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US Q2 in brief – J.Crew, Oxford Industries, Tailored Brands

16 September 2019 | just-style

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Oxford Industries has posted its tenth consecutive quarter of consolidated comparable sales growth, Genesco moved to a profit, while G-III Apparel Group has revised its full-year guidance in the wake of Trump's latest tariff hike. Elsewhere, American Eagle Outfitters has booked a record US$1.04bn in total net revenue. ... read more

Argentine apparel makers see few Mercosur gains

16 September 2019 | Ivan Castano Freeman

Argentina's textile and apparel industry expects revenues to fall sharply in 2019 as a growing financial and economic crisis fuels a decline in clothing production and consumption. ... read more

J.Crew Group files for Madewell IPO

16 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

J.Crew Group has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) of its Madewell denim brand, but has not revealed details around pricing or the date of when it plans to go public.... read more

Japan's Itochu confirms support for Ethiopia garment sector

16 September 2019 | Julian Ryall

Japan's Itochu Corporation has signed an agreement with the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute and the Ethiopian Investment Commission to further develop the African nation's growing textile and clothing industry. ... read more

Stella McCartney calls for more action on sustainability

16 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

British fashion designer and environmental activist Stella McCartney has written an open letter to the fashion industry calling on it to be more conscious, to take action and to question the current state of affairs.... read more

New recyclable plastic hanger made with marine plastic

16 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Dutch sustainable hanger company Arch & Hook (A&H) has developed what it claims is the world's first garment hanger made entirely of plastic derived from ocean sources.... read more

3D printing onto fabric may unlock new fashion potential

16 September 2019 | Leonie Barrie

A new technique for 3D printing directly onto fabric could mark the next step in unlocking 3D printing’s commercial viability in the fashion industry – as well as a raft of new colour and texture combinations.... read more

H&M transformation efforts paying off as Q3 sales rise

16 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has reported a jump in third-quarter net sales, partly the result of its ongoing "transformation work" to create a faster, more flexible and efficient supply chain and integrate its physical stores and online stores.... read more

Europe & Central Asia lead in ratifying labour conventions

16 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

An International Labour Organization (ILO) campaign to encourage countries to ratify international labour standards is bearing fruit, with Europe and Central Asia making the most ratifications to date.... read more

US apparel retail sales rebound in August

16 September 2019 | Beth Wright

US retail sales continued their upward trajectory in August, albeit at a slower pace than the previous month, new figures show.... read more

Colour changing ink could disrupt customisation

13 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

A team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is developing a special dye system that could allow consumers to change the colour and design of their apparel and footwear post-purchase.... read more

Weartek picks PLM to optimise workflow

13 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Performance workwear specialist Weartek has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help to streamline its workflows.... read more

New Pantone API for colour library software integration

13 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Pantone has introduced a new application programming interface (API) to easily and quickly integrate its colour libraries into third-party fashion software. ... read more

Offsetting helps Gucci to carbon neutral supply chain

13 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

Gucci is offsetting all remaining greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually from its own operations and the entire supply chain – in a move the luxury fashion brand claims will make it carbon neutral.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

13 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how Urban Outfitters is shifting sourcing to other countries to mitigate the impact of US tariffs on imports from China, the news that President Trump has agreed to delay a planned tariff increase by two weeks, and new research suggesting all supply chains linked to China are at risk of having an association with forced labour. ... read more

Gildan makes progress on ethical and sustainability objectives

13 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

Gildan Activewear made progress on its environmental and social and governance initiatives during 2018 despite supply chain disruptions and weather-related impacts, the company says in its latest sustainability report – and this year will begin training contractors on its updated Social and Sustainable Compliance Guidebook.... read more

Gap & Old Navy outline strategies ahead of spin-off

13 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Old Navy will almost double its store count across North America as part of plans to reach US$10bn in annual sales following its split from Gap Inc next year – with its supply chain key to driving margin expansion and more frequent purchases.... read more

Indian clothing companies face up to mandatory CSR rules

13 September 2019 | Raghavendra Verma

New mandatory requirements for corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes in India are forcing the country's garment exporters to refocus on their community development schemes and make special provisions to record all expenditure in this area.... read more

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

13 September 2019 | Dr Sheng Lu

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 latest actions and the products on the hit-list.... read more

Yahoo Japan takes majority stake in fashion e-tailer Zozo

13 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Yahoo Japan is set to take over Japan's top fashion e-tailer Zozo Inc after acquiring a majority stake from founder Yusaku Maezawa in a US$2.2bn deal.... read more

Outdoor brand Kathmandu gains B Corp certification

13 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

New Zealand based Kathmandu has become one of the largest outdoor apparel and gear brands globally to be certified as a B Corporation for meeting high standards of social and environmental impact.... read more

Hudson's Bay widens Q2 net loss amid sales slump

13 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Hudson's Bay Company CEO Helena Foulkes says the Canadian retail group is "still in the early stages of what HBC can become" after reporting weak sales and a drop in gross margins during the second quarter.... read more

Some of the challenges in reaching fashion's climate goals

12 September 2019 | Beth Wright

While leading global fashion players are making progress towards embracing sustainable fashion, a "significant" amount of work still needs to be done to adopt the various measures already in place that can enable the sector to become genuinely sustainable – particularly with regard to climate change.... read more

Laser printing produces new waterproof e-textiles

12 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

Scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed what they say is a cost-efficient and scaleable method for rapidly producing waterproof smart fabrics.... read more

Consumers feel sustainability onus is on brands

12 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

A new survey has revealed most shoppers feel it is a brand's responsibility to ensure a sustainable fashion industry – and not the consumer who should drive it forwards.... read more

Fashion sales boost fails to lift John Lewis Partnership

12 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

Investment in its fashion ranges contributed to strong revenues for the category at department store retailer John Lewis & Partners – but it was not enough to offset a slump in first-half sales and earnings as the tough trading environment took its toll on consumer spending.... read more

Kingpins hosts denim sustainability event for fashion students

12 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Denim trade show Kingpins Transformers is hosting the first of what it hopes will be an annual educational conference for fashion students looking to enter the wider fashion industry.... read more

Underwear sales most likely to weather US tariff hikes

12 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

Sales of "nice to have" products such as handbags are likely be among those hardest hit by tariff-related price increases, new research has found – whereas the potential impact on men's and women's underwear is much lower.... read more

Garment-to-garment recycling line wins innovation award

12 September 2019 | Beth Wright

The garment-to-garment mini production line developed by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), which recycles post-consumer garments into clean, wearable clothes, has been recognised in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards for 2019.... read more

Next US Customs blockchain test to focus on IP rights

12 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

The US Customs and Border Protection agency is preparing to conduct a second test of its potential use of blockchain technology in a move that could bring more transparency, efficiency and security to trade processing.... read more

South Africa's TFG deploys RFID to drive stock accuracy

12 September 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Half-way through an ambitious 24-month RFID (radio-frequency identification) roll-out, South African based retail group TFG is reporting cost savings and significant cuts in stock counting time.... read more

Dystar outlines progress in sustainability performance

12 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

The ninth sustainability report from Singapore-based dye manufacturer Dystar shows the firm has reduced water intensity by 31%, reduced emissions by 22%, and wastewater intensity by 28% since 2011 – and reused around 2m cubic metres of water.... read more

Trump delays October tariff hike by two weeks

12 September 2019 | Beth Wright

The ongoing US tariff saga continues, with the latest move seeing President Donald Trump agree to delay the next tariff increase on US$250bn worth of imports from China by two weeks.... read more

Size Stream develops mobile 3D body scanning app

12 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

US based 3D body scanning and measurement company Size Stream is developing a smartphone app that allows consumers to to track changes in their body shape and order custom fit clothing based on their exact measurements.... read more

Hugo Boss latest to make CmiA commitment

11 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

German clothing firm Hugo Boss has become the latest company to sign up to the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative with new products using the fibre set to hit the shelves next spring.... read more