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Kering luxury labels prepare to produce surgical masks

25 March 2020 | Beth Wright

Kering is to provide the French health service with 3m surgical masks, which the luxury goods group will purchase and import from China, as part of efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in France. ... read more


Fashion industry pilot to produce first circular polybag

12 December 2019 | Beth Wright

A new pilot project aims to reduce the use and impact of virgin polybags in the fashion industry by developing a fully circular solution based on recycled content.... read more


How cutting-edge technologies can track organic cotton

22 November 2019 | Beth Wright

A pilot project that combines on-product markers and blockchain technology to trace organic cotton from farm to consumer – a first in the apparel industry – has been deemed so successful that it could be implemented on a wider scale in the organic cotton sector and shows "enormous potential" as an end-to-end traceability solution for other preferred fibres in the fashion supply chain.... read more


New Kering sustainability chair at French fashion institute

18 November 2019 | Beth Wright

French luxury goods group Kering has teamed up with the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) to launch a new position at the higher education institution to drive scientific research on a wide range of topics related to sustainability.... read more


24 more companies join Kering sustainability pact

29 October 2019 | Beth Wright

Decathlon, Gant and Mango are among the latest 24 companies to join a new coalition that has pledged to set practical steps to reduce the environmental impact of the apparel industry.... read more


Kering to up luxury focus with Puma bonds issue

30 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Apparel firm Kering is taking another step toward streamlining its focus on its luxury portfolio, and has announced plans to further reduce its remaining stake in German sportswear brand Puma.... read more


Kering commits to full carbon neutrality across the supply chain

24 September 2019 | Beth Wright

French luxury goods group Kering is to offset the group's annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from 2018 as part of a bid to make the  entire group carbon neutral within its own operations and across the entire supply chain.... read more


Kering H1 sales surpass EUR7bn but Gucci growth slows

26 July 2019 | Beth Wright

French luxury goods group booked strong double-digit sales growth in the first half of 2019 and a record operating margin of 29.5% – but investors have instead focused on a slowdown in sales growth at its key Gucci brand.... read more


Investors press brands for more workforce transparency

3 July 2019 | Beth Wright

A coalition of more than 120 institutional investors with combined assets of more than US$14 trillion is renewing its demand for companies across the world to come forward with better data on their staff and supply chain workers, with the aim improving the quality of jobs globally. ... read more


Kering eyes greater transparency with new digital EP&L platform

6 June 2019 | Beth Wright

Luxury goods group Kering has launched a new digital platform granting access to its Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) account in a move designed to support fashion players with information and insight into the complexities of their own environmental impacts. ... read more


Kering develops new standards for animal welfare

14 May 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Luxury goods group Kering has published new Animal Welfare Standards in a bid to ensure the humane treatment of animals across the company's supply chains.... read more


Kering off to solid start with double-digit Q1 sales rise

24 April 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Luxury apparel group Kering has reported a 21.9% jump in sales on a reported basis, which includes the impact of currencies and acquisitions, to EUR3.8bn during the first quarter of 2019.... read more


The price of US imports from China continues to fall

19 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to dominate US apparel imports – with import volume rising and prices continuing to fall again last year.... read more


Outlook for UK retailers looks bleak

11 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The outlook for UK retailers continues to look bleak. UK department store John Lewis blamed a "challenging" retail backdrop for a more than 45% drop in full-year profits to GBP160m. It was a similar story for rival Debenhams, which issued a warning on full-year profits based on poor sales performance. In an update, the retailer said for the 18 weeks to 5 January, gross transaction value fell 5.6% and like-for-like sales were down 5.7%. ... read more


How Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change

4 March 2019 | Beth Wright

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability, or lack of it. But change is nigh, promises Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. The company recently expanded its Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) programme to four countries in Asia and is now engaging in one of its most ambitious plans to date, with a target to cut carbon emissions across its supply chain by 40% by 2025. "At this point, that is the most aggressive target in the industry, we believe, in terms of both the magnitude and the timeframe," Kobori tells just-style.... read more


British MPs call for laws to tackle fast fashion

25 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK government is being urged to introduce legislation that requires fashion brands and retailers to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains and take more responsibility for the environmental impact of their businesses. ... read more


Cambodia facing trade benefits suspension

18 February 2019 | Beth Wright

The European Union has officially started the process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The move follows a warning toCambodia in Octoberthat without clear and demonstrable improvements to its human rights situation there would be asuspension of trade preferences. Not surprisingly, the news has disappointedthe Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), which sayssuch a movewould jeopardise the country's efforts to build a responsible apparel supply chain.... read more


Kering posts FY profit jump on higher sales

12 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Luxury French fashion house Kering has booked "record high" full year profits that saw a net profit jump of 108% to EUR3.7bn on the back of healthier full-year sales.... read more


US imports hit by earlier stockpiling efforts

11 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Latest figures have revealed a fall in US apparel import volumes from nine of the top ten supplier countries in November. China, its biggest apparel supplier, booked flat growth. The picture was hugely different from the previous month where all ten showed positive growth for imports into the US, suggesting retailers were stockpiling earlier to get ahead of the holiday period, as well as bringing in spring merchandise, in a bid to beat a potential increase in tariffs on goods from China.... read more


Hemp apparel – hype or opportunity?

4 February 2019 | Leonie Barrie

With products derived from hemp making their presence felt in a range of industries, from food and drinks to medicines, we've looked at potential applications in clothing – and issues for the supply chain.... read more


TexOps restructure and the quest to get ahead

28 January 2019 | Beth Wright

Salvadoran sportswear maquila TexOps is navigating a painful restructuring, with owner David Ha putting the brakes on expansion. "We are going back to basics,” the Korean entrepreneur tells just-style in an exclusive interview, revealing how the firm is strategising ahead to get ready for what is coming. This, he says, includes an increase in US labels shifting sourcing south of the border as Trump's trade war with China escalates.... read more


Kering paper links Planetary Boundaries to CSR decision-making

24 January 2019 | Beth Wright

French luxury goods group Kering has partnered with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability (CISL) to publish the first in a series of white papers on the concept of Planetary Boundaries, explaining how it can be applied in the context of corporate sustainability.... read more


Kering tops sustainability list for second time

23 January 2019 | Beth Wright

Kering has been named the most sustainable corporation in the Luxury and Apparel and Accessories sectors for the second consecutive year, according to a new index published at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. ... read more


Brexit deal rejection worries apparel industry

21 January 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Last week's rejection of Theresa May's proposed UK-EU Brexit deal by MPs saw chatter spike among industry execs who say a No-Deal Brexit could be problematic for the sector given its heavy reliance on overseas talent ... read more


US trade updates out of date

15 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel and textile industry executives are among those being deprived of key trade and economic data amid the ongoing US government shutdown – at a time when trade tensions between the US and China mean that having access to the most up-to-date statistics is more important than ever.... read more


2019 off to a positive start

7 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Getting 2019 off to a positive start, it seems US apparel retailers saw some holiday cheer, with strong sales momentum that started during the back-to-school season carrying on to Christmas.... read more


UN sets new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

18 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing the UN’s new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.... read more


Decathlon's decade-long eco-labelling project

12 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Global sporting goods giant Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies. The retailer has spoken exclusively to just-style about the initiative.... read more


Regional supply chains shape up

26 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Regional patterns in world textile and apparel trade are becoming increasingly important, according to an analysis using data from the re:source by just-style sourcing tool. The trend reflects both the changing dynamics of the global economy and the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers.... read more


Kering to regain control of its e-commerce activities

26 November 2018 | Beth Wright

French luxury goods group Kering has outlined a series of new developments under its digital strategy, including plans to regain control of its e-commerce activities by 2020.... read more


US-China trade spat spurs sourcing shifts

22 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The coming change of control of the House of Representatives following the US mid-term elections will probably do little to stop the escalating tariff disputes between the US and China, the American fashion industry has been warned.... read more


Apparel makers - Let's get virtual

21 November 2018 | Hannah Abdulla

The Virtual Reality market is becoming a bit of a big deal. According to recent forecasts from DigiCapital, the global VR market value could surpass $120bn by 2020. And, as consumers are demanding more from their apparel, combining VR with apparel is something to think about. Cue Google. ... read more


Complexities of multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control

15 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The fashion industry is operating in a multi-channel world – but when it comes to managing this approach, it seems there is no unanimity of best practice (and often no best practice at all) on multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control. Here we unravel some of the complexities.... read more


Inditex, M&S help develop forestry mapping tool

8 November 2018 | Beth Wright

Inditex, Kering, H&M, and M&S are among seven apparel brands and industry organisations that have collaborated with forestry conservation not-for-profit Canopy to develop a new interactive tool that aims to help companies transition to a more sustainable supply chain and identify areas of potential sourcing risk.... read more


Fashion firms struggle on speed to market

6 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion firms are continuing to wrestle with the challenges of taking decisions quickly and meeting deadlines – and admit they are struggling to speed their go-to-market processes to keep up with fast-moving consumer buying behaviour.... read more


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