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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."


Major brands urge Trump to pull footwear from tariff list 30 May 2019

Hannah Abdulla

A coalition of 173 US footwear brands, including Nike and Adidas, is urging US President Donald Trump to remove footwear from the proposed tariffs list on goods imported from China, saying it would be "catastrophic" for companies, consumers and the American economy as a whole.


Trump moves forward on tariff threats 20 May 2019

Beth Wright

The ongoing tariff war between the US and China took another turn last week in a move US apparel and footwear retailers and importers have been dreading, as the Trump administration moved forward on threats to impose a 25% tariff on nearly all Chinese exports to the United States.


US-China trade war takes a turn for the worse 13 May 2019

Leonie Barrie

Just as it seemed the ongoing US-China trade war was heading into the final round of talks, US President Donald Trump last week escalated the dispute by hiking tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese exports – and threatening to extend the tariffs to cover all US imports from China. Tariffs on the targeted exports increased from 10% to 25% on Friday 10 May.


Primark defends position over unfair dismissal allegations in Bangladesh 7 May 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Value fashion retailer Primark has defended its position following allegations that workers at its supplier factories in Bangladesh were dismissed for taking part in protests over low wages – and says it will compensate workers whose contracts were terminated unfairly.


Reflecting on Rana Plaza 29 Apr 2019

Leonie Barrie

Last week marked the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh – with just-style taking a step-by-step look at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry.


Bangladesh Supreme Court delays Accord decision, again 15 Apr 2019

Hannah Abdulla

For the seventh time the Supreme Court of Bangladesh has delayed its decision on the future operation of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in the country – with the court hearing now set to take place on 19 May.


New just-style magazine launches 8 Apr 2019

Leonie Barrie

We stepped into an exciting new chapter at just-style last week, with the launch of the first issue of just-style magazine. Each quarter this new, free digital publication will explore major topics that are top-of-mind for today’s apparel industry executives, plus regular sections on key market developments, sourcing strategy, new technologies and sustainability.


Indonesia pushes Industry 4.0 onto clothing sector 1 Apr 2019

Beth Wright

Industry 4.0 technologies have been hailed as the key to creating truly smart factories in Indonesia's apparel sector, with the country rolling out an ambitious plan to digitalise the industry as part of its bid to make the world's top five textile and apparel producers by 2030. Making Indonesia 4.0 encourages the county's growing apparel sector to adopt new technologies such as virtual reality, 3D design, automation and using the Internet of Things.


Sustainability in supply chains remains front of mind for industry 27 Mar 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Environmental and social responsibility in garment and footwear supply chains remains front of mind for the industry.


The price of US imports from China continues to fall 19 Mar 2019

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 2019

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%.


How Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change 4 Mar 2019

Beth Wright

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 and is now engaging in one of its most ambitious plans to date, with a target to cut carbon emissions across its supply chain by 40% by 2025. "At this point, that is the most aggressive target in the industry, we believe, in terms of both the magnitude and the timeframe," Kobori tells just-style.


British MPs call for laws to tackle fast fashion 25 Feb 2019

Hannah Abdulla

The UK government is being urged to introduce legislation that requires fashion brands and retailers to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains and take more responsibility for the environmental impact of their businesses. 


Cambodia facing trade benefits suspension 18 Feb 2019

Beth Wright

The European Union has officially started the process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The move follows a warning toCambodia in Octoberthat without clear and demonstrable improvements to its human rights situation there would be asuspension of trade preferences. Not surprisingly, the news has disappointedthe Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), which sayssuch a movewould jeopardise the country's efforts to build a responsible apparel supply chain.


US imports hit by earlier stockpiling efforts 11 Feb 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Latest figures have revealed a fall in US apparel import volumes from nine of the top ten supplier countries in November. China, its biggest apparel supplier, booked flat growth. The picture was hugely different from the previous month where all ten showed positive growth for imports into the US, suggesting retailers were stockpiling earlier to get ahead of the holiday period, as well as bringing in spring merchandise, in a bid to beat a potential increase in tariffs on goods from China.


Hemp apparel – hype or opportunity? 4 Feb 2019

Leonie Barrie

With products derived from hemp making their presence felt in a range of industries, from food and drinks to medicines, we've looked at potential applications in clothing – and issues for the supply chain.


TexOps restructure and the quest to get ahead 28 Jan 2019

Beth Wright

Salvadoran sportswear maquila TexOps is navigating a painful restructuring, with owner David Ha putting the brakes on expansion. "We are going back to basics,” the Korean entrepreneur tells just-style in an exclusive interview, revealing how the firm is strategising ahead to get ready for what is coming. This, he says, includes an increase in US labels shifting sourcing south of the border as Trump's trade war with China escalates.


Brexit deal rejection worries apparel industry 21 Jan 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Last week's rejection of Theresa May's proposed UK-EU Brexit deal by MPs saw chatter spike among industry execs who say a No-Deal Brexit could be problematic for the sector given its heavy reliance on overseas talent


US trade updates out of date 15 Jan 2019

Leonie Barrie

Apparel and textile industry executives are among those being deprived of key trade and economic data amid the ongoing US government shutdown – at a time when trade tensions between the US and China mean that having access to the most up-to-date statistics is more important than ever.


2019 off to a positive start 7 Jan 2019

Leonie Barrie

Getting 2019 off to a positive start, it seems US apparel retailers saw some holiday cheer, with strong sales momentum that started during the back-to-school season carrying on to Christmas.


UN sets new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action 18 Dec 2018

Leonie Barrie

43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing the UN’s new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.


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