Speaking with style Exclusive interviews with some of the apparel and footwearindustry s leading movers and shakers. Companies already featuredinclude Marks & Spencer, H&M, Timberland, Adidas, New Look and Li &Fung. Speaking with style: Francisco S nchez, US Department of Commerce 11 April 2012 New bilateral trade deals struck by the Obama administration withSouth Korea, Panama and Columbia should have a positive impact onthe US textile and clothing sector, Francisco S nchez,Under-Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, tellsjust-style. Speaking with style: Ranjan Mahtani, CEO, Epic Group 28 February 2012 Faced with what he describes as a “never-ending battle” againstrising costs, Ranjan Mahtani, the CEO of Hong Kong based apparelsupplier Epic Group, is in fighting mood. But what is also clear ishis concern that the apparel industry’s current preoccupation withprice leaves it in danger of failing to see an even bigger and moreworrying issue: the lack of new supply countries coming through.
Speaking with style: Mike Shearwood, CEO, Aurora Fashions 8 December 2011 Women’s wear retailer Aurora Fashions, owner of the Coast,Warehouse and Oasis brands, has moved beyond multichannel retail tosomething that CEO Mike Shearwood describes as “omnichannel”. Herehe tells just-style in an exclusive interview how this strategy ishaving wide-ranging impacts across the retailer’s business, fromensuring a seamless offer to opening up inventory across multiplechannels. Speaking with style: Bernie Brookes, CEO, Myer 7 November 2011 Bernie Brookes, the CEO of Myer, Australia’s largest departmentstore chain, speaks to just-style about how the retailer is workingto improve its operations and tempt shoppers into its stores. Speaking with style: Michael Massey, CEO, Collective Brands 20 October 2011 Footwear retailer Collective Brands is in a state of flux, on theone hand announcing plans to shutter almost 500 stores in the US,but on the other inking deals to expand its distribution in anumber of emerging markets. Here CEO Michael Massey speaks tojust-style’s Petah Marian about how the company is developing itspresence overseas and online.
Speaking with style: Kim Glas, US Department of Commerce 20 September 2011 The US is “well on its way” to expanding textile and apparelexports by 15% a year by 2014, particularly to Western tradingpartners in the Americas, according to Kim Glas, deputy assistantsecretary for textiles and apparel at the US Department ofCommerce. She tells just-style that shipments could rise to nearly$30bn in the next three years. Speaking with style: Aidan O’Meara, president, VF Asia Pacific 18 August 2011 The easing of cotton costs this year has lifted the price pressureon major brands, according to VF Asia Pacific president AidanO’Meara. And he tells just-style that the stellar growth of VF’sbrands across the region is continuing apace, offsetting headwindsthat include increased competition, rising wages, inflation, and amore challenging Chinese economic outlook. Speaking with style: Dr Harry Lee, CEO of TAL Apparel 26 July 2011 TAL Apparel, one of the world’s leading garment suppliers, hasturned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into anopportunity to do things differently. Girls Ballet Flats Shoes
Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tellsjust-style how the Hong Kong based firm’s long-time focus onefficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping tocombat rising costs and set it apart from the competition. Speaking with style: Abi Rushton, founder of Ethical Expert 27 June 2011 With 20 years of experience across manufacturing, retail andinternational development to her name, Abi Rushton is well-placedto help steer apparel sourcing strategies of the future. just-stylenews editor Joe Ayling found out more in the first part of anextended inteview on the global supply chain. Speaking with style: Geert Peeters, head of Levi’s global supplychain 23 May 2011 Heading up supply chain operations for Levi Strauss, the world’slargest denim brand, Geert Peeters strives to source jeans in asustainable, fashionable and compliant way. just-style news editorJoe Ayling caught up with him at the sidelines of a London event tolaunch its new WaterLess line. China Cork Slippers
Speaking with style: Kurt Cavano, CEO, TradeCard 31 March 2011 There’s plenty of talk about the uphill battle confronting apparelsupply chains in the face of cautious consumer spending and thepressure on margins from rising raw material, labour andtransportation costs. What’s needed are constructive ways tocounter these pressures. Kurt Cavano, CEO of the TradeCard supplychain platform, believes technology has a key role to play. Speaking with style: Ashroff Omar, CEO, Brandix 25 February 2011 Few have been more instrumental in the positioning of Sri Lanka’s’garments without guilt’ apparel industry than Ashroff Omar. Womens Booties Shoes Manufacturer
JoeAyling interviewed the Brandix Lanka chief executive during arecent visit to the country. Speaking with style: Steve Jesseph, CEO, WRAP 31 January 2011 In the ten years that Steve Jesseph has been involved withcertification group WRAP (Worldwide Responsible AccreditedProduction), massive steps have been taken to improve workingconditions at factories around the world. But he is now on amission to draw attention to the next set of challenges that facethe apparel industry – including the dwindling natural resources onwhich the sector depends. Speaking with style: Raphael le Masne de Chermont, Shanghai Tang 9 December 2010 Raphael le Masne de Chermont has been executive chairman of HongKong-based Shanghai Tang – China’s leading luxury lifestyle brand -since 2001. Not only is he the driving force behind the brand’sglobal expansion, but he is a veteran of both Asia and the luxurygoods sector.
Here, le Masne de Chermont speaks to Marie-H l neCorbin about the potential and pitfalls of the luxury market inChina. Speaking with style: Sandra Smith, consultant at Bureau Veritas 25 November 2010 With the apparel industry facing higher costs and widening sourcingnetworks, supply chain expert Sandra Smith tells just-style newseditor Joe Ayling how retailers are adapting. She explains how costpressures, ethics, sustainability and technology fall into today’ssourcing considerations. Speaking with style: Anthony Corsano, CEO, Anvil Knitwear 29 October 2010 Anvil Knitwear is ahead of some of the world’s biggest clothingbrands when it comes to sustainability.
Here, CEO Anthony Corsanotalks to just-style about the business case for social andenvironmental responsibility, and explains why it is a definingfeature of the future of the apparel industry. Speaking with style: Ben Eavis, Sainsbury s 3 September 2010 Corporate sustainability is seen by sceptics as too often being’more talk than action’. Ben Eavis, head of corporateresponsibility at Sainsbury s, spoke with Ben Cooper about how thevarious steering groups, reporting processes and stakeholderdiscussions at Sainsbury’s facilitate action rather being an end intheir own right. Speaking with style: Isak Halfon, expansion director, Mango 14 August 2010 It may be ten times smaller than archrival Inditex (owner of theZara stores) but Spanish women’s fashion chain Mango is nearly aswell known, thanks to clever adverts featuring glamorous moviestars and a relentless expansion which has taken it to 100countries in recent years.
And there is room for more – much more -growth, expansion director and board member Isak Halfon tellsjust-style. Speaking with style: Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer 1 July 2010 Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer is confident that major investmentsin the World Cup this summer are paying off. In an interview withjust-style news editor Joe Ayling, he also discusses sourcing,currencies and his vision for the Reebok brand. Speaking with Style: Fazlul Hoque, president of the BKMEA 8 June 2010 Bangladesh faces labour, cost and infrastructure challenges as itmatures into a key global garment exporter.
But as Fazlul Hoque,president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & ExportersAssociation (BKMEA) tells just-style, “the game is just starting.”.