nCo) is continuing to shake up China’s supply chain. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 17 February 2020 there have been 71,329 confirmed cases in 26 countries – with by far the majority (70,635) in China.


China coronavirus impact continues to evolve 10 Feb 2020

Leonie Barrie

Top stories on just-style last week were again dominated by the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, with a look at what it means for US apparel and retail, how it could impact China's polyester production, and concerns regarding cargo capacity and delays.


Coronavirus and its impact on fashion supply chains 3 Feb 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The world economy in general, and the apparel industry in particular, depend on hugely complex, globalised, supply chains. So what are the consequences of the new 'Wuhan novel coronavirus'? And what is the potential impact of the coronavirus on global fashion retailers and their supply chains?


US-China trade deal brings limited benefits for apparel firms 27 Jan 2020

Beth Wright

The 'Phase One' trade agreement signed between the US and China is a step in the right direction, but offers little relief to apparel firms in the ongoing trade conflict.


US apparel imports down four months in a row 13 Jan 2020

Leonie Barrie

The volume of US apparel imports fell for the fourth consecutive month in November, with a 20% drop in shipments from largest supplier China. The figures suggest early stockpiling in the run-up to the holiday period as retailers moved to bring in merchandise ahead of new tariffs.


Global apparel prices on the rise 23 Dec 2019

Leonie Barrie

One effect of the US-China trade war is the rising price of apparel imports – not just from China, but the rest of the world too. 


Progress on trade deals welcomed 19 Dec 2019

Michelle Russell

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a Phase One trade deal in a move that will delay new tariffs that were due to take effect over the weekend and halve the rates currently imposed on most apparel and textile products imported from China.


Slowing economic growth weighs on 2020 sentiment 3 Dec 2019

Leonie Barrie

As we move into the final month of the year, it’s not surprising that anxiety and concern appears to be the prevailing mood across the fashion sector for 2020. A new report offers the ten trends set to shape the industry during the course of the year.


Sustainability is fast fashion’s Achilles heel 26 Nov 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Two aspects of sustainability – environmental impact and worker well-being – are often buried under greenwashed marketing and feel-good statistics; the seeds of where fast fashion's demise have taken root.


Vietnam's textile-garment plan hits hurdles 19 Nov 2019

Michelle Russell

domestically-made textile inputs remains a major problem that continues to hinder clothing manufacturers in the country.


Levi Strauss leads on green supply chain in China 4 Nov 2019

Beth Wright

Sustainability remains top of mind for the industry with Levi Strauss, Adidas and C&A ranked amongst the leading brands to have made progress in environmental supply chain management in China over the last year, with the apparel sector one of the most active industries when it comes to taking action.


UK clothing exports to US to be hit by further 25% duties 28 Oct 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Cashmere jumpers, anoraks and swimwear made in the UK and exported to the US are among products being hit by an extra 25% tariff as part of the ongoing dispute between the US and the EU over aircraft subsidies.


New US trade trends taking shape? 14 Oct 2019

Leonie Barrie

In a reversal of trends seen in July, the three Central American countries that are the largest suppliers of clothing to the US – Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras – saw a dramatic fall in shipments in August.


Weaving a new vision for US denim 7 Oct 2019

Beth Wright

The closure of the last US selvedge denim mill two years ago might have marked the end of an era. But thanks to the vision of Daniel Feibus and his team, the original looms have found a new home at Vidalia Mills as part of plans to build a cutting-edge, transparent and sustainable denim manufacturing chain in the United States.


New B2B marketplace connects suppliers and retailers 3 Oct 2019

Michelle Russell

A B2B fashion marketplace has launched that aims to help retailers find innovative styles at competitive prices from the best suppliers in the business, while helping sellers expand their reach and increase sales.


Are low-labour rate countries being victimised by their customers? 30 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

There is a common belief that low-labour-rate countries are forever being victimised by their customers, who force the factories to accept unacceptably low FOB (free on board) prices. An analysis from just-style suggests this has never made sense, less so now than ever before.


Rwanda gearing up for a slice of sourcing action 24 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world's next big destination for textile and fashion production. But another East African country – Rwanda – is also gearing up for a slice of the action, with the country's newest export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time.


Forced labour links to China raw materials 16 Sep 2019

Leonie Barrie

New research suggests all supply chains linked to China are at risk of having an association with forced labour, since raw materials such as cotton produced in the Xinjiang region – notorious for its links to ongoing human rights abuses – are being used in manufacturing in other countries.


Central America leads US apparel imports surge 9 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

The volume of apparel imported into the US saw a double-digit growth surge month-on-month in July as retailers stocked up for the back-to-school season and rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of scheduled tariff hikes. Growth in shipment volumes from El Salvador and Honduras was highest during the month, with China also booking double-digit gains but Bangladesh seeing a decline.


US and China follow through on tariff threat 2 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

The US and China have both gone ahead with threats to impose new levies on another tranche of imports – with the US move meaning around US$31bn in textile, apparel and home textile products from China are now subject to an additional tariff of 15%. 


US-China tariff turmoil continues 27 Aug 2019

Leonie Barrie

Ongoing US-China tariff turmoil continued to dominate just-style last week, culminating in President Trump tweeting that new tariffs due to take effect in September and December on Chinese imports – including all clothing and footwear – will now start at 15%. 


How brands are mitigating the potential impact of new China tariffs 12 Aug 2019

Beth Wright

US apparel brands and retailers may be caught between higher costs and raising prices when it comes to navigating an extra 10% tariff on clothing and footwear imported from China from the beginning of next month – but analysts suggest some are managing to mitigate the potential impacts.


Looming US tariffs on China apparel 5 Aug 2019

Leonie Barrie

US fashion and footwear brands, retailers and importers were rocked last week after a surprise tweet from US President Donald Trump announced that a punitive 10% tariff will be imposed on $300bn worth of US imports from China – including all textiles, apparel and footwear – from 1 September. 


Where in the world is worst for worker rights? 15 Jul 2019

Leonie Barrie

An annual survey of violations of human and trade union rights ranks key apparel producing nations including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, the Philippines and Turkey among the ten worst countries in the world for worker rights.


US imports from Bangladesh and Cambodia jump in May 8 Jul 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Bangladesh and Cambodia both enjoyed a boost in apparel shipments to the US during May – at around the same time US President Donald Trump said he was mulling a tariff hike on all incoming Chinese goods, suggesting retailers and brands are moving forward with plans to cut back on how much product they source from the Southeast Asian giant.


The next step in responsible sourcing 1 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

An overhaul of the auditing process on factory safety and working conditions is long overdue – and a new initiative could offer the solution. The Social & Labour Convergence Program's Converged Assessment Framework enables apparel brands and retailers to leverage one set of verified social and labour data, reduce the amount of money spent on duplicated auditing, and instead free up resources to improve efficiency and factory working conditions. SLCP executive director Janet Mensink, and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, tell just-style more.


UK government “out of step" on fashion regulation 24 Jun 2019

Leonie Barrie

“Not good enough” and “out of step with the public” are among responses to the UK government’s plan to tackle the growing environmental footprint of the fashion industry – and its apparent rejection of recommendations set out by the Environmental Audit Committee earlier this year.


Trump drops Mexico tariffs amid deal on migration 17 Jun 2019

Hannah Abdulla

US President Donald Trump has "indefinitely suspended" the recently proposed tariff hike on Mexican imports after the two parties reached a signed agreement.


New project to benefit garment workers in Ethiopia 10 Jun 2019

Beth Wright

The growing interest of international brands to source garments from Ethiopia provides an opportunity to develop the sector in a sustainable way, the founders of a new project in the country say. Launched last week, the new EU-funded project, Bottom Up, is designed to benefit some 2,000 cotton farmers, 2,200 rural workers, and 17,000 garment workers in Ethiopia by creating a sustainable, transparent and inclusive value chain.


Mexico tariff move "unfathomable" and "concerning" 3 Jun 2019

Leonie Barrie

In a surprise move late last week, the US announced new tariffs on all imports from Mexico – starting next Monday (10 June). The tariffs are in response to the flow of migrants crossing from Mexico into America, and will begin at 5%, rising to 25% by 1 October. Groups representing companies across the entire US apparel, footwear and textile supply chain have criticised the decision as "unfathomable."


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