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Sales at UK clothing stores saw record decline in 2020

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

UK clothing stores were hardest hit by retail restrictions in 2020, new figures show, with the sector reporting a 25.1% slump in sales volumes – which was also the largest year-on-year fall on record for the sector.... read more

Tunisia forges ahead on circular denim initiatives

22 January 2021 | Elizia Volkmann

Denim companies in Tunisia are pushing forward with investment and initiatives to create a sustainable circular economy making high quality jeans from recycled fabrics.... read more

Athleta in plus-size drive

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The Athleta athletic apparel brand is rolling out a major plan for plus-size customers, with 70% of its collection available in sizes 1X-3X for spring 2021.... read more

H&M innovation lab to pilot digital fitting rooms

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The Berlin-based innovation lab of fashion retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz is backing research to develop a virtual fitting solution that will enable customers to try out clothing on their own individual avatars.... read more

John Lewis ups FY profit guidance

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Department store operator John Lewis Partnership has raised its full-year profit forecast on the back of a better than expected festive trading season... read more

Curtsy raises $11m to scale Gen Z clothing resell app

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

An app that lets women buy and sell clothing, shoes, and accessories from their phones has raised US$11m in Series A funding to help scale its business.... read more

Cordura boosts speed with digital fabric finder

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Invista's high-performance Cordura fibre brand has launched a digital fabric library to help customers select from an assortment of more than 500 Cordura certified fabrics.... read more

HanesBrands taps new group president for global innerwear

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel maker HanesBrands has named Joe Cavaliere to the newly created role of group president, global innerwear. ... read more

Bestseller's Jack & Jones to launch womenswear brand

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has revealed plans to launch a new womenswear label as a spin-off of its Jack & Jones menswear brand.... read more

India must upskill garment workers to boost exports

22 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

India's vice president has urged the upskilling of textile and apparel workers and the adoption of the latest technologies so the country can become more competitive in exports and capture a bigger share of the global market.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style this week include reports on how the apparel sourcing landscape likely to shift in 2021, why Joe Biden's inauguration could help stabilise the US clothing industry, and the move by VF Corp to disclose its tier 4 supplier information.... read more

Design Studio Group to set up US$3m factory in Sri Lanka

22 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Mila Fashion, part of Sri Lanka's Design Studio Group, has agreed with the country's board of investment to set up a new apparel manufacturing plant in the northern province of Welioya.... read more

Bonneterie Chanteclair re-tools its supply chain

22 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

French knitwear manufacturer Bonneterie Chanteclair has digitally transformed its supply chain in order to keep up with high demand for protective facemasks.... read more

Creating a new vision for UK fashion and manufacturing

21 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

A group of fashion, business and economic experts are joining forces to push the UK government to ensure the fashion and manufacturing industries aren't overlooked post-Brexit and mid-pandemic when it comes to import costs, the freedom of movement of people and goods, and retaining garment worker skills.... read more

H&M's Arket brand to rent out childrenswear

21 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group's Arket brand will start renting out childrenswear this month as part of a bid to encourage reuse and re-wear.... read more

Joules among M&S' four new guest brands?

21 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Marks & Spencer is reportedly looking to onboard Joules, Phase Eight, Hobbs, and Seasalt as its next third-party brands.... read more

Australia Wool 2030 strategy to tackle key industry issues

21 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the research, development and marketing organisation for the Australian wool industry, has published its Wool 2030 strategy to helping stakeholders make more informed decisions and adopt more sustainable practices.... read more

ReCircled buys Circularity to boost take-back vision

21 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

US industrial sustainability company ReCircled, which serves the textile, apparel and footwear sectors, has acquired Circularity, a digital sustainability intelligence technology firm.... read more

Citi Trends to open 100 new stores amid positive holiday sales

21 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Value priced fashion retailer Citi Trends has outlined plans to open 100 new stores and remodel 150 others, as it revealed holiday sales that significantly exceeded company expectations.... read more

NRF June show to take place virtually once again

21 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The National Retail Federation (NRF) will host Retail's Big Show – Chapter 2 virtually in June instead of in a physical format, as planned, since the venue it had chosen for the event will be used as a Covid vaccination hub for New York residents.... read more

Jimmy Choo launches London Fashion Academy

21 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Footwear pioneer Professor Jimmy Choo has announced the launch of a new higher education fashion academy in London, which is set to develop the next wave of global fashion designers.... read more

Teijin establishes European sustainable tech hub

21 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Polyester fibres and products producer Teijin Limited has established a new research and development facility in the Netherlands, tasked with developing technologies for a more sustainable world.... read more

Pentland Brands hires first "positive business" director

21 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Pentland Brands has appointed its first positive business director to drive the company's strategy to deliver on its commitment to take action for people and the planet. ... read more

US holiday sales in brief – Citi Trends, Nordstrom, Target Corp

21 January 2021 | just-style

It's been a mixed bag of holiday sales filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers as they continue to navigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Target Corp has reported a 17.2% jump in comparable sales for the combined November/December period, while Genesco has posted a 3% comparable sales decline for the eight weeks to 26 December. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters has reported an 8.4% decline in total company net sales, and L Brands said the group's holiday results significantly exceeded initial expectations.... read more

US puts pressure on China with genocide accusation

20 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The outgoing Trump administration has declared that the Chinese government is committing genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.... read more

How might the new Biden administration affect apparel?

20 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

After the rollercoaster ride of the previous administration, Joe Biden's long-awaited inauguration today (20 January) could signal more stability for an apparel industry that has been through the mill over the last four years.... read more

Arcadia Group to shutter 31 more stores?

20 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

British retail tycoon Phillip Green's Arcadia Group is understood to be shutting a further 31 stores by the end of the month, in a move that could result in more than 700 job losses.... read more

Polyester fibres from clothing pervasive in the Arctic Ocean

20 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Polyester fibres account for almost three-quarters of the microplastic pollution in the Arctic Ocean, according to a study that raises new concerns about the role that textiles, laundry and wastewater discharge has in the contamination of the world’s remotest seas.... read more

US urged to stop fashion firms destroying unsold stock

20 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

US advocacy group, The US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), has launched a campaign urging states to stop fashion companies from destroying unsold clothing.... read more

Human rights groups pursue living wage for garment workers

20 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), and the Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network (WSRN) have joined forces to launch a new website that outlines a new approach for an enforceable, binding agreement between global brands and unions on the payment of living wages to garment workers. ... read more

China textile exports surge in 2020 on PPE demand

20 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

China's textile exports jumped by 30.4% in 2020, boosted by the demand for face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Burberry banks on growth from digital channels and APAC

20 January 2021 | GlobalData Retail

Burberry’s increased digital sales and impressive Asia-Pacific (APAC) performance softened the damage from store closures and decreased tourism throughout Q3 FY2020/21, with retail revenue only falling by GBP31m to GBP688m (US$940m).... read more

Walmart Foundation injects $1.2m into Accelerating Circularity

20 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The Walmart Foundation has pumped US$1.2m into Accelerating Circularity for its circular textile-to-textile systems trials using spent textiles generated on the East Coast of the US.... read more

Frasers Group ups Hugo Boss stake to 15.2%

20 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Frasers Group, the owner of brands including House of Fraser, Sports Direct and Flannels, has once again increased its investment in German luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss.... read more

BGMEA plans biometric database for factories

20 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is planning to roll out a biometric database on factory owners to ensure a smooth digitised service for its members.... read more