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Spotlight switches to African fashion designers 13 Aug 14

With the spotlight already shining brightly on African textile and apparel production and its future potential, it is perhaps not surprising that there's also an increasing focus on African fashion as well...


US sourcing patterns taking shape 11 Aug 14

Half-way through the year and US apparel import data is taking shape to give a broader view of the sourcing patterns so far...


China's competitiveness success 8 Aug 14

If evidence were needed as to how China's competitiveness is holding up, look no further than the latest US apparel import data...


EU in pole position on garment imports 4 Aug 14

Data on major garment exporting countries to the US and EU shows who's winning and losing in 2014 so far. The trends suggest the EU is now the world's largest garment importer, with shipments increasing at a rapid pace. In contrast, the US is only showing marginal gains...


Exporters back India's budget but seek more 21 Jul 14

Indian apparel exporters are seeking a series of favourable policy decisions from the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, including export subsidies to offset import duties imposed by the EU while talks continue towards an EU-India free trade agreement...


Scientists fashion blackest-ever material 18 Jul 14

The quest for deeper and deeper black dyes has long preoccupied the textile industry - but scientists in the UK now claim to have fashioned what may be the blackest material in the universe...


Sourcing trends show fluctuating fortunes 14 Jul 14

Despite forecasts suggesting US imports would continue to rise in May - in part to offset the threat of possible industrial action and disruption at major West Coast container ports this summer - the latest data in fact shows apparel imports were down year-on-year...


Transparency taking centre stage 30 Jun 14

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has described efforts to ensure workers in its garment supplier factories are paid a fair living wage as an "ever-moving feast". But it is making progress, as executives explained during an update to the group's Plan A sustainability initiative last week...


'Made in' movements gather momentum 23 Jun 14

Less than a week after hailing plans to begin sourcing its first garments from Burma/Myanmar, US retail giant Gap Inc was on the defensive, hitting back at accusations it simply wants to get its clothes produced as cheaply as possible...


Björn Borg tackles a sensitive topic with Thunderwear 20 Jun 14

Swedish underwear brand Björn Borg might have been having a bit of a bumpy ride on the retail front of late, but it is now setting its sights on a problem of an entirely different nature...

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