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US trade updates out of date 15 Jan 2019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.


Decathlon's decade-long eco-labelling project 12 Dec 2018

Leonie Barrie

Global sporting goods giant Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies. The retailer has spoken exclusively to just-style about the initiative.


Regional supply chains shape up 26 Nov 2018

Leonie Barrie

Regional patterns in world textile and apparel trade are becoming increasingly important, according to an analysis using data from the re:source by just-style sourcing tool. The trend reflects both the changing dynamics of the global economy and the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers.


US-China trade spat spurs sourcing shifts 22 Nov 2018

Leonie Barrie

The coming change of control of the House of Representatives following the US mid-term elections will probably do little to stop the escalating tariff disputes between the US and China, the American fashion industry has been warned.


Apparel makers - Let's get virtual 21 Nov 2018

Hannah Abdulla

The Virtual Reality market is becoming a bit of a big deal. According to recent forecasts from DigiCapital, the global VR market value could surpass $120bn by 2020. And, as consumers are demanding more from their apparel, combining VR with apparel is something to think about. Cue Google.


Complexities of multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control 15 Nov 2018

Leonie Barrie

The fashion industry is operating in a multi-channel world – but when it comes to managing this approach, it seems there is no unanimity of best practice (and often no best practice at all) on multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control. Here we unravel some of the complexities.


Fashion firms struggle on speed to market 6 Nov 2018

Leonie Barrie

Fashion firms are continuing to wrestle with the challenges of taking decisions quickly and meeting deadlines – and admit they are struggling to speed their go-to-market processes to keep up with fast-moving consumer buying behaviour.


Why cotton is being battered on all fronts 29 Oct 2018

Leonie Barrie

Cotton is being battered on all fronts, from false information campaigns, to competition from synthetic alternatives, and a changing consumer. The challenge now facing the cotton industry is how to regain its footing.


New businesses shaking up a broken retail model 23 Oct 2018

Leonie Barrie

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-broken retail model, according to speakers at last week's IAF World Fashion Convention. But rising Phoenix-like from the ashes are nimble new players building a smart future for fashion.


Apparel sourcing rules under NAFTA 2.0 15 Oct 2018

Leonie Barrie

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – also dubbed NAFTA 2.0 – has finally been agreed, but what does it mean for apparel sourcing? Here we take a close look at the new apparel-specific rules of origin.


New customisable options for consumers 9 Oct 2018

Hannah Abdulla

Italian sportswear firm CP Company is looking to tap into the growing demand for customisable apparel with a 'Bespoke' project that allows customers to select their preferred colour in its signature goggle lens hoodie.


Trade tremours continue to reverberate 8 Oct 2018

Leonie Barrie

Following more than a year of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico have reached agreement on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new deal has been largely welcomed by apparel industry executives in the three countries.


Are fashion and sustainability out of step? 1 Oct 2018

Leonie Barrie

The global fashion industry is on a trajectory set to stretch planetary resources beyond breaking point unless it finds better ways of producing, using and disposing apparel.


Trump moves forward with trade threats 26 Sep 2018

Michelle Russell

US President Donald Trump has decided to move forward with a 10% tariff on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from China, in a move the US fashion industry says will considerably disrupt the sector's supply chain. The tariffs will take effect today (24 September) and will be set at a level of 10% until the end of the year. On 1 January 2019, the tariffs will rise to 25%.


Why a balanced scorecard drives the best decisions 20 Sep 2018

Leonie Barrie

Among the highlights on just-style last week, we offer advice on how to achieve a balanced scorecard to help supply chain managers make the best decisions around where in the world their garments are made, based on at least 10 factors ranging from cost to speed to market.


How social media is forcing apparel brands to think green 12 Sep 2018

Hannah Abdulla

Social media, since its evolution, has undoubtedly changed the world as we know it.


TAL refocuses and rebalances before growth 28 Aug 2018

Leonie Barrie

By his own admission, Roger Lee, CEO at Hong Kong based apparel giant TAL Group, is an optimist. And it's a trait that has stood him – and the 70-year-old company he leads – in good stead in recent years as he focuses and rebalances the business for future growth. Read this exclusive interview on just-style.


VF Corp splitting into two companies 20 Aug 2018

Leonie Barrie

Last week started with news that US apparel giant VF Corp is to spin off the group's denim and outlet businesses into an independent, publicly traded company – in a move that will enable it to focus on more profitable brands such as The North Face, Timberland and Vans.


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.


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