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Why circularity in denim design needs a rethink

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

To drive further circularity in the global denim industry, companies must look beyond financial growth and learn to create value in different ways – with stakeholders collaborating to help shift the sector's mindset. ... read more

PVH Corp outlines progress on Forward Fashion priorities

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger owner, PVH Corp, has published its first corporate responsibility (CR) report since the launch of its new sustainability strategy last year, with highlights including sharing living wage data for the first time and sourcing approximately 50% of its cotton footprint sustainably in 2019.... read more

Apparel events postponed and cancelled by coronavirus – Update

10 July 2020 | just-style

The organisers of UK apparel sourcing show Fashion SVP have postponed the September event until January 2021. The trade show, which takes place in London, will now run from 26-27 January. ... read more

Napapijri receives gold Cradle to Cradle certification

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

VF Corp's casualwear brand Napapijri has received gold-level certification for its Circular Series of recyclable jackets from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.... read more

HeiQ Covid-19 antiviral tech certified safe and sustainable

10 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swiss speciality textile chemistry company HeiQ’s antiviral textile technology, developed for use against the coronavirus, has been certified as safe and sustainable as all its ingredients are cosmetic grade, bio-based and recycled.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

10 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the new normal in the apparel factory auditing process, why technology is at the heart of the industry's emergence from post-Covid lockdown, and Next and Asos are among a number of online retailers that have dropped the Boohoo Group's brands from their websites over claims of exploitation one of its UK supplier factories. Elsewhere, Brooks Brothers has become the latest company to file for bankruptcy protection.... read more

From Field to Shelf – How the apparel industry can become exceptional

9 July 2020 | Robert P Antoshak

As disheartened members of this supply chain, and as optimistic consumers, we commit to being part of the 20% – the minority demanding and developing, launching, and implementing new and sustainable innovations and standards up and down the supply chain. By Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc, and April Kappler, consultant to the cotton and textile supply chain.... read more

Nextil gears up for athleisure and wellness demand

9 July 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Leading European textile and garment group Nextil is preparing to launch new athleisure and wellness products to tap into changing consumer habits resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.... read more

Amazon latest to join CanopyStyle initiative

8 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Online retail giant Amazon has become the last firm to pledge a commitment to stop sourcing the raw material for its viscose and rayon textiles from ancient and endangered forests.... 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

Messe Frankfurt provides digital platform for exhibitors

7 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Trade show organiser Messe Frankfurt is providing a digital platform from September 2020 to support its visitors and exhibitors.... read more

Vietnam H1 footwear exports down nearly 7%

7 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam saw a decline of nearly 7% in footwear exports in the first half of the year, new figures show.... read more

Amazon sets up Counterfeit Crimes Unit in fakes crackdown

7 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Online retail giant Amazon has established a new Counterfeit Crimes Unit in a bid to crackdown on fakes being sold on its platform. ... read more

JD Sports grows FY profits but warns on future viability

7 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

JD Sports Fashion Plc saw earnings and sales grow in its last financial year but has warned the future viability of the business is uncertain due to the pandemic and has called for "realism" on rents and leases as the coronavirus continues to impact trading.... read more

Camper accelerates product development with PLM

7 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Spanish footwear brand Camper has reduced product development time and boosted quality control after implementing a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution.... read more

China apparel exporters hit hard by Covid-19 demand shocks

6 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

China's apparel and footwear exporters have been hit the hardest by coronavirus-led demand shocks, a new report has found, with the two sectors having shown no signs of recovery.... read more

Top stories on just-style in June...

6 July 2020 | Beth Wright

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global apparel industry and its supply chain continued to dominate coverage on just-style in June. We take a look at how the garment sector has suffered the biggest economic hit during the crisis, and why supply chain financing is vital to recovery. The list also includes interviews with Pallak Seth, founder and vice chairman of fashion supplier and sourcing powerhouse PDS Group, and Qiu Yafu, chairman of Chinese textile and clothing conglomerate Shandong Ruyi Technology Group.... read more

US apparel imports tumble by more than one-fifth in May

3 July 2020 | Beth Wright

US apparel imports were down by more than a fifth month-on-month in May as the global garment industry continued to crumble under the destructive weight of Covid-19. However, there appears to have been a resurgence from Central American and Mexican suppliers during the month as retailers appear to have turned to those closest to home amid the reopening of stores. ... read more

New initiative to improve textile wastewater management

3 July 2020 | Leonie Barrie

German fashion retailers and brands including Aldi Nord, Aldi Süd, Brands Fashion, KiK and Takko Fashion have joined a two-year initiative to improve wastewater management in the textile supply chain.... read more

India apparel exporters hit by China supply chain delays

3 July 2020 | Raghavendra Verma

Indian apparel exporters are fearing missed deadlines, with key inputs from China having either been stuck at Indian customs for the past 10 days or not shipped at all following military tensions between the two neighbours.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

3 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at why digital trade shows are unlikely to replace physical shows post-pandemic, why manufactures are confident of a return to 'business as usual' by autumn, and the potential loss of 25,000 apparel industry jobs in El Salvador this year.... read more

Mexico makers relish better times as USMCA kicks in

2 July 2020 | Ivan Castano Freeman

Yesterday (1 July) should have been a day to celebrate in Mexico as its newly revamped trade deal with the US and Canada – the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – swung into effect. But instead of hosting a fiesta over the extension of a pact to export textiles and apparel duty-free to the world's biggest market, the Aztec nation is counting its losses amid tumbling shipments to its key northern neighbour.... read more

Brazil sees jump in share of China’s cotton import market

2 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Brazil has been the prime beneficiary of the US’s losses in China, as the South American country saw its share of the Chinese cotton import market jump by 170% in 2018/19, new data shows.... read more

US Q1 in brief – Macy's, Stein Mart, Francesca's

2 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. Macy's, Inc has posted a US$3.58bn loss, while Stein Mart reported a 57% tumble in sales. Elsewhere, PVH Corp has reported an "unprecedented" decline in revenue and earnings and sales at Zumiez have fallen by more than a third.... read more

More work required to scale preferred fibre growth

1 July 2020 | Beth Wright

The market for preferred fibres and materials continues to expand, with growth in most areas but not at the speed and scale required, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report shows.... read more

US apparel and footwear industry welcomes USMCA implementation

1 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US apparel and footwear industry is the latest to issue its support for, and welcome the implementation of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which comes into force today (1 July).... read more

Virtual trade shows unlikely to replace physical post Covid-19

30 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Digital apparel and textile trade shows are unlikely to replace physical shows post-pandemic, but rather complement them, experts have agreed.... read more

Garment makers confident of 'business-as-usual' by autumn

30 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Consumers will be unlikely to prioritise clothes shopping in the near-term as nations emerge from the coronavirus pandemic – but suppliers are confident it should be business as usual by autumn.... read more

40% jump in brands sourcing Better Cotton in 2019

30 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Retailers and brands affiliated with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) sourced 1.5m metric tonnes of Better Cotton by the end of 2019, a 40% jump on the previous year.... read more

Teijin develops high-stretch sustainable eco-hybrid fibre

30 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Teijin Frontier, the fibres and products converting company of Teijin Group, has developed a new high-stretch eco-hybrid fibre made with plant-derived and recycled materials.... read more

Jeanologia opens Hong Kong innovation hub

29 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Denim finishing technology specialist Jeanologia has opened a new innovation hub in Hong Kong, reinforcing the company's international expansion plans and improving time to market.... read more

FibreTrace, LWB partner on textile traceability project

29 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Traceability technology company FibreTrace and luminescent materials specialist Leuchtstoffwerk Breitungen GmbH (LWB) have entered into a strategic partnership aimed at spearheading textile traceability.... read more

Aldo could receive investment from Quebec government

29 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Struggling footwear retailer Aldo Group could receive investment from the government of Quebec, the group told just-style.... read more

Nike in new digital push amid Q4 loss as sales slump

26 June 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc has been hit hard as store closures and a 38% drop in sales pushed it to a fourth-quarter loss – but is setting its sights on online growth as a key pillar for the future.... read more

Mounting calls for US fashion trade insurance support

26 June 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Momentum is gathering on calls for "an emergency, temporary federal commercial trade credit insurance backstop," with 22 trade organisations now urging the US government to take action ahead of the upcoming holiday season.... read more