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US-China trade spat drives production to Vietnam

15 July 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Instead of bringing manufacturing back to the United States, the ongoing trade spat with China appears to have accelerated the shift in production to countries like Vietnam and India as companies gear up to protect their businesses.... read more


BGMEA joins Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

15 July 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA), the trade body for the country’s export-oriented apparel manufacturers, has joined the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.... read more


Stores set for more active role in the supply chain

15 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Bricks and mortar retail stores are set to play a more active role in the supply chain as they shift toward becoming centres of order fulfilment, new research suggests.... read more


EU ministers urge faster action on circular economy plan

15 July 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Environment and climate ministers have said the EU must speed up its policy on the circular economy in order to mitigate climate change and halt the loss of biodiversity. ... read more


China clothing exporters to benefit from 'Belt and Road'

15 July 2019 | Leonie Barrie

China's clothing and footwear sectors are likely to be among the biggest beneficiaries of Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI), with its hubs and transport links opening up the supply chain to new markets and improving routes into existing ones.... read more


Responsible Down Standard gets "most substantial" update

15 July 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The latest update of the Responsible Down Standard is described as the "most substantial revision" since its launch in 2014, and includes the mandatory euthanasia of sick or injured birds in order to prevent suffering, and stunning before slaughter.... read more


Sports Direct delays full-year financial results

15 July 2019 | Beth Wright

UK sportswear retailer Sports Direct is to delay the publication of its full-year financial results due, to the complexities of integrating the House of Fraser business and its uncertain trading performance.... read more


New Cambodia seniority payments cause controversy

15 July 2019 | Poorna Rodrigo

Garment industry associations in Cambodia are accusing factory owners of dismissing experienced workers without paying due compensation, claiming this is a breach of recently introduced legally mandated seniority payments.... read more


GLG Corp sells Vietnam factory to Dragon Crowd Garment

15 July 2019 | Beth Wright

The Singapore subsidiary of Australian-listed knitwear supplier GLG Corp Ltd is to sell its Vietnam garment manufacturing factory to Chinese apparel maker Dragon Crowd Garment.... read more


Vietnam collective bargaining move good for garment workers

12 July 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The recent decision by Vietnam’s National Assembly to ratify one of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) fundamental conventions to promote collective bargaining sends "a strong signal" to the country’s garment industry and could lead to higher productivity in the sector.... read more


Canada sourcing event adds new country pavilions

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Representatives from more than 20 countries will convene in Toronto next month at the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) 2019 show, with organisers announcing new pavilions from Ghana, Peru and Turkey.... read more


Acushnet acquires sportswear company KJUS

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Golf wear specialist Acushnet Holdings Corp has acquired global ski and golf sportswear company KJUS.... read more


Under Armour digitises size range for 3D avatar fleet

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

US sportswear giant Under Armour has teamed up with apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon to digitise its fit forms to create a range of 3D digital avatars across sizes running from an infant 0 to men's 5XL.... read more


Global Organic Textile Standard plans second Bangladesh seminar

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) will host its second seminar in Bangladesh this autumn to update brands, exporters, certifiers, chemical industry, and other significant stakeholders on the country's organic textile value chain.... read more


Kraig Biocraft gets go-ahead for Vietnam spider silk expansion

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the developer of spider silk based fibres, has been granted an increased investment license by the Vietnamese government in a move that paves the way for the second phase of its expansion in the country.... read more


Nike expands US manufacturing footprint

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

US sporting goods giant Nike is to expand its US manufacturing footprint with a US$184m investment in a new Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation (Air MI) facility in Goodyear, Arizona.... read more


Top stories this week on just-style...

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the ten worst countries in the world for worker rights, how Tunisia is underpinning its success as a jeans supplier, and forecasts for online shopping to double to more than 50% of UK retail sales in the next decade.... read more


Indian denim industry rebalancing demand and supply

12 July 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Consolidation and a focus on premium products are the answer to the supply glut in India's denim industry, with improved margins on the horizon, new research suggests.... read more


Garment printed cryptotag tackles traceability challenge

12 July 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Researchers at Sweden's University of Boras say they have developed a new secure system to tackle the challenge of traceability in the global textiles and clothing supply chain.... read more


Uniqlo International and GU lift Fast Retailing Q3

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Retail giant Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, has reported revenue and profit gains for the third quarter, boosted by strong performances from the company's Uniqlo International and GU segments.... read more


M&S clothing director Jill McDonald to leave

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

M&S clothing and home boss Jill McDonald has been ousted after less than two years the role, with CEO Steve Rowe poised to take over the segment amid what he calls its "long-standing" supply chain issues.... read more


Sustainable sourcing platform gets GBP1.5m funding

11 July 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

SupplyCompass, a design-to-delivery sourcing platform that provides an efficient and sustainable solution for global supply chains, has received GBP1.5m funding from venture capital investor, Episode 1, which it said it will use to develop its technology and expand its curated marketplace of best-in-class international manufacturers. ... read more


Covestro developing stretch fibres made from CO2

11 July 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Polymer company Covestro is working to develop a production process to make stretch fibres from carbon dioxide on an industrial scale, partly replacing crude oil as a raw material.... read more


Fibre-to-fibre recycling shortfall hampers fashion's circularity drive

11 July 2019 | Beth Wright

The second annual status report from the Global Fashion Agenda suggests fashion brands must urgently accelerate efforts to reach the remaining targets of the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment. It also notes progress is hampered by a lack of high-quality fibre-to-fibre recycling solutions.... read more


Concerns surface over denim bleaching chemicals

11 July 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Concerns are being raised about the impact on workers in Turkey from chemicals used in the denim bleaching process.... read more


New G-Star collection dyed with upcycled plant waste

11 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Denim brand G-Star has revealed a second collection of garments coloured using patented plant-based dyes from textile chemicals specialist Archroma.... read more


YKK prepares new Environmental Vision

11 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Japanese fastener business YKK is preparing a new 'Environmental Vision' to be launched in 2021 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and curb water use.... read more


Unmade raises GBP4.75m to scale on-demand platform

11 July 2019 | Beth Wright

London-based fashion software company Unmade has raised GBP4.75m (US$5.96m) in new funding to drive its global expansion and scale its customisable clothing platform.... read more


Hudson's Bay Company to evaluate take-private offer

11 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) has retained TD Securities to prepare a formal valuation of its common shares following a proposal from a group of HBC stakeholders to take the company private last month.... read more


Private equity firm buys majority stake in Reformation

11 July 2019 | Beth Wright

A company backed by global private equity firm Permira is to acquire a majority stake in sustainable fashion brand Reformation.... read more


Sergio Tacchini to be relaunched under new ownership

11 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Sergio Tacchini has announced new ownership of its brand assets led by Stefano Maroni, former CEO of GMI USA Corp, private equity firm Twin Lakes Capital LLC, and B. Riley Principal Investments LLC, a subsidiary of B. Riley Financial, Inc. (B. Riley).... read more


US retailers ease off stockpiling ahead of tariffs

10 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Imports at major US retail container ports will remain at high levels this summer but are expected to grow only modestly compared with last year’s rush to bring merchandise into the country ahead of scheduled tariff increases.... read more


EWM owner secures 82.96% stake in Bonmarché

10 July 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Billionaire businessman and Edinburgh Woollen Mill-owner Philip Day is on track to take Bonmarché Holdings Plc private after securing an 82.96% stake in the struggling UK women's value clothing retailer.... read more


IPO costs weigh on Levi Strauss Q2 earnings

10 July 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Costs associated with its initial public offering (IPO) earlier this year have weighed on second quarter earnings at US jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co.... read more


Ares Outdoors acquires hunting apparel brand Thlete

10 July 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Ares Outdoors has made the first of several planned investments in the outdoor segment with the acquisition of online hunting and outdoor apparel retailer Thlete.... read more


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