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US economy makes dramatic progress since pandemic hit 9 Apr 2021

Beth Wright

The US economy has made dramatic progress since the coronavirus pandemic brought activity to a near-standstill this time last year, according to a new monthly economic review, with more vaccines in arms, federal stimulus putting money into pockets and consumers shopping again.

Pandemic impacts H&M Group green goals 6 Apr 2021

Hannah Abdulla

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group has said the Covid-19 pandemic did impact its sustainability targets for the year with factory closures and a delay or suspension of several planned sustainability-related activities. 

Fashion chain Peacocks rescued from administration 6 Apr 2021

Beth Wright

Fashion retailer Peacocks has been bought out of administration by an international investment consortium backed by Edinburgh Woollen Mill's chief operating officer Steve Simpson.

Bangladesh aims to consolidate industry approach to sustainability 6 Apr 2021

Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to launch a garment sector sustainability report that aims to consolidate the industry’s approach to sustainability reporting.

Influencer marketing boosts In The Style ahead of AIM float 6 Apr 2021

GlobalData Retail

In The Style's influencer-led proposition clearly resonated with shoppers prior to Covid-19, and the pandemic boosted its fortunes as young shoppers flocked online, with sales increasing by 169% to GBP13.5m in the 13 weeks to 31 December 2020.

Tighter supplies add uncertainty to hopes for global cotton recovery 6 Apr 2021

Beth Wright

An expected increase in global cotton mill use and the distribution of vaccines offer some hope for recovery in the cotton sector but there are multiple issues that could derail progress, including tightening supplies and the continuing escalation of trade tensions between some of the world’s top producers and consumers.

Keen shares secret for PFC-free footwear 6 Apr 2021

Beth Wright

US footwear brand Keen, Inc has established an open-sourced model for how it creates PFC-free footwear.

South Africa's Mr Price approved for Power Fashion buy 6 Apr 2021

Michelle Russell

South African fashion retailer Mr Price Group has acquired Power Fashion following approval from the country’s competition authorities.

Pakistan's Soorty aims to drive organic cotton revolution 6 Apr 2021

Michelle Russell

Pakistan denim manufacturer Soorty has partnered with WWF-Pakistan and the Department of Agriculture Extension, Balochistan to launch an initiative aimed at "driving an organic cotton revolution".

Lycra Co names new co-CEOs in leadership structure shakeup 6 Apr 2021

Beth Wright

Performance fibre specialist The Lycra Company has named its chairman Yafu Qiu and chief commercial officer Julien Born as co-chief executive officers following the retirement of David Trerotola.

J.Crew bolsters senior management team 6 Apr 2021

Beth Wright

US apparel retailer J.Crew Group has bolstered its senior management team with four new appointments, including the newly created role of senior vice president sustainability. 

China's Purcotton selects PLM to speed market response 6 Apr 2021

Michelle Russell

Chinese cotton goods company Purcotton has implemented a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help speed up its market response and product launch cycle.

US sourcing events gear up for 2021 schedule 1 Apr 2021

Michelle Russell

A slate of apparel and sourcing fashion trade events, both physical and virtual, have been planned for the second half of the year, giving buyers access to new brands and markets.

Devan finishes work with Jeanologia e-Flow technology 1 Apr 2021

Michelle Russell

Belgian chemicals firm Devan has been working with denim finishing technology specialist Jeanologia to reduce further water consumption during the application of its Bi-ome antimicrobial and R-Vital skincare finishes.

Myanmar workers up pressure on brands to offer more support 1 Apr 2021

Michelle Russell

Myanmar’s garment workers are calling on global fashion brands to condemn the country’s military coup, provide meaningful support for their protests and to not order from factories that support the regime.

H&M uses plant-based pigments to colour new collection 1 Apr 2021

Beth Wright

The latest collection from Swedish fashion retailer H&M highlights new, more sustainable methods of working with colour with garments dyed using techniques such as biotechnology, plant-based pigments and closed-loop systems.

Next optimistic on year ahead despite FY profits halving 1 Apr 2021

Michelle Russell

UK clothing and homeware retailer Next Plc saw its profits halve last year but has upped its earnings forecast thanks to strong online sales.

Top stories on just-style in March... 1 Apr 2021

Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style in March include an interview with Sanjeev Bahl, CEO of Vietnam-based ethical denim manufacturer Saitex, and a look at the US apparel and footwear industry's most pressing trade matters for 2021. Elsewhere, we look at the new laws of garment sourcing, how the UK government plans to support sustainable fashion, and how global fashion brands are being urged not to trade their human rights principles for market access, despite facing a barrage of commercial retaliation in China over their statements against the use of forced Uyghur labour. 

Top stories this week on just-style... 1 Apr 2021

Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style were again dominated by events around forced labour in China's Xinjiang cotton-hub, with fashion brands urged not to trade their human rights principles for market access amid the threat of consumer boycotts. Elsewhere, the impact on global trade from the blockage of the Suez Canal is likely to be felt for some time, and Gap Inc announces plans to sell its Janie and Jack business.

Being less bad is no longer good enough for HKRITA CEO 13 Apr 2021

Leonie Barrie

With light finally starting to appear at the end of the pandemic tunnel, Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), is in a philosophical mood. The industry must move away from doing less bad things and refocus on doing more good things, he tells just-style, with solutions lying further upstream and downstream than ever before.

Ecovative raises $60m to scale mycelium materials 1 Apr 2021

Leonie Barrie

Materials science company Ecovative has raised another $60m in funding to grow mycelium based materials better and faster, in key markets, at industrial scale.

H&M Group stresses long-term commitment to China 31 Mar 2021

Leonie Barrie

Swedish fast fashion retailer H&M Group today (31 March) emphasised its long-term commitment to China, after coming under fire from Chinese consumers over its stance on forced labour in cotton-hub Xinjiang.

US suspends trade engagement with Myanmar 31 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

The US has suspended all engagement with Myanmar under a trade and investment agreement until the return of a democratically elected government.

VF Corp names new EMEA supply chain vice president 31 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

VF Corporation has announced several new appointments to its EMEA leadership team, including naming Stuart Pond as vice president of supply chain operations.

Cotton workers form first independent trade union in Uzbekistan 31 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

The first independent and democratic trade union organisation has been formed in Uzbekistan with workers from the cotton plantations of global fibres producer Indorama.

Multichannel retail adoption accelerated during 2020 holidays 31 Mar 2021

GlobalData Retail

Despite lockdowns and disruptions, the Covid-19 pandemic drove increased adoption and growth of multichannel retail in the 2020 holiday period, further cementing its role in retail going forward, new research shows.

Zip producer Riri uses recycled polyester as standard 31 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

Swiss zips and buttons firm Riri Group says it has become the first manufacturing company in the fashion accessories industry to introduce the use of recycled polyester as production standard for its zip range.

Lululemon investment boosts Q4 growth 31 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

Canadian athletic apparel retailer Lululemon has booked strong growth in the fourth quarter thanks to investment in its direct-to-consumer channel and good management of expenses.

H&M Group swings to Q1 loss as Covid bites 31 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group has moved to a loss for the first quarter, as the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in extensive restrictions.

Avery Dennison sets out framework for action on waste 31 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

Avery Dennison Corporation has teamed up with consultancy the Future Laboratory to compile a 'Zero Waste Futures' report that provides brands and retailers with a strategic framework for action on waste and the transition to a circular economy.








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