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Here’s why the used clothing trade deserves more attention 11 Dec 2018

While friction over the ban of used clothing exports from the US to East Africa seems to have come to an end, some fundamental issues still remain, according to Shannon Brady and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware. Their latest research throws up complex economic, social, legal and political factors linked with the trade in second-hand clothes – and questions the effectiveness of preference programmes such as AGOA as a tool for economic development.

US imports from Vietnam at highest for a year 7 Dec 2018

All of the top ten individual supplier countries to the US recorded growth in imports in September, with those from Vietnam at their highest for the last 12 months, suggesting sourcing may be shifting from China to Vietnam over tariff fears.

re:source monthly trade programme roundup – November 2018 7 Dec 2018

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Canada covers developments in November 2018. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.

Timeline – Trump’s track record on trade – Update 4 Dec 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. To keep abreast of developments, Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, has compiled a timeline of all the key milestones.

From Field to Shelf – Here's one local industry that's gaining momentum 27 Nov 2018

Local production is still in its infancy – as is re-shoring in general – but there's undeniable evidence that something is stirring in our industry that includes a re-evaluation of how and where our products are made. Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, reports on a tale of two industries.

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US Q3 in brief – Zumiez, The Children's Place, G-III Apparel, Dollar General 12 Dec 2018

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Guess Inc widened its net loss, footwear firm Foot Locker booked a rise in earnings but a drop in sales, Kohl's reported its fifth consecutive quarter of positive growth, and Burlington Stores recorded strong earnings and sales growth. 

Transparency tool drives responsible viscose sourcing 11 Dec 2018

Not-for-profit environmental organisation Canopy says almost a third of global viscose supply is now verified as low risk of coming from ancient and endangered forests thanks to its Hot Button ranking of global viscose producers.

Ascena Retail sees Q1 profit dip on fewer stores 11 Dec 2018

US women's wear retailer Ascena Retail Group has reported a slight dip in earnings and sales for the first quarter on the back of fewer stores as part of an ongoing optimisation programme and increased expenses.

Lacoste and Fast Retailing join mohair ban 11 Dec 2018

Fashion firms Lacoste and Fast Retailing are the latest to join a long list of companies that have banned mohair from their products following reports of goats mutilated and killed in shearing sheds

Global fashion industry unites to tackle climate change 10 Dec 2018

43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing a Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

Dominican Republic duty-free apparel export scheme ends 10 Dec 2018

The duty-free apparel import benefit for clothing from the Dominican Republic has now expired, the US Office for Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) has confirmed.

US imports reach new high as retailers rush to beat tariffs 10 Dec 2018

Imports at US retail container ports have hit a record high as retailers continue to rush merchandise into the country to beat the timeline for increased tariffs coming into effect.

US customs seizes nearly $1.7m in fake Nike trainers 10 Dec 2018

Almost 10,000 pairs of fake Nike trainers – with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1.695m had they been authentic – have been seized at the Port of New York/Newark.

New blockchain traceability platform for high-end products 10 Dec 2018

Applied DNA Sciences is teaming up with Everledger to develop and market a combined physical and digital supply chain traceability and certification solution that will initially target leather and luxury goods.

US apparel retailers' November 2018 sales roundup 7 Dec 2018

November proved yet another mixed month for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting their monthly comparable sales, as two firms reported negative monthly comps while the remainder managed to post growth.

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Apparel makers - Let's get virtual 21 Nov 2018

The Virtual Reality market is becoming a bit of a big deal. According to recent forecasts from DigiCapital, the global VR market value could surpass $120bn by 2020. And, as consumers are demanding more from their apparel, combining VR with apparel is something to think about. Cue Google.

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