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World cotton trade seen reaching 6-year high in 2018/19

19 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

World cotton trade is expected to increase for the third consecutive season in 2018/19 – reaching its highest level for six years – thanks to growing demand from mills in non-producing countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam and a rebound in China’s cotton spinning.... read more


UN sets new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

18 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

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 the UN’s new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.... read more


Tariff risk may curb positive US apparel outlook in 2019

18 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

A positive outlook for the US apparel and footwear sector sees broad-based profit growth taking hold after two very challenging years – but trade tensions could dampen momentum.... read more


EU extends trade scheme for Jordan clothing exports

14 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The EU and Jordan are to extend and widen the trade scheme that makes it easier for Jordanian companies employing Syrian refugees to export products such as clothing to the EU.... read more


Inditex's Pablo Isla tops list of best-performing CEOs

14 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Pablo Isla of the Spanish fashion retail giant Inditex has topped an annual global ranking of the 100 best-performing CEOs for the second year in a row.... read more


Online fit and size project aims to reduce garment returns

13 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

A research project is underway in Germany to develop a software solution to improve size and fit predictions in online shopping – and reduce the amount of clothing that is unnecessarily returned and recycled.... read more


EU-Japan trade agreement on track for 2019 start

12 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Japan is on track to enter into force in February 2019 after being approved by the European Parliament.... read more


Major apparel brands still failing to tackle worker exploitation

12 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Clothing and footwear companies are failing to tackle the exploitation of workers in their supply chains, according to a new benchmark report that measures companies' efforts to address forced labour.... read more


Indonesia lifts restrictions on foreign investment in fabric printing

11 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The Indonesian government is to relax foreign investment restrictions on a number of industry sectors – including fabric printing – in a bid to encourage exports and capital inflows.... read more


New blockchain traceability platform for high-end products

10 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more


Global fashion industry unites to tackle climate change

10 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more


250 execs attend Apparel Summit of the Americas

7 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

More than 250 executives from 125 organisations attended this year’s Apparel Summit of the Americas in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, making it the largest event of the year for organiser the Americas Apparel Producers' Network (AAPN).... read more


Decathlon makes a leap on environmental labelling – and it wants to share the data

6 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Global sporting goods retailer Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies, as Raffaele Duby, sustainable development leader for product and design, tells just-style.... read more


Vidalia Denim to use Lubrizol sustainable stretch fibres

3 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

New US textile maker Vidalia Denim is moving forward on its mission to "build the most efficient and environmentally friendly denim mill in North America" by teaming up with The Lubrizol Corporation as a preferred supplier of stretch fibres in its fabrics.... read more


Regional supply chains shape up

26 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Regional patterns in world textile and apparel trade are becoming increasingly important, according to an analysis using data from the re:source by just-style sourcing tool. The trend reflects both the changing dynamics of the global economy and the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers.... read more


Countdown to WFSGI World Manufacturers Forum in Vietnam

23 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

With just three weeks to go before next month’s World Manufacturers Forum (WMF), now is your last chance to register for this key event, which brings together leading executives from across the global sporting goods industry and takes place just once a year.... read more


US-China trade spat spurs sourcing shifts

22 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The coming change of control of the House of Representatives following the US mid-term elections will probably do little to stop the escalating tariff disputes between the US and China, the American fashion industry has been warned.... read more


Open standards to boost ‘Belt and Road’ connectivity

21 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Beijing's 'One Belt One Road' initiative, linking China with Europe, is already having a major impact on Chinese and global textile and clothing trade. Plans to introduce open standards and increase harmonisation will play a fundamental role in pushing it forward, according to Craig Zhang, an expert at inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS. ... read more


Countdown to WFSGI World Manufacturers Forum in Vietnam

20 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

With just three weeks to go before this year's World Manufacturers Forum (WMF), organisers have released further details of the exciting lineup of speakers who will be discussing 'Manufacturing 4.0: Steps towards a future vision.'... read more


Complexities of multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control

15 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The fashion industry is operating in a multi-channel world – but when it comes to managing this approach, it seems there is no unanimity of best practice (and often no best practice at all) on multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control. Here we unravel some of the complexities.... read more


Digitisation is key to upgrading Asia's fashion factories. Just do it responsibly, says Fung Group's director of sustainability

14 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Digital technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence are starting to bring more speed, efficiency and transparency to apparel supply chains – but less well documented is their potential impact on job losses and social unrest, especially in Asia. It’s a balancing act that Pamela Mar weighs up in her roles as director of sustainability at the Fung Group and EVP of Supply Chain Futures for the Fung Academy, as she tells just-style.... read more


Scovill Fasteners strengthens business with Morito integration

12 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

US-based apparel fastener manufacturer Scovill Fasteners has acquired Japanese rival Morito Co Ltd, with the two companies integrating their businesses to serve global customer markets.... read more


Fashion brand Mexx relaunches in less than a year

6 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Global fashion brand Mexx has been rebuilt from the ground up less than a year after being bought by the owners of Dutch holding company RNF.... read more


Fashion firms struggle on speed to market

6 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion firms are continuing to wrestle with the challenges of taking decisions quickly and meeting deadlines – and admit they are struggling to speed their go-to-market processes to keep up with fast-moving consumer buying behaviour.... read more


Vertical fashion firms are setting the pace on go-to-market

2 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion firms are continuing to wrestle with the challenges of taking decisions quickly and meeting deadlines – and admit they are struggling to speed their go-to-market processes to keep up with fast-moving consumer buying behaviour.... read more


Positive outlook for US apparel firms despite tariff risk

1 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Accelerating earnings growth at some of the US’s largest apparel and footwear companies is giving rise to a more positive outlook for the sector’s future – although the potential for more tariffs on imports from China remains a cloud on the horizon.... read more


Dyestuffs made from textile waste set to be scaled up

1 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Italian textile chemical company Officina+39 is preparing to scale-up production of its Recycrom colour powders made from 100% textile waste.... read more


Buyer pressure on cost weighs on garment suppliers

31 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

More details have emerged on the disconnect between the purchasing practices of apparel brands and retailers and the ramifications for suppliers – with relentless pressure to reduce costs blamed for raising the risk of disruption, and environmental and human catastrophe.... read more


Losing EU trade benefit would hurt Cambodia clothing exports

30 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The potential loss of preferential trade access to the European Union (EU) is credit negative for Cambodia, would weaken its economic growth and undermine the price competitiveness of Cambodia's garments exports, a global ratings agency has warned.... read more


Why cotton is being battered on all fronts

29 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Cotton is being battered on all fronts, from false information campaigns, to competition from synthetic alternatives, and a changing consumer. The challenge now facing the cotton industry is how to regain its footing.... read more


New project to green Vietnam textile and apparel sector

29 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

A new project is underway to improve water management and energy sustainability at textile and apparel factories on Vietnam’s Mekong and Dong Nai deltas.... read more


Centric Software launching fashion PLM in India

26 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Centric Software is launching its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions in the fast-growing Indian consumer goods and retail market, with a series of roadshows across the country next month.... read more


Next WFSGI Forum offers new insights into Manufacturing 4.0

25 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is heading to Vietnam for this year's World Manufacturers Forum, where the focus will be on 'Manufacturing 4.0: Steps towards a future vision.'... read more


New businesses shaking up a broken retail model

23 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-broken retail model, according to speakers at last week's IAF World Fashion Convention. But rising Phoenix-like from the ashes are nimble new players building a smart future for fashion.... read more


Nimble new players building a smart future for fashion

17 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-broken retail model, according to speakers at last week’s IAF World Fashion Convention. But rising Phoenix-like from the ashes are nimble new players building a smart future for fashion.... read more


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