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Fashion brands still failing to provide a living wage

25 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) claims that despite the promises of big fashion brands, many have failed to prove that the workers in their supply chains earn a living wage.... read more

Fashion sees lasting e-commerce upside from pandemic

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The global fashion and accessories industry was one of the winners in the shift to e-commerce due to the pandemic, new figures show.... read more

Bestseller and Spinnova explore new fibre collaboration

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Danish multi-brand retailer Bestseller is teaming up with Finnish fibre producer Spinnova on a joint product development initiative to determine which of the fashion company's ranges will best suit its new sustainable wood-based fibres.... read more

New initiative to cut energy use in Vietnam tier-1 suppliers

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Netherlands-based IDH-the Sustainable Trade Initiative has partnered with the Apparel Impact Institute to launch a programme in Vietnam aimed at reducing the negative impact of the apparel sector on the environment in line with the Paris Agreement and science-based targets (SBTs).... read more

Huntsman advances sustainable polyester production

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects says mills that have adopted its all-in-one Eriopon E3-Save textile auxiliary for polyester processing have collectively saved more than 130m litres of water.... read more

OESH Shoes develops 100% recyclable sole

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US sustainable footwear company OESH Shoes has developed a 100% recyclable shoe sole using 3D printing and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials by Huntsman Textile Effects.... read more

World merchandise trade slumps in second-quarter

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

World merchandise trade volumes slumped by 14.3% in the second quarter of the year, as Covid-19 containment measures affected economies around the world, according to new figures from the World Trade Organization (WTO).... read more

India introduces three new labour codes

23 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Three new labour codes introduced by India's union government at the weekend do little to extend any form of social protection to the vast majority of informal sector workers, an employment union has said.... read more

Nike sees permanent digital shift as online sales soar 82%

23 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US sporting giant Nike says the shift to online sales could be a permanent trend after it revealed an 82% increase in digital sales in the first quarter.... read more

Congress approves ten-year renewal of CBTPA trade pact

23 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has welcomed the passage of legislation this week that will extend the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA).... read more

J.Crew closes UK business with loss of 75 jobs

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US apparel retailer J.Crew Group has appointed liquidators for its UK business, resulting in the closure of all stores in the country.... read more

"Lopsided contracts" expose garment industry frailties

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new policy paper that explores the power imbalances between brands and suppliers, and their contractual manifestation as a result of Covid-19, calls for more effective global governance of supply chains and stronger public and private accountability mechanisms.... read more

#PayUp campaign shifts focus to worker rights

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

After helping to secure US$22bn from fashion retailers for cancelled clothing orders, workers' rights organisation Remake is taking its #PayUp campaign to the next level by launching a long-term vision for change.... read more

Tech companies collaborate to bring transparency to fashion

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Blockchain firm Everledger has partnered with Internet of Things (IoT) specialist Temera to provide brands in the apparel and luxury sectors with greater transparency and the ability to better demonstrate their green commitments.... read more

Sustainability roadmap aims to push industry forward

21 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The New Standard Institute think tank has released an open-source, data-based roadmap aimed at pushing the fashion industry toward more authentic sustainability initiatives.... read more

UK inflation falls in August as clothing price rise slows

21 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK's rate of inflation dropped in August from a month earlier, pushed down by falling air fares and an easing of clothing price rises.... read more

Ascena Retail sells Catherines to FullBeauty Brands?

21 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Ascena Retail Group, owner of the Ann Taylor, Loft and Lane Bryant chains, has reportedly sold its Catherines brand for more than double what it was initially offered.... read more

Report kick-starts standard for setting net-zero targets

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new process has been launched to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets, in a bid to ensure that company commitments to reach net-zero emissions by the middle of the century will actually meet these goals.... read more

Brandix backs plans for renewable energy in Sri Lanka

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturing giant Brandix has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote renewable energy in the country and ensure the biomass it uses is responsibly sourced from certified suppliers.... read more

Inditex and H&M join call for EU to cut emissions by 55%

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

More than 150 businesses, investors and business networks, including Inditex, H&M and VF Corp, are calling on European Union leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.... read more

John Lewis axes bonus as losses slump to GBP635m

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

John Lewis & Partners has said it will not pay a staff bonus next year as it revealed a loss before tax in the first half of GBP635m (US$822m). ... read more

PrimaLoft partners with Shanghai Challenge Textile on performance fabrics

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Performance fabric specialist PrimaLoft has partnered with China fabric manufacturer Shanghai Challenge Textile Co, to expand its technology platforms into the fabric side of the business.... read more

Kohl's to cut 15% of corporate workforce as Covid-19 bites

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US department store retailer Kohl’s is to cut around 15% of its corporate workforce in response to the business impact resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Coats fair wage tool offers new level of transparency

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The digital arm of industrial thread maker Coats has launched a fair wage tool and digital feedback loop that it says will give brands and retailers a new level of supply chain visibility and transparency.... read more

Messe Frankfurt introduces pop-up sourcing show

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Messe Frankfurt North America is bridging the gap between physical and virtual events by introducing a Pop-Up Sourcing Showcase at its New York textile shows.... read more

3D printing onto fabric opens up new way of manufacturing

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

3D printing firm Stratasys has partnered with two fashion designers to leverage its direct-to-textile printing technology, from design through to production, demonstrating the possibility for localised manufacturing and mass customisation.... read more

SupplyCompass launches platform for deadstock fabrics

11 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Product development and production management platform SupplyCompass has launched a new library providing a myriad of deadstock fabric options to help brands design more sustainable collections, create value from waste, and champion circularity.... read more

Devan fabric coating has virus-reducing capabilities

11 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Belgian chemicals firm Devan says tests have confirmed its BI-OME fabric coating technology has high performance virus-reducing capabilities.... read more

Messe Frankfurt France shows under new banner

11 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The fashion and textile events offered by the French subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt will now come together under the new banner of Texworld Evolution Paris.... read more

Under Armour to cut 600 corporate jobs

10 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US sportswear retailer Under Armour is to cut around 600 corporate jobs as it extends a restructuring plan it laid out in April.... read more

Textile sector joins industry call for swift CBTPA renewal

10 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Industry associations for the US textile and cotton sectors are calling on Congress to ensure a timely extension of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which expires at the end of the month.... read more

Athleisure a major contributor to US apparel sales

10 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Athleisure has become a major contributor to US apparel sales, new data shows, with the coronavirus pandemic only fuelling consumers’ appetites for this apparel subcategory.... read more

Effecting industry change requires the right tools

10 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Effecting real change in the industry requires ownership of the tools of change, according to fashion technology provider Tukatech’s upcoming webinar.... read more

Philippines garment supplier cuts over 4,000 jobs

9 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Philippines labour groups Partido Manggagawa (PM) and the MEPZ Workers Alliance have appealed for government assistance for the lay-off of around 4,000 garment workers at the Sports City group of companies, said to supply Adidas.... read more

Pentland Brands appoints new CEO in management reshuffle

9 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Pentland Brands has made a number of management changes, including the appointment of Chirag Patel as chief executive officer.... read more