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Very to tackle clothing waste with Re-Fashion 14 Oct 2020

Beth Wright has partnered with second-hand clothing specialist Re-Fashion in a move aimed at reducing clothing waste and the amount of good quality, wearable apparel going to landfill.

Walmart completes sale to CriticalPoint Capital 14 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

US retail giant Walmart has completed the sale of its business to affiliates of CriticalPoint Capital, the LA-based private equity firm that owns JackRabbit and Olympia Sports.

Fashion Pact doubles membership one year on 14 Oct 2020

Michelle Russell

The Fashion Pact, a coalition aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the apparel industry, has doubled its membership one year on from its launch, while also setting out a digital dashboard of KPIs and an operations structure.

WRAP probes Speedo and Jockey partner in India 15 Oct 2020

Hannah Abdulla

US-based Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) has begun a probe into the Indian licensee of Jockey International and Speedo, after accusations of human rights abuses at one of its factories.

Woolmark cuts licence fee for certification programme 14 Oct 2020

Leonie Barrie

The Woolmark Company is halving the annual licence fee for its Woolmark Certification Program, in a move aimed at helping supply chain partners gain access to the quality scheme.

American & Efird commits to further US investment 15 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

American & Efird (A&E), which claims to be the largest supplier of sewing thread and specialty yarns in the US and second largest supplier in the world, has announced its continued investment in the company’s US manufacturing platform.

China, Cambodia sign agreement to boost bilateral trade 14 Oct 2020

Hannah Abdulla

China is continuing to make good on its promise to support Cambodia after the partial withdrawal of the country's duty-free access to the European Union (EU) market, with the superpower signing a free trade agreement with Cambodia, put together in under a year and aimed at slashing tariffs and boosting market access between the two.

DyStar adds to its Cadira sustainable solutions line 15 Oct 2020

Michelle Russell

Singapore-based dye manufacturer DyStar has added a new sustainable scour-dyeing process and a further Cadira module for exhaust processing of polyester/cellulosic blends.

Aditya Birla "low Risk" in CanopyStyle viscose audit 15 Oct 2020

Michelle Russell

Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla has completed its second CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show the company's current supply chain is again at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources.

Asos takes Covid-19 in its stride as FY profits soar 329% 14 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

Asos says it has emerged from the financial year as a stronger, more resilient and agile business and is well positioned for the uncertain landscape ahead amid a GBP109m surge in profit and plans to launch a new own-label brand at a typically lower price point.

Matalan cautious as Q2 profits slump by almost a third 14 Oct 2020

Michelle Russell

UK value clothing retailer Matalan has booked a decline in second-quarter earnings and issued a cautious outlook amid the reinstatement of Government restrictions due to Covid-19.

VF Corp reshuffles core and emerging brand management 14 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

VF Corp has outlined a series of organisational changes as part of its ongoing business model transformation and to ensure greater alignment in the management of its core and emerging brands portfolio – including the appointment of a new global brand president for The North Face.

New Higg Open Data Portal to validate fashion sustainability claims 14 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

Technology company Higg Co has unveiled a new tool it claims will allow consumers and stakeholders alike to see the actual data behind statements about product sustainability for the first time.

Bangladesh garment workers continue to face Covid-19 hardships 13 Oct 2020

Leonie Barrie

A survey of ready-made garment workers in Bangladesh has found that while many are still feeling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been improvements in some areas such as wage payments and virus prevention.

Pentland Brands names new brand boss for Canterbury and Mitre 13 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

Pentland Brands has named Jodie Soussan as the new global brand director for its Canterbury and Mitre brands in the latest of a series of management changes.

US retail bankruptcies on track for record year 13 Oct 2020

Hannah Abdulla

US retail bankruptcy filings and liquidations reached a record in the first half of 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – positioning the year to see more bankruptcies filed than during the great recession of 2010.

US Textile Rules updated to include generic fibre names 13 Oct 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a final ruling that will enable the marketing of textile products under seven additional generic fibre names from next month.

Sustainability top of mind for fashion leaders despite Covid-19 13 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

Business leaders in the global fashion industry are prioritising sustainability, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the topic ranked as the second most important strategic objective for companies in the sector – but more access to better quality data is required to help truly drive change.

Saya launches green fibre made from fabric offcuts 13 Oct 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Taiwanese performance fibre manufacturer Saya, a new name in fibre, is announcing its debut with the launch of a sustainable fibre made from fabric offcuts, bringing new options to the textile industry and moving beyond recycled PET bottles.

Delta Apparel expands digital print business 13 Oct 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Delta Apparel is expanding its digital print business with the opening of its first 'On Demand DC' in partnership with DTG2Go so brands and retailers can grow their business utilizing an integrated, on-demand fulfilment model.

Burberry partners on prototype system for product traceability 13 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

British luxury clothing and accessories brand Burberry has partnered with technology giant IBM to develop a prototype system that may in future help to improve traceability in fashion. 

Polartec powers open-source Houdini fleece jacket 14 Oct 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Swedish sportswear brand Houdini has teamed up with fabric maker Polartec on Project Mono Air, an open-source initiative where all the work behind their latest circular innovation, the Mono Air fleece jacket, is shared online.

French Connection H1 loss triples as Covid bites 13 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

French Connection Group said the timing of the Covid-19 outbreak had a material impact on its business in the first half, which saw its underlying loss for the period more than triple and group sales tumble by 53.2%.

Boohoo names responsible sourcing director 12 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

UK online fashion retailer Boohoo has named former Primark executive Andrew Reaney as its new group director of responsible sourcing.

YKK commits to cut emissions across operations 12 Oct 2020

Michelle Russell

Fastener manufacturer YKK has set out its new sustainability vision, which will serve as a roadmap to the company achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Why the leather industry wants a Higg Index review 12 Oct 2020

Leonie Barrie

Leather industry trade groups from around the world are calling for the suspension of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) score for leather to enable a review of the underlying methodologies and data.

Arcadia brands tap predictive analytics to boost buying 12 Oct 2020

Leonie Barrie

UK based fashion retailers Dorothy Perkins, Burton Menswear and Miss Selfridge are using predictive analytics to make faster and better design and buying decisions.

Zinc fibre microcurrent adds to antiviral arsenal 12 Oct 2020

Leonie Barrie

A new antiviral zinc fibre based technology has been developed that creates a microcurrent on the surface of a fabric that is said to fully destroy viral pathogens including coronavirus.

New Asda owners weighing George sale? 12 Oct 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The new owners of UK supermarket chain Asda could be weighing up a sale of the clothing unit, George.

Sustainability event focus of garment worker wage campaign 12 Oct 2020

Michelle Russell

H&M, Nike, Bestseller have become the target of a new campaign by the Clean Clothes Campaign demanding wage assurance for garment workers, with disruption of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit its focus.





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