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Levi Strauss promotes O'Neill to COO in leadership reshuffle

28 October 2020 | Beth Wright

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has named Liz O'Neill COO in a senior leadership reshuffle designed to position the company for the future and help drive plans to elevate the Levi’s brand and accelerate the digital transformation of its business. ... read more


New Levi Strauss store concept nods to circular economy

8 October 2020 | Beth Wright

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has launched a new store concept in the UK where worn denim can get a new lease of life thanks to customisation and repair services provided by in-house tailors.... read more


Levi Strauss & Co returns to profit in Q3 as online sales surge

7 October 2020 | Beth Wright

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has returned to profit in the third quarter having exceeded its expectations for the period, boosted by e-commerce revenue growth of 52%.... read more


Sateri says Covid-19 is an industry wake up call

29 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Leading viscose fibre producer Sateri has kept its foot firmly on the gas in recent months, with milestones that include starting production of lyocell fibres in China and launching a new commercial-scale viscose fibre made from recycled textile waste – all in the midst of a global pandemic.... read more


Mounting pressure for Xinjiang cotton ban

21 September 2020 | Leonie Barrie

As pressure mounts on the global apparel industry to ban all cotton-made goods from China's Xinjiang region over forced labour concerns, US lawmakers have been told such a move would "wreak unending havoc" on global supply chains.... read more


Covid-19 is fashion's sustainability catalyst

14 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Though sustainability and ethics fell under the radar at the start of the Covid-19 crisis as many retailers struggled to survive, more enlightened players realised it was an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in an area that would soon return to the top of consumers' agendas. Those leading the way will be able to reach a new, more sustainability-conscious audience, as well as helping to set standards for the sector.... read more


Worker rights risks rise to the fore

7 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

As fashion brands and retailers begin to reset and reshape their supply chains as they emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, a new multi-year investigation has identified child labour and audit deception among the risks at stake when sourcing from garment factories in Myanmar.... read more


Trade tensions and tariffs add to industry woes

2 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Trade tensions and tariffs are among the top concerns facing US companies operating in China this year, with the Covid-19 pandemic unsurprisingly also making a prominent appearance, all breeding uncertainty into the business environment.... read more


China hammered on all fronts in US apparel trade

24 August 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Mid-way through 2020 and the impact of the global coronavirus on US apparel supplier countries is starting to become clear. Among the changes, sourcing powerhouse China has seen its unit prices tumble 17%.... read more


Pandemic sees garment workers underpaid by up to $5.8bn

17 August 2020 | Beth Wright

A new report has claimed garment and footwear factory workers globally could have been underpaid by as much as US$5.79bn for the months of March, April, and May.... read more


Levi Strauss renews US outerwear licenses with G-III

12 August 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Levi Strauss & Co has renewed its US licensing agreements for outerwear with G-III Apparel Group.... read more


New fashion retail landscape emerging

10 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The new fashion retail landscape emerging in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is already leading to dramatic and permanent changes in the way brands and fashion retailers plan and work. There are some practical steps that surviving businesses should consider as online becomes the dominant way of doing business.... read more


Major brands linked to "union-busting" factories

5 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A number of factories producing garments for several major apparel brands have been accused of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to sack workers affiliated to unions.... read more


Tackling greenhouse gas emissions in fashion supply chains

3 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions – making it imperative that fashion supply chains find more environmentally friendly ways of operating. The journey starts with the first step of understanding and measuring the impacts.... read more


US Q1 in brief – VF Corp, J.Jill, Francesca's

31 July 2020 | just-style

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic and widespread store closures can be clearly seen. VF Corp has reported a net loss of US$285.6m, while Francesca's has seen a 50% drop in net sales. Elsewhere, Macy's, Inc said its net loss totalled $3.58bn and PVH Corp has posted an "unprecedented" decline in revenue and earnings.... read more


Does the clothing supply chain need to push the reset button? 

27 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The global apparel and textile industry supply chain is in need of a complete reset if it is to survive beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, and this could mean changing to a demand-driven calendar, embracing 'stratification', and distributing margin differently.... 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


Levi Strauss launches its most sustainable jean

23 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

US denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has launched what is claimed to be its most sustainable jean yet, made with organic cotton and the newly-patented Circulose fibre made from cotton recycled from discarded textiles.... read more


UK government urged to protect Leicester garment workers

20 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Campaigners in the UK are calling for the government to provide practical support to protect all workers in the Leicester garment industry, including the payment of unpaid wages and benefit... read more


Levi Strauss hires C&A's Hogue as new sustainability chief

16 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has named Jeff Hogue as its new chief sustainability officer, joining the company after serving in the same role at fashion retailer C&A for more than five years.... read more


Leicester garment industry dominates headlines

13 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has dominated the headlines in the last week after media reports surfaced of exploitation and unsafe conditions at one of its Leicester-based supplier factories, which is reportedly paying staff just GBP3.50 (US$4.38) an hour.... read more


Levi Strauss to axe 700 corporate jobs amid Q2 loss

8 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Levi Strauss & Co has outlined plans to slash its corporate workforce in a move expected to generate US$100m in annualised savings as the jeans giant has swung to a loss in the second quarter.... read more


Levi Strauss rolls out support measures for struggling suppliers

8 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Levi Strauss has committed to paying in full for complete and in-progress orders from its suppliers across the world and has provided access to financial support to all of its suppliers to help them weather payment delays.... read more


US apparel imports slump 58% year-on-year in May

6 July 2020 | Leonie Barrie

US apparel imports in May fell by 58% against the same month last year as the global garment industry continued to crumble under the coronavirus pandemic. However, there was a resurgence in shipments from Central America and Mexico as retailers appear to have turned to those suppliers closest to home as stores started to reopen.... read more


Garments on Hangers – Strategies for a digital world

29 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

"To hang or to box" is a question that has long been debated within the fashion retail supply chain. With companies now emerging from the coronavirus pandemic looking to reconfigure their supply chains to withstand future disruptions, the way garments are moved from factory to consumer is a critical consideration as the industry pivots to a digital future... read more


TM Lewin calls in restructuring experts?

29 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

The new owner of British menswear brand TM Lewin is understood to have called in restructuring experts with a view to the initiation of a potential pre-pack administration.... read more


Cambodia's apparel industry particularly vulnerable to EU trade curb

22 June 2020 | Beth Wright

Cambodia's garment industry, already buffeted by the coronavirus pandemic, is set for a further hit after the European Union decided to suspend duty-free access for some products from 12 August over "systematic" human rights violations. Here we look at the potential impact and possible shift in trade patterns.... read more


Retailers begin to outline store reopening plans – Update

16 June 2020 | just-style

Debenhams, Brooks Brothers, and J.Crew Group are among the latest apparel brands and retailers to outline reopening plans after stores and online operations were closed temporarily worldwide as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.... read more


Industry weathering the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic

15 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Trust, people and partnerships – key tenets underpinning fashion supplier and sourcing powerhouse PDS Group – have been tested to the limit during the coronavirus pandemic. But they've also stood the business in good stead, helping to not only weather the storm but reposition it to emerge even stronger from the crisis.... read more


Financing problems gum up the supply chain

8 June 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The global garment sector has been hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey across multiple industries – with supply chain disruption the top challenge.... read more


UK fashion retailers get green light to open from 15 June

1 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Clothing stores in the UK will be allowed to reopen from 15 June in newly announced plans from the government.... read more


Covid sparks calls for more responsible industry

26 May 2020 | Beth Wright

The coronavirus pandemic is seen as triggering a set-back for labour rights in apparel supply chains, with workers left vulnerable as brands and retailers cancelled orders. But it could also lead to re-thinking on the sustainability front, industry executives say.... read more


US Q4 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, PVH Corp

21 May 2020 | just-style

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Boot Barn Holdings has posted a fall in both earnings and revenue, while VF Corp and PVH Corp have both reported a net loss. Elsewhere, Oxford Industries has booked its twelfth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales, while G-III Apparel Group saw profit rise but revenue fall.  ... read more


Retail in spotlight as bankruptcies stack up

18 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is starting to be felt more heavily across the retail sector with more bankruptcies emerging.... read more


TM Lewin acquired by SCP Private Equity

14 May 2020 | Beth Wright

British menswear brand TM Lewin has been acquired by Torque Brands, a special purpose acquisition vehicle set up by London-based consumer specialist, SCP Private Equity.... read more


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