Top stories this week on just-style include the US’s new tariffs on Chinese imports, a look at how sourcing recycled post-consumer textile fibres is the most challenging action point for clothing brands, and how suppliers are affected when a retailer goes bust and what they need to do in such a situation.
Textiles subject to new US tariffs on Chinese imports
A group representing US apparel and footwear brands and importers has hit out at the US government’s move to up the ante in its trade war with China by slapping tariffs on an additional US$200bn worth of Chinese imports, including textiles and accessories.
US apparel imports from China slide in May
Apparel imports into the US from China jumped nearly 30% in May from a month earlier, despite trade tensions growing between the two countries. Year-on-year, however, imports were down, while Cambodia booked the highest growth of the top ten.
Sourcing recycled textile fibres a challenge for fashion brands
Sourcing recycled post-consumer textile fibres is the most challenging action point for clothing brands as they look to hit their 2020 sustainability targets, the first status report for the Circular Fashion System has found.
What should suppliers do when retailers go bust?
Difficult trading conditions on the high street, increased online competition, rising costs and low consumer confidence are pushing retail bankruptcies to record-highs. Yet while the store closures and redundancies are widely reported, the fallout is also reverberating further along the supply chain.
What’s hindering progress on sustainable fashion?
The fashion industry might like to think sustainability is at the top of its agenda, but fierce competition on price, a fast fashion focus on volume rather than value, and flagging consumer interest are all hindering progress. Yet industry executives remain hopeful that as issues like microplastics pollution move into the mainstream, the issue of cheap and disposable clothing may also come to the fore.