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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


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


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


Egypt textile sector hit by recession and closures

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Around 30% of Egypt’s textile factories are understood to have closed as a result of the recession and deteriorating conditions in the country.... 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


US cotton planting likely to fall 5.2% in 2021

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

US cotton acreage is expected to be down by 5.2% this year, new figures show, as strong competing crop prices prompt farmers to switch to commodities like corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum.... 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


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


Dune Group looks to CVA for "vital lifeline"

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Dune Group Ltd has launched a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal as the UK footwear retailer looks for a "vital lifeline" amid its struggles to continue operating through lockdown.... 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


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


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


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


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


YKK uses AI 'brain' to visualise CO2 absorption

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japanese fastener manufacturer YKK Corporation has launched an experimental trial involving the use of an AI-powered 'brain' to visualise CO2 absorption at its Kurobe Manufacturing Center in Toyama.... read more


Textiles Agenda aims to kickstart circular economy

3 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A series of action agendas have launched to answer the questions of how governments, civil societies, and businesses can adopt a circular economy and ensure a just transition.... read more


UK retailers face GBP360m of Christmas clothing returns

2 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK retailers face GBP360m (US$493m) of Christmas 2020 clothing and footwear returns, according to new research, at a time when the industry has grappled with GBP4.3bn of returns across the year already.... read more


Archroma partners on sustainable denim dyeing process

2 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Textile chemicals specialist Archroma has entered into a strategic partnership with technology innovator CleanKore aimed at advancing sustainable dyeing processes throughout the denim supply chain.... read more


Dr. Martens share price soars on stock market debut

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

British footwear brand Dr. Martens saw its share price soar 22% in trading on Friday (29 January) following its London Stock Exchange market debut.... read more


Textile groups push Biden for permanent domestic PPE sector

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The US textiles and footwear sectors are among a coalition of industry organisations and unions to recommend a number of policy initiatives President Joe Biden should adopt to re-establish a permanent domestic PEE industry.... read more


Naked Brands makes divestments to focus on e-commerce growth

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Naked Brand Group, a manufacturer of intimate apparel and swimwear, has revealed plans to undertake a transformative restructuring, which will see it divest its brick-and-mortar operations and its Bendon brand, and focus exclusively on accelerating its e-commerce platform.... read more


Eastman to build world's largest polyester recycling facility

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Speciality materials maker Eastman is to build one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic molecular recycling facilities at its site in Tennessee that will convert polyester waste into durable products.... read more


US apparel groups urge "clear and decisive action" on Xinjiang

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Groups representing the US apparel, footwear and retail sectors have written to Congressional leaders calling for "quick, clear, implementable and decisive action" to address forced labour in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and combat the import of products connected to it.... read more


BlackRock issues warning to CEOs on emissions goal

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Global asset management firm BlackRock is urging CEOs and clients to commit to a 2050 net zero emissions goal, warning it may withdraw investment from any laggards.... read more


Hyosung expands Regen range to include 100% recycled fibres

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

South Korean fibre giant Hyosung has expanded its Regen sustainability offering to include 100% recycled multi-functional fibres.... read more


Lidl ramps up use of Cotton made in Africa

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

German discount chain Lidl is making a major move to use sustainable cotton from Africa in the production of its own textile brands.... read more


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