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Walmart's 'Made in USA' pledge misleading 

As retail giant Walmart prepares for its annual US Manufacturing Summit today (28 June) – which includes an open call for US-made products –...

Under Armour opens manufacturing innovation hub

Under Armour’s local-for-local manufacturing vision is taking shape with a new state-of-the-art facility in the US that will serve as the "e...

Kenya fashion designers and SMEs set for financial boost

A number of new initiatives, including access of up to US$1m (KES1m) in financing, are underway to help Kenyan designers and small-scale man...

Columbia rain jacket "a milestone in sustainability"

Columbia Sportswear has unveiled what it believes is the first high-performance environmentally friendly rain jacket made without the use of...

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HanesBrands completes EUR200m Champion Europe deal 1 Jul 2016

Beth Wright

Underwear and activewear maker HanesBrands has completed its EUR200m (US$223m) acquisition of Champion Europe, which owns the trademark for the Champion brand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

UK fashion market declines for first time in six years 1 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

The British fashion market has declined for the first time in six years, according to a new report, with spending on clothing, footwear and accessories falling by 0.1% year-on-year to June.

US makes a stand against forced labour in cotton 1 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

The US has taken a strong stand against the use of forced labour in cotton production by downgrading Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in its annual anti-trafficking report.

Nike names Apple CEO to board as Knight retires 1 Jul 2016

Beth Wright

Sporting goods giant Nike has named Apple CEO Tim Cook lead independent director of its board, while simultaneously announcing the company's co-founder, Phil Knight, has retired from his post as chairman under a planned transition that was initiated a year ago.

US GSP decision for travel goods "disappointing" 1 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

A long-awaited US decision to expand duty-free benefits for imported travel goods has been described as "disappointing" by industry groups because it applies to just a small number of countries.

Top stories this week on just-style... 1 Jul 2016

Beth Wright

Brexit has dominated just-style’s coverage over the past week, with stories looking at what lies ahead for the apparel industry, what it might mean for pending EU trade deals, why clothing deflation will come to an end, and how British brands and retailers should start planning now in order to try to minimise the damage - and the role they can play in building a new post-EU market.

Textile sustainability conference taking shape 1 Jul 2016

Beth Wright

Sessions on the circular economy, integrity and standards, market mechanisms, supply chain tracking and regulations are among the highlights at this year's upcoming Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference.

Adidas completes first step in Mitchell & Ness sale 1 Jul 2016

Beth Wright

German sportswear giant Adidas has completed the sale of its non-core nostalgia headwear and apparel brand Mitchell & Ness to a newly formed entity primarily owned by Juggernaut Capital Partners.

Global news roundup 1 Jul 2016

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

Solvay wins award for recycled textile waste project 1 Jul 2016

Beth Wright

A technology that recycles technical textile waste into high performance plastic has been recognised by the French government for its sustainable development.

Delta Galil to buy VF Corp's premium brands for $120m 30 Jun 2016

Beth Wright

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

US retail sector also facing post-Brexit uncertainty 30 Jun 2016

Leonie Barrie

US retail analysts have been weighing up the implications of last week's vote by the UK to exit the European Union (EU) on a sector already battered by slow sales.

EU trade chief says TTIP talks ongoing despite Brexit 30 Jun 2016

Leonie Barrie

Despite the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), the bloc’s trade chief says talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal with the US are moving forward – with the aim to conclude during the current US presidential administration.

Billabong International sells Sector 9 for $12m 30 Jun 2016

Leonie Barrie

Australian surfwear company Billabong International is to sell its skate hardware brand Sector 9 for US$12m.

Adidas strikes deal with Kanye West on sportswear line 30 Jun 2016

Beth Wright

German sportswear giant Adidas has struck a long-term deal with rapper-turned-designer Kanye West in what it calls "the most significant partnership ever created between an athletic brand and a non-athlete".

TUV Rheinland boosts Vietnam textile testing capabilities 30 Jun 2016

Beth Wright

Inspection, testing and certification provider TUV Rheinland Vietnam has boosted its apparel and textile testing capabilities with a new gas fume chamber at its softlines laboratory in Ho Chi Minh City.

Skechers wins latest round in Converse lawsuit 30 Jun 2016

Leonie Barrie

An ongoing trademark spat between Sketchers USA and Nike-owned Converse has seen the US International Trade Commission (ITC) rule that Skechers can continue importing and selling its Twinkle Toes and BOBS shoes in the US.

Hot Topic CEO to take over reins at Belk 30 Jun 2016

Beth Wright

US department store retailer Belk has appointed Lisa Harper as CEO following the retirement of Tim Belk who spent the last 12 years of his 35-tenure year, as CEO.

KappAhl makes "positive progress" in Q3 30 Jun 2016

Leonie Barrie

Nordic value fashion retailer KappAhl says it is making "positive progress" after seeing its third quarter profit more than triple year-on-year.

Brexit to halt deflation in UK clothing and footwear 29 Jun 2016

Leonie Barrie

The UK’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union (EU) will ensure inflation returns to the country’s clothing and footwear sector, an analyst has said, with the sharp decline in the pound leading to increased import costs.

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