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Garment-to-garment recycling line wins innovation award 12 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

The garment-to-garment mini production line developed by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), which recycles post-consumer garments into clean, wearable clothes, has been recognised in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards for 2019.

South Africa's TFG deploys RFID to drive stock accuracy 12 Sep 2019

Leonie Barrie

Half-way through an ambitious 24-month RFID (radio-frequency identification) roll-out, South African based retail group TFG is reporting cost savings and significant cuts in stock counting time.

Trump delays October tariff hike by two weeks 12 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

The ongoing US tariff saga continues, with the latest move seeing President Donald Trump agree to delay the next tariff increase on US$250bn worth of imports from China by two weeks.

Size Stream develops mobile 3D body scanning app 12 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

US based 3D body scanning and measurement company Size Stream is developing a smartphone app that allows consumers to to track changes in their body shape and order custom fit clothing based on their exact measurements.

Dystar outlines progress in sustainability performance 12 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

The ninth sustainability report from Singapore-based dye manufacturer Dystar shows the firm has reduced water intensity by 31%, reduced emissions by 22%, and wastewater intensity by 28% since 2011 – and reused around 2m cubic metres of water.

Hugo Boss latest to make CmiA commitment 11 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

German clothing firm Hugo Boss has become the latest company to sign up to the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative with new products using the fibre set to hit the shelves next spring.

Underwear sales most likely to weather US tariff hikes 12 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

Sales of "nice to have" products such as handbags are likely be among those hardest hit by tariff-related price increases, new research has found – whereas the potential impact on men's and women's underwear is much lower.

Inditex H1 profits and sales up on tech investments 11 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Inditex Group, the world’s biggest fashion retailer and owner of brands including Zara, Masimmo Dutti and Bershka, has reported a rise in sales and profits for the first half, boosted by investments in stores as well as in logistics and technology.

Some of the challenges in reaching fashion's climate goals 12 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

While leading global fashion players are making progress towards embracing sustainable fashion, a "significant" amount of work still needs to be done to adopt the various measures already in place that can enable the sector to become genuinely sustainable – particularly with regard to climate change.

Next US Customs blockchain test to focus on IP rights 12 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

The US Customs and Border Protection agency is preparing to conduct a second test of its potential use of blockchain technology in a move that could bring more transparency, efficiency and security to trade processing.

From Field to Shelf – What price fast-fashion and the future of clothes? 17 Sep 2019

Robert P Antoshak

The harsh realities of the global business of textiles and apparel are set out in a new book 'Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes.' Aimed at the general public, explains industry consultant Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, the message for industry insiders is clear: clean up your act.

Guess "on track" for circular fashion commitment 11 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

US fashion retailer Guess has highlighted progress towards its sustainability goals over the course of the last two years, with achievements including increasing supplier training and worker welfare programmes in a bid to develop and protect workers in its supply chain.

12 start-ups joining fashion’s innovation revolution 11 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Innovations in garment fitting, recycling, intelligent machinery, and a virtual garment marketplace are among the solutions from the 12 new innovators joining the latest Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator Programme.

Xinjiang apparel supply chain risks extend beyond China 11 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

New research suggests all supply chains linked to China are at risk of having an association with forced labour and other abuses since raw materials produced in the Xinjiang region are being used in manufacturing in other countries.

Laser printing produces new waterproof e-textiles 12 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

Scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed what they say is a cost-efficient and scaleable method for rapidly producing waterproof smart fabrics.

New Look narrows Q1 loss but sales slide 11 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

New Look remains confident in its turnaround strategy after the UK fashion retailer narrowed its loss in the first quarter, despite sales continuing to fall. 

Rwanda steps into Africa’s apparel sourcing mix 17 Sep 2019

Leonie Barrie

For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world’s next big destination for textile and fashion production. But another East African country – Rwanda – is also gearing up for a slice of the action, with the country’s newest export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time.

Italy overtakes China as largest importer of US leather 11 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Italy has overtaken China as the largest importer of leather from the US, according to new data that also suggests leather and hide production in the US has seen a "drastic" downturn.

Germany launches ‘Green button’ textile mark 11 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

The German government has formally launched its 'Grüner Knopf' (Green Button) textile seal, a certification mark that indicates products comply with a number of social and environmental requirements.

US retail imports surge again ahead of new tariffs 10 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Imports at major US retail container ports reached unusually high numbers just before new tariffs on goods from China took effect 1 September – and are expected to surge again before another round of tariffs takes effect in December.

Resolution of Mexico worker issues key to USMCA success 11 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

The resolution of key worker issues by Mexico is fundamental to the successful ratification of the new United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, US labour leaders have warned.

Functional Fabric Fair sourcing platform heads to Oregon 11 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

The debut of the Functional Fabric Fair in Portland, Oregon next month is already proving popular, with a sold-out exhibit hall of more than 130 suppliers of apparel fabrics and accessories.

Levi Strauss debuts indigo 'cottonised hemp' collection 10 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Levi Strauss has revealed its latest collection in partnership with US menswear brand Outerknown, in which every item is made using rain-fed cottonised hemp, which is now available in true blue indigo denim for the first time. 

Startup wins $19m to improve freight flow at US ports 11 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

Container shipping and logistics start-up Loadsmart has received US$19m in funding from Maersk Growth and Ports America to support a major initiative aimed at improving the flow of freight through US ports.

Speedo trials augmented reality in sportswear 11 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

UK-based Pentland Brands, one of the world's largest sports, outdoor and fashion companies, has trialled a new augmented reality (AR) fit technology that it says could be applied to any footwear, apparel or accessories that are custom-fitted.

Thr3fold launches ethical manufacturing platform 10 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Fashion start-up Thr3efold has launched the beta version of its Ethical Manufacturing Platform, which aims to make it easier for apparel and accessory brands to connect with ethical factories around the world and manage their production in one place.

British Fashion Council platform to accelerate sustainability 10 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is to launch a platform to help brands navigate the topic of sustainability by bringing together opinion and best practice across the fashion industry.

Thailand offers tax cuts to manufacturers quitting China 10 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Thailand is proposing a new package to attract more foreign investment in the country, including a 50% tax break to entice manufacturers relocating production from China.

Indian clothing companies face up to mandatory CSR rules 13 Sep 2019

Raghavendra Verma

New mandatory requirements for corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes in India are forcing the country's garment exporters to refocus on their community development schemes and make special provisions to record all expenditure in this area.

JD Sports Fashion reports 47% surge in H1 sales 10 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

JD Sports Fashion Plc has hailed "another period of significant progress" as group revenue surged by more than 47% in the first half of the year, boosted by the acquisition of Finish Line in the US.





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