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Apparel sector lagging on sustainable engagement 10 May 2018

A report from Boston-based sustainability non-profit Ceres analysing the performance of US companies on a range of sustainability criteria has found footwear and apparel firms are lagging behind in terms of investor engagement on sustainability, notably with regard to water-related risks.

US apparel imports tumble in March 8 May 2018

Apparel imports into the US took a downturn in March, with double digit declines from three of the top ten countries year-on-year. China - the US's largest supplier - and Mexico were the only two to record growth for the month.

Innovation sharpens US clothing sector's competitive edge 2 May 2018

Innovation and new technologies are helping pave the way for the US apparel industry to become faster and smarter – and sharpen its competitive edge in commercially uncertain times – according to speakers at the annual American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Sourcing Conference in Washington DC last week.

Brands should rethink supply chains in a time of volatility 1 May 2018

The uncertainty of potential tariffs affecting the clothing and textile sector – and a Trump administration that appears poised to levy more of them – loomed large over the annual Sourcing Conference organised by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) in Washington DC last week.

Can blockchain transform the apparel supply chain? 12 Apr 2018

Blockchain is the big buzzword in business circles at the moment, and a string of blockchains is evolving to disrupt the sourcing and retail landscape. But what is blockchain, how do these chains work and can they really revolutionise the fashion industry? Here we take a closer look.

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Gap reaffirms FY despite namesake brand struggle 25 May 2018

Gap Inc has reaffirmed its full-year guidance on the back of higher first-quarter profits and revenue, but one analyst warns while the US speciality clothing retailer is in a better position than it was a year ago, management talks a better game than it is actually playing.

Gore launches new Gore-Tex 3D fit footwear insert 25 May 2018

A new waterproof, windproof and breathable insert that can be used in a variety of lighter-weight athletic and lifestyle shoes has been developed by performance fabric specialist WL Gore & Associates.

Shop Direct swings to loss despite sales growth 25 May 2018

Online fashion retailer Shop Direct has moved to a loss in the first nine months of the year after incurring GBP100m in costs related to Payment Protection Insurance claims.

Deckers Brands ends fiscal 2018 on "high note" 25 May 2018

US apparel and footwear group Deckers Brands moved to a profit in the fourth quarter, closing fiscal 2018 on what CEO Dave Powers hailed a "high note", as the firm enters fiscal 2019 with optimism.

Brooks Running to launch first custom-fit running shoe 25 May 2018

US-based running brand Brooks Running Company has announced its first personalised running shoe, created based on an individual's unique biomechanics, will become available in the US early next year.

US Q1 in brief – Foot Locker, The Buckle, Shoe Carnival 25 May 2018

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Macy's upped its guidance on the back of higher than expected earnings and sales, while Differential Brands widened its net losses. TJX Companies booked growth in both earnings and sales, while Kohl's booked a strong start to fiscal 2018.

Morelli resigns as Stuart Weitzman creative director 25 May 2018

Accessories business Tapestry, formerly known as Coach Inc, has announced the resignation of Giovanni Morelli, creative director of its Stuart Weitzman footwear brand.

Ralph Lauren beats estimates for Q4 sales 24 May 2018

Ralph Lauren beat analyst forecasts for earnings and sales in the fourth quarter as the US fashion retailer benefited from an early Easter and improved pricing.

Target launches new brands for Gen Z customers 24 May 2018

US department store retailer Target Corp has set its sights on becoming the ultimate destination for Generation Z – a demographic expected to become the largest consumer segment over the next few years – with two exclusive new clothing lines.

Birla Cellulose and Lenzing latest ZDHC affiliates 24 May 2018

Birla Cellulose, the pulp and fibre business of Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, and Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group have committed to the to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.

Latest blogs

Concern mounts over Trump's trade policies 16 Apr 2018

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade policy – much to the concern of US fashion brands and apparel retailers.

Kingpins Goes to DC – Watch now 12 Sep 2017

The challenges and opportunities facing today’s textile and apparel industry is also explored in the second in a series of expert panel discussions that is now available to watch on demand

Agile logistics key to new hybrid retail world 3 Aug 2017

US retail giant Walmart has topped a list of the fastest growing retailers thanks to its investment in ensuring it has the right balance between its online and brick and mortar operations.