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Under Armour makes lifestyle push with new brand

Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour is evolving thanks to the launch of a new brand that will broaden its appeal to a more m...

Why fast fashion isn't a case of one size fits all

The fast fashion model, in all its guises, is ensuring some retailers thrive in spite of challenging market conditions. Here, Bob McKee, ind...

How Central America garment sourcing measures up

The Central American garment industries in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras must continue investing in growth and ensure factories are sa...

Quick wins a key part of 3D virtual design puzzle

While the fashion industry still grapples to find the best ways to leverage the business benefits of 3D design and virtual prototyping tools...

Latest Interviews

North Face has holistic view on harmful chemicals 28 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

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.

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.

Latest News

Peru and Saudi Arabia ratify WTO trade deal 29 Jul 2016

Michelle Russell

Peru and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have become the latest to ratify the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – making a total of four countries this month to have done so and a further sign of support for the landmark global deal.

US lawmakers call for GSP travel goods extension 29 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers is putting pressure on the Obama administration to extend duty-free benefits to travel goods from all Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligible countries.

US Q2 in brief - Columbia Sportswear, Rocky Brands 29 Jul 2016

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Skechers missed analyst estimates as it revealed earnings hit by one-off charges, while Under Armour grew its top line thanks to strong sales in its domestic and international businesses, Wolverine delivered better-than-expected results while Carter's Inc achieved its sale and earnings objectives but Rocky Brands is "disappointed" with its results and Sequential Brands has reiterated its fiscal year guidance.

CoolVisions and Creora team on performance fabrics 29 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

The latest functional fabrics made with CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene filament also feature additional comfort and fit benefits provided by Creora Eco-Soft spandex.

Deckers optimistic despite wider Q1 losses 29 Jul 2016

Michelle Russell

Apparel and footwear group Deckers Brands has offered an optimistic outlook despite booking a drop in sales in its first-quarter and a widening of its net loss. 

Downlite extends RDS down supply to Europe, Asia 29 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

US-based down and feather processor Downlite, which supplies responsibly sourced performance fills to the outdoor apparel market, is expanding its Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified supply chain in Europe and Asia.

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