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Vaude to extend environmental project all material suppliers

A two-year project organised by German outdoor clothing company Vaude to educate key suppliers in Asia on environmental management and resou...

Vietnam minimum wage set to increase 6.5% in 2018

Vietnam's minimum wage is expected to rise by 6.5% next year – but the increase will be the lowest in 11 years....

VF Corporation to buy Williamson-Dickie Mfg for $820m

US apparel giant VF Corporation is expanding its growing workwear platform with the acquisition of Williamson-Dickie Mfg Co – owner of brand...

China garment workers motivated by more than money

Workers in China's garment and textile industry are increasingly attaching more value to "soft factors" such as skills training, job securit...

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Vaude to extend environmental project all material suppliers 17 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

A two-year project organised by German outdoor clothing company Vaude to educate key suppliers in Asia on environmental management and resource efficiency has led to savings of around EUR50,000 (US$58,000) per year for participating factories.

Trump pulls plug on American manufacturing council 17 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

US President Donald Trump has called time on his American Manufacturing Council following the departure of several executives this week.

US seeking major overhaul of NAFTA, not tweaks 17 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

The first day of the first round of renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has seen US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer claim that US President Donald Trump is "not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions and a couple of updated chapters."

Amazon mulls drone hubs on trains, ships and trucks 17 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

E-commerce giant Amazon is looking at getting its drones to deliver from mobile docking stations on trains and ships, a move it believes will help solve some of the challenges of using drones as a delivery method.

EU amends Ecolabel criteria for improved clarity 17 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

The European Commission (EC) has revised the criteria for awarding the EU Ecolabel to textile products, including the definition of textiles to include accessories and clarifying the exceptions applying when recycled or organic cotton fibres are used.

China looking at eco-friendly hemp as cotton alternative 17 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

China is stepping up efforts to produce hemp in larger volumes in the belief the fibres offer a large-scale alternative to cotton and could help make the overall textile chain more environmentally friendly.

Retailers welcome UK's custom union discussions 17 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has welcomed the British Government's move to begin discussions on customs controls as part of its future relationship with the European Union (EU), but warned it is a "complex" issue that needs a system to help avoid disruption at ports.

US to focus on Korea, Taiwan in PSF anti-dumping probe 17 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

The US International Trade Commission has confirmed it will continue an investigation into Korea and Taiwan with regard to the dumping of low melt polyester staple fibre (PSF) into the country.

Japanese clothing imports fall 0.6% in first-half 17 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

Clothing and accessories imports into Japan – the world's third-largest fashion apparel importer after the EU and the US – fell 0.6% in value during the first half of 2017, according to the Japanese Ministry of Finance.

US Q2 in brief – Target, TJX, Dick's Sporting Goods 17 Aug 2017


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, US department store giant Target booked an "encouraging" second-quarter as efforts to turn around its business appear to be paying off, while TJX Companies saw its net sales for the period increase 6%. Dick's Sporting Goods also reported increases in both sales and earnings in the second quarter, while Nordstrom saw an improvement in sales, beating company expectations. 

Jones Bootmaker coy on 10-store closure rumours 17 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

UK footwear chain Jones the Bootmaker has refused to comment on speculation another 10 stores are due to shut in addition to the nine-stores closed this week, as "things are changing from day-to-day" for the business.

US clothing retailers see modest on-year sales growth in July 17 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

US consumer spending has rebounded during July according to the latest US government data, with clothing and accessories store growth also experiencing modest year-on-year sales growth for the month.

Target raises FY guidance amid "encouraging" Q2 16 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

US retail giant Target has raised its full year guidance after booking what it called "encouraging" second-quarter results as sales crept up and its work to improve the business starts to pay dividends, thanks in part to what one analyst says is the retailer's exclusive new brands – including Cat & Jack – and the overhaul of its stores.

Global brands urge Mexico to take steps to protect worker rights 16 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

14 clothing brands including Adidas, C&A, Inditex and Nike have called upon Mexico's government to improve the labour justice system and its guarantees for worker rights. 

US-based Trybus Group to open garment factory in Ethiopia 16 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

US-based men’s wear producer Trybus Group is expanding its supply chain into Ethiopia, becoming the latest company to set up a new factory in the country.

Athleisure to take UK sports clothing market to new heights 16 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

The UK sports clothing market is expected to reach new heights this year, climbing 8% on 2016 to reach GBP2.5bn (US$3.2bn) thanks to the continued growth of the athleisure category.

Researchers power wearable devices with printed batteries 16 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

Researchers at the University of Manchester are a step closer to powering wearable technology devices without the need for cumbersome battery packs by printing flexible batteries directly on to fabric.

Dutch fashion brand Mexx brand sold to RNF Holding 16 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

Global fashion brand Mexx is back in Dutch hands after being sold by Turkish company Eroglu Holding to RNF Holding, a Dutch-based sports and fashion business.

Chinese swimwear brand hailed for using Repreve 16 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

Finch Designs, a swimwear brand that uses the Repreve recycled filament fibre, has become the first China-based brand to be awarded the Project JUST Seal of Approval for its commitment to transparency and building a sustainable supply chain.

Laura Ashley girls' dresses recalled on choking hazard 16 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

The American licensee for Laura Ashley brand girls' dresses has recalled a floral dress with flower petals that can detach, posing a potential choking hazard to children.

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