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VF’s Third Way shores up key supplier partnerships

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Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2015

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were William E Connor, chairman and CEO of William E Connor & Associates; Patagonia's director of social & environmental responsibility Cara Chacon; Frank Henke, global director of social and environmental affairs at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group; and Esquel Group vice chairman and CEO John Cheh. 


Katie Smith | 14 Aug 2015

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry experts believe improvements can come about through social change, collaboration and innovation.


Katie Smith | 14 Aug 2015

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry experts believe improvements can come about through social change, collaboration and innovation.


Katie Smith | 14 Aug 2015

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry experts believe improvements can come about through social change, collaboration and innovation.

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Leonie Barrie | 28 Jul 2016

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.


Katie Smith | 8 May 2015

Outdoor wear behemoth The North Face has secured its position as a leader in the field since its inception 50 years ago. While "ahead of the game" on sustainability, the US2$bn brand is also just "scratching the surface," according to Adam Mott, the group's director of sustainability. Here he tells just-style how the company is re-evaluating and rethinking everything it does based on what's right for the worker, the environment, and the consumer.

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Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 2016

The Riders by Lee value-priced women’s apparel brand is launching a "smart denim" line that moves with the body while maintaining its shape.


Beth Wright | 30 Aug 2016

Israel-based lingerie, underwear and activewear manufacturer Delta Galil Industries has completed its purchase of VF Corp's Contemporary Brands businesses in a deal worth US$120m.


Beth Wright | 9 Aug 2016

US apparel giant VF Corporation has promoted Jim Pisani to the role of global brand president of Timberland, effective immediately.


Leonie Barrie | 22 Jul 2016

US apparel giant VF Corporation, owner of the North Face, Lee and Timberland brands, has lowered its revenue guidance for the year amid a "challenging environment" in the second quarter.


Michelle Russell | 21 Jul 2016

US clothing giant VF Corp, owner of The North Face and Timberland brands, has expressed confidence the company is building a "solid roadmap" for sustainability as it continues to make strides on its renewable energy goals. 


Beth Wright | 30 Jun 2016

Israel-based lingerie, underwear and activewear manufacturer Delta Galil Industries is to acquire VF Corp's Contemporary Brands businesses in a deal worth $120m.


Michelle Russell | 24 Jun 2016

US clothing giant VF Corp has achieved LEED platinum certification for its international headquarters in Switzerland.


Leonie Barrie | 5 May 2016

VF Corporation’s Lee brand in Asia has won an innovation award for its JadeFusion Denim, which features particles from jade gemstones combined with treated cotton to help wick moisture and enable cooler denim in hot, humid climates.


Katie Smith | 29 Mar 2016

US clothing giant VF Corp has revealed it is exploring strategic alternatives for its Licensed Sports Group (LSG) business, a move which could be the first in a larger portfolio transformation, according to one analyst.


Michelle Russell | 23 Mar 2016

US clothing giant VF Corp has promoted Scott Baxter to the position of group president of its outdoor and action sports Americas business.


Katie Smith | 15 Mar 2016

US clothing giants VF Corp and Target Corp have joined forces with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help improve energy and water efficiency at their textile and apparel supplier factories in Vietnam, with the overall aim of reducing costs and boosting productivity. 


Katie Smith | 3 Mar 2016

Outdoor wear behemoth The North Face has expanded its project to produce locally sourced clothing, with the goal of increasing both domestic production and impact. 


Leonie Barrie | 19 Feb 2016

Unseasonably warm temperatures weighed on sales of VF Corp’s The North Face and Timberland cold weather brands during the fourth quarter, pushing the US apparel giant to lower-than-expected results.


Katie Smith | 27 Jan 2016

Outdoor wear brand Haglöfs has withdrawn a line of boots from sale after an investigation found they contained hazardous chemicals, while other brands have updated their own progress on reducing PFCs in outdoor clothing and footwear.


Katie Smith | 8 Jan 2016

Outdoor wear behemoth The North Face has achieved its goal of fully integrating Responsible Down Standard (RDS)-certified down across its products, a year earlier than anticipated. 


In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 


In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 


Michelle Russell | 23 Dec 2015

Lululemon Athletica has defended its position following the release online of an animal rights campaign video claiming the Canadian yoga wear brand continues to sell clothing items using "cruelly produced down".


Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2015

Denim brand Wrangler has unveiled its new athleisure jeans collection which it claims are woven with innovative fabric technology.


Katie Smith | 18 Dec 2015

Denim brand Wrangler has joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in a bid to strengthen sustainability throughout its supply chain and the wider apparel industry.


Michelle Russell | 16 Dec 2015

The inclusion of the 'just transition' worker protection provision in the Paris climate change agreement is a "considerable achievement" a union has said, but pressure will continue to be placed on governments to deliver on the commitment.


Michelle Russell | 4 Dec 2015

A group of seven apparel companies, including Levis Strauss & Co, VF Corp and Gap Inc, have signed a declaration calling on government leaders to reach a strong climate change agreement. 

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Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 2015

From retailing to manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2015. As the year draws to a close, just-style's annual review tracks those for whom 2015 will be memorable in more ways than one.


Michelle Russell | 23 Feb 2015

A tentative agreement on a new five-year contract has been agreed for some 20,000 dockworkers at 29 US West Coast ports, ending nine months of discussions. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been engaged in talks since 12 May to replace the existing six-year contact, which expired on 30 June.

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