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Eco-friendly investment can turn sustainability into profit 9 Dec 2019

Moving towards sustainability in the clothing and textile sector requires a huge amount of long-term investment – be it new sewage processing systems or recycling technology. But how to get the rewards from these investments? At this year’s Integral Conversation conference organised by Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturing giant Esquel Group, companies in the fashion industry were exploring solutions.


China set to strengthen Belt & Road textile reach 2 Dec 2019

The Chinese government has started to double down on driving increased Chinese investment in the textile industry in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries, notably in Central Asia.


Levi Strauss leads on green supply chain in China 28 Oct 2019

Levi Strauss, Adidas and C&A have been ranked amongst the top brands to have made progress in environmental supply chain management in China over the last year, with the apparel sector one of the most active industries when it comes to taking action.


Eco-friendly fashion – Where are we still falling short? 11 Oct 2019

Despite current efforts to create more eco-friendly fashion, the industry needs a more deliberate approach to integrating sustainability across the entire value chain. Here Feng Xin, VP of downstream business & corporate development at viscose major Sateri, sets out three key areas that should be addressed.


Trump's Christmas gift to China hosiery makers 22 Aug 2019

Some say President Trump's decision to delay the introduction of certain new tariffs until December is a gift to American consumers. David Birnbaum believes it is President Trump's Christmas gift to China's hosiery makers.

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Crystal develops denim from cutting room scraps 9 Dec 2019

Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing giant Crystal International Group is stepping up its efforts to recycle textile waste with the imminent launch of denim fabric made from cutting room scraps.


H&M Group to test subscription rental in China 9 Dec 2019

Retailer H&M Group has partnered with China's largest fashion rental platform YCloset to test subscription rentals in the country, in a move that will allow Chinese consumers to hire apparel from its COS brand.


China's Bailu addresses viscose supply chain risks 9 Dec 2019

Xinxiang Chemical Fiber (Bailu), one of China's leading producers of viscose filament yarn, has completed the CanopyStyle Audit that confirms it has taken immediate action to remove known risks from its supply chain and engage with suppliers that have potential risk.


US rules China and India have dumped polyester yarn 25 Nov 2019

The US Department of Commerce has ruled that exporters from China and India have been dumping polyester textured yarn in the US at sizeable margins.


Major brands caught in crossfire of Xinjiang sourcing 13 Nov 2019

A handful of major names in the apparel industry have reacted to allegations they are involved in cotton supplies sourced from Xinjiang, an area in China that has recently been in the spotlight over human rights abuses.


China eyes stronger textile and apparel ties in Southeast Asia 12 Nov 2019

China’s state textile planners are strengthening ties with Mekong River countries within Southeast Asia in the textile and apparel sectors. The move contradicts assumptions that the Chinese government wants to oppose the exodus of domestic producers to this region.


Tariffs cost China $1.19bn in US apparel and textile exports 6 Nov 2019

China has lost an estimated US$1.19bn in potential textile and apparel shipments to the US in the first half of the year as a result of the punitive tariffs imposed by President Trump.


New research adds to Xinjiang forced labour concerns 21 Oct 2019

New research has added to worries that imports of clothing from China could have links to forced labour, prompting the group representing US apparel and footwear retailers and importers to express its concerns at the situation.


Balabala accelerates product innovation with PLM 1 Oct 2019

Chinese childrenswear brand Balabala has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help drive product innovation and competitive growth.


Topsports International launches US$1.2bn IPO? 26 Sep 2019

Topsports International, the sportswear business of Chinese footwear retailer Belle International, has reportedly launched a US$1.2bn initial public offering.

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Toxic-free fashion leaders 19 Mar 2015

Esprit and Benetton have been quick off the mark to celebrate their ratings as “Detox leaders” in this year’s “Detox Catwalk” rankings. The online platform is designed to assess fashion brands’ records on removing toxic chemicals from the supply chain, and has just been published for the second time.


China's competitiveness success 8 Aug 2014

If evidence were needed as to how China's competitiveness is holding up, look no further than the latest US apparel import data.