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September 25, 2020

Top stories this week on just-style…

Top stories on just-style this week include the United States is moving forward with legislation that would effectively ban cotton imports from China’s Xinjiang province, and an interview with Allen Zhang, president of viscose fibre producer Sateri, on why Covid-19 has highlighted the need for an agile supply chain. Elsewhere, Ralph Lauren Corporation is restructuring with plans to slash its global workforce, and Uniqlo is to launch a new collection scheme for its unwanted apparel. 

By Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style this week include the United States is moving forward with legislation that would effectively ban cotton imports from China’s Xinjiang province, and an interview with Allen Zhang, president of viscose fibre producer Sateri, on why Covid-19 has highlighted the need for an agile supply chain. Elsewhere, Ralph Lauren Corporation is restructuring with plans to slash its global workforce, and Uniqlo is to launch a new collection scheme for its unwanted apparel. 

US lawmakers vote for action against Xinjiang forced labour The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to take comprehensive action against the import of apparel and other goods from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) – a move US apparel industry executives have previously warned would cause massive upheaval and supply chain disruption.

Why Sateri sees Covid-19 as an industry wake-up call – Interview Leading viscose fibre producer Sateri has kept its foot firmly on the gas in recent months, with milestones that include starting production of lyocell fibres in China and launching a new commercial scale viscose fibre made from recycled textile waste – all in the midst of a global pandemic. President Allen Zhang shares how Covid-19 has affected the business and explains why the crisis has underlined the importance of a resilient and agile supply chain. 

Portugal clothing and textile sector shapes up for recovery The Portuguese textile and clothing industry has proved to be an example of resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic due to its clusters, flexibility, investment in research and development (R&D) and good ethics.

Ralph Lauren the latest to trim its global workforce Ralph Lauren Corporation is restructuring, with plans including cuts to its global workforce and a ‘Digitizing the Value Chain’ project to enable faster and more connected decision-making from product design to market.

Uniqlo to launch circular clothing collection scheme Fast Retailing clothing brand Uniqlo is gearing up to launch an initiative that collects Uniqlo clothing that is unwanted by consumers to give them a new life and keep valuable resources out of landfills.

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