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Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update Beth Wright | 30 Mar 20

A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including Next Plc, Primark, H&M, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and suspending online operations as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. 


VF Corp closes "industry-first" EUR500m green bond Beth Wright | 28 Feb 20

Apparel giant VF Corp has closed its inaugural EUR500m (US$551.5m) green bond offering, the proceeds of which will be used to fund progress on its environmental and social responsibility commitments. 


VF Corp offers notes to fund sustainability projects Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 20

Apparel giant VF Corp is offering EUR500m (US$540m) in unsecured notes to investors, with plans to use the proceeds to fund a number of sustainability projects.


60% of VF Corp China stores closed due to coronavirus Beth Wright | 7 Feb 20

US apparel giant VF Corp says about 60% of its owned and partner stores in China have been temporarily closed due to efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus – but notes it is not yet possible to gauge the impact on its supply chain.


US Q3 in brief –Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, Genesco just-style | 5 Feb 20

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Boot Barn Holdings has delivered an increase in both profit and revenue with the company "well-positioned" to deliver a solid finish to fiscal 2020, Stage Stores has narrowed its net loss, and American Eagle Outfitters has booked record sales. Elsewhere, J.Crew Group has announced an agreement on the terms of a transaction that will enable it to separate its J.Crew and Madewell brands into two independent companies and pursue a proposed IPO of Madewell. 


VF Corp weighs up future for its workwear brands Beth Wright | 21 Jan 20

US apparel giant VF Corp is to look at strategic alternatives for the occupational portion of its work segment as part of ongoing efforts to focus on its higher-growth, consumer-focused brands.


TAL Apparel, VF Corp and Zalando join Global Fashion Agenda Beth Wright | 16 Jan 20

TAL Apparel, VF Corporation, and Zalando have become the latest companies to join Global Fashion Agenda's associate partners circle, who will all contribute with insights from various parts of the supply chain.


Jim Pisani to step down as Timberland brand president Beth Wright | 16 Jan 20

Jim Pisani is to step down as global brand president of Timberland after three and a half years in the role.


VF Corp eyes 30% in supply chain carbon emissions by 2030 Beth Wright | 6 Dec 19

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has set new targets to slash its carbon emissions over the next decade, including a 30% absolute reduction of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions focusing on farm-to-retail materials, sourcing operations and logistics.


US Q2 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, Stage Stores just-style | 1 Nov 19

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Boot Barn Holdings has delivered what CEO Jim Conroy called an "outstanding" second-quarter, VF Corp has reaffirmed its full-year outlook, and Oxford Industries has posted its tenth consecutive quarter of consolidated comparable sales growth. Elsewhere, Genesco moved to a profit, while G-III Apparel Group has revised its full-year guidance in the wake of Trump's latest tariff hike. 


Timberland apparel reaches 100% responsibly sourced cotton Beth Wright | 18 Oct 19

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland continues to progress towards its 2020 sustainability goals, with all of the cotton used by its global apparel production team in the second quarter responsibly-sourced.


The North Face launches first Futurelight waterproof apparel Leonie Barrie | 4 Oct 19

The North Face has launched the first outerwear garments featuring its new FutureLight waterproof fabric that is soft, light, flexible and comfortable – but also durable and sustainably designed.


Apparel brands join forces to tackle global packaging supply chain Beth Wright | 3 Oct 19

Apparel industry heavyweights H&M, VF Corp, Kontoor Brands and Asos are among ten companies that have committed to a new initiative launched by environmental not-for-profit Canopy to transform the impacts of the global packaging supply chain on forests.


Pilot project to pay garment workers digitally in Egypt & Cambodia Beth Wright | 27 Sep 19

Levi Strauss & Co, Marks & Spencer, and VF Corporation have partnered with Mastercard on a global effort to pay garment factory workers digitally with the group coordinating pilots in Egypt and Cambodia.


VF Corp suspends Brazilian leather sourcing Hannah Abdulla | 4 Sep 19

VF Corp, the owner of brands including Timberland and Vans, has stopped sourcing leather and hides from Brazil until it can be sure suppliers do not contribute to environmental harm in the country.


The North Face parka first to feature Brewed Protein fibres Beth Wright | 3 Sep 19

What is said to be the world's first outerwear jacket made with protein material produced via microbial fermentation is due to be released later this year under a collaboration between Japanese biotech startup Spiber and The North Face Japan (Goldwin).


US Q1 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, Cherokee Global Brands just-style | 1 Aug 19

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, VF Corp has raised its fiscal 2020 outlook, Cherokee Global Brands booked a mixed first quarter and announced it will officially rebrand to Apex Global Brands, Destination Maternity reported a challenging start to the year amid the news Marla Ryan will step down as CEO, while PVH Corp saw profits slip. Dick's Sporting Goods enjoyed higher sales as did Footlocker. 


Napapijri launches its first 100% recyclable jacket Beth Wright | 24 Jul 19

VF Corp's casualwear brand Napapijri has unveiled its first 100% recyclable jacket and developed an accompanying take-back programme that gives customers the option of returning the jacket after two years, when it will be processed into new yarn and new products.


VF Corp names Bruce as Dickies global brand president Beth Wright | 8 Jul 19

US apparel giant VF Corp has named Denny Bruce as global brand president of its Dickies business.


How a converged single audit approach marks the next step in responsible sourcing Hannah Abdulla | 28 Jun 19

An overhaul of the auditing process on factory safety and working conditions is long overdue – and a new initiative launched this month could offer the solution. The Social & Labour Convergence Programme's Converged Assessment Framework enables apparel brands and retailers to align collectively around one standard, reduce the amount of money spent on duplicated auditing, and instead free up resources to improve efficiency and factory working conditions. SLCP executive director Janet Mensink, and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, tell just-style more.


H&M and Gap Inc top Better Cotton sourcing leaderboard Beth Wright | 18 Jun 19

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), furniture giant Ikea, and US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc have topped a new ranking by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes in 2018. 


VF Corp commits to UK growth with opening of new business hub Beth Wright | 7 Jun 19

US apparel giant VF Corp has officially opened its new business hub in London with highlights including avatar-based virtual mannequins to showcase seasonal looks in 3D and dedicated brand experience floors.


Supply chain change as VF’s Tom Glaser departs for Tapestry Leonie Barrie | 30 May 19

VF Corporation’s long-standing supply chain chief Tom Glaser is leaving the The North Face, Timberland and Vans brand owner after 18 years to take up the post of chief operations officer at luxury specialist Tapestry.


US Q4 in brief – VF Corp, Boot Barn Holdings, Destination Maternity just-style | 23 May 19

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Iconix Brand Group reported a GAAP net loss, CEO of PHV Corp, Emanuel Chirico, said the company is "very pleased" with its fourth-quarter and full year 2018 results, and Guess Inc released its first results under new CEO Carlos Alberini.


VF Corp joins fight to tackle climate change Hannah Abdulla | 2 May 19

VF Corp has become the latest signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, furthering its commitment to global climate advocacy and engagement.


Kontoor Brands spin-off from VF gets the green light Beth Wright | 30 Apr 19

US apparel giant VF Corp has been given the green light by its board of directors to proceed with plans to spin off its jeans business into a separate publicly traded company that includes brands such as Lee and Wrangler.


VF Corp sees lower FY outlook at Kontoor Brands Hannah Abdulla | 29 Apr 19

VF Corporation is expecting full-year revenue and earnings guidance at newly spun-off denim division Kontoor Brands to be lower year-on-year, as a result of operational actions related to the separation.


Activating brand purpose – and putting it to work at Wrangler Guest author | 23 Apr 19

Over the last few years, there's been a lot of compelling information demonstrating the importance of a brand or organisation's purpose. Just like mission, vision, and values before it, purpose is gaining in critical mass as an organisational architecture trend. Here, Roian Atwood, director of sustainability for Wrangler and Lee jeans, discusses the methodologies involved in discovering brand purpose – and how it was put into practice at Wrangler.


VF Corp takes next step in Kontoor Brands spin-off Beth Wright | 1 Apr 19

US apparel giant VF Corp is preparing for the official spin-off of its jeanswear business as an independent, publicly traded company called Kontoor Brands Inc, having today (1 April) announced the public filing of a Form 10 Registration Statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.


Apparel and sourcing firms make 2019 ethical ranking Beth Wright | 28 Feb 19

US apparel giant VF Corp, Hong Kong-based sourcing specialist William E Connor & Associates, and Swedish apparel retailer H&M are the only apparel, sourcing and retail companies to make it on to the latest annual ranking of the world's most ethical companies.

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