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The most valuable apparel brand in the world is… 19 May 16

…Nike, at least according to Forbes. Its annual ranking of the top 100 most valuable companies is not surprisingly dominated by technology brands – led by Apple in the number one slot. But plenty of clothing brands and retailers also made it onto the list...


Who won the 2015 World Textile Awards? 12 May 16

Textured Jersey Lanka has again been recognised at the World Textile Awards sponsored by The Textile Institute, being named ‘Dyer & Finisher of the Year’ for the second year running...


High-profile retail collapses continue 9 May 16

Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has finally filed for bankruptcy protection, joining the ranks of American Apparel, Quiksilver, Pacific Sunwear and Sports Authority as the latest in a series of high-profile retail collapses...


Contrasting fortunes characterise the clothing industry 3 May 16

Contrasting fortunes characterised the global clothing industry last week. On the one hand Hanesbrands has positioned itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world after agreeing to buy Australian rival Pacific Brands in an US$800m deal. But on the other, the UK high street stands to lose 204 years of combined retailing history as retailers BHS and Austin Reed Group both called in the administrators...


TPP continues to garner industry attention 19 Apr 16

The US footwear industry has voiced its disappointment that athletic brand New Balance has come out in opposition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal...


Is British garment making showing signs of revival? 11 Apr 16

Despite years of denial, British garment making showed signs of a revival in the second half of 2015. Is the long-anticipated UK onshoring boom finally coming into view?..


Risks include worker unrest in China 4 Apr 16

Risks ranging from cargo theft to natural disasters and terrorism incidents are among the biggest threats seen to global supply chains in 2016..


Ethics are not about a price point 29 Mar 16

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, UK value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental issues...


Is Vietnam primed for TPP? 21 Mar 16

It is no secret that Vietnam's textile and clothing sector is widely expected to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the recently-agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact...


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