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US hits China garment maker with detention order 14 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

The US has issued a new import detention order on garments produced by the Hero Vast Group that are suspected of being manufactured using prison labour in China.

Tapestry turnaround plans speed focus on digital growth 13 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

Coach brand owner Tapestry Inc has embarked on a new multi-year turnaround plan to cut costs and focus on digital growth as shoppers continue to shift from stores to e-commerce.

Express implements AI-powered assortment planning 13 Aug 2020

Leonie Barrie

Fashion retailer Express Inc is adapting to a changing market with an artificial intelligence (AI) based merchandise planning application that ensures products are tailored to the needs of customers.

UK online clothing sales turn positive in July 13 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

UK online sales growth for clothing was positive for the first time in five months in July as external social activities restarted following further relaxation of lockdown rules.

EU withdrawal of Cambodia's duty benefits takes effect 13 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

Despite months of objections by Cambodia's garment and footwear sectors, the European Union's (EU) decision to partially withdraw the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme is now in effect.

Better Cotton Initiative launches new advisory group 13 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has initiated a new Chain of Custody Advisory Group to provide advice on the development of the key framework that connects demand with supply of Better Cotton and helps to incentivise cotton farmers to adopt more sustainable practices.

Motif partners with LIM College on supply chain learning 13 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

Motif, a knowledge hub and e-learning platform launched by fit specialist Alvanon, has launched three online courses covering supply chain, sustainability and advanced spreadsheet analytics.

Applied DNA patent paves way for large-scale cotton tagging 13 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

Applied DNA Sciences is on track to be issued with a new US patent that protects its methods of DNA tagging cotton fibres during the ginning process. 

The Very Group upbeat despite fashion sales decline 13 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

Digital pureplay retailer The Very Group, formerly Shop Direct, expects to return to profit in the full-year after reporting strong fourth-quarter revenue growth as customers bought more online.

Two more Sateri viscose mills confirmed EU-BAT compliant 13 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

Chinese viscose producer Sateri's mills in Jiujiang and Jiangxi have been verified to comply with the European Union Best Available Techniques (EU-BAT) standard, taking the company a step closer to its goal of having all its mills in the country meet the standard's provisions by 2023.

Stein Mart could close all stores as files for Chapter 11 12 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

Stein Mart has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a move that will see it likely to close most – if not all – of its 281 brick-and-mortar stores.

US apparel prices continue to climb in July 12 Aug 2020

Leonie Barrie

US apparel prices continued to edge up in July as stay-at-home restrictions eased across much of the country and consumers returned to shopping in stores – helping lift the core consumer price index to a 30-year high.

Kornit Digital acquires Custom Gateway workflow platform 12 Aug 2020

Leonie Barrie

Digital textile printing technology specialist Kornit Digital is taking another step towards on-demand apparel production with the acquisition of Custom Gateway workflow software.

Organic cotton production up 31% on last year 12 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

Organic cotton production increased 31% in the 2018/2019 harvest year, with estimates for this year at around 10% growth, new data shows.

Japanese scientists harness bacteria to create spider silk 12 Aug 2020

Robert Gilhooly

Scientists in Japan have succeeded in developing an artificial spider silk that could be upscaled for factory production with major implications for the apparel industry.

Asos ups FY guidance amid reduced returns rates 12 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

Online fashion retailer Asos has raised its full-year sales and profit expectations on the back of stronger than anticipated underlying demand and a sustained reduction in returns rates.

Aid by Trade leads Ethiopia water stewardship programme 12 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) has launched a collaborative three-year project in Ethiopia to tackle water pollution from the textile and apparel sector.

Brooks Brothers seeks approval for US$325m sale bid 12 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of Aéropostale and Nautica, and Sparc Group have been selected as the winning bidders for bankrupt men's wear retailer Brooks Brothers after increasing their offer to US$325m.

Investors urged to step up due diligence on Xinjiang links 12 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

Investors are being urged to take steps to identify, prevent and mitigate risks in portfolio companies to ensure they have no direct links to human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region.

Brendan Hoffman named Wolverine Worldwide president 12 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

Former Vince Holding Corp boss Brendan Hoffman has been named president of footwear firm Wolverine Worldwide and is expected to transition over a period of time to become the future CEO of the company.

Flexport launches carbon calculator for shipping 12 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

A new carbon calculator has launched by freight forwarding company Flexport to help businesses assess up to 100% of their carbon footprint for shipments.

Apparel Impact Institute to enhance supply chain mapping 12 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

The Apparel Impact Institute (AII), an environmental accelerator for the apparel and footwear industries, is preparing to launch a raft of new products later this year that will support the industry’s work around supply chain mapping.

Outland Denim opening Cambodia factories to other brands 12 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

Australian denim brand Outland Denim is to open its Cambodian manufacturing facilities to other brands and establish an in-house standard for sustainability.

Biotech firm adds to testing kit for vegan clothing 11 Aug 2020

Leonie Barrie

Quality control laboratory AMSlab has expanded its AMSvegan testing kit, which verifies the absence of products of animal origin in clothing, footwear, and accessories labelled under the vegan standard.

Debenhams to cut 2,500 store and distribution jobs 11 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

Struggling department store group Debenhams has announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs across its store network and distribution centre as part of its latest cost-cutting drive.

Arc'teryx partners on green water-repellent fabric finish 11 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

Researchers in Canada have joined hands with premium outdoor brand Arc'teryx to develop what they claim is one of the world's first non-toxic oil and water-repellent performance textile finishes.

Levi Strauss renews US outerwear licenses with G-III 12 Aug 2020

Leonie Barrie

Levi Strauss & Co has renewed its US licensing agreements for outerwear with G-III Apparel Group.

Morito Scovill helps cut impact of fastener production 11 Aug 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Morito Scovill Americas (MSA), a manufacturer of snaps and buttons for the apparel sector, has introduced a sustainability initiative that focuses on its manufacturing process and products with a view to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing.

Zalando sales surge by 19.6% in H1 11 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

German fashion e-tailer Zalando has revealed plans to double down on its platform transition in the second half of the year after sales grew by more than 19% in the first six months. 

World clothing and textile exports slide in Q1 11 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

World merchandise trade was down 3% in value terms last year, with clothing and textile exports falling in the first quarter, new figures show.








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