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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


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


Issa brothers complete acquisition of Asda

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The acquisition of UK supermarket chain Asda for GBP6.8bn (US$8.8bn) by UK entrepreneurs the Issa brothers and private equity firm TDR Capital has been completed this week.... 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


JD Sports on acquisition spree with DTLR Villa buy

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

JD Sports Fashion Plc has made its third acquisition in just over a month with the purchase of US athletic footwear and apparel streetwear retailer DTLR Villa.... read more


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