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Top expectations for baby boomers shopping online

1 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Global e-commerce shoppers who are baby boomers have different expectations than younger groups when purchasing online international brands, a new survey shows, with clothing the top category for purchases, and a clear refund policy key to a successful experience.... read more


Nudea secures seed funding to grow fit-centric offering

1 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Online underwear brand Nudea has secured GBP600,000 (US$837,000) in seed funding to grow its fit-centric offering.... read more


Primark warns of GBP1.1bn first-half sales hit

25 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Value clothing retailer Primark is expecting a sales loss of GBP1.1bn (US$1.6bn) in the first half as the impact on trading from government restrictions in the UK and Europe takes it toll.... read more


Retailers and brands sourced 13% more Better Cotton in 2020

25 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says its members sourced 13% more Better Cotton in 2020 compared to 2019 sourcing volumes, despite the impacts felt by retail markets due to Covid-19.... read more


ZDHC releases CMS Technical Industry Guide

25 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The ZDHC Foundation has released the CMS Technical Industry Guide in a move aimed at harmonising expectations across brands, and supporting suppliers with the implementation of sustainable chemical management.... read more


Call for EU to speed up recovery of bloc's textile sector

23 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The European Union (EU) should speed up the recovery of the textile sector by setting the conditions for future competitiveness and resiliency, the bloc’s textile industry body has said.... read more


John Lewis to close a further eight stores?

22 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK department store chain John Lewis Partnership is reported to be preparing to close a further eight stores as the retailer continues to find ways to cut costs.... read more


US President urged to appoint fashion industry czar

22 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A raft of US fashion companies, industry organisations and experts have joined forces to call on the Biden Administration to appoint a czar to coordinate the policies and people of the industry in relation to labour and environment.... read more


Legislation pushes for 'Made in USA' labelling standard

22 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Legislation to create one national ‘Made in USA’ labelling standard has been introduced to avoid "confusing differences" in state regulations.... read more


Lycra Co to feature new anti-slip fibre at Kingpins24

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Performance fibre specialist The Lycra Company will show its latest denim innovation featuring anti-slip fibre at the upcoming Kingpins24 Flash online event.... read more


Self-disinfecting textile could benefit sportswear industry

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A new patented self-disinfecting textile that is said to be significantly effective against bacteria could benefit the sports apparel sector.... read more


Sourcemap joins fight to tackle forced labour in supply chains

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Digital supply chain mapping platform Sourcemap is participating in a new project led by Verité to support enhanced tracing of goods made with child labour, forced labour, and other exploitative practices.... read more


UK fashion industry could be set for skills boost

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The UK fashion industry could benefit from a skills boost with London’s Fashion Retail Academy (FRA) seeing applications for its courses, which include a focus on practical skills and technology, almost double.... read more


Morocco tragedy spurs calls for binding safety agreement

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

An incident in which 28 workers died following heavy flooding in an illegal garment factory in Morocco last week proves the need for a binding international agreement on factory safety and working conditions, the Clean Clothes Campaign has said.... read more


Japan's Kuraray commits to UN Global Compact

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japanese fibre manufacturer Kuraray has become the latest signatory to the UN Global Compact to boost its sustainability efforts, as the global pact outlined a new programme focused on accelerating business performance on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).... read more


Textile dyeing sector at "crisis point" over skills gap

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The global textile dyeing industry is experiencing a global skills gap, now reaching crisis point, as younger people fail to enter the profession, according to a new survey.... read more


Call for Belgian legislation to protect supply chains

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A cohort of 60 companies and business federations have addressed a letter to the Belgian government asking for the establishment of a national legal framework that obliges companies to take responsibility for human rights and the environment in their supply chains.... read more


Finland's first large-scale textile waste plant on-track for summer opening

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Nordics’ first large-scale end-of-life textile refinement plant is on track to open in Finland this summer.... read more


Itochu, Aquafil partner to expand circular nylon production

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japan's Itochu Corporation has partnered with European nylon producer Aquafil to promote and expand the businesses of the latter company's circular nylon production.... read more


DeSL tackles samples inefficiency with Approvals Dashboard

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Software firm Discover e-Solutions (DeSL) has launched a Digital Approvals Dashboard, which it says will offer companies more efficiency for the approval of new product samples and materials.... read more


Five European brands join Fair Wear Foundation

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Five European apparel brands are taking the next step to improving working conditions in their manufacturing operations by becoming the latest members of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).... read more


Burberry, Asics among companies recognised in S&P Yearbook

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

British luxury clothing brand Burberry, Italian skiwear maker Moncler, and Japanese footwear brand Asics have been identified as global leaders for engaging with their suppliers on climate change.... read more


UK conference to drive digital textile manufacturing growth

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A new virtual conference is taking place next month to help UK textile manufacturers fast-track recovery, growth and resilience with digital tools and technology.... read more


January sees uptick in UK online clothing sales

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing sales recorded their highest growth since 2017 in January, new figures show, helping boost overall online sales.... read more


HanesBrands to exit PPE as it mulls future for European innerwear

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

T-shirt and activewear maker HanesBrands has revealed plans to exit its personal protective garments (PPE) business and explore strategic alternatives for its European innerwear unit as it looks to create a more consumer-centric company.... read more


Allied Feather + Down develops highest fill-power down

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Allied Feather + Down has developed what it claims is the highest fill-power ever achieved in a certified post-consumer recycled down.... read more


Artistic Milliners commits to clean supply chain practices

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Pakistani denim manufacturer Artistic Milliners has joined the Apparel Impact Roundtable (AIR), an advisory group of Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), in a move that will see the company help adapt clean supply chain practices for the industry.... read more


Frasers Group divests French Connection stake

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Frasers Group, the owner of brands including House of Fraser, Sports Direct and Flannels, has sold its 24.93% stake in fashion brand French Connection.... read more


Fair Wear urges brands to help Myanmar garment workers

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

NGO the Fair Wear Foundation has outlined a number of steps businesses can take to help workers and suppliers following the military coup in Myanmar last month that has threatened to impact the country’s clothing industry.... read more


Better Cotton grows membership despite pandemic

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) grew its membership last year by nearly 200, including fashion brands and retailers JD Sport, New Balance and Reiss.... read more


Finisterre wins award for climate-positive garment

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

British sustainable outdoor brand Finisterre has won a Gold ISPO Outstanding Award for its climate-positive BioSmock insulation layer.... read more


Teijin commits to science-based targets

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Polyester fibres and products producer Teijin Limited has committed to setting science-based targets to provide it with a clear route to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.... read more


China sees US apparel imports slip in 2020 for third year

8 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The publication of December's US apparel import data gives a clearer picture of supplier country shifts for the whole of 2020. During the year the volume of US apparel imports slumped 16.4%, with a 23.6% drop in shipments from largest supplier China for its third successive year.... read more


North Face partners on regenerative cotton sourced collection

8 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The North Face has partnered with sustainable solutions firm Indigo Ag to develop what is claimed to be a first-of-its-kind collection made with cotton sourced and traced from farmers deploying regenerative farming practices proven to draw down carbon from the atmosphere and restore soil health.... read more


Waters promoted to CEO of Victoria's Secret business

5 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The CFO of L Brands and interim CEO of the Victoria’s Secret business, Stuart Burgdoerfer, has announced his intention to retire.... read more


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