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Hong Kong sustainability scoop 13 Aug 2018

Leonie Barrie

We led on just-style last week with a world exclusive scoop on a number of new projects being unveiled in Hong Kong next month – including the first mill being set up in the territory in more than half a century to produce recycled yarn from post-consumer apparel.


Spotlight on Central America sourcing 6 Aug 2018

Leonie Barrie

A worsening political and social crisis in Nicaragua is having a spillover effect in Central America, where the spectre of rising violence in Guatemala and El Salvador is threatening to undermine apparel sourcing and investment in the region.


Trump trade war may hit garment prices 30 Jul 2018

Leonie Barrie

With US president Donald Trump now threatening to impose tariffs on all US$500bn of goods imported from China, the upcoming trade war will undoubtedly hit garments. But replacing China means replacing around 42% of all US apparel imports – and is likely to have an inflationary impact on FOB prices.


New re:source online strategic planning tool launched 23 Jul 2018

Leonie Barrie

Today marks an exciting milestone in just-style’s nearly 20-year history, with the official launch of our new re:source online strategic planning tool.


Higher worker wages – who pays? 2 Jul 2018

Leonie Barrie

There continues to be a disconnect between buying departments and compliance teams when it comes to costing labour in price negotiations. So who should pay for a minimum wage increase?


Trump tariff dispute rumbles on 26 Jun 2018

Michelle Russell

The US has escalated its trade threats to China after President Donald Trump said he is considering tariffs on an additional $200bn of Chinese goods if China "refuses to change its practices."


Trump spares textile machinery in tariff spat 19 Jun 2018

Leonie Barrie

Hundreds of US imports from China will be hit with an additional 25% tariff from next month – but to the relief of the US textile, apparel and footwear industry, most of the equipment used in the domestic manufacturing of these products has been removed from the list of products.


Esquel's eco-friendly manufacturing complex 11 Jun 2018

Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong-based Esquel Group, the world's largest woven shirt maker, has been bedding-in operations at a ground-breaking new $313.3m eco-friendly manufacturing complex in southern China.


Tariffs back at top of Trump's trade agenda 4 Jun 2018

Leonie Barrie

Tariffs soared back to the top of Trump's trade agenda last week, with the imposition of punitive tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium, and plans to proceed with an additional 25% tariff on imports from China.


Digitalisation goalposts constantly evolving 29 May 2018

Leonie Barrie

The debate and discussion around digitalisation continues to top the apparel industry’s agenda – but as Spencer Fung, group CEO of Li & Fung explains, the goalposts are constantly evolving.


The disruption of digitisation 21 May 2018

Leonie Barrie

There's currently a lot of talk about how the digitisation of key processes along the clothing supply chain can bring benefits ranging from faster decision-making to improved efficiency, transparency and compliance. At Helly Hansen and VF Corporation, digitising the quality process is disrupting the traditional concept of quality control – and paving the way for a move from inspection towards in-process quality management.


US retailers stock up amid tariff threat 14 May 2018

Leonie Barrie

Apparel imports into the US took a tumble in March, with double-digit declines from three of the top ten supplier countries. While the results reflect Lunar New Year factory shutdowns in Asia, China – the US's largest clothing provider – still managed to book growth for the month.


Uncertain times should spur innovation 8 May 2018

Leonie Barrie

The uncertainty of potential tariffs affecting the clothing and textile sector – and a Trump administration that appears poised to levy more of them – continue to loom large over the apparel and footwear industry.


How Bangladesh has moved from "basket case" to bellwether 1 May 2018

Leonie Barrie

The fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh dominated coverage on just-style last week.


Bangladesh safety gaps still remain 23 Apr 2018

Leonie Barrie

As the apparel industry prepares to mark the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory building tragedy, a new report estimates it could cost US$1.2bn to complete remediation across Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry.


Concern mounts over Trump's trade policies 16 Apr 2018

Michelle Russell

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade policy – much to the concern of US fashion brands and apparel retailers.


Jeans makers eye innovation to regain market share 3 Apr 2018

Leonie Barrie

just-style’s latest weekly roundup begins with a look at how jeans makers are innovating and adapting to evolving consumer needs and the impact of athleisure with new fabric innovation and more sustainable production processes.


Trump's tariffs threaten textile trade 26 Mar 2018

Leonie Barrie

With tariff discussions looming over the White House, just-style’s news and analysis last week was not surprisingly dominated by talk of a possible trade war.


Tailoring mass manufacturing to the individual 19 Mar 2018

Leonie Barrie

As the fashion industry shifts towards proper omnichannel it requires an on-demand supply chain that combines customisation with the ability to restock shops more efficiently and respond to trends more quickly.


Asia-Pacific trade deal now signed by 11 nations 12 Mar 2018

Michelle Russell

The 11 remaining countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have now signed a revised version of the multilateral trade pact without the US, reviving a deal that will slash tariffs and foster trade in a marketplace worth close to around US$13.5trn.


Rethinking supply chain models for speed 26 Feb 2018

Leonie Barrie

Technology and social media have transformed consumers into veritable fashion industry insiders. No longer looking to retailers to direct them towards the newest hot looks, when consumers see something they want, even if it's on the runway, the expectation is that they will be able to buy it right then, not next season.


China still dominates apparel sourcing 12 Feb 2018

Leonie Barrie

The latest full-year data on US apparel import trends for 2017 suggests China will remain the dominant sourcing region for some time to come.


Retail's rapid transformation requires "platform thinking" 29 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

There’s no doubt the retail industry is undergoing rapid transformation as technology continues to reshape how retailers think about their supply chains and meeting their customers’ needs. But to position themselves for future growth, they must adopt "platform thinking" and offer a radically diverse sets of experiences.


NAFTA trade talks inch forward 22 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

Negotiators are meeting this week for the sixth round of NAFTA trade talks – and as soon as this deal has been repackaged, the spotlight could turn to the US free trade agreement with Central America.


How can apparel firms stay competitive into the future? 15 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

Continuing with the publication of our Outlook 2018 reports last week, we looked at what apparel firms should be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future.


First look at 2018 8 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

2018 is set to be a year in which disruptive trends that have been on the horizon start to become the norm for the apparel industry and its supply chain


What caused the biggest stir on just-style in 2017? 2 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

Welcome back, and Happy New Year to you all.


Five sourcing trends – and what they mean 19 Dec 2017

Leonie Barrie

The changing dynamics of world textile and apparel trade are closely linked to the shifting sourcing and supply chain strategies of fashion brands and retailers. And according to a special just-style analysis of the latest World Trade Organization (WTO) data, there are five key patterns worth watching.


just-style market research sale 11 Dec 2017

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 2017

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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