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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


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


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


New Flexport platform improves order management

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Freight forwarding company Flexport has launched an order management platform that enables consignees and their suppliers to more effectively plan, collaborate, validate and optimise their supply chains.... 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


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


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


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


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


Lectra to acquire Gerber Technology for EUR300m

8 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Technology specialist Lectra is to acquire US rival Gerber Technology in a EUR300m (US$360.8m) deal that will enable the two companies to hone their software, equipment, data and services to provide "the ultimate Industry 4.0" offering for the fashion sector.... 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


JD Sports share placing adds firepower for more M&A

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Sports retail giant JD Sports has raised GBP464m (US$634m) in its latest share placing to support future acquisition opportunities.... read more


Saitex takes holistic approach to social project

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam denim manufacturer Saitex has launched a new social entrepreneurship project and production line for people from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are differently-abled.... read more


Infinited Fiber Company jeans launch under Weekday brand

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Infinited Fiber Company’s regenerated textile fibre Infinna is to feature in a limited-edition range of jeans designed by H&M brand Weekday.... read more


New environmental improvement initiative launches in Italy

3 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), an environmental accelerator for the apparel and footwear industries, has launched a new programme in Italy that will see the establishment of a platform for manufacturers to coordinate, fund and scale environmental programmes with measurable impact.... read more


Ghana model apparel hub to push women's empowerment

3 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A model apparel manufacturing factory is to be set up in Ghana aimed at accelerating women’s economic empowerment in the sector by setting high standards for fair wages and healthy working conditions.... read more


SUKU application verifies authenticity of sneakers

3 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Blockchain-based supply chain traceability solutions provider SUKU has released a new application for sneaker collectors and resellers that allows them to verify the authenticity of a shoe.... read more


Government warned UK fashion industry at risk of "decimation"

2 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The UK fashion industry has written an open letter Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning the sector is at risk of "decimation" due to the restrictions brought in by the post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union (EU).... read more


US apparel industry outlines stimulus needs to Congress

2 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The US apparel and footwear industries are calling on Congress for more support to directly help businesses and ensure safe retail operations as the government debates additional stimulus measures in response to the pandemic.... read more


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