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DeMartini to step down as New Balance CEO Beth Wright | 1 Nov 18

Rob DeMartini, CEO of Boston-based global athletic leader New Balance Athletics, is to step down next month after leading the firm for 12 years.

Green supply chain map links China factories to brands Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 18

Six leading apparel brands have stepped forward to be featured on a new online map that claims to be the only tool in the world to openly link leading multinational corporations to their suppliers' environmental performance.

US defence bill to boost athletic footwear firms Leonie Barrie | 12 Dec 16

US footwear firms Wolverine Worldwide and New Balance have hailed the passage of a defence bill that includes language directing troops to buy American-made athletic shoes for military recruits.

New Balance faces backlash for backing Trump on trade Leonie Barrie | 18 Nov 16

Global athletic brand New Balance is facing a backlash from customers threatening to boycott the brand after it appeared to back President-elect Donald Trump’s trade stance.

What's 3D printing doing for apparel and footwear? Guest author | 17 Aug 16

3D printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernstein Research seems to suggest much more progress still needs to be made before it has the potential to impact apparel.

New Balance anti-TPP stance disappoints footwear industry Michelle Russell | 14 Apr 16

The US apparel and footwear industry has reiterated its call for Administration to "fulfil its commitments" to ensuring the extension of the Berry Amendment to include athletic footwear.

New Balance to debut 3D printed running shoe  Katie Smith | 12 Apr 16

Global athletic brand New Balance is to release its long-awaited high performance running shoe with a 3D printed midsole later this week. 

New Balance launches digital sport unit for wearable tech Katie Smith | 8 Jan 16

Global athletic brand New Balance has launched a new division dedicated to developing innovative digital experiences and wearable technologies to improve athlete performance. 

New Balance launches first 3D printed running shoe Leonie Barrie | 23 Nov 15

Global athletic brand New Balance is to launch its first high performance running shoe with a 3D printed midsole said to represent a “breakthrough” in balancing flexibility, strength, weight and durability.

Tesco's F&F joins ZDHC as new board formed Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 15

F&F, the fashion brand of UK supermarket retailer Tesco Stores, has become the latest member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group, amid the formation of a new board of directors.

Rockport acquisition completes Katie Smith | 5 Aug 15

Investment firms Berkshire Partners and New Balance Holding have completed their acquisition of casual footwear business Rockport Company from sportswear giant Adidas Group.

Athletic footwear sales grow ahead of back-to-school Katie Smith | 30 Jul 15

Strong mid-year sales of athletic footwear in the US is an encouraging indicator for the all-important back-to-school season, new research suggests.

New Balance develops 3D custom spike plates Michelle Russell | 9 Apr 15

Footwear business New Balance has turned to design-driven manufacturing to print 3D custom spike plates to individualise the foot strike patterns of its elite athletes.

New Balance hits back in Converse trademark row Richard Woodard | 14 Jan 15

Footwear business New Balance has hit back at rival Converse in a continuing row about the design of the latter’s Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers.

New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles Debra Cobb | 17 Nov 14

Driving meaningful change towards sustainability in textiles within organisations, within the industry, and with consumers topped the agenda at last week's Textile Exchange Conference.

US: ISA TanTec setting up eco-friendly tannery Leonie Barrie | 22 Sep 14

Ecological leather manufacturer ISA TanTec is responding to growing demand for locally produced leather in the US shoe industry with a new tannery due to begin operations in January 2015.

US: Necessity drives men’s shoe purchasing, says study Richard Woodard | 27 Aug 14

Necessity is the main motivation behind men buying shoes in the US, according to a new study, but attitudes are beginning to evolve as men increasingly embrace fashion and newness in footwear.

UK: New Balance files copyright lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld Michelle Russell | 5 Jun 14

Sports apparel and footwear firm New Balance has filed a lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld over copyright infringement of its logo on the designer's new sneaker line.

US: Vibram to invest $1.2m in footwear sole production Katie Smith | 28 May 14

Footwear sole manufacturer Vibram is investing US$1.2m at its plant in Massachusetts to take advantage of a recent ruling by the Department of Defense that all new military recruits must purchase domestically-made athletic trainers.

US: Backs US-made athletic footwear for military recruits Leonie Barrie | 28 Apr 14

The US Department of Defense is to change its procurement policy in favour of US-made athletic footwear.

CHINA: Brands urged to uphold responsibility at Yue Yuen Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 14

Hong Kong-based advocacy group Globalization Monitor has issued an open letter to brands sourcing from the striking Yue Yuen factory in China - Adidas, Nike, and Timberland - demanding they uphold their corporate social responsibility.

US: Rick Helfenbein named AAFA chairman Leonie Barrie | 7 Mar 14

Rick Helfenbein, president of TellaS Ltd, Luen Thai USA has been named the new chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).

CAMBODIA: Retailers call for investigation into violence Katie Smith | 21 Jan 14

Adidas, Esprit, and Gap Inc are among a coalition of 30 retailers and brands that have signed a new letter calling for an investigation into the recent violence in Cambodia's garment industry.

US: Skechers, Levi Strauss top customer satisfaction survey Katie Smith | 18 Oct 13

Customer satisfaction with athletic footwear and apparel manufacturers, including Skechers and Levi Strauss, remains high, new research suggests.

US: Smith promoted to head footwear at RG Barry Katie Smith | 14 Oct 13

US-based footwear and accessories manufacturer RG Barry has promoted Lee Smith to president of its footwear business unit, replacing Nancy Coons.

ITALY: Canepa claims world-first toxic-free textiles pledge Leonie Barrie | 27 Sep 13

Italian high-end textile manufacturer Canepa SpA has made a commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its products and supply chain by 2020 - becoming, it claims, the first textile company in the world to join Greenpeace's Detox campaign.

WORLD: Footwear market to reach $211.5bn in 2018 Katie Smith | 2 Sep 13

The global footwear market is expected to be worth US$211.5bn in 2018, with growth driven by Asia Pacific and Europe, according to new research.

US: RPFMA calls for import footwear tariffs to remain Petah Marian | 22 Aug 13

The US footwear manufacturing industry would not be able to survive without import-sensitive tariffs, the Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association (RPFMA) has said ahead of the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

WORLD: Zero Discharge group updates environmental roadmap Richard Woodard | 14 Jun 13

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group has launched version two of its Joint Roadmap, aimed at attaining a “new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwear industry”.

PERU: Calls for labour reform a "hot-button" issue Leonie Barrie | 15 Apr 13

Efforts by a group of US apparel brands and retailers to persuade the Peruvian government to repeal legislation that allows the use of short-term contracts in the country's garment industry have, as yet, generated no formal response, just-style has learnt.





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