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Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update

26 May 2020 | just-style

Fast Retailing?, Nine Line Apparel, and Brandix 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

Manufacturers must future-proof as fashion gets faster

26 May 2020 | Roit Kathiala

If there's one thing the coronavirus pandemic has exposed, it's that successful retailers and brands are the ones who are nimble, agile and flexible to meet customers' rapidly changing needs. Here, Roit Kathiala sets out steps for manufacturers to realign with this fast-shifting fashion business if they want to stay relevant in the coming decades. ... read more

Timeline – How coronavirus is impacting the global apparel industry – FREE TO READ

26 May 2020 | just-style

Since the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak began in China at the end of 2019, its impact has been felt across the global apparel and textile sector. just-style's timeline shows how the pandemic is evolving – and will be updated as developments unfold.... read more

Moss Bros takeover deal to go ahead

26 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The owner of Crew Clothing, Brigadier Acquisition Company (Bidco), will press forward with plans to acquire formalwear company Moss Bros after it had its bid to pull out of the deal rejected by the Takeover Panel last week.... read more

Office-owner exploring all options for chain

26 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The South African-owner of footwear chain Office, Truworths International, has said it is exploring all options for the future of the business, following the "significant impact" of the coronavirus outbreak on the group's results.... read more

Retailers begin to outline store reopening plans – Update

26 May 2020 | just-style

JCPenney, PVH Corp, and Kohl's 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

UKFT launches sewing initiative to boost manufacturing

26 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK Fashion and Textiles Association (UKFT) is introducing an initiative aimed at attracting new recruits into manufacturing roles as part of its efforts to promote the growth of the UK fashion supply chain.... read more

Serai apparel trade platform taps Coats Digital and Res.Q

22 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

HSBC’s new invitation-only apparel trade platform Serai is partnering with Coats Digital and Res.Q to provide companies across the apparel industry with access to their inter-connected digital solutions.... read more

Textile groups call for supplier respect amid pandemic

22 May 2020 | Beth Wright

The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) is urging brands and retailers to act responsibly during the Covid-19 pandemic and says cooperation and dialogue are vital during this time of crisis which has seen a raft of orders cancelled or postponed.... read more

UK suffers record fall as April clothing sales plunge 50.2%

22 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

UK retail sales volumes fell by a record 18.1% in April – the first full month of lockdown – with the volume of clothing sales half that of the previous month.... read more

Crystal collaborates on fully traceable upcycled denim

22 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group has collaborated on a fully traceable upcycled denim collection with The R Collective.... read more

Risk of Turkmenistan tainted cotton in Turkish textiles

22 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Clothing brands that source from Turkey are being urged to pay closer attention to where the cotton used within their products has come from after research has suggested mills are heavily reliant on cotton from Turkmenistan, which is often produced using forced labour.... read more

US Q1 in brief – Foot Locker, Macy's, Ross Stores

22 May 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. Ross Stores reported its first quarterly operating loss in more than 30 years, Macy's saw a "precipitous decline" in sales, and TJX Companies sales more than halved.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

22 May 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a deep-dive into the Canadian apparel market and its sourcing patterns, and a look at how Covid-19 could lead to a reshuffle in the fashion industry's focus on sustainability. Retailer Marks & Spencer is to accelerate a number of changes within the business including the introduction of a faster 'near-sourcing' supply chain, and L Brands is to shutter around 250 Victoria's Secret across the US and Canada.... read more

Guatemala's Startex says demand spike will now keep it open – Update

22 May 2020 | Ivan Castano Freeman

Sportswear and knitwear manufacturer Startex is to close for up to two months as US clients owe it $10m in unpaid orders and new restrictions to contain surging Covid-19 cases hamper workers' ability to reach its 1,400-strong site in Guatemala City. ... read more

Platform aimed at creating sustainable supply chains launched

21 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A new platform has launched, aimed at helping companies create more sustainable supply chains and in turn assisting businesses and governments to save industries and jobs worldwide currently under threat from the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Call for global fashion industry to "slow down" and reset

21 May 2020 | Beth Wright

The British Fashion Council (BFC) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have joined hands in a call to the global fashion industry to "slow down" and rethink the way in which it operates amid Covid-19.... read more

Covid-19 set to reshuffle fashion’s sustainability focus

21 May 2020 | Ivan Castano Freeman

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 sets up hub to help USMCA transition

21 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US has opened a centre to coordinate the implementation of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which comes into force on 1 July.... read more

L Brands to close 250 Victoria's Secret stores in US & Canada

21 May 2020 | Beth Wright

L Brands is to shutter about 250 Victoria's Secret across the US and Canada in 2020 as part of its go-forward plan for the business, which also includes an increased focus on inventory management and sourcing cost reductions.... 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

VF Corp aligns with post-pandemic health and wellness shift

20 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel powerhouse VF Corp believes it is well-positioned to emerge as a winner from the coronavirus crisis – with an increased consumer focus on the outdoors, health and wellbeing set to boost its activity-based lifestyle brands.... read more

M&S plans near-sourcing after 75% clothing sales hit

20 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

Marks & Spencer is to accelerate a number of changes within the business after taking a 75% sales hit on clothing sales during the coronavirus lockdown – with plans to bring in third-party clothing brands, and introduce a faster, 'near-sourcing' supply chain.... read more

US Senate passes Uyghur human rights bill

20 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The US Senate has unanimously voted to create a law that imposes sanctions on Chinese officials over human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region.... read more

Kohl's quits eight brands in bid to tighten apparel offering

20 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US department store chain Kohl's is exiting eight "down-trending" womenswear brands as it moves to tighten up its apparel offering, following a 43.5% sales plunge and booking a loss in its most recent quarterly financial update.... read more

H&M, Inditex in UN push to governments for climate change action

20 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

More than 150 companies including the likes of H&M, Burberry, Inditex, and zipper manufacturer YKK Corp, have backed a UN statement urging governments to align their Covid-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science.... read more

Moss Bros buyer back-out bid blocked by watchdog

20 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The buyer of UK suit and formalwear specialist Moss Bros has had its proposal to pull out of the sale rejected by the Takeover Panel.... read more

Walmart to discontinue Jet.com e-commerce site

20 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

US retail giant Walmart is to wind-down the operations of its Jet.com brand just four years after its purchase.... read more

Cotton Council International joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

20 May 2020 | Beth Wright

Cotton Council International (CCI) has become the latest to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group's sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.... read more

Polartec enhances high loft fleece

20 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

US fabric maker Polartec has developed an enhanced version of its high loft fleece made of wool, featured in a new line by mountain sports brand Salewa.... read more

Browzwear update includes 3D Adobe tech

20 May 2020 | Beth Wright

3D design and prototyping software specialist Browzwear is integrating 3D texturing and materials authoring technology from Adobe in a move aimed at boosting apparel businesses’ ability to design, visualise, and make decisions more accurately. ... read more

Indian states slammed for diluting labour laws

19 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Unions have slammed some Indian states for suspending or amending existing labour laws and increasing working hours to try to curb the impact of the Covid-19 mandated lockdown, with the changes affecting a number of industries, including textiles.... read more

How colour can play a key role in reducing textile overdevelopment

19 May 2020 | Guest author

Many apparel brands struggle with overdevelopment, leading to wasted time and effort. For brands looking to overcome this, colour is an important consideration, explains Dustin Bowersox, market manager for textiles and apparel at Datacolor.... read more

Sustainability key to resilient post-Covid fashion industry

19 May 2020 | Beth Wright

Fashion executives are being urged to place sustainability at the core of their business models to help rebuild resilient and sustainable businesses post-Covid-19.... read more

Bangladesh Bank increases export fund to $30m

19 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

Bangladesh garment factories will now have access to more funding after the country’s main bank increased the loan threshold for its export fund to US$30m.... read more