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Winners and losers of a Trump tariff on China garments 22 Mar 2018

As President Donald Trump prepares to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese imports into the United States – which could include apparel and footwear – David Birnbaum takes a look at the potential winners and losers in the global garment trade.


The CSR risk in Chinese overseas clothing factories 13 Dec 2017

Research into the corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts of China’s textile and garment enterprises as they expand overseas has uncovered a number of shortfalls in Chinese-invested factories in Bangladesh and Myanmar.


Innovation is the key to successful sustainability 29 Nov 2017

Innovations in boosting sustainability in the textile and clothing sector and beyond were highlighted at this year's annual Integral Conversation conference, hosted again by Hong Kong shirt specialist Esquel Group in Guilin in southern China.


Esquel CEO emphasises efficiency and sustainability 28 Nov 2017

A leading and long-term supplier to global names such as Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Hugo Boss, Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturer Esquel Group is testing a new territory as it broadens its sustainable horizons, as vice chairman and CEO John Cheh explains.


A trade war between the US and China could begin with cotton 13 Oct 2017

An International Trade Commission hearing got underway this week as part of the Trump administration’s probe into China’s intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. The action gives the president broad authority to impose tariffs on foreign goods – and could hold dire consequences for US cotton producers.

Latest News

Sequential to take Avia to Greater China 18 Apr 2018

Brand management company Sequential Brands has inked a multi-year agreement with leading sports manufacturer and distributor Beiying Sports Technology Co Ltd to bring its active lifestyle brand Avia to Greater China.


House of Fraser owner implements supply chain initiative 12 Apr 2018

Sanpower Group, the owner of House of Fraser, has unveiled a new supply chain initiative that will see it sell premium Chinese brands, including clothing, in the UK retailer’s department stores.


Columbia Sportswear to take sole ownership of China JV 11 Apr 2018

Outdoor apparel, footwear and accessories maker Columbia Sportswear Company is to acquire the remaining interest in Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai), the joint venture it currently operates in China with Swire Resources.


Invista to set up new textile innovation centre in China 6 Apr 2018

Invista Apparel and Advanced Textiles, owner of the Lycra, Coolmax and Thermolite brands, has inked a deal to construct a new textile innovation centre in China.


US apparel sector concern over China cotton duties 5 Apr 2018

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) has raised significant concerns about the risk of 25% duties being imposed on imports into China of American-produced cotton, as the latest trade row between Washington and Beijing ramps up.


Ever-Glory delivers solid Q4 earnings 29 Mar 2018

Chinese fashion retailer and sourcing specialist Every-Glory International has booked a solid fourth-quarter thanks to continued improvement in operating efficiency and cost control throughout 2017.


JD.com works to make business more sustainable 28 Mar 2018

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has launched the fourth round of its clothing recycling programme, which will donate some collections to charity organisations, and is investigating the use of biodegradable packaging solutions.


Steel spat escalates as China slaps tariffs on $3bn of US imports 23 Mar 2018

China has slapped tariffs on US$3bn of American imports in retaliation for President Donald Trump's measures on steel and aluminium shipments.


China's Fosun to take majority stake in Wolford 2 Mar 2018

China-based conglomerate Fosun Industrial Holdings has concluded an agreement for a purchase of a majority stake in Austrian hosiery business Wolford.


China training initiative recruiting more factories 22 Feb 2018

A project launched last year to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of factories in China's Guangdong Province is recruiting more participants.

Latest blogs

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.