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Oasis and Warehouse Group enters menswear with Idle Man buy 10 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

British fashion retailer the Oasis and Warehouse Group has taken its first step into menswear with the acquisition of online fashion brand The Idle Man.

China's Maxrieny brand picks PLM to drive growth 10 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Chinese womenswear brand Maxrieny has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help drive future growth.

Microfibre Consortium gains momentum with new members 10 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

The Microfibre Consortium, which is seeking to develop practical solutions to minimise microfibre release into the environment from the textile industry, has been joined by three new members as it continues to scale up its three-year agenda.

Kohl's outlines 100% sustainably sourced cotton goal 11 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

US department store retailer Kohl's has announced a series of new sustainability goals, including plans to achieve 100% sustainably sourced cotton in its proprietary brands by 2025.

Huntsman extends High IQ for moisture management 11 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects has extended its High IQ performance assurance programme to help mills, brands and retailers meet consumer demand for garments with durable moisture management.

Turkey apparel exports up just 0.1% in first seven months 10 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Turkey's garment exports have edged up by just 0.1% year-on-year in the seven months to July to US$10.4bn, according to new data from the Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB).

Urban Outfitters shifting sourcing to mitigate China tariffs 10 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

US clothing retailer Urban Outfitters has said that rather than resorting to price hikes, its focus will be on sourcing from other countries and negotiating with existing suppliers to mitigate the impact of US tariffs on imports from China.

BASF bolsters investment in footwear segment 9 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Performance materials company BASF has announced a series of investments to expand its presence in the global footwear market, including new footwear development centres in the US and Thailand, a footwear innovation centre in Taiwan, expansion of its footwear development centre in Italy.

H&M latest to suspend Brazil leather sourcing 9 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion group Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has become the latest apparel retailer to suspend the sourcing of leather from Brazil over environmental concerns.

PTC and Browzwear integrate PLM and 3D tools 9 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Software firms PTC and Browzwear have launched the first native integration between their PLM and 3D tools in a move aimed a improving the efficiency and creativity of design teams, as well as extending the value of 3D throughout the supply chain.

Turkey urges US to lift barriers to trade 9 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Turkey has asked the US to lift trade barriers between the two countries in a bid to boost exports in several of its key industries including textiles.

Kohl's names new tech chief amid president's exit 9 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

US department store retailer Kohl's has announced the upcoming departure of its president, Sona Chawla, and named a new chief technology officer to support the retailer's omnichannel business.

Store growth helps drive Primark FY sales rise 9 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Full-year sales at Primark are expected to rise 4%, helped by increased selling space, but the value fashion retailer has also warned it expects a reduced margin next year.

Barneys "secures financing" and addresses bankruptcy 9 Sep 2019

Michelle Russell

Troubled US luxury department store retailer Barneys New York has reportedly secured court approval for financing, allowing it to begin looking for a buyer, while moving to assure customers it is still open for business.

Argentine apparel makers see few Mercosur gains 16 Sep 2019

Ivan Castano Freeman

Argentina's textile and apparel industry expects revenues to fall sharply in 2019 as a growing financial and economic crisis fuels a decline in clothing production and consumption. 

New FDI rules in India retail relax sourcing requirements 6 Sep 2019

Leonie Barrie

India's Ministry of Commerce has recently announced a slew of relaxations on its foreign direct investment (FDI) rules for single-brand retailers, including an easing of the local sourcing requirements.

Lycra FitSense launches for targeted lightweight support 6 Sep 2019

Leonie Barrie

Following a trial launch in Europe and the US, fibre firm The Lycra Company is to roll out its new Lycra FitSense technology globally, offering a new way to deliver targeted lightweight support to stretch fabrics.

Arcadia Group reveals extent of last year's losses 6 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Arcadia Group, owner of the Topshop and Miss Selfridge brands, swung to a massive loss last year, blaming the challenging global retail market for a slide in sales.

Lenzing pilots fibre traceability using blockchain 6 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Lenzing Group has pioneered a pilot project with Hong Kong based brand Chicks that uses blockchain technology to trace its Tencel branded fibres although the way through the supply chain to retail.

Lululemon ups FY forecast on Q2 sales and profit surge 6 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Canadian yogawear retailer Lululemon Athletica has upped its full-year guidance on the back of a double-digit surge in both earnings and revenue during the second quarter – and says it does not expect the twists and turns of Trump's tariff hikes to have a big impact on the business.

Top stories this week on just-style... 6 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style saw the US and China go ahead with threats to impose new levies on each other's imports, an interview with Dr Rubana Huq, the new president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), and a look at the next steps for the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Elsewhere, a new survey shows countries with the lowest production costs are the ones whose garment suppliers are most commonly squeezed when it comes to pricing.

Ethical aspirations at odds with brand actions in South India 9 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

A new report has surfaced alleging top fashion brands that are pledging to end worker exploitation in supply chains are hampering progress through "irresponsible sourcing practices".

Applied DNA adds traceability to down and feather supply chain 5 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Applied DNA Sciences is extending its product authenticity and traceability solutions into the down and feather supply chain.

Amazon will need to hike prices to offset fresh tariffs 5 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

E-commerce giant will need to increase prices on products sold in the US by between 2.1-2.6% in order to offset the impact of fresh tariffs announced on Chinese goods, analysts say.

American Eagle Outfitters reduces China production 5 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Retailer American Eagle Outfitters says it is continuing to pull production out of China in the wake of new tariffs introduced on imports into the US – and warns if they increase from 15% to 25% it may be forced to pass the cost on to consumers.

Turkey garment exports to UK would be hit by no-deal Brexit 5 Sep 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Turkey could stand to lose US$1.3bn in garment exports to the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the country's Ministry of Trade.

Central America leads US apparel imports surge in July 6 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

The volume of apparel imported into the US saw a double-digit growth surge month-on-month in July as retailers stocked up for the back-to-school season and rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of scheduled tariff hikes. Growth in shipment volumes from El Salvador and Honduras was highest during the month, with China also booking double-digit gains but Bangladesh seeing a decline.

Boohoo ups FY forecast on strong H1 performance 5 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Shares in Boohoo soared by more than 16% this morning (5 September) as the UK-based online fast fashion retailer upped its full-year sales guidance thanks to strong revenue growth across key brands.

Jordan mulls increasing local design content in manufacturing 10 Sep 2019

Paul Cochrane

Jordanian garment manufacturers and supporting institutions like the International Labour Organization's Better Work Jordan initiative plan to introduce garment design training to add value to a sector that is primarily 'cut and sew.'

Lenzing fibres certified for full biodegradability 5 Sep 2019

Beth Wright

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group has received certification that its fibres have been certified for full biodegradability in freshwater by the independent research laboratory Organic Waste Systems (OWS).






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