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Kontoor Brands project supports women garment workers

14 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Wrangler and Lee brand owner Kontoor Brands has teamed up with the HERproject women's empowerment programme to boost healthcare knowledge, critical health services and products for women in its supplier factories.... read more

How retailers can prioritise sustainability during Covid-19

14 August 2020 | Guest author

As apparel brands and retailers rebuild their post-pandemic supply chains, now is the perfect time to rethink how they can embed sustainability into their development, sourcing and distribution decisions, says Mark Burstein, president at NGC Software.... read more

Fashion retailers back UK government aid to shore up supply chains

14 August 2020 | Beth Wright

The UK Government has launched a new programme to strengthen global supply chains by supporting workers in developing countries during the coronavirus pandemic in a move that is estimated to benefit nearly 120,000 people working in the global garment industry. ... read more

Crystal International scales up virtual sampling

14 August 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group has been scaling up its use of 3D virtual sampling, and expects to use the technology in 80% of the products that it develops by next year.... read more

Ralph Lauren takes stake in upcycled fibre start-up

14 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Ralph Lauren Corporation has invested in a sustainable material science start-up which works to turn plant-based, upcycled fibres – such as cotton waste – into high-performance materials.... read more

US hits China garment maker with detention order

14 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US has issued a new import detention order on garments produced by the Hero Vast Group that are suspected of being manufactured using prison labour in China.... read more

Burton supply chain programme gets FLA accreditation

14 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Snowboard gear specialist Burton has received accreditation from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) for its supply chain social responsibility programme – a move that confirms it understands the consequences of its business practices on workplace conditions and has implemented systems to successfully uphold fair labour standards.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

14 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include an insight into new patterns of world textiles and apparel trade, and claims that garment workers might have been underpaid by almost US$6bn during the Covid-19 pandemic. Elsewhere, investors are being urged to mitigate risks regarding potential links to China's Xinjiang region, and Cambodia's benefits under the EU's Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme have been partially withdrawn.... read more

Motif partners with LIM College on supply chain learning

13 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Motif, a knowledge hub and e-learning platform launched by fit specialist Alvanon, has launched three online courses covering supply chain, sustainability and advanced spreadsheet analytics.... read more

Applied DNA patent paves way for large-scale cotton tagging

13 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Applied DNA Sciences is on track to be issued with a new US patent that protects its methods of DNA tagging cotton fibres during the ginning process. ... read more

Two more Sateri viscose mills confirmed EU-BAT compliant

13 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Chinese viscose producer Sateri's mills in Jiujiang and Jiangxi have been verified to comply with the European Union Best Available Techniques (EU-BAT) standard, taking the company a step closer to its goal of having all its mills in the country meet the standard's provisions by 2023.... read more

Five ways world textile and apparel trade is changing

12 August 2020 | Dr Sheng Lu

The latest World Trade Statistical Review 2020 newly released by the World Trade Organization (WTO) offers an insight into fashion companies' evolving production and sourcing strategies – and points to new patterns of world textiles and apparel trade in 2019. Here Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, sets out five key trends to watch.... read more

Outland Denim opening Cambodia factories to other brands

12 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Australian denim brand Outland Denim is to open its Cambodian manufacturing facilities to other brands and establish an in-house standard for sustainability.... read more

Biotech firm adds to testing kit for vegan clothing

11 August 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Quality control laboratory AMSlab has expanded its AMSvegan testing kit, which verifies the absence of products of animal origin in clothing, footwear, and accessories labelled under the vegan standard.... read more

From Field to Shelf – The great masking of America

11 August 2020 | Robert P Antoshak

A shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks, triggered by the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has prompted US domestic textile companies to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to fill the void. Here's the story of Vidalia Mills – by industry consultant Robert Antoshak, who helped oversee the project.... read more

Arc'teryx partners on green water-repellent fabric finish

11 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Researchers in Canada have joined hands with premium outdoor brand Arc'teryx to develop what they claim is one of the world's first non-toxic oil and water-repellent performance textile finishes.... read more

Coats developing threads with HeiQ Covid-19 antiviral tech

11 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Industrial thread maker Coats is partnering with HeiQ to incorporate the Swiss speciality textile chemistry company's Viroblock technology into a new range of threads and engineered yarns.... read more

Morito Scovill helps cut impact of fastener production

11 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Morito Scovill Americas (MSA), a manufacturer of snaps and buttons for the apparel sector, has introduced a sustainability initiative that focuses on its manufacturing process and products with a view to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing.... read more

Garment workers underpaid by up to US$5.8bn during pandemic

10 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A new report has claimed garment and footwear factory workers globally could have been underpaid by as much as US$5.79bn for the months of March, April and May.... read more

Walmart hosts open call for US-made products to boost local manufacturing base

10 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US retail giant Walmart is holding its first annual open call for US-manufactured products in an entirely virtual format as it looks to grow its base of locally-manufactured goods.... read more

European Outdoor Group backs German Supply Chain Act

10 August 2020 | Beth Wright

The European Outdoor Group (EOG) is lending its support to action taken in Germany to introduce a law that would force companies to ensure human rights and social minimum standards are met in their supply chains – and hopes the legislation covered in the act will become adopted throughout Europe in due course.... read more

Top stories on just-style in July...

10 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style in July included an interview with Ranjan Mahtani, chairman and CEO at Epic Group, on why Covid-19 is the final straw for apparel industry players, and a look at how technology is key to the sector's emergence from the crisis. The list also includes a look at why manufacturers in India think coronavirus could be a force for good, and the latest bankruptcy filings from firms including Brooks Brothers and Ascena Retail Group.... read more

Asos outlines ethical manufacturing commitments for UK brand partners

7 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Brands stocked by Asos with a UK manufacturing presence have been asked by the online fashion retailer to make four new ethical manufacturing commitments as a condition to their products being sold on the company's website.... read more

Reebok puts consumers in control of footwear production

7 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Global fitness brand Reebok is rolling out a new digital platform that acts to minimise waste by enabling US consumers to collectively determine whether a particular footwear design should enter production.... read more

Pilot relaunches to tackle plastic polybag waste in fashion industry

7 August 2020 | Beth Wright

A pilot scheme that aims to tackle the issue of plastic polybag waste in the fashion industry has relaunched in the UK this week after coming to a pause earlier this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus.... read more

ZDHC Foundation welcomes new contributor and 'friend'

7 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme has welcomed a chemical firm and a clothing producer as a contributor and new 'friend', respectively.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

7 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include an interview with Senol Sankaya, CEO of Yesim Tekstil, on how the company adapted to Covid-19 and why it is optimistic going forward. US textiles and apparel sales could shrink by more than 50% this year due to the pandemic, which is the biggest concern facing today's US fashion industry executives, and digital mapping technology has tracked garment factory closures in Bangladesh since the outbreak of coronavirus.... read more

US apparel sector boosts manufacturing economy in July

6 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Economic activity in the US manufacturing sector grew in July, with the apparel sector reporting growth in employment and imports, new figures show.... read more

Pandemic could shrink US apparel sales by 50% in 2020

5 August 2020 | Ivan Castano Freeman

US textiles and apparel sales could shrink by more than 50% this year due to US textiles and apparel sales could shrink by more than 50% this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, top executives say, but fabric makers are set to fare better than retailers amid a booming personal protective equipment (PPE) shift. ... read more

Major brands linked to "union-busting" factories

5 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A number of factories producing garments for several major apparel brands have been accused of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to sack workers affiliated to unions.... read more

Inditex partners on global garment industry recovery pledge

5 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Inditex, owner of the Zara and Bershka brands, has joined hands with the IndustriAll Global Union in a commitment to support the economic and social recovery of the global garment industry from the Covid-19 crisis.... read more

Cotton Inc digitises cotton fabrics for download

5 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

CottonWorks, a textile programme run by Cotton Incorporated, has launched a range of 3D fabric files for download that it says will take garment design to the next level.... read more

12Storeez selects PLM to streamline processes

5 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Russian women’s and men’s clothing brand 12Storeez has implemented a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to streamline information access and communication across the business.... read more

Yesim Tekstil upbeat as brands look closer for do-it-all suppliers

4 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Despite the upheaval of the global coronavirus crisis, the future looks bright for Turkish textile and garment mega-producer Yesim Tekstil with European brands increasingly seeking vertically integrated suppliers, sustainability and options to near-shore production. CEO Senol Sankaya tells just-style how the company adapted to the pandemic, and why it is optimistic going forward.... read more

Sourcing shift results in sustainability challenges for Columbia Sportswear

4 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Outdoor apparel and footwear company Columbia Sportswear saw sustainability and social responsibility pressured during 2019 as a result of a shift in its sourcing strategy.... read more