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EU competition seeks sustainable fashion ideas

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

The European Commission is on the look-out for early-stage projects trying to change the way fashion is produced, brought, used and recycled – with up to EUR50,000 (US$51,100) available for the three winning ideas.... read more

More Myanmar factories complete chemical training

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Five more factories in Myanmar have completed a chemical management and detox programme developed by SMART Textile & Garments, a European Union-funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices.... read more

New tool helps shoppers calculate their fashion footprint

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

A new tool has launched to help consumers discover the carbon impact of their wardrobes – as well as outlining steps they can take to lighten their fashion footprint. ... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how the US-China trade deal offers little relief to apparel firms, organisers of denim trade show Kingpins have lambasted the cotton industry for making too many claims of sustainability with no clear agreement on what the word means, and US apparel giant VF Corp is reviewing options for it workwear brands.... read more

Original Footwear Inc expands into consumer space following acquisition

23 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US military and law enforcement footwear manufacturer Original Footwear Inc. is entering the consumer market following its acquisition by a private equity firm.... read more

Fashion SVP to launch new sourcing hub

23 January 2020 | Beth Wright

UK apparel sourcing show Fashion SVP is to launch a new information centre for buyers at its January edition next week. ... read more

Fashion CEOs must redesign traditional concept of growth

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

New guidance to help fashion CEOs decide where to focus their sustainability efforts in the year ahead has outlined the importance of resdesigning traditional concepts of growth and looking beyond short-term financial incentives.... read more

Second LEED Platinum-certified factory opens in Myanmar

22 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Guston Amava, a garment manufacturer in Myanmar, has opened its second LEED platinum-certified factory in the country and SMART Myanmar – a European Union funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices – says it hopes other factories in the nation will follow suit.... read more

US sets new strategy to prevent forced labour imports

22 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US Department of Homeland Security has published its first five-year strategy to prevent the import of goods produced with forced labour – a move that comes as the issue of forced labour in China's Xinjiang cotton-growing region comes under close scrutiny from US authorities.... read more

Menswear firm K-Boxing picks PLM to boost competitive strength

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Chinese menswear company K-Boxing has invested in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to effectively compete with companies who are accelerating efforts to digitalise product development, manufacturing, and supply chains.... read more

Honduras eyes 10% apparel export hike on US orders

21 January 2020 | Ivan Castano Freeman

The apparel industry in Honduras is betting that US demand for its key T-shirt and underwear products will rise this year, boosting exports by 10% to $2.9bn and mirroring a similar performance in 2019.... read more

VF Corp weighs up future for its workwear brands

21 January 2020 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant VF Corp is to look at strategic alternatives for the occupational portion of its work segment as part of ongoing efforts to focus on its higher-growth, consumer-focused brands.... read more

Cambodian factories engage Zilingo tech to boost efficiencies

21 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Cambodian garment factories are exploring options to automate and digitise operations in order to grow efficiencies and secure new business, according to fashion tech platform Zilingo, which recently showcased its offering at a conference hosted by the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC).... read more

Imogene+Willie to use Vidalia Mills historic selvedge denim

21 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Vidalia Mills, the new North American textile maker taking shape in Louisiana, is working with the Imogene+Willie brand as the first customer of its premium selvedge denim.... read more

US manufacturers spend billions to close skills gap

21 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

US manufacturers are expected to spend at least US$26.2bn this year on internal and external training programmes to try to close the skills gap for new and existing workers.... read more

Gerry Weber to launch first sustainable collection

20 January 2020 | Beth Wright

German womenswear retailer Gerry Weber International has revealed plans to launch its first sustainable apparel collection later this year across its Gerry Weber, Taifun and Samoon brands.... read more

Houdini Sportswear to improve transparency with PLM

20 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Swedish outdoor brand Houdini Sportswear is turning to a cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help improve efficiency and transparency across its supply chain.... read more

ZDHC x Kingpins webinars to promote best practices

17 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Denim trade show Kingpins has announced a series of webinars in collaboration with the ZDHC Foundation to give denim mills exhibiting at its Amsterdam event access to the latest education in wastewater and sustainable chemical management.... read more

The Lycra Company stretches its sustainability agenda

17 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Performance fibre specialist The Lycra Company is ramping up its Planet Agenda sustainability platform, developing more solutions for the circular economy and taking a broader look at the issues from design to consumer – as sustainability director Jean Hegedus explains.... read more

Global growth seen edging up in 2020 as trade recovers

17 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Global economic growth is forecast to edge up to 2.5% in 2020 as investment and trade gradually recover from last year's significant weakness, but downward risks persist – including a re-escalation of trade tensions and trade policy uncertainty.... read more

New Infor solutions optimise planning and inventories

17 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Cloud software provider Infor has launched a number of new solutions to help omni-channel retailers and fashion brands optimise their inventories, improve demand and supply planning, boost factory efficiency and help take their fashion products to market faster.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

17 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at some of the biggest challenges set to face apparel brands and retailers in the year ahead, the US and China sign the long-anticipated 'Phase One' trade agreement, the Myanmar Government begins its bi-annual review of the country's minimum wage, and we explore what changes are likely under Nike's new CEO John Donahoe.... read more

Outlook 2020 – What next for apparel sourcing?

16 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The search for the ideal sourcing destination is set to continue as Western fashion brands and retailers seek to reduce their exposure to China in 2020. At the same time they’re having to navigate a more complicated matrix, which includes factors ranging from cost, speed to market, production capacity and flexibility to compliance risk. Along with these challenges come opportunities to rethink business models and explore new ways of working – especially when it comes to digitalisation and data, executives say.... read more

TAL Apparel, VF Corp and Zalando join Global Fashion Agenda

16 January 2020 | Beth Wright

TAL Apparel, VF Corporation, and Zalando have become the latest companies to join Global Fashion Agenda's associate partners circle, who will all contribute with insights from various parts of the supply chain.... read more

New YKK zippers made from ocean-bound plastic

16 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Fastener manufacturer YKK has announced a new collection of zippers made from "ocean-bound" plastic collected within 50km of the coastline of Sri Lanka.... read more

EcoVadis gets US$200m boost to take green supply chains to scale

16 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

EcoVadis, a leader in sustainable supply chains, has agreed a US$200m investment from private equity firm CVC Growth Partners II to enable it to scale globally and engrain sustainability, fair labour practices and ethics into enterprise supply chains and business commerce.... read more

Debenhams pledges new sustainability commitments

15 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Department store retailer Debenhams has outlined a new sustainability programme alongside a series of new commitments, including a guarantee that by September 2020 all own-brand product sold in a Debenhams store will have at least one sustainable attribute.... read more

China sourcing – Fall of the dragon and rise of the rest

15 January 2020 | Roit Kathiala

As the tariff war rages between US and China, the key question facing many apparel companies sourcing from China is: Where to go next? The problem is real, but shifting supply chains is easier said than done, writes Roit Kathiala.... read more

New Bangladesh safety initiative takes next steps

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Details have been finalised on Bangladesh's incoming new workplace safety initiative, the national RMG Sustainability Council (RSC), which will eventually take over from the Bangladesh Accord's factory safety and remediation efforts.... read more

Outlook 2020 – Apparel industry challenges and opportunities

14 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands and retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion businesses in 2020, according to feedback from a panel of executives consulted by just-style.... read more

Five key issues set to shape apparel sourcing in 2020

14 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands and retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion businesses in 2020.... read more

Five changes to expect at Nike as Donahoe takes charge

14 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

It's all change at the top for sportswear giant Nike Inc as John Donahoe yesterday (13 January) took over the reins as the company's fourth CEO in its 55-year history. But with a background in technology rather than retail and sportswear, what changes are likely under his leadership?... read more

Youngone Corp pumps US$127m into new India factories

14 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A Korean textile and apparel company is investing INR9bn (US$127m) in setting up new factories in India's Kakatiya Mega Textile Park (KMTP).... read more

How 3D design tools drive leaner and cleaner production

13 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Making the switch from a traditional fashion design process to 3D design and prototyping tools could save the industry billions of dollars in development samples, not to mention improved collaboration, productivity, and profits across the supply chain. An added bonus is reduced pressure on overflowing landfills.... read more

Canada sourcing show relocates to new venue

13 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Organisers of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada trade show are expecting the largest edition in the event's history this summer, with the fifth annual edition to be held at a new venue.... read more