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CHINA: Apparel brands to reduce pollution in supply chain Katie Smith | 10 Oct 12

Leading apparel brands including Gap, Adidas and H&M Hennes & Mauritz are looking at ways to reduce pollution within their supply chains following accusations that they were purchasing clothing from suppliers who illegally discharge polluted water in China.


US: Levi Strauss Q3 profit falls on sales drop in Asia Katie Smith | 10 Oct 12

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has booked a 12.5% fall in third-quarter net profit on the back of weaker revenue in Asia Pacific as the company phases out the Denizen brand in the region.


US: Levi Strauss Q3 profit falls on sales drop in Asia Katie Smith | 10 Oct 12

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has booked a 12.5% fall in third-quarter net profit on the back of weaker revenue in Asia Pacific as the company phases out the Denizen brand in the region.


US: Levi Strauss Denizen president Boey resigns Katie Smith | 8 Oct 12

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has revealed that Aaron Beng-Keong Boey, president of its Denizen brand and head of commercial operations for Asia Pacific has resigned.


IAF Convention 2012: Getting smarter across the supply chain Leonie Barrie | 27 Sep 12

Instead of focusing on product costs as a way of offsetting the pressures faced in both retail and sourcing markets, the apparel supply chain should look instead at optimising processes, boosting collaboration and generally getting smarter, industry executives believe.


US: Proxy advisers back Wet Seal in board battle Petah Marian | 27 Sep 12

The battle for control of troubled US teen clothing retailer The Wet Seal continues, with two proxy advisers recommending shareholders reject Clinton Group's efforts to replace six of its board members.


The Flanarant: Workers' rights not a universal option Mike Flanagan | 20 Sep 12

Anyone believing that human rights abuses are endemic in offshore production should compare the levels of protection afforded to factory workers in the developing world supplying major Western brands with the experience of garment workers in the West. It's not as clear-cut as it seems, writes Mike Flanagan.


US: Talon reaches an end to Tekfit waistband dispute Richard Woodard | 19 Sep 12

Apparel fastener and trim business Talon International has ended its long-running legal dispute with Pro-Fit Holdings over the patented Tekfit stretch-waistband technology.


Raising the bar at Better Factories Cambodia Leonie Barrie | 13 Sep 12

A decade after the launch of the International Labor Organization's (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia scheme, a new report describes the initiative as a "positive development" - but says more should be done to make global buyers more accountable for the wages paid to garment workers.


Indian denim makers shrug off indigo price rise Raghavendra Verma | 10 Sep 12

Indian denim manufacturers are coping better than alarmist reports would suggest with a 25% rise in the price of synthetic indigo dye imported from China. They have warned, however, that they may try to pass on the cost increase in the next buying season.


In the money: JC Penney remains committed to transformation Katie Smith | 7 Sep 12

Ken Hannah, chief financial officer of JC Penney, has reiterated that the US department store remains committed to its ongoing transformation, including the implementation of its in-store shops.


US: Levi Strauss names Ellison president of Dockers Katie Smith | 7 Sep 12

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has appointed Seth Ellison as president of its global Dockers brand to manage its strategic direction, product development, marketing and business operations.


US: Levi Strauss names Ellison president of Dockers Katie Smith | 7 Sep 12

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has appointed Seth Ellison as president of its global Dockers brand to manage its strategic direction, product development, marketing and business operations.


HONG KONG: Crystal Group sites win eco-factory status Leonie Barrie | 23 Aug 12

Four manufacturing facilities operated by Hong Kong based Crystal Group, one of Asia's largest apparel manufacturers, have now gained eco-factory status under Marks & Spencer's Plan A ethical and sustainability programme.


US: Levi Strauss to trial Crailar fibre in production Leonie Barrie | 17 Aug 12

The next phase of production trials for apparel products made using the Crailar Flax fibre is about to get underway after the final large-scale commercialisation trial with Barnhardt Manufacturing was completed this month.


US: Levi Strauss to trial Crailar fibre in production Leonie Barrie | 17 Aug 12

The next phase of production trials for apparel products made using the Crailar Flax fibre is about to get underway after the final large-scale commercialisation trial with Barnhardt Manufacturing was completed this month.


US: Hampshire Group appoints Stec as brands president Petah Marian | 14 Aug 12

Hampshire Group has appointed Robert Stec as president of Hampshire Brands, where he will oversee the US apparel company's licensed men's wear brands including Panama Jack and Dockers, as well as its private label lines.


US: G-III buys Vilebrequin swimwear in EUR85.5m deal Petah Marian | 8 Aug 12

G-III Apparel Group has acquired men's luxury swimwear and resort-wear brand Vilebrequin from Fashion Fund One.


US: G-III buys Vilebrequin swimwear in EUR85.5m deal Petah Marian | 8 Aug 12

G-III Apparel Group has acquired men's luxury swimwear and resort-wear brand Vilebrequin from Fashion Fund One.


US: Sustainable Apparel Coalition unveils new eco-index Petah Marian | 27 Jul 12

Clothing and footwear firms including Nike, Marks & Spencer, Levi Strauss and Walmart are among those backing a new tool designed to measure sustainability and environmental impact across the industry supply chain.


Comment: Apparel costing for a living wage Doug Miller | 23 Jul 12

The vexed question of a 'living wage' continues to tax some of the major apparel retailers and brand owners. But how can a sourcing company calculate a living wage, let alone ensure its implementation? Doug Miller, Professor (Emeritus) of Worker Rights in Fashion, has some suggestions.


COLOMBIA: Textile and clothing exports up 8% last year Stuart Todd | 12 Jul 12

The latest figures issued by the Colombian government show that in 2011, the country's exports of textiles and clothing totalled almost US$1.41bn, an increase of 8% on the previous year.


UK: Levi's head of supply chain moves to Cath Kidston Katie Smith | 12 Jul 12

Geert Peeters, senior vice president for Levi's global supply chain, has been appointed as supply chain director at Cath Kidston.


UK: Levi's head of supply chain moves to Cath Kidston Katie Smith | 12 Jul 12

Geert Peeters, senior vice president for Levi's global supply chain, has been appointed as supply chain director at Cath Kidston.


US: Crailar wins flax labelling on products Leonie Barrie | 12 Jul 12

A decision by the US Federal Trade Commission that products made from Crailar natural fibres can be labelled as "flax" rather than "linen" is seen as an important step in emphasising the material's unique nature to consumers.


US: Levi Strauss Q2 profit slumps 37% Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 12

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has seen its second quarter profit slump 37% after being hit by falling revenues in Asia and Europe and higher cotton costs.


US: $194,800 in counterfeit jeans seized Katie Smith | 25 Jun 12

Some 2,850 pairs of counterfeit jeans, worth an estimated US$193,800, have been seized in Laredo, Texas by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) import specialists and officers.


US: Kohl's launches DesigNation with Narciso Rodriguez Petah Marian | 20 Jun 12

US department store operator Kohl's has announced a partnership with Narciso Rodriguez, who will be the first designer for the retailer's limited edition concept called DesigNation.


BRAZIL: Levi's and H&M commit to water management Leonie Barrie | 19 Jun 12

Business leaders from 45 companies, including Levi Strauss and H&M, have committed to improve their water management practices and are calling on governments to step up their efforts to tackle the global water crisis.


BRAZIL: Levi's and H&M commit to water management Leonie Barrie | 19 Jun 12

Business leaders from 45 companies, including Levi Strauss and H&M, have committed to improve their water management practices and are calling on governments to step up their efforts to tackle the global water crisis.

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