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UK cotton mill could revive UK-based supply chains

A new cotton mill in the north of England could help revive UK-based supply chains once production gets underway this autumn, spinning the h...

Better factory conditions boost the bottom line

A link has been established between improved working conditions in the apparel industry and a resulting boost to factory competitiveness – b...

Myanmar garment exports surged 20% in 2015

Myanmar garment industry exports soared by around 20% last year, while footwear exports also surged as the Southeast Asia country gained new...

Under Armour on track with new UAS sportswear line

Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour has taken a much-anticipated step to broaden its appeal to a more mainstream audience wi...

EU trade ministers push on TTIP and Canada pacts 20 Sep 2016

Leonie Barrie

Trade ministers appear determined to push ahead with two trade deals being discussed between the European Union (EU) and the US and Canada, despite widespread protests in Germany over the weekend.

Retail fallout unclear following Hanjin Shipping collapse 14 Sep 2016

Leonie Barrie

As efforts continue to try to rescue cargo stranded in the wake of the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container shipper, fallout for apparel and footwear importers and exporters remains unclear.

Cambodia garment sector faces ongoing challenges 12 Sep 2016

Jozef De Coster

At first glance, Cambodia's garment sector is doing fine. ANZ Bank recently predicted 7.2% GDP growth in 2016, mainly fuelled by rising clothing exports. And just-released data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) points to a 14.7% jump in the country's clothing shipments to US$1.605bn during the first quarter of this year. But dig deeper, and it seems the overall situation of the Cambodian garment industry is less optimistic.

Cambodia worker wages threatened by low garment prices 7 Sep 2016

Leonie Barrie

As annual discussions get underway in Cambodia on a new minimum wage for garment workers, a new report warns significant further wage increases will be hard to achieve unless higher prices are paid by retailers and brands.

US apparel imports from China surge 23% in July 6 Sep 2016

Michelle Russell

US apparel imports in July booked a double-digit increase on the month before as retailers stocked up for the back-to-school season – with the biggest surge being seen by China, by far the largest supplier of apparel to the US.

Lingering US sanctions dampen Myanmar apparel trade 5 Sep 2016

Jeremy Mullins

American orders of ‘Made in Myanmar’ garments are growing, although uncertainty on sanctions and a lack of preferential market access is hindering further expansion, according to experts.

El Salvador to launch 15-year apparel growth strategy 2 Sep 2016

Ivan Castano Freeman

El Salvador’s textiles and apparel industry will set out a 15-year growth strategy in December in a bid to lift its fortunes amid toughening competition from Asian nations and neighbouring Honduras.

Bangladesh insists "business as usual" despite safety fears 2 Sep 2016

Michelle Russell

Bangladesh's garment exporters have reiterated that business continues as usual in the country, despite tightening security following recent terrorist attacks in the country and wider fears of a long-term impact on the sector.

PVH ramps up corporate responsibility commitments 30 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

Apparel giant PVH Corp has developed what it says is a more comprehensive corporate responsibility strategy to address social and environmental issues by placing more emphasis on improving workforce and manufacturing standards.

Denim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school 18 Aug 2016

Leonie Barrie

With the second-biggest shopping season of the year now underway, analysts are cautiously optimistic that back-to-school sales will provide a much-needed lift for US clothing retailers thanks to several key trends and well-controlled inventory levels.

What's 3D-printing doing for apparel and footwear? 17 Aug 2016

Guest author

3D-printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernstein Research seems to suggest much more progress still needs to be made before it has the potential to impact apparel.

A resilient outdoor industry seeks to broaden its base 15 Aug 2016

Debra Cobb

With 29,000 visitors and 1626 exhibitors, this year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, which took place earlier this month in Salt Lake City, had its usual upbeat vibe. But there were signs that the outdoor industry is feeling the effects of 2016's "winter of our discontent," along with several retail bankruptcies, stock market disruptions in China, and the Brexit uncertainty in Europe.

Bangladesh leads US apparel import growth in June 12 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

Apparel imports into the US took a tumble in June, even though more than half of the top ten supplier countries booked growth. Bangladesh led the field with a near 5% increase, with Vietnam booking similar growth.

How much do global garment workers really earn? 11 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

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.

British fashion industry already feeling Brexit impact 9 Aug 2016

Andrew Burnyeat

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.

Business as usual in Turkey despite coup crackdown 5 Aug 2016

Andrew Burnyeat

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 clothing sees boon from rising demand 5 Aug 2016

Ivan Castano Freeman

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.

US apparel retailers' July 2016 sales roundup 5 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

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. 

European footwear produced on "starvation wages" 3 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

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.

Kering integrates EP&L into key sourcing decisions 2 Aug 2016

Leonie Barrie

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.

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