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July 30, 2021

Top stories on Just Style in July…

An interview with the founders of the UK's first cashmere brand, Loop Cashmere, Sri Lanka's roadmap for a greener garment sector, and a look at the economic impacts of US free trade agreements.

By Beth Wright

Here are the top stories on Just Style last month:

Overcoming implications of cheap cashmere is an industry-wide effort The founders of the UK’s first cashmere brand, Loop Cashmere, which launched in the midst of a global pandemic, tell Just Style green runs through the brand’s veins.

From field to shelf – an Independence Day for American textiles Is it time to take a fresh look at American textiles? From its long history to where it is today, explore the textiles professionals who are successfully producing apparel on US shores.

The economic impacts of US free trade agreements The newly-released ‘2021 Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented under Trade Authorities Procedures report from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to assess the impact of trade agreements on US industries, including workers, since 2016. Here are the key findings related to textiles and apparel.

Tunisia apparel sector remains resilient during political upheaval The Tunisia apparel sector has declared it is open for business despite the political upheaval instigated by the seizure of power and dismissal of parliament by the country’s President Kais Saied.

How Uncle Sam is raising your footwear and apparel costs As footwear and apparel costs in the US rise faster than they have done in years, the presidents of the USFIA and FDRA ask: Is it time to end the outdated footwear and apparel tariffs?

Report shows modern slavery takes place across all supply chains A new report on the ‘Implications of Covid-19 for modern slavery challenges in supply chain management’ has found modern slavery takes place in multiple sector supply chains and should be addressed across sectors.

Looting impacts clothing stores and apparel sector in South Africa Unrest in South Africa has led to both looting and arson for both the apparel sector and clothing stores.

Why doesn’t forced labour in supply chains matter to Western governments? The world has been critical of the treatment of China’s Uyghur Muslims, but governments are consistently poor when it comes to taking action over forced labour in supply chains.

How fashion brands can make jeans fit for a circular economy The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has published a new report that reveals it is possible for fashion and apparel brands to make jeans fit for today’s circular economy. ‘The Jeans Redesign: Insights from the first two years’ reveals the barriers, solutions and innovation gaps faced by the 72 brands, retailers, garment manufacturers, fabric mills and laundries signed up to The Jeans Redesign’s common guidelines and definitions.

Forced labour elimination efforts in US falling short Current efforts to eliminate forced labour in global supply chains are falling short, US lawmakers have been told.

US apparel shipments from Latin America jump in May The year continues to see apparel and textile suppliers to the US double down on orders in a bid to recover from a catastrophic 2020 linked to factory and store closures amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Latin America, in particular, enjoyed a spike in shipments during May.

Singapore plays straight to the garment industry future Why Singapore is the most trustworthy place for the centre of the post-virus global garment industry.

Where are apparel supply chain companies focusing their big data hiring efforts? Companies are increasingly hiring for big data roles in the fashion and accessories sector, but some parts of the world are proving more attractive than others.

UK clothing sales fall again in June UK retail sales edged up in June from the month prior but consumer demand for apparel continues to wane with sales volumes at clothing stores falling by 4.7%

Coalition calls for UK due diligence law Countries such as France, Germany and Norway have already passed laws on supply chain due diligence, and the UK now needs to do the same.

US and Vietnam reach agreement over currency concerns The US Treasury Department has reached an agreement with the State Bank of Vietnam to address concerns it had over the southeast Asian country’s currency practices.

AAFA shares concerns on shipping crisis and rising inflation with Biden The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has shared a letter sent to US President Biden that requests extra support for the apparel and textile industry due to the ongoing shipping crisis and rising inflation rates.

How to make sustainable textile sourcing more mainstream Four ways to overcome the common stumbling blocks to integrating sustainability into fashion and textiles.

Roadmap to a greener garment sector for Sri Lanka HSBC and the IUCN have launched a roadmap for Sri Lanka’s garment sector that offers recommendations to improve its circularity and environment governance.

Guess Inc makes new green pledges with Vision Guess plan Guess Inc has unveiled a series of new sustainability commitments under its new Vision Guess plan, including replacing virgin polyester with recycled materials, increasing sustainable denim offerings to 75% within three years, and reducing supply chain emissions by 30% by 2030.


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