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EU withdrawal of Cambodia's duty benefits takes effect

13 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Despite months of objections by Cambodia's garment and footwear sectors, the European Union's (EU) decision to partially withdraw the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme is now in effect.... read more

Better Cotton Initiative launches new advisory group

13 August 2020 | Beth Wright

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has initiated a new Chain of Custody Advisory Group to provide advice on the development of the key framework that connects demand with supply of Better Cotton and helps to incentivise cotton farmers to adopt more sustainable practices.... 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

Investors urged to step up due diligence on Xinjiang links

12 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Investors are being urged to take steps to identify, prevent and mitigate risks in portfolio companies to ensure they have no direct links to human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region.... read more

Japanese scientists harness bacteria to create spider silk

12 August 2020 | Robert Gilhooly

Scientists in Japan have succeeded in developing an artificial spider silk that could be upscaled for factory production with major implications for the apparel industry. ... 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

Organic cotton production up 31% on last year

12 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Organic cotton production increased 31% in the 2018/2019 harvest year, with estimates for this year at around 10% growth, new data shows.... 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

Debenhams to cut 2,500 store and distribution jobs

11 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Struggling department store group Debenhams has announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs across its store network and distribution centre as part of its latest cost-cutting drive.... read more

US retail imports to see lowest annual total in four years

11 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Imports at major US retail container ports during 2020 are expected to see their lowest total in four years as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the US economy continues.... 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

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

Diesel joins the Better Cotton Initiative

7 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Clothing brand Diesel has joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) as part of its commitment to source at least 50% of its cotton more responsibly by 2025.... 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 imports show signs of recovery in June

6 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US apparel imports surged in June compared with May and all ten of the major supplier nations reported month-on-month shipment volume increases. But the year-on-year figures told a very different tale – shipment volumes slid as Central America and India bore the brunt of Covid-19 continuing to wreak havoc on supply chains. ... read more

Adidas moves to Q2 loss as sales slide by more than a third

6 August 2020 | Beth Wright

German sportswear group Adidas has reported a loss for the second quarter as net sales tumbled by more than a third amid temporary store closures related to the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Researchers produce viscose from recycled cotton

6 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Researchers have discovered a technique to recycle clothing made of cotton, becoming the first to produce a viscose filament yarn made of recycled cotton.... 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

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

Pandemic and trade war top concerns for US fashion firms

4 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The economic and personal impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic, and the protectionist trade policy agenda in the US are the biggest concerns facing today’s US fashion industry executives. Unsurprisingly, they are contributing to a more conservative outlook for the future.... read more

Lever Style to acquire knitwear manufacturer Vista Apparels

4 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

A subsidiary of fashion supply chain manager Lever Style Corp has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire certain assets of Hong Kong knitwear manufacturer Vista Apparels.... 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

New Higg MSI enables deeper dive into material assessment

4 August 2020 | Beth Wright

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Higg Co have released the latest version of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) which can calculate the environmental impacts of millions of possible material manufacturing variations. ... read more

Covid-19 to weigh on cotton prices into 2020/21 season

4 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Global cotton consumption in 2019/20 is set to suffer a 12% decline as demand plummets due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the crisis expected to weigh on cotton prices into the 2020/21 season.... read more

Virtual reality showrooms fast replacing physical in post-Covid era

4 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Covid-19 outbreak has forced the industry to think on its feet and virtual reality showrooms are fast replacing their physical counterparts.... read more