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Asos seeks supplier discount to offset investment costs

21 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

UK fashion e-tailer Asos has requested a cut in prices from suppliers to help offset ongoing investments in the business to drive sales and growth.... read more

ISA TanTec starts work on its second tannery in Vietnam

21 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Leather supplier ISA TanTec has started construction work on its second tannery in Vietnam.... read more

Abercrombie & Fitch sets new supply chain sustainability goals

21 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

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.... read more

Big C resumes business with 169 apparel suppliers

21 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Vietnam's Big C supermarket chain has reportedly completed the review of its 200-strong apparel supplier portfolio and will continue to work with 169 of them.... read more

Egypt invests US$1.2bn to promote cotton sector

20 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The Egyptian Government is ramping up efforts to develop the country's textile industry, including a EGP21bn (US$1.2bn) investment to promote the added value of Egyptian cotton.... read more

Chinese fabric maker "mulls" Philippines investment

20 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Chinese yarn and garment fabric maker, Texhong Textile Group, is considering investing in a production facility in the Philippines, according to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez.... read more

Indonesia eyes US garment export growth

20 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Indonesia is looking at ways it can boost its textile and garment shipments to the US – already its main export market – and increase imports of American cotton.... read more

Wolverine Worldwide mulls plans to move more production out of China

19 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

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.... read more

Ghanian apparel firm announces "major" investment

19 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

DTRT Apparel Ltd (DTRT), which claims to be West Africa's largest clothing manufacturer, has announced a new investment from leading investment firm Verod Capital Management and Red Bull in a deal it says will be "transformative" for the West African apparel industry.... read more

Study finds garment workers in UK paid GBP4 per hour

19 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

A new study from international gender and labour rights NGO Homeworkers’ Worldwide (HWW) has found some garment workers in Manchester, UK, are being paid about GBP4 an hour (US$4.84).... read more

Sports Direct to close eight Jack Wills stores

19 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Sports Direct has confirmed it is to close eight Jack Wills branches after failing to reach deals with landlords on rent negotiations.... read more

Why personalisation isn't the future – it's the present

16 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

A shift from traditional mass manufacturing to more agile production with multiple capsule collections and scaled personalised production is being driven by hyper-connected consumers who thrive on instant gratification. For brands and retailers the challenge is to listen to what consumers want, and produce the right products at the right quantities for the right audience – which is where digitalisation and analytics comes in.... read more

Weyco outlines plans to offset China tariff impact

16 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

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.... read more

Cambodia footwear sector could outpace clothing

16 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Cambodia's footwear sector has the potential to offer more investment and production opportunities than the garment sector, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).... read more

Textile start-up to scale new waste-based fibre technology

16 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Textile startup Infinted Fiber Co is planning to scale up its technology that turns textile waste and other pulp-based materials into new textile fibres, following its largest single investment from Singapore based viscose specialist RGE.... read more

Indian states sign MoU on upskilling textile workers

15 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The governments of 16 Indian states have signed a memorandum of understanding with India's Ministry of Textiles aimed at upskilling textile workers.... read more

Athleisure to outpace clothing market over next 5 years

15 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The global athleisure market is forecast to rise by 9% in 2019 and will continue to outperform the total clothing and footwear market beyond 2023, driven by consumer desire for a multifunctional wardrobe.... read more

Sports apparel & footwear to be hit by September tariff hike

15 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

"There will be no grace period" for sports apparel and footwear imported into the US from China, which are among the products set to be hit by the US Administration's September round of tariffs.... read more

Shareholder Mellby Gård makes play for KappAhl

14 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Swedish investment firm Mellby Gård has submitted a takeover bid for the remaining stake in fashion retailer KappAhl that it doesn't already own.... read more

Vietnam garment exports rise double-digits in July

14 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Vietnam's textile and garment exports grew 14.5% to US$3.3bn in July and were up 10.8% for the first seven months of the year to $18.4bn, according to new data from the Vietnamese customs department.... read more

New factory safety initiative launches in Vietnam and India

14 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Global brands and retailers including Walmart, Bestseller, Gap Inc, Target, PVH Corp and VF Corp are participating in a new initiative that has been launched to promote safer working at apparel and footwear factories in India and Vietnam.... read more

Uganda cotton and clothing strategy eyes export growth

14 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Uganda has set out a new strategy for its cotton, textile and apparel sector that could, according to local reports, generate up to 50,000 new jobs and US$650m in additional export revenues over the next eight years.... read more

Next's Lord Wolfson not "frightened" by no-deal Brexit

13 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The CEO of UK fashion retailer Next has reneged on previous views that a no-deal Brexit will spell chaos and disorder for UK businesses – and is now expressing confidence in a "more prepared" government.... read more

India cotton supply chain mapping project underway

9 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The southern Indian state of Telangana is to start mapping its entire cotton supply chain as part of a project with the International Labour Organization (ILO) that aims to stamp out child labour and slavery.... read more

Kontoor Brands says cost-cutting is paying off

8 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Kontoor Brands, the owner of the Wrangler and Lee brands that was recently spun-off from VF Corp, has reported a fall in revenues and profits for the second quarter but insists the restructuring and cost-saving actions it has taken to stabilise the business are paying off.... read more

Lenzing fashions more agile and responsive supply chain

8 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group has employed sales and operations planning software across its business to help create a more agile and responsive supply chain that minimises waste and inefficiencies.... read more

Brazil's Instituto Alinha taps blockchain for traceability tag

7 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Brazil's worker welfare organisation Instituto Alinha is employing Blockchain technology to ensure traceability of garment production processes and fair working conditions.... read more

Cotton prices fall further on ongoing trade tensions

7 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The escalating trade dispute between the US and China continues to hit cotton supply chains, with prices on the ICE cotton futures exchange for December delivery falling to just 58.53 cents per lb amid fears the ongoing tensions will worsen demand for the natural fibre.... read more

Does latest US trade data point to China's fall from grace?

7 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

At the halfway point of 2019, the fallout of the China-US trade spat on US apparel imports is starting to surface. Growth in shipment volumes from Vietnam and Bangladesh outpaced that of China in the first six months of the year – but imports from China are still edging up and the country's share of the market is virtually unchanged.... read more

Accenture to help Brandix "future-ready" its operations

7 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Leading Sri-Lankan apparel manufacturer Brandix is to work with consultancy Accenture to transform its manufacturing, supply chain, finance and human resources operations "to set the stage for the company's digital future."... read more

Delta Galil taps Steve Moore to lead its mass division

7 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Delta Galil, Israel-based manufacturer and marketer of branded and private label apparel, has named Steve Moore as its president of mass division.... read more

Boohoo buys Karen Millen and Coast in GBP18.2m deal

6 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

UK-based online fashion retailer Boohoo has acquired the online business of the Karen Millen and Coast fashion brands in a GBP18.2m (US$22.1m) deal.... read more

Barneys New York files for bankruptcy protection

6 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US luxury department store Barneys New York has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and put itself on sale. ... read more

VF Corp to invest $20m in FutureLight fabric technology

6 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Apparel giant VF Corp has announced plans to invest a further US$20m in its FutureLight breathable and waterproof fabric technology, whose launch is just a few months away.... read more

Boohoo makes play for Karen Millen and Coast brands

6 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Shares jumped 3% at UK online fashion retailer Boohoo in early morning trade today (6 August) following the group's confirmation it has made an bid to acquire the Karen Millen and Coast fashion brands.... read more