Latest Insights

Faster fashion – How to shorten the apparel calendar 29 May 2018

To get new styles into stores more quickly, fashion companies must improve internal collaboration, tap into consumer insights, and start to digitise the value chain, according to new insight from McKinsey.

How to tackle the apparel industry's digital skills gap? 4 May 2018

As the apparel industry wakes up to embracing digitalisation as a way of delivering on speed, customisation and transparency, it is also seeing a gap in the digital skills set of its workforce. Some tips the industry can take include collaborating with teaching staff on job expectations, sharing new technologies, and making them accessible to students.

Sportswear firms debate digitalisation and disruption 22 Nov 2017

Faced with a paradigm shift in everything from the way products are sold to the tools and technologies that make them, sporting goods brands, retailers and manufacturers are still trying to work out the best way to navigate this rapidly-changing landscape.

Adidas poised to thrive in highly competitive landscape 9 Nov 2017

Despite a number of difficult years, Adidas is back on track. The company's strong performance has been helped by the health of the global sportswear industry, the proliferation of athleisure, and a more reactive and agile manufacturing process, writes Pedro Aguilar, beauty and fashion analyst at market research provider Euromonitor International.

Digitisation – The next apparel sourcing hotspot? 14 Sep 2017

So far, the promise of digitisation in the apparel industry remains largely unfulfilled. But with opportunities for new cheap supplier countries nearly exhausted, it is now seen as offering sourcing executives untapped potential to lower costs, shorten lead times and increase transparency. A new survey takes a deep dive into unlocking digitisation's potential.

Latest News

Gerry Weber to rebuild business model and cut jobs 15 Jun 2018

German fashion house Gerry Weber has initiated a new performance programme to focus on digitisation and building a leaner businesses structure that will result in up to 150 job cuts.

Researchers use insect chitin for fabric finishing 12 Jun 2018

German researchers are exploring ways of using chitosan, derived from a component of insect skin called chitin, to replace toxic chemicals in the production of textiles.

Hugo Boss partners on pineapple leaf shoe 6 Jun 2018

As part of its sustainability efforts German fashion brand Hugo Boss has developed a new menswear shoe produced with Piñatex, a natural-based material made of pineapple leaf fibres.

Vaude praised for efforts to improve working conditions 18 May 2018

German outdoor clothing company Vaude has been awarded 'Leader' status in recognition of its efforts to establish fair working conditions in its supply chain.

Texprocess and Techtextil on course for growth 17 May 2018

The Techtextil trade show will return to Frankfurt next year featuring a digital textile micro factory showcasing a completely integrated and networked production line for apparel.

Kering officially spins off Puma 16 May 2018

French luxury goods group Kering has officially spun off German sports brand Puma to its shareholders as part of plans to transform itself into a pure luxury player.

Indorama approves $9m investment for Trevira unit 15 May 2018

Chemicals, fibres and woollen yarns conglomerate Indorama Ventures has approved various large textile projects at the Guben site in Germany of its Trevira polyester yarn business.

Zalando reaffirms outlook despite Q1 loss 8 May 2018

Berlin-based fashion e-tailer Zalando has reaffirmed its 20-25% growth target for the fourth consecutive year despite moving to a loss in the first quarter of 2018.

Hugo Boss outlines new sustainability agenda 4 May 2018

German fashion brand Hugo Boss has outlined a series of new sustainability goals, including plans to up its use of sustainable cotton, reduce the use of chemicals in its products, and to make a significant contribution to five of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Adidas confirms FY guidance as Q1 profit jumps 17% 3 May 2018

Adidas has confirmed its full-year guidance after booking a "successful" start to the year, which saw the German sportswear giant book double-digit top and bottom-line growth in the first quarter.

Latest blogs

World Sports Forum to focus on new markets 23 Jan 2015

Anyone heading to ISPO Munich next month for what is arguably the world’s largest multi-segment sports exhibition, should also try to take in the World Sports Forum event on 'Entering and Exploring new Markets.'

Adidas joins world's most sustainable companies 22 Jan 2015

German sporting goods giant Adidas Group has been named as the world's third most sustainable company this year, according to a ranking released by Toronto-based media company Corporate Knights to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Esprit launches vegan hantags 30 Jul 2014

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit is introducing vegan hangtags, in a bid to increase transparency in textile labelling and better inform conscious consumers.