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

3 June 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

ZDHC tackles textile chemicals training in Ethiopia

3 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

The ZDHC Foundation is partnering with the German government and Dow Europe GmbH on a project aimed at building a safer and more eco-friendly textile and apparel industry in Ethiopia.... read more

Delta Apparel joins Cotton Leads programme

3 June 2020 | Beth Wright

Activewear and lifestyle clothing maker Delta Apparel has become the latest company to join the Cotton Leads programme, which supports responsible production practices by cotton growers in the US and Australia.... read more

Epic Group rolls out sustainable wastewater solutions

2 June 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong based garment manufacturing giant Epic Group is rolling out sustainable water treatment solutions at its global factories.... read more

Reshoring possible as US firms look to shorter, faster supply chains post-pandemic

2 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US clothing brands and suppliers are likely exploring ways to make their supply chains faster and more nimble as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – which could involve many looking to shift parts of their production to the US, Central America and Mexico.... read more

Global cotton stocks to reach five-year high

2 June 2020 | Beth Wright

Global cotton stocks are set to reach the highest level in five years during the 2019/2020 season as the Covid-19 pandemic knocks both consumption and trade.... read more

Garment sector suffers biggest economic hit amid Covid-19

1 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

The garment industry has suffered the biggest economic hit during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report, with supply chain disruption the top challenge.... read more

BAM clothing sets positive impact 2030 targets

1 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK activewear clothing brand BAM has pledged to become impact positive across all areas of its operations, including its supply chain, by 2030.... read more

Edinburgh Woollen Mill hits back at BGMEA blacklist threat

1 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) has hit back at the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturing and Exporters Association (BGMEA) over its threats to blacklist the company over unpaid invoices, saying it has been unfairly targeted.... read more

Top stories on just-style in May...

1 June 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style in May continued to be dominated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global apparel industry and its supply chain. During the month we took a look at how the flood of excess inventory will likely lead to widespread administrations for companies in the UK, Europe and the US, and how the crisis could result in fewer, smaller collections from more sustainable supply chains. HanesBrands said PPE could become a permanent part of its portfolio, while Kohl's moved to tighten up its apparel offering, and Boohoo raised US$241.4m through a share placing designed to help it fund future acquisitions.... read more

Hirdaramani sees sustainability a key pillar of the new normal

29 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

Sri Lanka is long-recognised as a pioneer in innovation and sustainability, with manufacturing giant Hirdaramani Group one of those championing the cause. Group director Nikhil Hirdaramani believes this track record will be key as the world adjusts to the new normal post-pandemic, with sustainability one of the key pillars of doing business.... read more

Brands urged to make supply-chain relief payment

29 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

A one-off payment from fashion brands and retailers could be a way of mitigating the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on supply chain workers.... read more

Duties collected on US textile imports jump 68% in Q2

29 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The latest Textile Enforcement Statistics released by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) show a 68% hike in duties collected on textile and apparel products imported into the US in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

29 May 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include an update on which brands are refusing to make no commitment to pay in full for orders completed and in production, a look at the steps manufacturers must take to if they want to stay relevant as fashion gets faster, and a new initiative offering consumers the chance to purchase clothing from cancelled apparel orders from Bangladesh.... read more

Adidas and Allbirds aim for lowest carbon footprint sports shoe

29 May 2020 | Beth Wright

Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds has joined forces with German sportswear giant Adidas to develop a sports performance shoe with what they say will be the lowest ever carbon footprint.... read more

Asics sets 2030 goal for 100% recycled polyester

29 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Japanese sportswear giant Asics Corp has outlined sustainability targets for 2030 that include switching all of the polyesters in its products to recycled ones.... read more

Timberland building regenerative leather supply chain

28 May 2020 | Beth Wright

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has partnered with non-profit the Savory Institute as part of ongoing efforts to build a regenerative supply chain for the footwear and apparel industry by connecting early-adopter regenerative ranches with its large-scale tannery partners.... read more

US-Kenya trade deal – Here's what the apparel industry wants

28 May 2020 | Kendall Keough and Dr Sheng Lu

As more details emerge on the proposed US-Kenya Free Trade Agreement, Kendall Keough and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware look at various industry views on the pact – and why apparel-specific provisions are the focal point of the debate.... read more

More apparel brands moving to preferred materials

28 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The latest Material Change Insights Report from Textile Exchange shows nearly 40% of its brand participants sourced their materials from preferred sources – but investment into circularity remains limited.... read more

Sateri begins lyocell fibre production in China

28 May 2020 | Beth Wright

Chinese viscose producer Sateri has entered the country's lyocell fibre market after commencing production in Rizhao, Shandong in a move that broadens the firm's portfolio and will bolster lyocell supply to the textile and non-woven markets.... read more

New nonprofit aims to speed sustainable materials development

28 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A new non-profit organisation has launched with the goal of accelerating the development of sustainable materials for the fashion, automotive, and home goods industries.... read more

More brands named for failing on order commitments

27 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

An online tracker launched last month to monitor the response of leading apparel and footwear brands and retailers to their suppliers and workers during the coronavirus crisis, has been updated to show some are still refusing to make no commitment to pay in full for orders completed and in production.... read more

Levi's and C&A to anchor Mexico Fashion Transparency Index

27 May 2020 | Ivan Castano Freeman

Mexico's fledgling Fashion Transparency Index has picked C&A and Levi Strauss as the international brands that will anchor its sustainability survey set to launch in December.... read more

Ocean microplastics could be hugely underestimated

27 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The amount of microplastic debris in coastal waters may have been significantly underestimated, a new study has found.... 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

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

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

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

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

Noble Biomaterials rebrands antimicrobial tech Ionic+

21 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

Antimicrobial solutions provider Noble Biomaterials has unveiled a new brand identity – Ionic+ – for its antimicrobial technology, formerly known as XT2.... 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

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

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