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How C&A Foundation is trying to transform fashion 27 Jun 2017

Driven by concerns the fashion industry isn't working to improve the lives of the 150 million people who make our clothes, the C&A Foundation is tasked with the single goal of making it a force for good. Here executive director Leslie Johnston tells just-style how the corporate foundation affiliated with global fashion retailer C&A is trying to be the catalyst that transforms the sector to be both sustainable and responsible.

Technology and sustainability help transform denim industry 12 May 2017

Technological innovation continues to transform every step of the jeans industry from fibre blends, alternatives to indigo dyes, use of sustainable resources, and new developments in fit and finish.

Mills and consumers driving denim innovation and design 28 Apr 2017

Last week’s Kingpins denim showcase in Amsterdam heard that mills and consumers are driving technological innovation and design. Recognition of the impact of social media on consumption, as well as new blends and solutions devised to appeal to untapped consumer demands, were all highlighted.

Steps to piloting living wages in garment factories 5 Dec 2016

While there is no single, simple solution to help garment brands and retailers progress from paying minimum wages to living wages to workers in their supply chains, feedback from those companies who have already made the move is a good place to start.

Politics, trade and the economy – what's next? 4 Nov 2016

There's no doubt the perceived impact of globalisation, Britain's decision to leave the European Union, and a US presidential election campaign tinged with protectionist rhetoric are casting a shadow of uncertainty over the global apparel industry and its supply chain. But potential ramifications are still some way off, according to a panel discussion at last week's Kingpins denim sourcing show in Amsterdam.

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More companies join Dutch sustainability initiative 6 Jul 2018

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) has hailed a sharp rise in the number of production sites as a positive step towards transparency.

See who's speaking at the IAF World Fashion Convention 29 Jun 2018

The speaker line-up for this year’s IAF World Fashion Convention is starting to take shape, with executives from Puma, Hugo Boss, VF Corp, McKinsey, C&A Foundation and Vivienne Westwood set to address the theme ‘Building a Smart Future for Fashion.’

IAF Convention 'Building a smart future for fashion' 4 Jun 2018

The focus of this year’s IAF World Fashion Convention is 'Building a Smart Future for Fashion' – with organisers pointing out that in a world where prices cannot drop much lower, boats cannot go much faster and people cannot work much harder, "improvements are made only when the business is made smarter."

Archroma adds support to House of Denim Foundation 17 May 2018

Colour and chemicals specialist Archroma has become the latest contributor to Dutch non-profit House of Denim.

Slow fashion campaign calls for halt to new buys 26 Apr 2018

A new campaign has launched on crowdacting website Collaction aimed at persuading 2,500 consumers to buy second-hand instead of new clothes this summer.

World's first circular fashion master's degree to launch 20 Apr 2018

The Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) has partnered with Dutch social enterprise Circle Economy and Fashion for Good, a global initiative to make fashion more sustainable, to develop the world’s first master’s degree focused on circular fashion entrepreneurship.

Denim industry hits Amsterdam for Kingpins show 19 Apr 2018

The Kingpins sourcing show kicked off in Amsterdam this week, with some of the world's most innovative denim mills, trim providers, wash houses and manufacturers taking part in two days of exhibitions, workshops and seminars.

Amsterdam to be next fur-free city? 6 Apr 2018

The city of Amsterdam could be the next in line to implement a ban on the sale of fur with plans to prohibit its sale in markets.

15 start-ups chosen to re-think fashion industry 19 Mar 2018

A new technology that uses apples to create a leather-like material, an ethical ratings mobile app, textiles made from kelp, and a biodegradable bio-polyester are among the latest innovations with the potential to help brands and manufacturers find more innovative and sustainable ways of producing fashion.

Stahl partners on Pinatex pineapple leaf leather 15 Mar 2018

Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl is partnering with British company Ananas Anam to help ramp up the performance and sustainability of its Piñatex material made from pineapple leaf fibre.