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Joe Ayling | 13 June 2011

Designing responsible children's wear was the focus of widespread media attention in the UK early last week, with new guidelines rolled out to high street retailers.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) launched new recommendations amid a Government review into the commercialisation and sexualisation of children.

Retailers including George, Next, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Tesco are signed up to the BRC initiative, which bans items such as padded bras and high heels.

UK: Retailers sign up to guidance on children's wear

In further signs that the cotton market is beginning to stabilise, major producer India raised its cap on exports of the raw material from 5.5m to 6.5m bales late last week.

Volatile cotton prices began to creep down last month, having peaked at record highs earlier in the year. India's government first decided to halt exports, to curb the soaring prices domestically, in April last year - a measure that is gradually being eased.

INDIA: Government raises raw cotton exports by 1m bales

In other news last week, Swiss luxury goods group Labelux continued on the acquisition trail with the purchase of outdoor apparel retailer Belstaff for an undisclosed amount. It comes hot on the heels of its investment in luxury shoe maker for over GBP500m (US$813.7m) last month.

SWITZERLAND: Labelux snaps up Belstaff

Meanwhile, Italian fashion firm Benetton Group looks set for a brand makeover after appointing You Nguyen as its new chief merchandising officer and creative director last week.

Alessandro Benetton, executive deputy chairman of Benetton Group, said former Levi Strauss & Co executive Nguyen's international experience will help "write a new chapter" for the fashion brand.

ITALY: You Nguyen hired as Benetton's creative director


Asia facing up to increased competition

Increasing competition for garment sourcing contracts is seeing China not only being challenged by other countries in Asia, but by sub-Saharan African and even Russian suppliers too. And it is pushing...


Cambodia raises garment worker wages

The monthly minimum wage for workers in Cambodia's textile, garment and footwear sector is set to rise to $153 from January next year, following a vote on the issue last week. The increase marks a ris...


Sportswear initiatives start to take shape

The results of two highly-anticipated initiatives in the sportswear sphere were revealed last week: the launch of Under Armour’s new UAS lifestyle brand and the first pair of running shoes created at ...


Hanjin Shipping collapse triggers fear of West Coast port repeat

The recent bankruptcy of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container shipper, at the end of August, has left billions of dollars worth of merchandise in limbo, leaving the fal...

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