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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


Tommy Hilfiger sustainability targets centre on zero waste

1 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

PVH Corp has announced an ambitious set of new sustainability targets for Tommy Hilfiger under the new Make it Possible Program, which has a commitment to achieve zero waste.... 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Excess inventory adds to apparel industry woes

12 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

With spring/summer now a write-off for most fashion retailers, the resulting flood of excess inventory is set to add to industry woes, with discounting and margin erosion likely to lead to widespread administrations for companies in the UK, Europe and the US.... read more


Labour rights set to worsen across Asia’s garment sector

4 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Labour rights are set to worsen in Asia's garment sector as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the region – with knock-on implications for fashion companies trying to maintain supply chains from these locations.... read more


Industry efforts to support garment factories & workers through Covid-19

27 April 2020 | Beth Wright

Apparel brands and retailers – including Adidas, C&A, H&M Group, Inditex, M&S and Primark – have joined employer organisations, unions and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to push for emergency funding to support garment factories and workers through the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more


Concerns mount as Covid-19 impacts supplier orders

20 April 2020 | Michelle Russell

The coronavirus (Covid-19) continued to dominate our news coverage last week as supplier orders continue to be cancelled, apparel sales continue to plummet, and industry jobs remain on the line.... read more


Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update

15 April 2020 | just-style

A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including Next Plc, Primark, H&M, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and suspending online operations as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. ... read more


Preparing fashion for a post-coronavirus world

14 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

While there are no playbooks to guide the apparel industry through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond, thoughts are turning to ways to prepare for a post-coronavirus world.... read more


PVH's Stitch Accelerator to fast-track 3D design goals

14 April 2020 | Michelle Russell

Software specialist Browzwear is broadening its partnership with PVH Europe's tech incubator Stitch on a training and certification programme to prepare up-and-coming designers and product developers for 3D design and digital workflows.... read more


How might Covid-19 affect apparel sourcing and trade

8 April 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The fast spread of the coronavirus around the globe has created an unprecedented situation for the world economy. But how might Covid-19 affect apparel sourcing and trade? ... read more


Covid-19 leads to countrywide lockdowns

30 March 2020 | Beth Wright

The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause chaos throughout the global apparel industry, with countrywide lockdowns and the switch of production to personal protective equipment (PPE) all dominating our Covid-19 coverage last week.  ... read more


Pandemic continues to wreak havoc on industry

23 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

The ongoing impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the global apparel industry and its supply chain continued to dominate content on just-style over the past week.... read more


Coronavirus continues to disrupt retail and supply chains

18 March 2020 | Leonie Barrie

It’s resilience – not re-shoring – that clothing buyers should be seeking from their supply chains in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak.... read more


Coronavirus continues disruption of apparel and textile supply chain

9 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fuelled by new investment from its recent listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, fashion supply chain manager Lever Style is realigning its business model to be the product engine for rising e-commerce brands. ... read more


Central America clothing suppliers warn on delays due to coronavirus

2 March 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Central American garment suppliers are fretting over delays of up to a month in essential Chinese fabric supplies as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.... read more


China clothing factories struggling to get back on track

24 February 2020 | Beth Wright

China's clothing and textile makers are struggling to get back on track amid the continuing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic – telling just-style that quarantined workers, travel restrictions and material delays are disrupting production and causing ongoing uncertainty.... read more


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