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Being less bad is no longer good enough for HKRITA CEO

13 April 2021 | Leonie Barrie

With light finally starting to appear at the end of the pandemic tunnel, Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), is in a philosophical mood. The industry must move away from doing less bad things and refocus on doing more good things, he tells just-style, with solutions lying further upstream and downstream than ever before.... read more

Call for EU to introduce living wage legislation for garment workers

13 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Global NGO The Circle is calling on the European Union (EU) to introduce legislation to ensure garment workers in global supply chains are paid a living wage.... read more

UK online clothing sales boosted by return of social events

13 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Despite the upcoming end of lockdown and promise of in-person shopping, online retail sales continued to show strong growth in March, with clothing retailers enjoying another good month as consumers began to ready their wardrobes for the return of social occasions.... read more

South Africa garment sector agrees vaccine rollout campaign

13 April 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) is embarking on an initiative to try to drive uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine to 80% of the sector’s workers.... read more

Nike targets consumer waste with sneaker refurb scheme

13 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

US sporting giant Nike Inc is rolling out a sneaker refurbishment scheme where it takes back footwear returned by shoppers, cleans them up, and puts them back on shelves at a lower price, as it looks at ways to reduce consumer waste.... read more

JD Sports ends year with sales growth

13 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Sports retail giant JD Sports Fashion Plc has emerged from a year of disruption in a position of sales growth, one analyst says, with revenues for the year up GBP56.5m (US$77.8m) on the previous twelve months. ... read more

Bangladesh ranks high for ethical auditing in 2020

13 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Bangladesh has been placed second on a list compiled by supply chain compliance solutions provider Qima comparing the ethical auditing practices of major manufacturing countries.... read more

Levi Strauss joins Fashion for Good to scale green solutions

13 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

 Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has joined global sustainable fashion initiative Fashion for Good as it looks to contribute to sustainable measures on an industry-wide scale.... read more

Urban Outfitters taps new Anthropologie boss

13 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Urban Outfitters, Inc has named former Tilly's chief merchandising officer Tricia Smith as global CEO of Anthropologie amid the news its total retail comparable net sales during the first quarter so far have increased by high single-digits on last year. ... read more

Coup continues to disrupt Made in Myanmar garments

12 April 2021 | Myat Noe

The Myanmar clothing industry is continuing to struggle to operate effectively as political unrest continues following the seizure of power by the country's military earlier this year.... read more

High street stores reopen but will online growth slow?

12 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Non-essential retail stores across England and Wales have opened their doors today (12 April), emerging from lockdown 3.0 after three months, with some experts predicting a boost in consumer confidence and the ability to shop stores may see online pureplays take a sales hit. ... read more

Garment workers' "severance theft" exceeds US$500m

12 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Tens of thousands of garment workers fired by factories supplying clothing to leading brands and retailers during the Covid-19 pandemic are being denied more than half a billion dollars worth of severance pay, new research claims.... read more

How e-commerce can benefit from outsourcing fulfilment

12 April 2021 | Guest author

Over the last 12 months e-commerce has skyrocketed. This trend is not going to go away any time soon. But unfortunately many fashion brands and retailers are missing out because they do not have a fully integrated, value-added outsourced fulfilment service in place.... read more

Canadian firms linked to slave labour could face hefty fines under new bill

12 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Canadian firms could be fined up to C$250,000 if they are found to import slave-made goods under a new bill being weighed by parliament.... read more

Brands back UK scheme to supply deadstock fabric to students

12 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Asics, River Island, and Barbour are among the brands donating materials, including deadstock and unwanted fabric, to UK colleges as part of a new initiative launched by the British Fashion Council (BFC) to support fashion students in the face of the pandemic while reducing waste across the industry.... read more

BGMEA appoints Faruque Hassan president-elect

12 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has appointed Faruque Hassan as its president-elect following the results of a bi-yearly election.... read more

Nike remains world’s most valuable apparel brand

12 April 2021 | Beth Wright

The total value of the world’s top 50 most valuable apparel brands has declined by 8%, decreasing from US$301.9bn in 2020 to US$276.4bn in 2021 – but US sporting goods giant Nike hangs on to its top spot for the seventh consecutive year. ... read more

Kingpins24 gears up for next edition

12 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Kingpins24, the online edition of denim trade show Kingpins, returns next week with presentations from The Lycra Company, Cone Denim, Saitex, and Orta.... read more

2021 a "critical year" for EU textile and clothing industry

9 April 2021 | Beth Wright

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has warned recovery from the Covid-19 crisis may be jeopardised by recent turmoil in the supply chain, including rising raw material prices and transport costs, and political turmoil in key sourcing countries.... read more

The Microfibre Consortium adds first third-party lab member

9 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Verification, testing and certification company SGS has been approved by The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) as its first third-party laboratory member and will soon be extending its fibre fragmentation testing services beyond consortium member organisations.... read more

US apparel imports continued to recover in February

9 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

In February 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic triggered the closure of textile and clothing factories in China as the country looked to curb the spread of the outbreak. This had a knock-on effect at apparel suppliers around the world, with material delays and shortages disrupting production. One year on, an increase in total apparel shipment volumes to the US comes as no surprise, with China and Pakistan booking the largest increases.... read more

Sustainability scrutiny a long term challenge for apparel firms

9 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Mounting scrutiny of sustainability will create long-term financial and reputational risk for many global apparel companies, a credit ratings agency says.... read more

Levi Strauss ups H1 outlook on strong start to 2021

9 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has raised its guidance for the first six months after making a strong start to the year and beating internal expectations for the first quarter. ... read more

Boohoo boosts sales capacity to GBP4bn with new warehouse

9 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Online fast fashion retailer Boohoo is to open a new UK warehouse in Daventry in a move that will give the group a net sales capacity in excess of GBP4bn (US$5.5bn).... read more

Asos eyes GBP500m in fundraising to drive global growth

9 April 2021 | Beth Wright

UK online fast fashion retailer Asos is looking to raise GBP500m (USS$686.1m) through an unsecured guaranteed convertible bond offering to help drive its global growth plans.... read more

UK brands commit to Textiles 2030 circularity project

9 April 2021 | Beth Wright

UK waste recycling charity WRAP will officially launch its ten-year voluntary clothing and textile waste programme later this month, which aims to slash the environmental impact of UK clothing and home fabrics through practical interventions along the entire textiles chain.... read more

US economy makes dramatic progress since pandemic hit

9 April 2021 | Beth Wright

The US economy has made dramatic progress since the coronavirus pandemic brought activity to a near-standstill this time last year, according to a new monthly economic review, with more vaccines in arms, federal stimulus putting money into pockets and consumers shopping again.... read more

Frasers Group now expects Covid hit to reach GBP200m

9 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Frasers Group, the owner of retailers including House of Fraser, Sports Direct and Flannels, expects the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic to hit the company twice as hard as initially expected amid concerns of a potential third wave and more temporary store closures.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

9 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style were dominated by the ongoing fallout from the Ever Given blockage of the Suez Canal – especially concerns about delays and container shortages impacting European garment supply chains. We also took a look at the consequences of delivery delays on contracts. Elsewhere, garment workers agreed minimum terms that would improve fashion brands' purchasing practices, and Li & Fung launched a new company to invest and operate digital ventures focused on driving sustainable consumption.... read more

Fast Retailing hikes outlook after better than anticipated H1

8 April 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Fast Retailing, the Uniqlo and Gu brand owner has seen profits jump 5.4% to JPY105.8bn (US$968m) for the half-year to February 2021.... read more

Fast-tracking apparel technology uptake post-pandemic

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

In the year since the Covid-19 pandemic began its spread across the world, the textile and apparel industry has undergone some monumental transformations that would previously have taken decades. One of which is the innovation and adoption of technology.... read more

Li & Fung launches LFX digital incubator offshoot

8 April 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Sourcing giant Li & Fung is building on its supply chain knowledge to launch a new and separate company called LFX, which will incubate, invest, and operate digital ventures focused on driving sustainable consumption.... read more

Asos fashion crown remains firmly in place - What the analysts say

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK online fast fashion retailer Asos has continued to reap the benefits of the pandemic lockdown, as consumers choose to shop online. The company saw its customer base soar by 1.5m in the first six months of the year, with sales growth recorded at home and across all its international channels. Analysts offer their thoughts on the retailer's first-half performance.... read more

New European benchmark for garment worker living wages

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Labour rights group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has developed a living wage benchmark for Central, East and Southeast Europe in a bid to achieve higher wages for workers in the region.... read more

Asos H1 profits soar as more shoppers shift online

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Online fast fashion retailer Asos has seen its first-half profit soar thanks to an increase in its customer base, but the company remains cautious about the remainder of the year.... read more