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From Field to Shelf – US cotton pays the price for Trump's trade war 20 Aug 2019

There have always been daunting challenges for the US cotton industry – only now the stakes are higher thanks to US trade policy. And even if there's a truce in the US-China trade war, permanent damage may already have occurred, according to industry consultant Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.

US-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-list updated 19 Aug 2019

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported into the US from China, we've taken an updated look at the actions so far and the products on the hit-list.

How garment factories can become retailers – Part 2 15 Aug 2019

The first of a two-part series looking at 'Why garment factories should move into retail' discussed some of the fears and concerns facing manufacturers and suppliers. Now, in the second instalment, Emma Birnbaum proposes two retail models that could help augment and redefine their operations. 

Supply chain disruptors shaking up the fashion industry 14 Aug 2019

On-demand apparel assembly, local-for-local production, manufacturer-matching and transparency mapping are among the innovative new concepts starting to shape next-generation fashion supply chains. And investors appear tuned in to their potential too, with millions of dollars in funding set to scale them up. 

Why the fashion industry must get ahead of its massive pollution problem 8 Aug 2019

Levi Strauss has taken the lead on climate commitment – but where does the rest of the fashion industry stand today? asks Todd Paglia, executive director at

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Abercrombie & Fitch sets new supply chain sustainability goals 21 Aug 2019

Retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has set new sustainability targets  – including a 30% water reduction in denim production by 2022 – after joining the United Nations Global Compact initiative.

Tailored Brands sells corporate wear business in $62m deal 21 Aug 2019

US fashion group Tailored Brands – operator of the Men's Wearhouse, Jos A Bank, and Joseph Abboud brands – has sold its corporate apparel business for US$62m in cash to a group led by the unit's existing UK executive team.

US textile executives push for passage of USMCA 21 Aug 2019

US textile executives have today (21 August) pushed for passage of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) during a roundtable meeting with Congressman Tom Rice.

US Q2 in brief – Urban Outfitters, TJX Companies, Kohl's, Walmart 21 Aug 2019

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, 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.

Augusta Sportswear Brands picks PLM to boost speed to market 20 Aug 2019

Performance and athletic apparel maker Augusta Sportswear Brands has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help accelerate its speed-to-market capabilities.

September tariffs will hit over three-quarters of apparel, footwear imports 19 Aug 2019

77% of all apparel, footwear, and home textile products imported to the US from China will be hit with an additional 10% tariff on 1 September, according to a new analysis.

Wolverine Worldwide mulls plans to move more production out of China 19 Aug 2019

Footwear company Wolverine Worldwide is confident steps it has taken in relation to rising tariffs on footwear from China will limit the financial impact to its business.

Plus-size retailer Avenue files for bankruptcy protection 19 Aug 2019

Women’s plus-size apparel and footwear retailer Avenue Stores has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is to close its remaining 222 stores as it transitions into an e-commerce-only platform.

Weyco outlines plans to offset China tariff impact 16 Aug 2019

US footwear maker Weyco says it will look to mitigate the impact of proposed tariff increases on imports from China through wholesale price hikes and cost reductions from its suppliers.

US retailers warn tariffs won't help China trade talks 16 Aug 2019

US retailers are urging the US Administration and its Chinese counterparts to reconvene for further talks on the trade relationship between the two countries – and warn tariffs and taxes on American consumers is not the right way to get the Chinese to the table.

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Trump drops Mexico tariffs amid deal on migration 17 Jun 2019

US President Donald Trump has "indefinitely suspended" the recently proposed tariff hike on Mexican imports after the two parties reached a signed agreement.

Major brands urge Trump to pull footwear from tariff list 30 May 2019

A coalition of 173 US footwear brands, including Nike and Adidas, is urging US President Donald Trump to remove footwear from the proposed tariffs list on goods imported from China, saying it would be "catastrophic" for companies, consumers and the American economy as a whole.

Primark defends position over unfair dismissal allegations in Bangladesh 7 May 2019

Value fashion retailer Primark has defended its position following allegations that workers at its supplier factories in Bangladesh were dismissed for taking part in protests over low wages – and says it will compensate workers whose contracts were terminated unfairly.