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Wacoal acquires Lively lingerie brand in $85m deal 2 Aug 2019

Beth Wright

The US subsidiary of Japanese lingerie manufacturer Wacoal Holdings Corp is to acquire direct-to-consumer innerwear disruptor Intimates Online for US$85m in a move that gives it a new reach into the millennial market.

New blockchain solution bolsters supply chain transparency 2 Aug 2019

Beth Wright

German start-up Retraced GmbH has launched a new blockchain-based transparency solution that is being trialled with a number of fashion brands to improve their supply chain transparency.

Delta Apparel Q3 boosted by digital print and Salt Life 1 Aug 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Third-quarter earnings have jumped at activewear maker Delta Apparel thanks to a sales rise which it attributes to growing strength in digital print and expansion at its Salt Life business.

Gildan Q2 profit slips on higher restructuring costs 1 Aug 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Gildan Activewear has reported what it says are "record" second-quarter sales, although restructuring and acquisition-related costs meant a fall in net earnings.

Asahi Kasei to expand artificial suede production 1 Aug 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Chemicals and materials conglomerate Asahi Kasei is to expand production of its Lamous artificial suede product, used in various functions including apparel, at its site in Miyazaki, Japan.

Zalando ups profit outlook on "strong" first-half 1 Aug 2019

Beth Wright

German fashion e-tailer Zalando has raised its profit outlook following a surge in visits to its website and orders in the second quarter of 2019.

Turkey to boost textile recycling efforts 1 Aug 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Turkey is to bolster its textile waste recycling activities as part of an extension to the Zero Waste Campaign that first launched in the country in 2017.

Hugo Boss trims FY outlook amid US challenges 1 Aug 2019

Beth Wright

German fashion group Hugo Boss has confirmed its outlook for the full year, but says sales and earnings are likely to be at the lower end of its forecast as it faces "persisting challenges" in the US market.

Seamless apparel maker IKAR elevates products with AR 31 Jul 2019

Leonie Barrie

Apparel design and manufacturer IKAR is working to transform traditional 2D fashion visualisation images and paper catalogues into engaging and immersive 3D and Augmented Reality (AR) customer experiences for its intimates and activewear lines.

Top stories on just-style in July... 1 Aug 2019

Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style in June included an interview with Moushumi Khan, the CEO of Bangladesh's newest safety monitoring initiative Nirapon, a look at the world's ten worst countries for workers, why China's role as the clothes sourcing go-to for most of the apparel industry is set to change, and M&S's journey to sourcing more sustainable cotton. Inditex also outlined a series of new sustainability commitments. 

New SML tags target sustainability for RFID in retail 31 Jul 2019

Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong based branding and item-level RFID solutions provider SML is adding new design capabilities and easily-recyclable materials to its line-up of tagging products.

ZDHC updated Wastewater Guidelines improve usability 31 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation has released an updated version of its Wastewater Guidelines in a move designed to make it easier to implement the standard and clarify some of the instructions.

US yarn-maker ramps up speed and capacity with new plant 31 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

US yarn manufacturer Meridian Specialty Yarn Group, Inc (MSYG) has opened what it claims is the first yarn and fibre dyeing operation to be built in the United States in over two decades, offering the only tow-dyeing capacity in America.

Mongolian cashmere giant backs US trade bill 31 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

Mongolia's largest cashmere producer, Gobi Corporation, is throwing its weight behind a new US bill that would allow duty-free imports of products made in the East Asian country using Mongolian cashmere.

JC Penney new hire to bolster stores and omnichannel 31 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

US retail giant JC Penney has announced more leadership changes, bringing James DePaul on board as executive vice president of stores while Mike Robbins, executive vice president of stores and supply chain, leaves the company.

Amazon launches personal styling service for women 31 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

E-commerce giant Amazon has introduced a new styling service for women that provides personalised outfit recommendations from thousands of brands, including 7 for All Mankind, Calvin Klein, Levi's and Adidas.

re:source monthly trade programme roundup – July 2019 31 Jul 2019

Dr Sheng Lu

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the EU, US and Japan covers developments in June and July 2019. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.

Next shares surge as retailer ups FY outlook 31 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

Shares in Next Plc surged by more than 9% this morning after the UK-based fashion and homewares retailer significantly increased its full-year guidance – more than doubling full-price sales growth and upping profit guidance by GBP10m (US$12.2) – on the back of a strong second quarter.

Puma lifts guidance following positive Q2 31 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

German sportswear brand Puma has raised its full-year guidance on the back of "healthy improvement" across all divisions and regions in the second quarter.

Ralph Lauren Q1 moving in the right direction 30 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

US apparel giant Ralph Lauren has delivered results in line with expectations for the first quarter, with signs that efforts to elevate its brands and stabilise its North America business are starting to pay off.

KORUS rule of origin changes to have negligible effect 30 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

Proposed modifications to some apparel and textile rules of origin in the new United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) would likely have a negligible effect on US imports and exports – but they could impact the US industry that produces some of the affected articles.

Cambodia strikes hurt investment as EBA loss looms 30 Jul 2019

Leonie Barrie

Cambodia’s garment and footwear manufacturers have been warned that a recent increase in "illegal" strikes is hurting the sector and could lead to a loss of confidence from buyers, at a time when the country risks losing the European Union (EU) ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) trade benefits.

New standard defines smart textiles terminology 30 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has approved a new standard that defines smart textiles terminology and can be used to objectively classify and differentiate some of these new materials and products.

From Field to Shelf – Trade wars hit as apparel loses its appeal 30 Jul 2019

Robert P Antoshak

The trade struggle between the US and China coincides with a changing apparel market that is getting more complicated and confusing to navigate, writes Robert P Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc.

New Balance steps up on climate commitments 30 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

Boston-based New Balance Athletics has pledged to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 across its global operations as part of two new major climate commitments.

Why the fashion industry must get ahead of its massive pollution problem 8 Aug 2019

Guest author

Levi Strauss has taken the lead on climate commitment – but where does the rest of the fashion industry stand today? asks Todd Paglia, executive director at

Japan backs new garment design project in Palestine 30 Jul 2019

Paul Cochrane

Japan is financing a United Nations (UN) led project to bolster employment and garment design in the West Bank of Palestine.

Teijin Frontier develops silk-like polyester fabric 30 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting business of Japanese conglomerate Teijin Group, has developed a polyester fabric it claims looks and feels like fine silk and can be used in garments such as blouses.

Nike uses beads in innovative new cushioning system 30 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

US sporting goods giant Nike has revealed a new cushioning system made from thousands of thermoplastic elastomer or TPE beads that work to create a personalised footbed that forms to the foot. 

Caleres to relaunch and rebrand Zodiac Footwear 29 Jul 2019

Beth Wright

Footwear retailer Caleres has announced the relaunch and rebrand of Zodiac Footwear ahead of its return to the global marketplace.








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