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US cotton pays the price for Trump's trade war

There have always been daunting challenges for the US cotton industry – only now the stakes are higher thanks to US trade policy. And even i...

US-China tariff war – Apparel hit-list updated

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported...

How garment factories can become retailers

The first of a two-part series looking at 'Why garment factories should move into retail' discussed some of the fears and concerns facing ma...

Supply chain disruptors shaking up fashion

On-demand apparel assembly, local-for-local production, manufacturer-matching and transparency mapping are among the innovative new concepts...

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Why Kingpins is setting new standards for the denim supply chain – Interview 1 Apr 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Implementing an industry standard hasn't been high on the list of priorities for most textile mills for the simple reason that no-one is asking for it. But this is all about to change as pressure mounts for increased sustainability, ethical production and transparency across the apparel supply chain. And a driving force is coming from an unlikely source – the denim trade show Kingpins – as Andrew Olah, event founder and CEO of textile company Olah Inc, explains.


Denim doesn't have to be the bad guy – how Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change 1 Mar 2019

Hannah Abdulla

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability, or lack of it. But change is nigh, promises Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. The company recently expanded its Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) programme to four countries in Asia, which has so far delivered 20% savings in water and energy consumption for six key vendors. Next on the agenda is a new target to reach 40% savings by 2025.

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Trump hikes tariffs due to hit China clothing and footwear 24 Aug 2019

Leonie Barrie

There have been more twists and turns in the tit-for-tat trade war between the US and China, with the latest tweet from President Trump saying new tariffs due to take effect in September and December on Chinese imports – including all clothing and footwear – will now start at 15%. 


Gap works to mitigate tariff threat as Q2 profit tumbles 23 Aug 2019

Beth Wright

US specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc has reported another fall in comparable sales for the second quarter with negative results across nearly all segments of the business – and says it continues to closely monitor tariff discussions with contingency plans in place ahead of the upcoming List 4 tariffs.


Columbia Sportswear expands global headquarters 23 Aug 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Outdoor apparel and products company Columbia Sportswear is expanding its headquarters campus in Washington County, Oregon to give it more space to innovate, design and collaborate to create "high-quality products for active people."


US Q2 in brief – Ross Stores, Dick's Sporting Goods, L Brands 23 Aug 2019

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In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, department store retailer Target Corp has reported a 17.4% jump in earnings, Urban Outfitters booked a drop in both earnings and revenue, while Weyco warned it expects the extra 10% tariff to be imposed on $300bn worth of US imports from China to increase the overall cost of its shoes. Elsewhere, JC Penney CEO Jill Soltau said she is pleased with the results the retailer has delivered in the quarter.


Levi Strauss sets new water targets for global suppliers 22 Aug 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Jeans-maker Levi Strauss & Co (LS&Co) is shifting from a singular "one-size-fits-all" strategy to water management in sourcing countries to a more responsive approach that sets stringent standards for supplier facilities and allow it to focus reduction efforts where they are needed most.


Apparel and footwear top US counterfeit seizures 22 Aug 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Clothing, footwear and handbags are among the top five most highly pirated goods, according to a new report from the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), which says the suggested retail price value of counterfeit apparel seizures in 2018 reached $115.1m.

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