Blog: Leonie BarrieNew just-style now live

Leonie Barrie | 17 May 2010

It's an exciting time for us here at just-style, with a major revamp of the site going live today. Crucially, though, it's not just a cosmetic tweak to the look of the publication, but a major expansion of the service we deliver - and one we believe offers a huge step forward in the daily delivery of style information, insight and intelligence.

The relaunch is the culmination of over a year's hard work by the entire team here, and has been driven by the changing needs of the industry for a service that not only provides information, but also puts that information into context to help make business decisions quickly and correctly.

One look at our new menu and you'll see how heavily weighted our content now is to opinion, comment, analysis, interviews and briefings. Our collection of regular columnists will deliver an enviable array of analysis and comment that we believe will be unsurpassed in the industry.

Our search facility has also been radically overhauled, and now includes direct access to information by company or sector/topic. Furthermore, searching and browsing includes the option to continually drill-down via company or sector/topic until you find the insight you need.

This is just the start. Throughout 2010 and 2011 we will continue to invest in unique, high quality analysis and data. And we hope you'll agree that now, more than ever, just-style is a key partner in your quest to keep a competitive edge.

Over the past week, we've reported on calls to stem the use of child labour by monitoring working conditions in the global supply chain. An investigation by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) found that 115m children continue to be exposed to hazardous conditions, with culprits including the apparel and sporting goods sectors. But while CSR efforts have cut child labour from first-tier manufacturing, more still needs to be done further down the supply chain.

The Pakistan government, meanwhile, has imposed a 15% duty on yarn exports after strikes broke out over a yarn shortage in the domestic market. The duty will be effective for a provisional period of 60 days, while quota restrictions on yarn exports will be withdrawn. While some executives claim the lack of cotton yarn will hamper local textile production, others fear the measures will have wider implications across the industry's entire value chain.

And retailer Marks & Spencer has been forced to apologise for selling a crop top range that could encourage young girls to think it was a bra - but says it has no plans to withdraw the line. The UK retailer stocks the Santoni range of Heart crop tops in its 6-14 year old girl's range, and now plans to change its labelling to make clear they are for 'Older Girls'. M&S is the latest UK retailer to come under scrutiny for stocking clothing deemed inappropriate for young girls.


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