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US Q3 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, Vince Holding Corp, Lands' End

26 January 2021 | just-style

The latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers are a mixed bag, with some companies beginning to recover from the market disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, while others are continuing to struggle. Citi Trends is back in the black, while Zumiez saw net income jump by more than 50%. Elsewhere, G-III Apparel Group remains on track to close all Wilsons Leather and GH Bass stores by the end of January, while Oxford Industries has moved to a net loss and announced plans to exit its legacy Lanier Apparel business.... read more

International Apparel Federation sets out priority issues for 2021

25 January 2021 | Beth Wright

The International Apparel Federation (IAF) has outlined six key issues that it intends to focus on in the year ahead to help strengthen garment supply chains and move towards a stronger, smarter and more sustainable industry.... read more

Boohoo strikes GBP55m deal to acquire Debenhams brand

25 January 2021 | Beth Wright

UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has inked a deal to buy the Debenhams brand for GBP55m (US$75.2m) in a move aimed at furthering its ambition to create the UK's largest marketplace and grow into new categories including beauty, sport, and homeware.... read more

Debenhams deal casts doubt on the future of department stores – What the analysts say

25 January 2021 | Beth Wright

UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group is set to acquire the global rights to the Debenhams brands and its websites in a GBP55m (US$75.2m) deal as it steps closer to achieving its goal of creating the UK's largest marketplace. The move will help it grow into new categories including beauty, sport, and homeware and raises the question of the relevance of traditional department stores in a post-pandemic environment. ... read more

Asos in exclusive talks to buy Arcadia brands

25 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK online fast fashion retailer Asos is said to be the frontrunner to acquire the Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge brands from retail giant Arcadia.... read more

American Eagle to close over 200 stores under new strategy

25 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

US apparel brand American Eagle Outfitters Inc has outlined plans to close more than 200 of its namesake branded stores, while growing its Aerie brand in order to hit revenues of US$2bn.... read more

Lawmakers call for US textile manufacturing support for PPE

25 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Two US lawmakers are calling on President Joe Biden to prioritise purchasing ‘Made in America’ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and have highlighted the efforts of the country’s textile industry in ramping up production during the pandemic.... read more

ZDHC expands wastewater guidelines to include leather

25 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

The ZDHC Foundation, which is working to reduce the textile and clothing industry's chemical footprint, has expanded the scope of its wastewater guidelines to include leather.... read more

Mothercare expects "small" FY loss amid shift to AIM

25 January 2021 | Beth Wright

UK mother and baby goods retailer Mothercare expects to make a small EBITDA loss for the full year as it prepares to delist from the main market amid a move to the AIM.... read more

Adidas, Kering among top 100 most sustainable firms

25 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

French luxury goods group Kering and German sporting goods giant Adidas have been named among the most sustainable companies in the world in the Corporate Knights 2021 annual Global 100 ranking.... read more

ULAC snaps up kidswear specialist TicTacToe

25 January 2021 | Beth Wright

United Legwear & Apparel Co. (ULAC) has acquired TicTacToe, a brand of infant, toddler, and children's legwear, accessories, and apparel.... read more

DBT Fibre to bring Polylana to Europe

25 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Dutch clean-tech startup The Movement – maker of Polylana Fiber – has announced a partnership with Italy's DBT Fibre to accelerate the use of low-impact and traceable fibres for the European fashion and textile market.... read more

Fashion brands accused of failing to protect worker rights

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Non-enforceable initiatives and voluntary commitments by garment brands have failed to protect workers' human rights, according to a new report that is calling for mandatory and comprehensive human rights due diligence covering the entire value chain.... read more

UK to launch new national circular economy research hub

22 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

A British university is launching a research hub to help spearhead national efforts to create a sustainable, circular economy where fewer resources are used and more waste materials are reused – with the potential to deliver huge benefits to the environment and UK economy.... read more

Sales at UK clothing stores saw record decline in 2020

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

UK clothing stores were hardest hit by retail restrictions in 2020, new figures show, with the sector reporting a 25.1% slump in sales volumes – which was also the largest year-on-year fall on record for the sector.... read more

Tunisia forges ahead on circular denim initiatives

22 January 2021 | Elizia Volkmann

Denim companies in Tunisia are pushing forward with investment and initiatives to create a sustainable circular economy making high quality jeans from recycled fabrics.... read more

Athleta in plus-size drive

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The Athleta athletic apparel brand is rolling out a major plan for plus-size customers, with 70% of its collection available in sizes 1X-3X for spring 2021.... read more

H&M innovation lab to pilot digital fitting rooms

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The Berlin-based innovation lab of fashion retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz is backing research to develop a virtual fitting solution that will enable customers to try out clothing on their own individual avatars.... read more

John Lewis ups FY profit guidance

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Department store operator John Lewis Partnership has raised its full-year profit forecast on the back of a better than expected festive trading season... read more

Curtsy raises $11m to scale Gen Z clothing resell app

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

An app that lets women buy and sell clothing, shoes, and accessories from their phones has raised US$11m in Series A funding to help scale its business.... read more

Cordura boosts speed with digital fabric finder

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Invista's high-performance Cordura fibre brand has launched a digital fabric library to help customers select from an assortment of more than 500 Cordura certified fabrics.... read more

HanesBrands taps new group president for global innerwear

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel maker HanesBrands has named Joe Cavaliere to the newly created role of group president, global innerwear. ... read more

Bestseller's Jack & Jones to launch womenswear brand

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has revealed plans to launch a new womenswear label as a spin-off of its Jack & Jones menswear brand.... read more

India must upskill garment workers to boost exports

22 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

India's vice president has urged the upskilling of textile and apparel workers and the adoption of the latest technologies so the country can become more competitive in exports and capture a bigger share of the global market.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

22 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style this week include reports on how the apparel sourcing landscape likely to shift in 2021, why Joe Biden's inauguration could help stabilise the US clothing industry, and the move by VF Corp to disclose its tier 4 supplier information.... read more

Design Studio Group to set up US$3m factory in Sri Lanka

22 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Mila Fashion, part of Sri Lanka's Design Studio Group, has agreed with the country's board of investment to set up a new apparel manufacturing plant in the northern province of Welioya.... read more

Bonneterie Chanteclair re-tools its supply chain

22 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

French knitwear manufacturer Bonneterie Chanteclair has digitally transformed its supply chain in order to keep up with high demand for protective facemasks.... read more

Timeline – How coronavirus is impacting the global apparel industry – FREE TO READ

22 January 2021 | just-style

Since the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak began in China at the end of 2019, its impact has been felt across the global apparel and textile sector. just-style's timeline shows how the pandemic is evolving – and will be updated as developments unfold.... read more

Creating a new vision for UK fashion and manufacturing

21 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

A group of fashion, business and economic experts are joining forces to push the UK government to ensure the fashion and manufacturing industries aren't overlooked post-Brexit and mid-pandemic when it comes to import costs, the freedom of movement of people and goods, and retaining garment worker skills.... read more

H&M's Arket brand to rent out childrenswear

21 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group's Arket brand will start renting out childrenswear this month as part of a bid to encourage reuse and re-wear.... read more

Joules among M&S' four new guest brands?

21 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Marks & Spencer is reportedly looking to onboard Joules, Phase Eight, Hobbs, and Seasalt as its next third-party brands.... read more

Australia Wool 2030 strategy to tackle key industry issues

21 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the research, development and marketing organisation for the Australian wool industry, has published its Wool 2030 strategy to helping stakeholders make more informed decisions and adopt more sustainable practices.... read more

ReCircled buys Circularity to boost take-back vision

21 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

US industrial sustainability company ReCircled, which serves the textile, apparel and footwear sectors, has acquired Circularity, a digital sustainability intelligence technology firm.... read more

Citi Trends to open 100 new stores amid positive holiday sales

21 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Value priced fashion retailer Citi Trends has outlined plans to open 100 new stores and remodel 150 others, as it revealed holiday sales that significantly exceeded company expectations.... read more

NRF June show to take place virtually once again

21 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The National Retail Federation (NRF) will host Retail's Big Show – Chapter 2 virtually in June instead of in a physical format, as planned, since the venue it had chosen for the event will be used as a Covid vaccination hub for New York residents.... read more