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Asia Pacific Rayon secures funding for expansion

12 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Asia Pacific Rayon (APR), a vertically integrated producer of viscose rayon, is to expand its operations in Indonesia thanks to the approval of a US$300m loan.... read more

BGMEA appoints Faruque Hassan president-elect

12 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has appointed Faruque Hassan as its president-elect following the results of a bi-yearly election.... read more

PrimaLoft launches fully recycled down alternative

9 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Performance fabric specialist PrimaLoft has launched a new version of its best-selling ThermoPlume down alternative insulation that is now both 100% synthetic and made entirely out of post-consumer recycled materials.... read more

Optitex adds Alvanon 3D avatar library to O/Cloud

9 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Fashion design software developer Optitex has extended its collaboration with Alvanon to make the apparel size and fit specialist’s 3D Avatar Library available to its O/Cloud users.... read more

Fast-tracking apparel technology uptake post-pandemic

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

In the year since the Covid-19 pandemic began its spread across the world, the textile and apparel industry has undergone some monumental transformations that would previously have taken decades. One of which is the innovation and adoption of technology.... read more

Asos fashion crown remains firmly in place - What the analysts say

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK online fast fashion retailer Asos has continued to reap the benefits of the pandemic lockdown, as consumers choose to shop online. The company saw its customer base soar by 1.5m in the first six months of the year, with sales growth recorded at home and across all its international channels. Analysts offer their thoughts on the retailer's first-half performance.... read more

New European benchmark for garment worker living wages

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Labour rights group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has developed a living wage benchmark for Central, East and Southeast Europe in a bid to achieve higher wages for workers in the region.... read more

Asos H1 profits soar as more shoppers shift online

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Online fast fashion retailer Asos has seen its first-half profit soar thanks to an increase in its customer base, but the company remains cautious about the remainder of the year.... read more

Cacto cactus leather claims carbon-negative status

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Mexican-American cactus leather producer Cacto says it has become the first carbon-negative fashion company in the Americas, and aims to offset 1,000% of the emissions it generates by the end of 2021.... read more

Bestseller takes measures to drive organic cotton uptake

7 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

In an attempt to encourage more farmers to convert to organic cotton farming, Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has pledged to introduce cotton in the process of becoming organic – called in-conversion cotton – into its portfolio of more sustainable cotton.... read more

Origin Materials and Sans partner on carbon-negative fibres

7 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Origin Materials and AECI Sans Technical Fibers are joining forces to develop and manufacture carbon negative high-performance fibres for use in a range of products including clothing, intimate apparel and footwear.... read more

Bangladesh aims to consolidate industry approach to sustainability

6 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to launch a garment sector sustainability report that aims to consolidate the industry’s approach to sustainability reporting.... read more

South Africa's Mr Price approved for Power Fashion buy

6 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

South African fashion retailer Mr Price Group has acquired Power Fashion following approval from the country’s competition authorities.... read more

Pakistan's Soorty aims to drive organic cotton revolution

6 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Pakistan denim manufacturer Soorty has partnered with WWF-Pakistan and the Department of Agriculture Extension, Balochistan to launch an initiative aimed at "driving an organic cotton revolution".... read more

China's Purcotton selects PLM to speed market response

6 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Chinese cotton goods company Purcotton has implemented a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help speed up its market response and product launch cycle.... read more

Devan finishes work with Jeanologia e-Flow technology

1 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Belgian chemicals firm Devan has been working with denim finishing technology specialist Jeanologia to reduce further water consumption during the application of its Bi-ome antimicrobial and R-Vital skincare finishes.... read more

Myanmar workers up pressure on brands to offer more support

1 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Myanmar’s garment workers are calling on global fashion brands to condemn the country’s military coup, provide meaningful support for their protests and to not order from factories that support the regime.... read more

Next optimistic on year ahead despite FY profits halving

1 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing and homeware retailer Next Plc saw its profits halve last year but has upped its earnings forecast thanks to strong online sales.... read more

US sourcing events gear up for 2021 schedule

1 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

A slate of apparel and sourcing fashion trade events, both physical and virtual, have been planned for the second half of the year, giving buyers access to new brands and markets.... read more

Avery Dennison sets out framework for action on waste

31 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Avery Dennison Corporation has teamed up with consultancy the Future Laboratory to compile a 'Zero Waste Futures' report that provides brands and retailers with a strategic framework for action on waste and the transition to a circular economy.... read more

Cotton workers form first independent trade union in Uzbekistan

31 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

The first independent and democratic trade union organisation has been formed in Uzbekistan with workers from the cotton plantations of global fibres producer Indorama.... read more

Lululemon investment boosts Q4 growth

31 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Canadian athletic apparel retailer Lululemon has booked strong growth in the fourth quarter thanks to investment in its direct-to-consumer channel and good management of expenses.... read more

Zip producer Riri uses recycled polyester as standard

31 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Swiss zips and buttons firm Riri Group says it has become the first manufacturing company in the fashion accessories industry to introduce the use of recycled polyester as production standard for its zip range.... read more

UK fashion sector "disappointed" over US ‘tech tax’ threat

30 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

The UK's fashion and textile sector has expressed its disappointment over the potential implementation of tariffs of up to 25% by the US on a raft of items, including clothing, in retaliation over a UK tax on technology firms.... read more

New benchmarks help companies pay a living wage

30 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) is publishing a list that reveals the difference between minimum wage and living wage in the garment and textile industry in nearly 50 countries.... read more

Lycra Co develops performance fibres from 100% textile waste

30 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Performance fibre specialist The Lycra Company has developed its first performance offerings made from 100% textile waste.... read more

The Movement develops Polyana eco fibre for faux fur

30 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Dutch clean-tech startup The Movement has developed an eco-efficient fibre that imitates real fur in all its characteristics and can be used for the production of faux fur.... read more

Denim major Saitex on a quest to be a force for good

29 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

The global pandemic has done little to dampen the drive of Vietnam based ethical denim manufacturer Saitex, which has forged ahead with plans to set up a production line for people with different abilities, and set up a new model factory in Los Angeles. And its ambitions don't end here, as founder and CEO, Sanjeev Bahl, explains.... read more

China's textile exports soar 30% despite pandemic

29 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

China saw its textile exports grow nearly 30% in 2020, despite the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Textile Recycling Association supports UK government waste strategy

29 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Textile Recycling Association (TRA) has thrown its support behind the UK government’s strategy to reduce textile waste and hold manufacturers more accountable.... read more

New project aims to monitor circularity of Italian fashion

25 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Italy’s SDA Bocconi School of Management has partnered with technology solutions firm Enel X to launch a project that will provide a picture of the maturity status of the circular economy in the Italian Fashion Industry.... read more

Turkmenistan cotton harvest used forced labour in 2020

25 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

A new report has laid bare the systematic use of forced labour in Turkmenistan's cotton sector, including the implementation of unrealistic targets, a lack of transparency in report and corrupt behaviour by officials. ... read more

Call for brands to take responsibility for Sri Lanka suppliers during pandemic

25 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Labour rights advocates have called on apparel brands and retailer to start a national dialogue with unions in Sri Lanka to ensure workers’ rights, wages and health are safeguarded during the pandemic.... read more

Boohoo in major supplier cull amid new strategy launch

25 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo has substantially cut its supplier network following an investigation into its supply chain last year, receiving praise from Sir Brian Leveson for its work so far in his second progress report published today (25 March).... read more

John Lewis to close eight stores and pilot smaller formats

24 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK department store chain John Lewis Partnership has announced plans to close eight stores and look to pilot smaller neighbourhood shops as the retailer continues to find ways to cut costs.... read more