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  • Renegotiate prices now to cut China tariff impact
    Importers are being advised that they have just weeks to renegotiate prices with their vendors if they want to minimise the impact of new tariffs on imports from China. Read more »
  • Study finds garment workers in UK paid GBP4 per hour
    A new study from international gender and labour rights NGO Homeworkers' Worldwide (HWW) has found some garment workers in Manchester, UK, are being paid about GBP4 an hour (US$4.84). Read more »
  • Ghanian apparel firm announces "major" investment
    DTRT Apparel Ltd (DTRT), which claims to be West Africa's largest clothing manufacturer, has announced a new investment from leading investment firm Verod Capital Management and Red Bull in a deal it says will be "transformative" for the West African apparel industry. Read more »
  • Plus-size retailer Avenue files for bankruptcy protection
    Women's plus-size apparel and footwear retailer Avenue Stores has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is to close its remaining 222 stores as it transitions into an e-commerce-only platform. Read more »
  • Sports Direct to close eight Jack Wills stores
    Sports Direct has confirmed it is to close eight Jack Wills branches after failing to reach deals with landlords on rent negotiations. Read more »
  • Wolverine Worldwide mulls plans to move more production out of China
    Footwear company Wolverine Worldwide is confident steps it has taken in relation to rising tariffs on footwear from China will limit the financial impact to its business. Read more »
  • Cambodia garment industry urges EU to maintain EBA trade benefits
    The group that represents garment manufacturers in Cambodia is calling on the European Union (EU) to maintain the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme, noting a suspension will result in "significant" job losses in the country's garment and footwear industries. Read more »
  • September tariffs will hit over three-quarters of apparel, footwear imports
    77% of all apparel, footwear, and home textile products imported to the US from China will be hit with an additional 10% tariff on 1 September, according to a new analysis. Read more »
  • Banana Republic to roll out rental subscription service
    US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc's Banana Republic brand has today (16 August) announced the launch of a new online rental subscription service that provides unlimited access to its women's apparel collection.  Read more »
  • Ted Baker switches to Next for childrenswear
    UK fashion and lifestyle brand Ted Baker has inked a new childrenswear licence agreement with Next Plc, replacing a deal with Debenhams due to end in February.  Read more »
  • Top stories this week on just-style...
    Top stories this week on just-style include a two-part series examining why and how garment factories should become retailers, a look at the innovative new concepts starting to shape next-generation fashion supply chains, and the US tariff saga continues to unravel with tariffs on some apparel and footwear items now delayed until 15 December.  Read more »
  • Apparel brands unite to tackle gender-based violence in Lesotho
    Levi Strauss & Co, The Children's Place, and Kontoor Brands are launching a comprehensive pilot programme to prevent gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in garment factories in Lesotho after an investigation documented a "deeply concerning" pattern of abuse and harassment at a key suppliers in the country. Read more »
  • Cambodia footwear sector could outpace clothing
    Cambodia's footwear sector has the potential to offer more investment and production opportunities than the garment sector, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO). Read more »
  • Textile start-up to scale new waste-based fibre technology
    Textile startup Infinted Fiber Co is planning to scale up its technology that turns textile waste and other pulp-based materials into new textile fibres, following its largest single investment from Singapore based viscose specialist RGE. Read more »
  • Confident consumers boost July US retail sales
    US retail sales continued their upward trajectory in July with the results consistent with a confident consumer, new figures show, but increased trade tensions could spark a wind of caution in consumer spending in the weeks ahead. Read more »
  • US retailers warn tariffs won't help China trade talks
    US retailers are urging the US Administration and its Chinese counterparts to reconvene for further talks on the trade relationship between the two countries - and warn tariffs and taxes on American consumers is not the right way to get the Chinese to the table. Read more »
  • Weyco outlines plans to offset China tariff impact
    US footwear maker Weyco says it will look to mitigate the impact of proposed tariff increases on imports from China through wholesale price hikes and cost reductions from its suppliers. Read more »
  • Macy's working with suppliers to mitigate tariff impact
    US department store retailer Macy's has no plans to increase its prices on any items affected by President Trump's latest tranche of tariffs, according to CEO Jeff Gennette. Read more »
  • Kate Spade weighs on Tapestry Q4 performance
    Shares in Tapestry remained down by more than 6% this-afternoon (15 August) as the accessories business reported a near 30% drop in fourth-quarter profit after being dragged down by the group's Kate Spade brand. Read more »
  • US Q2 in brief - Walmart, JC Penney, Dillard's
    In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Walmart has booked a 1.8% rise in total revenue, footwear maker Weyco has warned it expects the extra 10% tariff to be imposed on $300bn worth of US imports from China to increase the overall cost of its shoes, while both Steve Madden and Columbia Sportswear have reported record second-quarter results.  Read more »