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Fruit of the Loom launches 'Fruitful Futures' sustainability plan

2 October 2020 | Beth Wright

Apparel, intimates and athletic clothing maker Fruit of the Loom has outlined a new global sustainability plan to reduce the environmental impact of its global supply chain, with goals including sourcing 100% of its cotton sustainably by 2025 and using 30% recycled polyester by 2030.... read more


Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update

27 July 2020 | just-style

Texollini, Chargeurs*PCC Fashion Technologies, and Crystal International are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. ... read more


New Balance steps up on climate commitments

30 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Boston-based New Balance Athletics has pledged to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 across its global operations as part of two new major climate commitments.... read more


New Balance to scale Made-in-USA 3D printing platform

3 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Boston-based New Balance Athletics has launched a new 3D printing platform based around a new proprietary photopolymer resin, which reduces the need for injection moulded thermoplastic and speeds its development and production cycles.... read more


New Balance plans US advanced manufacturing facility

7 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Boston-based New Balance Athletics is preparing to open an advanced manufacturing facility in Methuen, also in Massachusetts, as it expands its domestic manufacturing footprint.... read more


New Balance and Vetta praised by Fair Labor Association

20 November 2018 | Beth Wright

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has re-accredited New Balance's social compliance programme, and added fashion startup Vetta Brands to its network of accredited companies, in a move that confirms both companies have policies and practices in place to monitor and remediate labour abuses in their global supply chains.... read more


DeMartini to step down as New Balance CEO

1 November 2018 | Beth Wright

Rob DeMartini, CEO of Boston-based global athletic leader New Balance Athletics, is to step down next month after leading the firm for 12 years.... read more


Green supply chain map links China factories to brands

4 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Six leading apparel brands have stepped forward to be featured on a new online map that claims to be the only tool in the world to openly link leading multinational corporations to their suppliers' environmental performance.... read more


Fruit of the Loom joins The Sustainability Consortium

18 July 2017 | Beth Wright

Athletic apparel and intimates manufacturer Fruit of the Loom has joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) as part of its commitment to help improve the environmental, social and economic performance of the textile value chain.... read more


US defence bill to boost athletic footwear firms

12 December 2016 | Leonie Barrie

US footwear firms Wolverine Worldwide and New Balance have hailed the passage of a defence bill that includes language directing troops to buy American-made athletic shoes for military recruits.... read more


Fruit of the Loom names Burgess-Taylor CEO

2 December 2016 | Beth Wright

Melissa Burgess-Taylor has been named chairman and CEO of apparel maker Fruit of the Loom following the sudden and unexpected passing of Rick Medlin earlier this week.... read more


Fruit of the Loom CEO Medlin dies suddenly

28 November 2016 | Leonie Barrie

Rick Medlin, president and CEO of apparel maker Fruit of the Loom Inc, passed away suddenly at the weekend, after suffering what was thought to be a heart attack.... read more


New Balance faces backlash for backing Trump on trade

18 November 2016 | Leonie Barrie

Global athletic brand New Balance is facing a backlash from customers threatening to boycott the brand after it appeared to back President-elect Donald Trump’s trade stance.... read more


Fruit Of The Loom awarded for CSR efforts in Honduras

31 October 2016 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom has been recognised for its corporate social responsibility efforts in Central America for the eighth year in a row.... read more


What's 3D printing doing for apparel and footwear?

17 August 2016 | Guest author

3D printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernstein Research seems to suggest much more progress still needs to be made before it has the potential to impact apparel.... read more


New Balance anti-TPP stance disappoints footwear industry

14 April 2016 | Michelle Russell

The US apparel and footwear industry has reiterated its call for Administration to "fulfil its commitments" to ensuring the extension of the Berry Amendment to include athletic footwear.... read more


New Balance to debut 3D printed running shoe 

12 April 2016 | Katie Smith

Global athletic brand New Balance is to release its long-awaited high performance running shoe with a 3D printed midsole later this week. ... read more


Fruit of the Loom awarded Wal-Mart supplier of year

2 March 2016 | Michelle Russell

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom has received two awards from retail giant Wal-Mart, including omni-channel supplier of the year. ... read more


New Balance launches digital sport unit for wearable tech

8 January 2016 | Katie Smith

Global athletic brand New Balance has launched a new division dedicated to developing innovative digital experiences and wearable technologies to improve athlete performance. ... read more


New Balance launches first 3D printed running shoe

23 November 2015 | Leonie Barrie

Global athletic brand New Balance is to launch its first high performance running shoe with a 3D printed midsole said to represent a “breakthrough” in balancing flexibility, strength, weight and durability.... read more


Tesco's F&F joins ZDHC as new board formed

9 October 2015 | Michelle Russell

F&F, the fashion brand of UK supermarket retailer Tesco Stores, has become the latest member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group, amid the formation of a new board of directors.... read more


Rockport acquisition completes

5 August 2015 | Katie Smith

Investment firms Berkshire Partners and New Balance Holding have completed their acquisition of casual footwear business Rockport Company from sportswear giant Adidas Group.... read more


Athletic footwear sales grow ahead of back-to-school

30 July 2015 | Katie Smith

Strong mid-year sales of athletic footwear in the US is an encouraging indicator for the all-important back-to-school season, new research suggests.... read more


Deal close for Fruit of the Loom lingerie business

24 June 2015 | Stuart Todd

French investment firm Perceva has confirmed that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with US apparel manufacturer, Fruit of the Loom, for the acquisition of its loss-making European lingerie business,Vanity Fair Brands Europe (VFBE).... read more


New Balance develops 3D custom spike plates

9 April 2015 | Michelle Russell

Footwear business New Balance has turned to design-driven manufacturing to print 3D custom spike plates to individualise the foot strike patterns of its elite athletes.... read more


Apparel firms call for passage of tariff bill

30 January 2015 | Katie Smith

US textile and apparel manufacturing companies are calling on Congress to pass the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which they say would eliminate or reduce import duties on products not available in the US.... read more


New Balance hits back in Converse trademark row

14 January 2015 | Richard Woodard

Footwear business New Balance has hit back at rival Converse in a continuing row about the design of the latter’s Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers.... read more


New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles

17 November 2014 | Debra Cobb

Driving meaningful change towards sustainability in textiles within organisations, within the industry, and with consumers topped the agenda at last week's Textile Exchange Conference.... read more


Fruit of the Loom forms yarn partnership with Parkdale

31 October 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Fruit of the Loom has agreed a deal with Parkdale America that will see it sell its US yarn spinning operations to the company which will then provide new state-of-the-art cotton and cotton blended yarns for its underwear and casualwear products.... read more


US: ISA TanTec setting up eco-friendly tannery

22 September 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Ecological leather manufacturer ISA TanTec is responding to growing demand for locally produced leather in the US shoe industry with a new tannery due to begin operations in January 2015.... read more


Alliance and Accord urged to harmonise efforts in Bangladesh

19 September 2014 | Leonie Barrie

A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progress" over the past 12 months - but pulls no punches when it comes to the many challenges that still lie ahead.... read more


US: Necessity drives men’s shoe purchasing, says study

27 August 2014 | Richard Woodard

Necessity is the main motivation behind men buying shoes in the US, according to a new study, but attitudes are beginning to evolve as men increasingly embrace fashion and newness in footwear.... read more


SOURCING: Alliance members buying more products from Bangladesh

23 July 2014 | Leonie Barrie

The group of North American brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc and VF Corporation - working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories appears to be sourcing more products from the country as efforts to upgrade the industry take hold. But one year on, progress is "far from over", with the total cost likely to be in the region of $150m and take 12-18 another months to complete.... read more


BANGLADESH: Alliance doubles compensation for displaced workers

14 July 2014 | Katie Smith

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has extended compensation for garment factory workers displaced due to factory remediation from two months' up to four months' wages.... read more


US: Fruit of the Loom invests in Berkeley facility expansion

3 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom is investing in doubling the size of its Berkeley County distribution centre, as the company continues its efforts to align its global supply chain.... read more


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