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Footwear maker Cole Haan submits IPO

17 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

US shoe manufacturer Cole Haan has filed for an initial public offering (IPO), with plans to raise up to US$100m.... read more

Riri, Coeurdor merge to create "largest" metal trims group

17 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swiss zips and buttons manufacturer Riri has joined forces with France's Coeurdor to create what they say is the largest metal accessories group dedicated to high-end luxury brands.... read more

DyStar switches industry association membership amid spat

17 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Singapore-based dye manufacturer Dystar has joined TEGEWA – a sector association within the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) – after resigning from the Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD) following an ongoing spat.... read more

New ZDHC platform considers chemical additions

14 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative has opened up a new platform that will give the industry – and the general public – a channel to propose new substances for addition to its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL).... read more

M&S appoints Alex Dimitriu head buyer for menswear

13 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing, food and home retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed former Miss Selfridge buyer Alex Dimitriu as head of purchasing for menswear.... read more

Apparel key export to EU under tariff preference scheme

13 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Exports to the European Union (EU) from developing countries using special tariff preferences under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) reached a new high in 2018, a new biennial report shows, with clothing making up the bulk.... read more

Vietnam's footwear sector set to hit 2020 export targets

13 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam’s footwear industry is confident of hitting its export target of US$24bn this year, the sector’s trade association has said, as the country takes advantage of a shift in sourcing as a result of the US-China trade war.... read more

EU-Vietnam free trade deal gets Parliament backing

12 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

The European sporting goods industry has welcomed Parliament's backing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), calling it a "turning point" for the expansion of the sector.... read more

Protecting workers’ rights key during coronavirus outbreak

12 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Brands and retailers need to be aware of the financial strain on suppliers and the delays from manufacturing as a result of the coronavirus, a labour rights group has said, with communication key to mitigating the challenges the outbreak has presented.... read more

Pakistan and Morocco move forward on bilateral trade talks

12 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Pakistan and Morocco have concluded their second round of bilateral talks, including discussions on enhancing trade ties.... read more

Archroma develops Color Atlas for polyester

12 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swiss colour and speciality chemicals maker Archroma has developed what it claims is the first 'Color Atlas' for polyester.... read more

Lee develops fully biodegradable jeans

12 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Kontoor Brands-owned Lee Jeans has developed a range of fully biodegradable jeans, and a denim collection produced using a waterless dyeing process to coincide with the launch of the brand’s first global sustainability platform.... read more

UK launches consultation on independent tariff policy

11 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK Government is preparing its first independent tariff policy since leaving the European Union (EU), which it plans to enforce in January 2021, applying to goods from countries where no other trade arrangement is in place.... read more

JD Sports slams Footasylum merger findings as "flawed"

11 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

JD Sports says the provisional findings of the UK competition watchdog's probe into its acquisition of rival Footasylum are "fundamentally flawed" and demonstrate "a complete misunderstanding" of the market.... read more

Speed-to-market and cost control boosts New Look Q3

11 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Improved speed-to-market, fewer promotions and cost control helped UK fashion retailer New Look narrow its losses in the third quarter, but ongoing consumer uncertainty and seasonal volatility hit revenues.... read more

China loses share of US apparel imports in 2019

10 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

China's share of US apparel imports has dropped for the first time since 2016, with new figures suggesting companies are continuing to diversify their sourcing away from China even though it remains the cheapest of the top-10 supplier countries.... read more

Better Factories Cambodia extended for three years

10 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme has been extended for a further three years as the country prepares to find out this week if it will retain EU trade preferences.... read more

US apparel industry welcomes Kenya trade talks

10 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US apparel and footwear industry has welcomed the Administration’s negotiations with Kenya for a potential trade agreement that it says would further certainty for global supply chains.... read more

West Africa gets first organic cotton ginning plant

5 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

West and Central Africa have their first organic cotton ginning plant, a move designed to boost the regions’ textile industries.... read more

Ralph Lauren higher pricing boosts Q3 earnings

5 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Ralph Lauren booked higher earnings and sales in its third-quarter, proving the fashion retailer’s turnaround plan is taking hold, but said it is continuing to monitor the impact of closing half its store base in China amid the Coronavirus outbreak.... read more

Globus department store group gets new owners

5 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Thailand-based retail giant Central Group has teamed up with Austrian investor Signa in a joint venture to acquire Swiss luxury department store group Globus.... read more

Bangladesh Accord remediation progress at 2% last year

5 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Ready-made garment factories inspected under the Bangladesh Accord registered only 2% initial remediation progress last year, new figures show.... read more

New World Economic Forum blockchain traceability platform

4 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched what it claims is the first neutral and public traceability platform capable of visualising blockchain-based supply chain data from multiple companies and sources.... read more

M&S clothing needs "change at pace" say industry onlookers

4 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Much work is still required to fix and position Marks & Spencer for a "brighter", sustainable future, with clothing needing "change at pace" to stabilise revenues, analysts say, but the outlook is positive.... read more

ZDHC group adds two new contributors

4 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

A Japanese textile institute and an Indonesian textile manufacturer are the latest to have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group as contributors.... read more

Wrangler takes sustainable cotton programme to Europe

3 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

US jeans giant Wrangler has launched its sustainable cotton programme in Europe as it looks to advance traceability in the supply chain.... read more

Forever 21 reaches deal to sell off substantial assets

3 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

US teen fashion retailer Forever 21 has reached a deal to sell off its assets for US$81m, four months after filing for bankruptcy.... read more

Members source 1.5m tonnes of Better Cotton in 2019

3 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

In 2019, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) experienced a historic level of uptake as 150 retailer and brand members sourced more than 1.5m metric tonnes of the fibre, an achievement the organisation says sends a "clear signal" to the market.... read more

US invests to combat forced labour in garment supply chains

3 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US Department of Labor is investing US$22m to tackle the issue of abusive labour practices, including the use of child and forced labour in supply chains, with Bangladesh, Mauritius and Cambodia amongst the seven garment-producing countries earmarked for projects.... read more

Sri Lanka supplier Star Garment hits net-zero status

30 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Sri Lankan manufacturing giant Star Garment Group has been awarded carbon neutral status across its entire operations.... read more

Coats partners on activewear LED light system

30 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Industrial thread maker Coats has partnered with global lighting specialist Osram to develop a lightweight and customisable LED light system designed for application in activewear or workwear.... read more

Genomatica hits "industry-first" in nylon sustainability

30 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Eighty years after nylon’s first commercial production, clean manufacturing technology firm Genomatica has achieved what it says is a new milestone for the material.... read more

Cambodia and China complete round one FTA talks

29 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia and China completed their first round of negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) last week in Beijing, which if passed, would benefit the country’s textile and garment industry.... read more

Are carbon neutral pledges just "greenwashing"?

29 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

As Sainsbury’s and Fat Face add themselves to the list of companies pledging carbon neutrality across their operations, is there a risk of "greenwashing", when the real issue lies in the supply chain?... read more

Freudenberg develops 100% biodegradable padding

29 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Nonwovens supplier Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel has launched what it claims is the first fully biodegradable padding made from sustainably produced cellulose fibre that completely degrades in soil.... read more