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US apparel imports continue to feel weight of China tariffs

10 December 2019 | Beth Wright

The knock-on effect of retailers bringing orders forward to beat the September tariff hike on clothing shipments from China still continues to be felt months later. The volume of US apparel imports dropped for the third consecutive month in October, with shipment volumes from the East Asian supply powerhouse falling by close to a third month-on-month. Meanwhile, rivals Bangladesh and Pakistan were the only countries to book an increase.... read more

Topshop Topman CEO steps down

10 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The CEO of Arcadia Group's Topman and Topshop brands, Paul Price, has resigned after two years at the helm.... read more

Reliance recycled polyester to be molecularly tagged

10 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Applied DNA Sciences is to molecularly tag recycled polyester from India's Reliance (RIL) Industries so that brands and retailers can be assure that their products are sustainable, traceable and authentic.... read more

US retail imports surge ahead of December tariffs

10 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Volume at major US retail container ports surged significantly in November as retailers imported merchandise ahead of new tariffs set to take effect later this month.... read more

Bluestar Alliance completes Hurley acquisition

10 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Investment firm Bluestar Alliance has completed its acquisition of Hurley, the surfwear brand previously owned by Nike.... read more

Marquee Brands to acquire Destination Maternity

10 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Marquee Brands is to acquire the intellectual property, e-commerce business and other assets of Destination Maternity Corp, including its Motherhood Maternity, A Pea In The Pod and Destination Maternity brands.... read more

Amazon websites could make US Notorious Markets list

10 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The Trump administration is reportedly mulling a move to place some of Amazon's overseas websites on a list of global marketplaces known for counterfeit goods.... read more

India factory fire underscores ongoing safety violations

10 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

A fire that swept through a bag factory in the Indian capital Delhi at the weekend, killing 43 workers, has led to renewed calls for enforcement of factory fire and building safety regulations.... read more

Mothercare H1 loss widens amid double-digit sales fall

10 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Mothercare has widened its losses for the first half of the year amid a drop in total revenue and falling international and domestic sales, just weeks after appointing administrators for its UK business and announcing the closure of all 79 UK stores.... read more

Archroma names new CEO as Wessels steps aside

10 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Swiss colour and speciality chemicals maker Archroma has named Heike van de Kerkhof as CEO, replacing Alexander Wessels who is taking on a wider role within the company's owner SK Capital.... read more

M&Co returns drop 10% with accurate sizing tool

10 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Fashion retailer M&Co says it has cut product returns by online shoppers by 10% since implementing the True Fit data-driven fashion personalisation platform on its site.... read more

Business Transformation – How to move beyond the buzzword

10 December 2019 | Malcolm Newbery

'Business Transformation' is a current buzzword not thought through carefully by many who use the term. If this is to be more than just internal cost cutting and wishful top line improvements, it has to mean "stop doing the things the company does badly and loses money on," writes Malcolm Newbery.... read more

Ted Baker bosses quit amid further profit warning

10 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The chief executive officer of Ted Baker has quit amid yet another profit warning from the UK-based fashion retailer.... read more

China's Bailu addresses viscose supply chain risks

9 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Xinxiang Chemical Fiber (Bailu), one of China's leading producers of viscose filament yarn, has completed the CanopyStyle Audit that confirms it has taken immediate action to remove known risks from its supply chain and engage with suppliers that have potential risk.... read more

JV to scale-up electronic moisture management membrane

9 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Swiss technology company Osmotex has entered into a joint venture (JV) to bring its Hydro_Bot electronic moisture management technology to market.... read more

Eco-friendly investment can turn sustainability into profit

9 December 2019 | Wang Fangqing

Moving towards sustainability in the clothing and textile sector requires a huge amount of long-term investment – be it new sewage processing systems or recycling technology. But how to get the rewards from these investments? At this year’s Integral Conversation conference organised by Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturing giant Esquel Group, companies in the fashion industry were exploring solutions.... read more

Tesco weighs up options for Asia stores

9 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

UK supermarket chain Tesco has confirmed it is weighing up plans for its Asia retail business, which could result in the sale of Thailand and Malaysia-based stores.... read more

Crystal develops denim from cutting room scraps

9 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing giant Crystal International Group is stepping up its efforts to recycle textile waste with the imminent launch of denim fabric made from cutting room scraps.... read more

H&M Group to test subscription rental in China

9 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Retailer H&M Group has partnered with China's largest fashion rental platform YCloset to test subscription rentals in the country, in a move that will allow Chinese consumers to hire apparel from its COS brand.... read more

Ralph Lauren makes renewable energy commitment

9 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US fashion business Ralph Lauren Corporation has made a series of commitments to sustainability including joining the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and setting a target of 100% renewable electricity by 2025 in its owned and operated offices, distribution centres and stores.... read more

Mexican apparel industry hopeful of USMCA ratification

6 December 2019 | Poorna Rodrigo

Mexican clothing industry experts hope the current standoff over the ratification of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will soon be resolved – and that it will cement Mexico's position as a major apparel exporter to the US and Canada. ... read more

M&S adds viscose to interactive supplier map

6 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has added man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF) to the list of raw materials that appears on its interactive supplier map.... read more

New US bill extends counterfeit protection to design patents

6 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

New legislation aimed at curbing a surge in counterfeit footwear shipped into the US has been welcomed by footwear retailers and importers.... read more

SMART Textile & Garments project begins in Myanmar

6 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The EU funded SMART Myanmar project is moving into its third phase under the new name SMART Textiles & Garments, and will be supported by international retailers including H&M, Bestseller and C&A looking to boost performance within their Myanmar supply chains.... read more

British Fashion Council honours fashion charter brands

6 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Adidas, Burberry, and Gap Inc are among the founding signatories of the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action that have been honoured at The British Fashion Council’s 2019 Fashion Awards for their leadership in addressing climate change.... read more

J.Jill names Scully interim CEO as Heasley departs

6 December 2019 | Beth Wright

US women's apparel retailer J.Jill Inc has named board member James Scully as interim CEO, succeeding Linda Heasley who has stepped down from the role.... read more

Cone Denim expands Jeanologia technology lineup

6 December 2019 | Beth Wright

US-based Cone Denim is expanding its capabilities with the installation of new Jeanologia finishing technology to boost its production of sustainable and eco-responsible denim.... read more

US Q3 in brief – J.Jill Inc, Dollar General, Express

6 December 2019 | just-style

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Express has reported a net loss of US$3.1m, while J.Crew Group has announced an agreement on the terms of a transaction that will enable it to separate its J.Crew and Madewell brands into two independent companies and pursue a proposed IPO of Madewell. Elsewhere, PVH Corp and Ross Stores have upped their full-year guidance on a better than expected third-quarter, while Gap Inc interim CEO Robert Fisher said the company is not pleased with its third-quarter results. ... read more

VF Corp eyes 30% in supply chain carbon emissions by 2030

6 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has set new targets to slash its carbon emissions over the next decade, including a 30% absolute reduction of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions focusing on farm-to-retail materials, sourcing operations and logistics.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

6 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style see the Chinese government increase efforts to boost investment in the textile industries of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries, a new five-year plan from Guess that includes moving production out of China to mitigate China tariffs, and J.Crew has agreed terms for the spinoff and initial public offering (IPO) of its Madewell brand. ... read more

Joules H1 sales fail to sparkle

5 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Sales at British lifestyle brand Joules have left industry watchers unsatisfied, edging up 1.3% during the first half of the year to GBP111.6m (US$146.5m) on the back of what the company says was a "disciplined approach to promotional activity."... read more

Kingpins lists top 10 sustainable products for s/s 2021

5 December 2019 | Beth Wright

Denim trade show Kingpins has revealed the second instalment of its 'Most Sustainable Products' (MSP) list, with the top ten items for the spring/summer 2021 season including a collection of hemp-blend denim fabrics and a new platform to help identify options for biodegradable/compostable ingredients.... read more

Apparel business interest is growing in Pakistan

5 December 2019 | Saeed A Baloch

With an improving law and order situation, business-friendly policies from its elected government, and incoming Chinese investment under the Beijing-backed CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) programme, Pakistan is becoming an increasingly attractive location for foreign direct investment – especially in the textile and clothing sector.... read more

US delay on China trade deal "concerning" for apparel

5 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Concerns are growing in the US apparel industry that Donald Trump is looking to delay a potential trade deal with China until after the 2020 presidential election.... read more

Kering in talks to buy Moncler?

5 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

French luxury goods group Kering, owner of the Gucci brand, is reportedly in talks to acquire Italian skiwear maker Moncler.... read more