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H&M to close 250 stores next year as transformation accelerates

1 October 2020 | Beth Wright

Swedish fashion giant H&M Group will shutter about 250 stores next year as it steps up the pace of its transformation work following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to a boom in online shopping.... read more

Kontoor takes holistic approach to denim production

1 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Wrangler and Lee brand owner Kontoor Brands has set out its first set of global sustainability goals and said it aspires to transform the industry by taking a holistic approach to apparel and denim production.... read more

Bangladesh garment maker launches online trading platform

1 October 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Bangladeshi garment export company Sayem Group has launched an online platform which acts as a matchmaking service for buyers and sellers of garment items.... read more

Top stories on just-style in September...

1 October 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style in September included a look at how the coronavirus pandemic could be a driver for a more sustainable fashion sector, the United States is moving forward with legislation that would effectively ban cotton imports from China's Xinjiang province, and an interview with Allen Zhang, president of viscose fibre producer Sateri.... read more

The business case for chemical recycling of cellulosics

30 September 2020 | Beth Wright

With as much as 73% of clothing produced eventually sent to landfill or incinerated, the new The Full Circle Textiles Project launched earlier this month aims to tackle some of the challenges by scaling innovations in closed loop cellulosic recycling. However, as participants explain, there are a number of difficult but key barriers to overcome first.... read more

PVH names Larsson as CEO to succeed Chirico

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

PVH Corp, parent company to Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has announced president Stefan Larsson will take up the role of CEO from February 2021.... read more

Adidas to invest in sustainable materials with first green bond

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

German sportswear giant Adidas has placed its first ‘green bond’ as part of plans by the company to execute on its long-term sustainability roadmap, while also optimising its capital structure and financing costs.... read more

Sateri to drive closed-loop manufacturing with new R&D centre

30 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Leading viscose fibre producer Sateri has invested US$48m in a new R&D innovation centre as part of efforts to diversify its portfolio of fibre products and further its closed-loop manufacturing capabilities. ... read more

Calik Denim sets ambitious sustainability targets for 2025

30 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Turkish denim mill Calik Denim has set ambitious sustainability targets for 2025 after cutting its water intensity per product by 11% and its carbon emissions during the 2018-19 period.... read more

Vietnam garment exports could face EAEU safeguard duties

30 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Textile and garment exports from Vietnam to the EAEU may face safeguard duties this year as volumes to the bloc are at risk of exceeding the trigger set under the Vietnam-EAEU freee trade agreement. ... read more

Hirdaramani Mihila factory certified carbon neutral for eighth year

30 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Sri Lankan garment manufacturer Hirdaramani Group has seen its Knit Mihila factory certified carbon neutral for the eighth consecutive year. ... read more

Covid driving online British consumers to shop more consciously

30 September 2020 | Beth Wright

A new survey has found 45% of online British fashion shoppers have become more eco-conscious when buying the latest fashion online since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

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

30 September 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

Recovery remains elusive for Malaysia apparel sector

29 September 2020 | Jens Kastner

The latest data released by Malaysia’s Department of Statistics shows the textile, apparel, leather and footwear sectors are still struggling to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.... read more

Digital wage payments must be scaled post-pandemic

29 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A new report is calling on businesses and governments to scale up digital wage payments for low-paid workers after the Covid pandemic exposed the need for critical support to reach vulnerable populations.... read more

Lenzing co-founds Renewable Carbon Initiative

29 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing and polymer materials specialist Covestro are among eleven companies to launch a new initiative aimed at speeding up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials.... read more

Outdoor retailer REI to halve carbon footprint by 2030

29 September 2020 | Beth Wright

US outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI expects to complete a 14-year commitment to be carbon neutral in its operations in 2020 and has pledged to reducde its carbon footprint by 55% over the next decade.... read more

Tangshan Sanyou addresses viscose supply chain risks

29 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Tangshan Sanyou has completed its second CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which confirm the Chinese viscose producer has diligently removed identified high risks in its supply chain. ... read more

Sedo signs as Bluesign System partner to double down on green denim

29 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Sedo Engineering SA, which creates sustainable technologies for the denim industry, has become a Bluesign System partner, reiterating its commitment to continuously improving its environmental performance. ... read more

Cotton innovation finalists pilot sustainable farming solutions

29 September 2020 | Beth Wright

A platform to manage the entire cotton verification process and a system that provides actual and forecasted measures of soil, climatic and agronomic conditions at local and regional level are among the five candidates selected as part of a global project seeking creative ideas and solutions to improve sustainable cotton farming practices worldwide.... read more

Cambodia garment recovery key to boosting industrial output

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia’s total industrial output is estimated to rise by 5.1% in 2020 if garment and footwear exports continue to recover, new figures from the Asian Development Bank suggest, as it revises its economic projection for the southeast Asian country.... read more

Ralph Lauren among names to sue over China tariffs

28 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US fashion brand Ralph Lauren is among 3,500 companies that have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its imposition of tariffs on more than US$300bn of Chinese made goods.... read more

Asos unveils first circular fashion collection

28 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Online fashion retailer Asos has launched its first circular fashion collection, building on a commitment announced two years ago to train all of its designers on circular design by 2020. ... read more

MoU furthers aligned impact reporting for cotton

28 September 2020 | Beth Wright

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says it has reached a significant milestone in its work to achieve aligned measurement and reporting of core sustainability issues relevant to the cotton sector. ... read more

SupplyCompass and Woolmark partner on wool sourcing

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Product development and production management platform SupplyCompass has teamed up with The Woolmark Company to set up trusted wool supply chains and launch a wool guide to help brands launch new categories of wool products.... read more

New Ted Baker licensing deals with Next and Baird Group

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK high street fashion chain Ted Baker has agreed new licensing deals with Next Plc and Ben Sherman's licensee Baird Group, in a move it says will enhance supply chain efficiency.... read more

American & Efird to acquire Charles Craft Performance Yarns

28 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Elevate Textiles Inc's American & Efird (A&E) division has struck a deal to acquire the high performance yarn business of Charles Craft Inc, a manufacturer and distributor of flame and cut-resistant industrial yarns.... read more

Construction starts on new garment park in Hawassa

25 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Work has begin on a new garment park in the Ethiopian city of Hawassa, located 140 miles south of the capital Addis Ababa – already the location of the country's flagship Hawassa Industrial Park.... read more

Sateri's new Finex fibre certified to Recycled Claim Standard

25 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Leading viscose fibre producer Sateri says its Finex recycled fibre brand is now certified to the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), which provides verification of recycled raw materials through the supply chain. ... read more

Second-hand strategies – Resale retailers' product and pricing trends

25 September 2020 | Martha Girard and Dr Sheng Lu

Amid rising concerns about the environmental and ethical impact of fast-fashion, the market for second-hand clothing is soaring – with younger generations leading the charge. Martha Girard and Dr Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware, take a closer look at how resale retailers' merchandising strategies are shaping up.... read more

Amazon to label products Climate Pledge Friendly

25 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Online retail giant Amazon has launched a new Climate Pledge Friendly programme to help make it easy for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products – including fashion.... read more

Boohoo to boost supply chain oversight as probe finds failings

25 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Boohoo Group has pledged to strengthen its sourcing team and work more closely with suppliers after an independent review into its UK supply chain identified "many failings" but determined the online fast fashion retailer's business model is not founded on exploiting workers in Leicester.... read more

Fashion brands still failing to provide a living wage

25 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) claims that despite the promises of big fashion brands, many have failed to prove that the workers in their supply chains earn a living wage.... read more

Asics aims for 100% renewable electricity

25 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Japanese sportswear giant Asics Corp has pledged to use only renewable electricity across all group companies by 2050, with an interim goal of raising the use of renewable energy to at least 60% at its business bases by 2030. ... read more

US care labels have "outlived their original role"

25 September 2020 | Leonie Barrie

As part of its ongoing review of care labelling requirements for clothing sold in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission has again been told the need for a physical label is no longer necessary.... read more