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The legal minimum wage and purchasing power of average monthly pay in some of Bangladesh's factories falls below World Bank poverty lines, a new report has found.
One month after the UK’s Brexit referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU), the British clothing industry has been weighing up the immediate impact and trying to assess what might happen in advance of any longer-term trade solution.
Turkish security sources are advising textile and clothing manufacturers in Turkey that the country remains a safe and secure country in which to operate, despite the crackdown following the attempted coup last month. Likewise, local and international players in the apparel and textile industry are noting that business continues to run smoothly.
Colombia’s textile and apparel industry is expected to grow 13% to over $11bn this year – more than double last year's rate – driven by strong local demand and a small gain in exports.
July proved to be another challenging month for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, with the majority reporting comparable declines. Unseasonable weather, clearance and promotional activity, and even the impact of Pokemon Go are all blamed.
Shoes sold as Italian or German-made are being assembled in poor Eastern European countries by workers on "starvation wages", a new report claims, with brands showing little interest in the conditions under which they are produced.
French luxury and sportswear group Kering is starting to use its annual environmental profit and loss (EP&L) report as a tool to drive decision-making in the design, sourcing and manufacturing of its products.
Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour is evolving thanks to the launch of a new brand that will broaden its appeal to a more mainstream audience, and the signing of a new partnership deal with Kohl's.
Spanish retail giant Inditex, owner of the Zara brand, is the clear winner in the fast fashion space, analysts believe, with the competitive distance between the company and its peers continuing to increase thanks to its efficient business model.
China looks set to remain the powerhouse of global footwear manufacturing and a key supplier to the US, despite Vietnam gaining ground, a new report has found.
The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
Brexit and its likely implications for UK manufacturing were a key talking point at this year's Fashion SVP event, held just days after the UK voted to withdraw from the European Union (EU).
A close look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s tariff phase-out schedule on US textile and apparel imports from Vietnam can guide sourcing decisions and investment strategies in the years ahead, according to Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it will stay the course in the south Asian country despite two recent terrorist attacks – and that apparel brands and retailers remain committed to sourcing garments there.
The Central American garment industries in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras must continue investing in growth and ensure factories are safe and ethical if they are to compete effectively against Vietnam for access to the US market.
While the fashion industry still grapples to find the best ways to leverage the business benefits of 3D design and virtual prototyping tools, some of the tips for building buy-in include inspiring trust in the technology, and identifying quick and obvious wins.
As well as offering new opportunities for apparel design and prototyping, 3D tools also have the potential to change the way retailers and brands interact with their customers.
For the uninitiated, 3D design and prototyping software is hailed as a disruptive technology with the potential to boost efficiency and product development workflow, speed decision-making, fuel creativity, and save time and cost. For US retail giant Walmart, it has been fraught with unexpected challenges.
Environmental action group Greenpeace has expressed concerns the textile and apparel industry is not doing enough to meet its goals of going toxic-free by 2020 – and suggests part of the problem lies with "flawed" chemical lists. It has also set its sights on closing the loop as the next focus of its campaign.
June proved to be a more positive month for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, thanks to better weather conditions and the Memorial Day holiday shift.
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