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Boohoo's model factory concept deserves praise not panning

21 April 2021 | Guest author

Boohoo should be applauded for its proposed UK model factory – and the initiative should provide inspiration to other retailers and brands considering investing in their own domestic supply chains.... read more

Vans pledges all core materials will be more sustainable by 2030

21 April 2021 | Beth Wright

VF Corporation's action sports brand Vans has pledged a series of new global sustainability commitments that will see it move towards creating circular products and systems that use regenerative and recycled materials, designed to reduce waste and keep products in use and out of landfills.... read more

Zalando expects Q1 sales to rise by up to 48%

21 April 2021 | Beth Wright

German fashion e-tailer Zalando expects first-quarter results above market expectations as a result of a stronger-than-expected start to the spring-summer season as well as a lower-than-expected return rate. ... read more

Infinited Fiber scaling up Infinna with flagship factory

21 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Circular fashion and textile technology group Infinited Fiber Co has revealed plans to build a EUR220m (US$264.2m) flagship factory in its native Finland to produce its regenerated textile fibres for the global market.... read more

Canada Goose commits to use of recycled and organic materials

21 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Canadian outdoor apparel specialist Canada Goose has outlined two new sustainability commitments, including a pledge to transition 90% of its materials to Preferred Fibres and Materials (PFMs) by 2025.... read more

Delta Apparel expects 12% sales hike in Q2

21 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Activewear and lifestyle apparel maker Delta Apparel expects to see a 12% rise in net sales for the second quarter, with CEO Robert Humphreys hailing an "outstanding" performance by the firm's Activewear business.... read more

Browzwear, Cotton Inc partner on eco digital fabric collection

21 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

3D design and prototyping software specialist Browzwear and non-profit Cotton Incorporated have joined forces to create an eco-conscious digital fabric collection. ... read more

YKK launches digital showroom

21 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Zipper and fastening products manufacturer YKK has launched a digital showroom to better engage with customers, virtually, regardless of time or location.... read more

The North Face sees regenerative cotton as biggest opportunity

20 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

The North Face is waking up to the practice of regenerative farming in its cotton supply chain. As Carol Shu, senior manager of global sustainability, explains, it not only has a positive impact on nature and resources, but is another critical step in addressing climate change impacts.... read more

Call for UK government to adopt fashion green tax

20 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Ethical fashion brand So Just Shop is calling on the government and regulators to adopt a 33% unethical practices Fast Tax on the products of brands that cannot prove responsible practices within their supply chain.... read more

Primark hails record sales as stores in England and Wales reopen

20 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Primark parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) has announced it will repay the GBP121m (US$168.91m) for which it was eligible under government job retention schemes and says stores in England and Wales have delivered record sales in the first week after reopening.... read more

Australia rolls out human rights guidance for Vietnam apparel sector

20 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The Australian Human Rights Commission has, together with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), rolled out new guidance concerning human rights for the apparel and footwear industry in Vietnam.... read more

US drops Vietnam from currency manipulators list

20 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The US treasury has dropped Vietnam from its list of currency manipulators, a move that could reassure that the US might not impose new tariffs, quotas or other restrictions on Vietnamese imports as part of its Section 301 investigation.... read more

Cotton non-profits team on sustainable cultivation

20 April 2021 | Beth Wright

The Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative is joining forces with the African Cotton Foundation (ACF) to promote socially and ecologically sustainable cotton cultivation.... read more

Skechers China reinforces digitalisation strategy with PLM

20 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Footwear and apparel brand Skechers China has selected Centric Software’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution for the second time, expanding the software to its footwear business.... read more

From Field to Shelf – A boat got stuck and other calamities

19 April 2021 | Robert P Antoshak

A boat blocked the Suez Canal. Global trade ground to a halt. Accidents will happen; that's nothing new. But the Suez Canal disruption had a ripple effect throughout global supply chains. And perhaps that's the point, says industry consultant Robert Antoshak: What to do when the unpredictable disrupts supply chains built on just-in-time predictability?... read more

Fashion Revolution urges "radical shift" in relationships

19 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Global campaign group Fashion Revolution is calling on the industry and governments to recognise the interconnection between human rights and the rights of nature as part of its annual global campaign.... read more

Outerknown's first circular line features digital tag to help close loop

19 April 2021 | Beth Wright

US lifestyle brand Outerknown has launched its first circular collection in which each piece features a scannable QR code to share key circularity data with consumers and open up circular end-of-life channels.... read more

Smart glasses to boost digi transformation of textile manufacturers

19 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Technology adoption programme Made Smarter is deploying 'smart glasses' to SME textile manufacturers to virtually fast track their digital adoption strategies and navigate Covid-19 restrictions.... read more

Call for safe garment factories ahead of Rana Plaza anniversary

19 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

With the eighth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh approaching, the IndustriAll Global Union is urging consumers to join social media action to campaign for safe factories for garment workers.... read more

Smartwool pledges 100% circularity by 2030

19 April 2021 | Beth Wright

VF Corporation's Smartwool brand has announced a strategic goal of making all products circular by 2030 and outlined a new initiative which aims to give products a "second cut" at life and create a more circular supply chain that extends the life of raw materials, presents a new sourcing stream, and reduces environmental impact. ... read more

Bestseller brands to use CmiA-Organic cotton

19 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Danish fashion retailer Bestseller says it has become the first brand group to use CmiA-Organic cotton in its collections, with a fully transparent supply chain from field to final product.... read more

Lenzing makes digital push with Tencel eShop

19 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has launched an eShop for its Tencel sustainable fibre as part of the company’s ‘digital first’ strategy.... read more

Allbirds commits to 100% regenerative wool by 2025

16 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Sustainable footwear and apparel company Allbirds has pledged that by the end of 2025, 100% of its wool will come from regenerative sources, and all of its annual on-farm emissions from wool will be reduced or sequestered.... read more

Workers stay away from Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region

16 April 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Fewer than half of the people employed in the Mekelle Industrial Park in the war-ravaged Tigray region in the north of Ethiopia have returned to work because of security concerns from the ongoing war.... read more

Wrangler unveils global sustainability platform

16 April 2021 | Beth Wright

US denim brand Wrangler has developed a new platform that outlines its sustainability targets and launched a new eco-friendly green jean offering.... read more

Uzbekistan joins EU’s GSP+ duty-free arrangement

16 April 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Uzbekistan has joined the European Union’s list of GSP+ beneficiary countries, with textiles and clothing among the largest product categories that now qualify for duty-free access to the bloc.... read more

Pakistan apparel park plans hang in the balance

16 April 2021 | Saeed A Baloch

Plans to establish an apparel park in Lahore – the capital city of Pakistan's Punjab province, and a major clothing and textile manufacturing hub – appear to have been stalled following a dispute between the provincial government and the prospective Chinese investor.... read more

Adidas unveils first mushroom-leather shoe

16 April 2021 | Beth Wright

German sporting goods giant Adidas has created the first Stan Smith shoe made with Mylo, a new mushroom-based material that looks and feels like leather.... read more

Kelheim Fibres and Hayleys Fabric latest ZDHC contributors

16 April 2021 | Beth Wright

German viscose producer Kelheim Fibres and Sri Lankan textile manufacturer Hayleys Fabric are the latest to join the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme as contributors.... read more

Star Garments eyes US$12m in exports from new factory

16 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer Star Garments Group, part of the Komar company, has opened its 11th factory in Buttala, which it says will contribute to US$12m in exports annually.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

16 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include an interview with Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), on why the industry must move away from doing less bad and refocus on doing more good. There's also a look at why sustainability must be top of mind as the industry begins to reset after Covid-19, garment factories are exempt from a new lockdown that began in Bangladesh, and Myanmar's clothing industry is continuing to struggle to operate effectively following February's military coup.... read more

US Q4 in brief – Citi Trends, The Buckle, Guess

16 April 2021 | just-style

The latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers show while some companies are beginning to recover from the market disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, others are continuing to struggle.... read more

Boohoo misses a trick with focus on one model factory

15 April 2021 | Guest author

Plans by UK-based online fast-fashion retailer Boohoo to open a model factory in the city of Leicester will do little to drive change in garment supply chains. A better solution would be for UK brands and retailers to join forces in a 'super factory' that would take manufacturing cost and living wages out of competition, say Doug Miller and Nikolaus Hammer.... read more

France NGOs file complaint against apparel firms for Uyghur links

15 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

An alliance of NGOs have joined forces to call for an investigation in France of four multinational clothing companies, accusing them of profiting from forced labour imposed on China’s Uyghur population.... read more