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Why circularity in denim design needs a rethink

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

To drive further circularity in the global denim industry, companies must look beyond financial growth and learn to create value in different ways – with stakeholders collaborating to help shift the sector's mindset. ... read more

PVH Corp outlines progress on Forward Fashion priorities

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger owner, PVH Corp, has published its first corporate responsibility (CR) report since the launch of its new sustainability strategy last year, with highlights including sharing living wage data for the first time and sourcing approximately 50% of its cotton footprint sustainably in 2019.... read more

Bangladesh books 18% slide in FY apparel exports

10 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Bangladesh has booked an 18.12% fall in readymade garment exports in the year to June 2020.... read more

H&M Foundation to support female garment workers in Bangladesh

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

H&M Foundation is to donate SEK12m (US$1.3m) to help young women and their families in and around Dhaka with emergency relief from the Covid-19 pandemic as part of a long-term project to support female garment workers in Bangladesh.... read more

Apparel events postponed and cancelled by coronavirus – Update

10 July 2020 | just-style

The organisers of UK apparel sourcing show Fashion SVP have postponed the September event until January 2021. The trade show, which takes place in London, will now run from 26-27 January. ... read more

NRF pushes Retail's 'Big Show' to June, plans January virtual event

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Retail's 'Big Show', the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention and Expo, has been pushed back to June of next year with the organisation to host a virtual event in January amid health and travel concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.... read more

Napapijri receives gold Cradle to Cradle certification

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

VF Corp's casualwear brand Napapijri has received gold-level certification for its Circular Series of recyclable jackets from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.... read more

Wrangler among six new firms to join Make Fashion Circular initiative

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Japan's Fast Retailing Group and denim giants Wrangler and Lee are among the latest six companies to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Make Fashion Circular initiative.... read more

HeiQ Covid-19 antiviral tech certified safe and sustainable

10 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swiss speciality textile chemistry company HeiQ’s antiviral textile technology, developed for use against the coronavirus, has been certified as safe and sustainable as all its ingredients are cosmetic grade, bio-based and recycled.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the new normal in the apparel factory auditing process, why technology is at the heart of the industry's emergence from post-Covid lockdown, and Next and Asos are among a number of online retailers that have dropped the Boohoo Group's brands from their websites over claims of exploitation one of its UK supplier factories. Elsewhere, Brooks Brothers has become the latest company to file for bankruptcy protection.... read more

From Field to Shelf – How the apparel industry can become exceptional

9 July 2020 | Robert P Antoshak

As disheartened members of this supply chain, and as optimistic consumers, we commit to being part of the 20% – the minority demanding and developing, launching, and implementing new and sustainable innovations and standards up and down the supply chain. By Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc, and April Kappler, consultant to the cotton and textile supply chain.... read more

US retail imports improving but remain far below last year

9 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Imports at major US retail container ports are expected to remain significantly below last year’s levels into this autumn as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues.... read more

Nextil gears up for athleisure and wellness demand

9 July 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Leading European textile and garment group Nextil is preparing to launch new athleisure and wellness products to tap into changing consumer habits resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.... read more

Eight John Lewis stores set to permanently close

9 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Eight John Lewis stores will permanently shutter as the group presses forward with a major business strategy review.... read more

UK online clothing sales continue to fall as demand yet to return

9 July 2020 | Beth Wright

The reopening of the UK high street last month appeared to have little impact on online retail sales as they spiked to a new 12-year high in June but demand for clothing failed to return with both womens and menswear hit.... read more

Fast Retailing 9M profit, sales slide on Covid impact

9 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Uniqlo-owner Fast Retailing has booked a 42.9% fall in profits for the nine months to May with sales declining 15.2% year-on-year to JPY1.54trn (US$14.3bn).... read more

BGMEA Covid-19 field hospital to treat garment workers

9 July 2020 | Beth Wright

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has opened a 50-bed Covid-19 field hospital in Chattogram to provide free medical treatment to garment workers infected with coronavirus.... read more

US and Kenya formally launch trade negotiations

9 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US and Kenya have formally launched trade agreement negotiations as the two countries look to deepen economic ties and complement Africa's regional economic integration efforts.... read more

Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update

9 July 2020 | just-style

Crystal International and Gap Inc are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. ... read more

Brooks Brothers latest to file for bankruptcy

8 July 2020 | Leonie Barrie

US men’s wear retailer Brooks Brothers has become the latest company to file for bankruptcy protection after being hit by falling sales and declining demand for its business attire.... read more

Brands bail on Boohoo as it launches supplier investigation

8 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

A number of major online fashion retailers, including Next and Asos, have dropped the Boohoo Group's brands from their websites over claims of exploitation and unsafe conditions at one of its UK supplier factories.... read more

Bangladesh highlights Covid's "devastating" impact on RMG sector

8 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, has said the Covid-19 pandemic has had a "devastating impact" on the country's readymade garment (RMG) sector and expressed concern over the growing level of job losses on the economy. ... read more

Boohoo investigation could have lasting impact on transparency in fashion

8 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Boohoo's share price slumped 22% in morning trading today (8 July) as a growing number of retailers ditched the group's brands from their websites over claims of exploitation and unsafe conditions at one of its UK supplier factories. Analysts have questioned where Boohoo goes from here and how it will affect fashion's transparency problem.... read more

US trade deficit in goods up 9.7% in May

8 July 2020 | Beth Wright

US trade deficit in goods and services was up 9.7% in May from a month earlier as trade volumes continued on their downward trajectory due to the Covid-19 pandemic which meant many businesses were operating on a limited capacity or ceased operations completely. ... read more

Levi Strauss to axe 700 corporate jobs amid Q2 loss

8 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Levi Strauss & Co has outlined plans to slash its corporate workforce in a move expected to generate US$100m in annualised savings as the jeans giant has swung to a loss in the second quarter.... read more

Amazon latest to join CanopyStyle initiative

8 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Online retail giant Amazon has become the last firm to pledge a commitment to stop sourcing the raw material for its viscose and rayon textiles from ancient and endangered forests.... read more

Pentland to make 350 job cuts and "hibernate" Boxfresh brand

8 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Pentland Brands is to make around 350 jobs cuts as part of a strategic review of the business that will see it "hibernate" the Boxfresh brand and resize its support functions.... read more

Levi Strauss rolls out support measures for struggling suppliers

8 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Levi Strauss has committed to paying in full for complete and in-progress orders from its suppliers across the world and has provided access to financial support to all of its suppliers to help them weather payment delays.... read more

Messe Frankfurt provides digital platform for exhibitors

7 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Trade show organiser Messe Frankfurt is providing a digital platform from September 2020 to support its visitors and exhibitors.... read more

Vietnam H1 footwear exports down nearly 7%

7 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam saw a decline of nearly 7% in footwear exports in the first half of the year, new figures show.... read more

New guidance for brands on lost worker wages and jobs

7 July 2020 | Beth Wright

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) have joined hands on new guidance for brands on how to conduct their supplier relationships during Covid-19.... read more

International Labor Rights Forum and Global Labor Justice merge interests

7 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) and Global Labor Justice (GLJ) are merging in a move aimed a providing greater strategic capacity, support, and momentum for workers.... read more

Weak due diligence reporting in Dutch sustainability pact

7 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles (AGT) has been criticised after an investigation found member affiliates failing to adequately address specific problems around human rights risks in the factories they work with.... read more

Amazon sets up Counterfeit Crimes Unit in fakes crackdown

7 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Online retail giant Amazon has established a new Counterfeit Crimes Unit in a bid to crackdown on fakes being sold on its platform. ... read more

Technology key to navigating post-Covid fashion system

7 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Technology is at the heart of the apparel and textile industry's emergence from post-Covid lockdown, with digitalisation now key to helping brands navigate the fragile system the pandemic has exposed.... read more