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H&M uses warming technology for new line

10 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has launched a range of men's layering pieces that use lightweight technology for warmth.... read more


Boohoo faces more challenges as it seeks new auditor

19 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online fashion retailer Boohoo is facing more challenges this week after it emerged that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is stepping down as its auditor, following a recent investigation linking some of the company's suppliers to money laundering and VAT fraud.... read more


Boohoo insists leadership committed to delivering change – Update

6 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online fashion retailer Boohoo has said its leadership is "absolutely committed" to delivering change, despite calls by UK MP Liz Kendall for the replacement of the company's chair and CEO after an independent investigation into its supply chain found evidence of illegal work conditions.... read more


Inditex and H&M join call for EU to cut emissions by 55%

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

More than 150 businesses, investors and business networks, including Inditex, H&M and VF Corp, are calling on European Union leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.... read more


H&M's Cos label launches Resell resale platform

8 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

H&M’s Cos fashion label has launched an online clothing resale platform where shoppers can buy and sell pre-loved clothing.... read more


Worker rights risks rise to the fore

7 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

As fashion brands and retailers begin to reset and reshape their supply chains as they emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, a new multi-year investigation has identified child labour and audit deception among the risks at stake when sourcing from garment factories in Myanmar.... read more


New fashion retail landscape emerging

10 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The new fashion retail landscape emerging in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is already leading to dramatic and permanent changes in the way brands and fashion retailers plan and work. There are some practical steps that surviving businesses should consider as online becomes the dominant way of doing business.... read more


Quiz latest to offload Leicester supplier amid "modern slavery" allegations

13 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Quiz has become the second UK fast fashion retailer in the last week to launch an investigation into one of its Leicester-based suppliers following allegations of non-compliance with living wage requirements, while reports have emerged nearly 10,000 modern slaves could be working in the city.... read more


Leicester garment industry dominates headlines

13 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has dominated the headlines in the last week after media reports surfaced of exploitation and unsafe conditions at one of its Leicester-based supplier factories, which is reportedly paying staff just GBP3.50 (US$4.38) an hour.... 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


Leicester clothing suppliers in spotlight for lockdown breaches

1 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Reports have emerged of "shocking" working conditions at clothing factories in the UK city of Leicester, which are said to have continued to operate at full capacity during lockdown primarily to sustain orders from their biggest customer, Boohoo.... read more


Industry weathering the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic

15 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Trust, people and partnerships – key tenets underpinning fashion supplier and sourcing powerhouse PDS Group – have been tested to the limit during the coronavirus pandemic. But they've also stood the business in good stead, helping to not only weather the storm but reposition it to emerge even stronger from the crisis.... read more


Retail in spotlight as bankruptcies stack up

18 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is starting to be felt more heavily across the retail sector with more bankruptcies emerging.... read more


Concerns mount as Covid-19 impacts supplier orders

20 April 2020 | Michelle Russell

The coronavirus (Covid-19) continued to dominate our news coverage last week as supplier orders continue to be cancelled, apparel sales continue to plummet, and industry jobs remain on the line.... read more


H&M agrees payment to suppliers for cancelled orders

31 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swedish apparel retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has said it will pay and take delivery of goods already manufactured by its suppliers, as well as those in production.... read more


Pandemic continues to wreak havoc on industry

23 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

The ongoing impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the global apparel industry and its supply chain continued to dominate content on just-style over the past week.... read more


Coronavirus continues disruption of apparel and textile supply chain

9 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fuelled by new investment from its recent listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, fashion supply chain manager Lever Style is realigning its business model to be the product engine for rising e-commerce brands. ... read more


H&M Conscious collection to feature Circulose

24 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group is to launch the first collection featuring the newly-patented material Circulose.... read more


Adidas tops sustainable cotton sourcing ranking

19 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

German sportswear giant Adidas has topped the 2020 Sustainable Cotton Ranking, with H&M taking the third spot in the assessment of companies that use a significant amount of cotton.... read more


How The Laboratory is steering H&M Group's sustainable future 

18 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Set up to test and scale the game-changing concepts that will help drive the fashion industry towards a more sustainable and circular future, H&M Group's The Laboratory innovation hub also aims to challenge the way of thinking within the company – as Laura Coppen, circular and sustainable business developer, explains.... read more


Apparel supply concerns hit as coronavirus impact builds

17 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Novel coronavirus (now officially named 2019-nCo) is continuing to shake up China’s supply chain. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 17 February 2020 there have been 71,329 confirmed cases in 26 countries – with by far the majority (70,635) in China. ... read more


Progress on trade deals welcomed

19 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a Phase One trade deal in a move that will delay new tariffs that were due to take effect over the weekend and halve the rates currently imposed on most apparel and textile products imported from China.... read more


Brands still failing to deliver on responsible viscose sourcing

20 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

A new report has found that while the issue of responsible viscose production is now firmly on the agenda of the fashion industry, there are still brands and retailers failing to deliver on responsible sourcing.... read more


Vietnam's textile-garment plan hits hurdles

19 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

domestically-made textile inputs remains a major problem that continues to hinder clothing manufacturers in the country.... read more


H&M CEO fast fashion comments "misguided"

5 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

H&M Group CEO, Karl-Johan Persson, has been called out by a labour rights group over comments he made in a recent interview warning of the "terrible social consequences" if consumers were to ditch fast fashion amid concerns about the climate crisis.... read more


New B2B marketplace connects suppliers and retailers

3 October 2019 | Michelle Russell

A B2B fashion marketplace has launched that aims to help retailers find innovative styles at competitive prices from the best suppliers in the business, while helping sellers expand their reach and increase sales.... read more


Rwanda gearing up for a slice of sourcing action

24 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world's next big destination for textile and fashion production. But another East African country – Rwanda – is also gearing up for a slice of the action, with the country's newest export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time.... read more


H&M latest to suspend Brazil leather sourcing

9 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion group Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has become the latest apparel retailer to suspend the sourcing of leather from Brazil over environmental concerns.... read more


Swedish fashion firms join forces on climate action

6 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion chains KappAhl, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Peak Performance have joined forces under the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA), committing to reduce their climate impact by 30% by 2030.... read more


H&M to close Cheap Monday to focus on core business

27 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to close down its Cheap Monday brand following a long succession of negative sales and earnings.... read more


Global protests demand H&M supply chain wage action

23 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Activists and workers are preparing for a week of global protests to demand Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) pays living wages and ensures fair employment conditions are implemented for its supply chain workers.... read more


H&M, Adidas, Gap, Nike largest BCI cotton users

15 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

H&M, Adidas, Gap Inc and Nike have been named in the top five of Better Cotton Initiative's (BCI) top brands list for sourcing the sustainable raw material.... read more


Fashion brands reaffirm Europe GFA commitment

4 October 2018 | Michelle Russell

Inditex, H&M and Asos have committed to continuing their work on building collective bargaining for garment and footwear workers in Southeast Europe as part of the global framework agreement (GFA).... read more


Trump moves forward with trade threats

26 September 2018 | Michelle Russell

US President Donald Trump has decided to move forward with a 10% tariff on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from China, in a move the US fashion industry says will considerably disrupt the sector's supply chain. The tariffs will take effect today (24 September) and will be set at a level of 10% until the end of the year. On 1 January 2019, the tariffs will rise to 25%.... read more


H&M Foundation award has eye on digital innovations

31 August 2018 | Michelle Russell

Non-profit H&M Foundation is keeping a close eye on digital innovations this year as it opens the fourth round of its annual Global Change Award.... read more


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