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EcoVadis gets US$200m boost to take green supply chains to scale

16 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

EcoVadis, a leader in sustainable supply chains, has agreed a US$200m investment from private equity firm CVC Growth Partners II to enable it to scale globally and engrain sustainability, fair labour practices and ethics into enterprise supply chains and business commerce.... read more

US apparel group berates proposed EU tariff hike

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A US apparel trading association has expressed its disapproval at a threatened tariff hike of apparel and accessories from the EU over an ongoing aircraft subsidies dispute, warning of its impact on American workers and consumers.... read more

Express corporate restructure aimed at return to profitable growth

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Specialty retail company Express, Inc is restructuring its business in order to drive long-term profitable growth in a move that will impact about 10% of its workforce in its Columbus, Ohio, headquarters and its design studio in New York City.... read more

New Bangladesh safety initiative takes next steps

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Details have been finalised on Bangladesh's incoming new workplace safety initiative, the national RMG Sustainability Council (RSC), which will eventually take over from the Bangladesh Accord's factory safety and remediation efforts.... read more

Management shakeup at Levi Strauss

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) has announced the departure of Roy Bagattini as executive vice president and president for Levi Strauss Americas.... read more

Blockchain pilot tracks Mongolian cashmere value chain

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Blockchain technology has been used to help track Mongolian cashmere from origin (shearing at herder household) to destination (a processing facility in Ulaanbaatar) in a bid to increase transparency and create a more sustainable supply chain. ... read more

Trump gives green light for Iran textile sanctions

14 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US President Donald Trump has issued an order allowing the US Treasury Department to execute fresh sanctions on Iran in several product categories including textiles.... read more

Five changes to expect at Nike as Donahoe takes charge

14 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

It's all change at the top for sportswear giant Nike Inc as John Donahoe yesterday (13 January) took over the reins as the company's fourth CEO in its 55-year history. But with a background in technology rather than retail and sportswear, what changes are likely under his leadership?... read more

Youngone Corp pumps US$127m into new India factories

14 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A Korean textile and apparel company is investing INR9bn (US$127m) in setting up new factories in India's Kakatiya Mega Textile Park (KMTP).... read more

Lululemon ups Q4 profit guidance on strong holiday sales

14 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Canadian activewear brand Lululemon Athletica is upping its sales and profit guidance on the back of strong holiday-period sales.... read more

New policy seeks to address hazardous textile chemicals

13 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has published a policy brief that addresses chemicals of concern in several product sectors including textiles, in an effort to minimise their adverse effects on human health and the environment. ... read more

How 3D design tools drive leaner and cleaner production

13 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Making the switch from a traditional fashion design process to 3D design and prototyping tools could save the industry billions of dollars in development samples, not to mention improved collaboration, productivity, and profits across the supply chain. An added bonus is reduced pressure on overflowing landfills.... read more

Mexico launches plan to tackle labour abuse in fashion supply chain

13 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Two initiatives aimed at cracking down on child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in the fashion industry are launching in Mexico, both supported by the C&A Foundation.... read more

US urged to impose trade sanctions on China over Xinjiang forced labour concerns

9 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A US commission is urging members of Congress and President Donald Trump to impose trade sanctions on China over the ongoing human rights situation in Xinjiang.... read more

Bangladesh books fall in 5-month garment exports

9 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The export of ready-made garments (RMG) from Bangladesh fell 7.74% to US$13bn in the five months to November, according to new figures from the Export Promotion Bureau.... read more

Tunisia explores textile waste recycling measures

9 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Tunisian Textile and Clothing Federation (FTTH) is exploring ways to recycle post-industrial waste in the clothing sector in a bid to lower the carbon footprint of the industry.... read more

M&S Q3 clothing and home sales fail to impress

9 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Clothing sales have once again dived at UK High Street chain Marks & Spencer as the retailer reported its third-quarter trading results to 28 December.... read more

Online searches for activewear see spike in New Year

8 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Lyst.co.uk, the global fashion search platform, has revealed searches for activewear items have jumped 59% since the beginning of the year as consumers look to meet New Year's fitness resolutions.... read more

Ten breakthrough apparel innovations at CES 2020

8 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

just-style has rounded up ten innovations in the apparel and footwear sectors that will be presented at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week.... read more

Ireland rolls out plan to tackle fast fashion waste

7 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Ireland is rolling out a plan to tackle the issue of fast fashion disposal.... read more

India apparel export body chairman vows to bring positive change

7 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The newly appointed chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion Council of India has vowed to work to bring positive growth in apparel exports, adding that over the past three years growth has stagnated.... read more

EU next target for US trade war?

7 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The EU could be the next target for a trade war by the US, recent comments from US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer suggest.... read more

M&S looks to breathe new life into clothing division with athleisure brand launch

6 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Marks & Spencer has launched Goodmove — its new dedicated activewear range — in an apparent nod to the recent growth of the athleisure market.... read more

Cambodia sees surge in export-oriented factories in 2019

6 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The number of footwear and garment factories registered for exports in Cambodia over 2019 jumped 24% compared with the year earlier, according to new data from the Ministry of Commerce.... read more

Hudson's Bay Co. reaches takeover deal

6 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Following a lengthy acquisition battle, Canadian retail chain Hudson's Bay Co. (HBC) has accepted a bid for the company to be taken private at C$11 per share.... read more

Vietnam garment exports rise as orders seen slowing

20 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Vietnam's textile and apparel exports increased 7.7% in the first 11 months of the year, according to new figures, but concerns are rife that the sector is quickly losing business to other cheaper, developing countries.... read more

Adidas to launch apparel with ocean plastic insulation

20 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Sportswear brand Adidas is set to launch the first apparel styles featuring PrimaLoft insulation made from Parley Ocean Plastic.... read more

Baker mulls scrapping HBC privatisation bid?

19 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The chairman of Hudson's Bay Co. (HBC) Richard Baker is reportedly considering scrapping a bid to take the company private after regulators delayed a vote on the deal.... read more

Factory owners must push 'Made in Bangladesh' transformation – Interview

19 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

A fierce advocate of the Bangladesh apparel industry, Mostafiz Uddin, founder and CEO of the Bangladesh Denim Expo and the managing director of the Denim Expert factory, says the onus is on factory owners to talk about their successes, improvements and developments if the country is to retain custom and grow garment exports into the future.... read more

3D printing firm Voxel8 appoints von Gottberg as CEO

19 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Voxel8, a tech start-up whose 3D printing technologies are offering new ways to design and produce footwear, athletic apparel, and smart textiles, has named Friedrich (Fred) von Gottberg as its new president and CEO.... read more

Bangladesh Denim Expo launches scholarship programme

19 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Bangladesh Denim Expo is launching an apprenticeship programme aimed at developing the skills of the country's denim professionals.... read more

New initiative to boost Sri Lanka apparel sector sustainability

19 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

HSBC and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are embarking on a joint project to help transition Sri Lanka's garment sector into a low carbon industry.... read more

H&M Group guidelines to protect migrant workers

17 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Fashion retailer H&M Group is partnering with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to ensure ethical recruitment and protection of migrant workers in global supply chains.... read more

Michael Kors owner acquires first factory

17 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Capri Holdings, the owner of brands including Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, is to acquire its first manufacturing facility.... read more

Acquisitions help Sports Direct to H1 profit hike

16 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Acquisitions have helped Sports Direct International Plc to a 58% jump in first-half profits to GBP101.8m (US$135.9m), with the company now upping its full-year profit guidance after an initial delay.... read more