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Hanesbrands sourcing to cut Pacific Brands costs

With agreements for two acquisitions totalling around $1bn in the space of just 21 days, Hanesbrands is positioning itself as the largest ba...

TPP and garment industry – are there any winners?

David Birnbaum is trying very hard to understand how the garment provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) will affect US stakeholde...

Levi Strauss ramps up worker welfare scheme

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is expanding its worker wellbeing programme to key suppliers in more countries, with plans to reach 140,000 wo...

How to sustain cotton's competitive advantage

Cotton has an image problem. It’s out of fashion with mills, brands, designers and consumers, and a global glut of polyester – cotton's majo...

Latest Interviews

Patagonia's CSR commitments re-shaping the sector 29 Sep 2015

Michelle Russell

Patagonia's goal of building "the world’s most socially and environmentally responsible supply chain" has made the outdoor wear specialist something of a pioneer in its industry. Cara Chacon, the group's director of social & environmental responsibility, however, is quick to admit that despite its successes, the company is far from perfect.

The new age of disruption on apparel production 27 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

In the first part of this two-part interview, Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus, discussed how easy access to capital and technology is shaking up the retail industry. Here he talks about its impact on apparel production.

Latest News

Trade officials dismiss TTIP document leak 5 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

Secret documents relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade pact being negotiated between the United States and the European Union have been leaked by environmental activist group Greenpeace.

Gildan moves into Mexico with Alstyle Apparel buy 5 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

Clothing maker Gildan Activewear is expanding its manufacturing presence into Mexico after agreeing to buy the apparel division of Ennis Inc for US$110m.

Lee brand wins award for cooling JadeFusion Denim 5 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

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.

Gildan Activewear reports 13% jump in Q1 profit 5 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

Canadian apparel maker Gildan Activewear has posted a 12.9% jump in first-quarter net profit after manufacturing cost savings helped offset lower sales.  

Cherokee brand expands with new US licensing deals 5 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

The Cherokee casual clothing brand is expanding is distribution channels and product range in the US after inking four new multi-category license agreements.

Aeropostale to close 154 stores amid bankruptucy 4 May 2016

Michelle Russell

Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has filed for bankruptcy protection with plans to initially close around 154 stores in the US and Canada.

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