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EU competition seeks sustainable fashion ideas

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

The European Commission is on the look-out for early-stage projects trying to change the way fashion is produced, brought, used and recycled – with up to EUR50,000 (US$51,100) available for the three winning ideas.... read more

UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action – Signatories so far

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

The UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UN Fashion Charter) is an industry-wide initiative to collectively addressing the climate impact of the fashion sector across its entire value chain. Signatories commit to reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions through their global supply chains by 30% by 2030, and to not installing new sources of coal-fired heat or power generation in tier 1 and tier 2 factories and mills by 2025.... read more

More Myanmar factories complete chemical training

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Five more factories in Myanmar have completed a chemical management and detox programme developed by SMART Textile & Garments, a European Union-funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices.... read more

New tool helps shoppers calculate their fashion footprint

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

A new tool has launched to help consumers discover the carbon impact of their wardrobes – as well as outlining steps they can take to lighten their fashion footprint. ... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how the US-China trade deal offers little relief to apparel firms, organisers of denim trade show Kingpins have lambasted the cotton industry for making too many claims of sustainability with no clear agreement on what the word means, and US apparel giant VF Corp is reviewing options for it workwear brands.... read more

Browzwear 3D visuals now shared across the web

24 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

3D design and development software specialist Browzwear has added Sketchfab’s 3D Viewer to its latest product update so that its interactive 3D models can be viewed on any apparel web platform.... read more

US Q3 in brief – VF Corp, Genesco, Stage Stores

23 January 2020 | just-style

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Stage Stores has narrowed its net loss, Vince Holding Corp has booked a rise in both earnings and sales, while American Eagle Outfitters has reported record revenue for the period. Elsewhere, J.Crew Group has announced an agreement on the terms of a transaction that will enable it to separate its J.Crew and Madewell brands into two independent companies and pursue a proposed IPO of Madewell. ... read more

Express to shutter 100 stores by 2022, outlines new strategy

23 January 2020 | Beth Wright

US apparel retailer Express, Inc has narrowed its fourth-quarter guidance and outlined a new three-year corporate strategy which includes a 'fleet rationalisation plan' to close about 100 stores by 2022 and a new approach to product.... read more

Record Black Friday drives better than expected Asos sales

23 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Asos has reported an "encouraging" start to its new financial year as a record Black Friday weekend helped drive a better than expected sales performance with double-digit retail revenue growth.... read more

Asos back on track – What the analysts say

23 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Asos has booked a 20% increase in total group revenue for the peak four-month trading period to the end of December, largely driven by a "record" Black Friday weekend. The performance has been hailed by the UK online fashion retailer as an encouraging start to the year, with analysts noting Asos is "back on track" as growth returns to previous levels.... read more

One fifth of UK retail spend to be online by 2024

23 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online spend is set to reach GBP75bn (US$98.4bn) by 2024, a new report has found, as shoppers continue to shift away from visiting physical stores and gravitate towards the convenience of digital channels.... read more

Fashion SVP to launch new sourcing hub

23 January 2020 | Beth Wright

UK apparel sourcing show Fashion SVP is to launch a new information centre for buyers at its January edition next week. ... read more

Fashion CEOs must redesign traditional concept of growth

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

New guidance to help fashion CEOs decide where to focus their sustainability efforts in the year ahead has outlined the importance of resdesigning traditional concepts of growth and looking beyond short-term financial incentives.... read more

Vietnam garment maker builds fabric factory to cut reliance on imports

22 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Vietnam's Viet Tien Garment Joint Stock Corp., has partnered with garment manufacturer Luenthai and Singapore's Newtech Textile Co., to develop a factory that will supply fabric to the country's garment and textile industry in a bid to lower its reliance on fabric imports.... read more

US-China trade deal offers little respite for apparel firms

22 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The ‘Phase One’ trade agreement signed between the US and China is a step in the right direction, but offers little relief to apparel firms in the ongoing trade conflict.... read more

Ted Baker inventory overstated by GBP58m

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

An auditor's review has found that Ted Baker has overstated the value of its inventory by GBP58m - more than double what the UK fashion and lifestyle brand had first estimated based on preliminary analysis.... read more

Scaling sustainable fashion innovations to cost $30bn a year

22 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The fashion industry needs to embrace and accelerate technological innovation in the field of sustainability to future-proof the industry, with US$20-$30bn in annual financing required, a new study has found.... read more

US sets new strategy to prevent forced labour imports

22 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US Department of Homeland Security has published its first five-year strategy to prevent the import of goods produced with forced labour – a move that comes as the issue of forced labour in China's Xinjiang cotton-growing region comes under close scrutiny from US authorities.... read more

Menswear firm K-Boxing picks PLM to boost competitive strength

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Chinese menswear company K-Boxing has invested in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to effectively compete with companies who are accelerating efforts to digitalise product development, manufacturing, and supply chains.... read more

Clothing and footwear most highly pirated sector in EU

21 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The European Commission has published its report on intellectual property, with clothing and footwear remaining at the top of the league table of most highly pirated goods.... read more

Honduras eyes 10% apparel export hike on US orders

21 January 2020 | Ivan Castano Freeman

The apparel industry in Honduras is betting that US demand for its key T-shirt and underwear products will rise this year, boosting exports by 10% to $2.9bn and mirroring a similar performance in 2019.... read more

VF Corp weighs up future for its workwear brands

21 January 2020 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant VF Corp is to look at strategic alternatives for the occupational portion of its work segment as part of ongoing efforts to focus on its higher-growth, consumer-focused brands.... read more

Hugo Boss shares up as group meets FY targets

21 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Shares in Hugo Boss have increased this morning (21 January) as the German fashion brand has achieved its adjusted targets for the 2019 financial year thanks to a "significant" increase in sales and earnings in the final quarter.... read more

EU-Vietnam free trade deal clears another hurdle

21 January 2020 | Beth Wright

The European Parliament's trade committee has today (21 January) given the green light to the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA), paving the way for the full Parliament to cast its final vote in February.... read more

Joules H1 sales dive on stock availability issues

21 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

British fashion brand Joules has recorded a fall in first-half sales and profit, impacted by poor Christmas trading due to stock availability issues, non-recurring costs linked to supply chain initiatives, China-US tariffs and the timing of Black Friday this year. ... read more

Imogene+Willie to use Vidalia Mills historic selvedge denim

21 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Vidalia Mills, the new North American textile maker taking shape in Louisiana, is working with the Imogene+Willie brand as the first customer of its premium selvedge denim.... read more

Tailored Brands to sell Joseph Abboud for $115m

20 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Menswear retailer Tailored Brands Inc is selling the Joseph Abboud trademarks to WHP Global for $115m – but will retain the exclusive rights to sell and rent Joseph Abboud branded apparel and related merchandise in the US and Canada.... read more

Frank & Oak commits to using recycled polyester fibres

20 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Canadian fashion and lifestyle brand Frank And Oak has outlined a set of new sustainability commitments, to be achieved by 2022, with an emphasis on recycled materials and harnessing renewable energy.... read more

Matalan Q3 sales slip but online props up Christmas growth

20 January 2020 | Beth Wright

UK value clothing retailer Matalan has posted a drop in third-quarter sales as CEO Jason Hargreaves says consumer confidence and spending remained depressed throughout the autumn/winter season.... read more

Hanesbrands renews environmental transport programme

20 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Apparel giant HanesBrands has renewed its partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport programme in a move aimed at supporting environmental stewardship.... read more

Gerry Weber to launch first sustainable collection

20 January 2020 | Beth Wright

German womenswear retailer Gerry Weber International has revealed plans to launch its first sustainable apparel collection later this year across its Gerry Weber, Taifun and Samoon brands.... read more

Houdini Sportswear to improve transparency with PLM

20 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Swedish outdoor brand Houdini Sportswear is turning to a cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help improve efficiency and transparency across its supply chain.... read more

Pendleton Woolen Mills buys back outerwear license

20 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Oregon-based lifestyle brand Pendleton Woolen Mills has formed an outerwear division after re-acquiring its outerwear license from Item House Inc.... read more

ZDHC x Kingpins webinars to promote best practices

17 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Denim trade show Kingpins has announced a series of webinars in collaboration with the ZDHC Foundation to give denim mills exhibiting at its Amsterdam event access to the latest education in wastewater and sustainable chemical management.... read more

Sustainability more embedded in purchase decisions

17 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Expectations for more sustainable retail practices are growing as the oldest members of Generation Z move into the workforce, a new study has found.... read more