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US textile executives push for passage of USMCA

21 August 2019 | Leonie Barrie

US textile executives have today (21 August) pushed for passage of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) during a roundtable meeting with Congressman Tom Rice.... read more

Asos seeks supplier discount to offset investment costs

21 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

UK fashion e-tailer Asos has requested a cut in prices from suppliers to help offset ongoing investments in the business to drive sales and growth.... read more

China apparel makers well prepared for US trade war

21 August 2019 | Mark Godfrey

The intensifying trade war between the US and China is proving to be an opportunity for some larger Chinese clothing manufacturing firms who have been building capacity overseas, notably in Southeast Asia – especially Vietnam.... read more

Catalyst adds extra 10% stake in Hudson's Bay Company

21 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Private equity firm Catalyst Capital is to acquire 10.05% of the outstanding stock in Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) for CAD187m in a move that could block a deal to take the Canadian retailer private by its executive chairman.... read more

ISA TanTec starts work on its second tannery in Vietnam

21 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Leather supplier ISA TanTec has started construction work on its second tannery in Vietnam.... read more

New Look registers ranges with the Vegan Trademark

21 August 2019 | Beth Wright

UK fashion retailer New Look has become the first high-street fashion retailer to register ranges with The Vegan Society's Vegan Trademark, amid a commitment to change its components and reduce reliance on animal-derived ingredients.... read more

Abercrombie & Fitch sets new supply chain sustainability goals

21 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has set new sustainability targets  – including a 30% water reduction in denim production by 2022 – after joining the United Nations Global Compact initiative.... read more

Big C resumes business with 169 apparel suppliers

21 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Vietnam's Big C supermarket chain has reportedly completed the review of its 200-strong apparel supplier portfolio and will continue to work with 169 of them.... read more

Why vegan fashion materials require careful scrutiny

21 August 2019 | Leonie Barrie

With fashion retailers from Topshop to New Look and Asos launching new vegan clothing and footwear lines, firms are also being advised to be aware of the difficulties in entering this complex market.... read more

US Q2 in brief – Urban Outfitters, TJX Companies, Kohl's, Walmart

21 August 2019 | just-style

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters booked a drop in both earnings and revenue, while Weyco warned it expects the extra 10% tariff to be imposed on $300bn worth of US imports from China to increase the overall cost of its shoes. Elsewhere, JC Penney CEO Jill Soltau said she is pleased with the results the retailer has delivered in the quarter.... read more

Tailored Brands sells corporate wear business in $62m deal

21 August 2019 | Beth Wright

US fashion group Tailored Brands – operator of the Men's Wearhouse, Jos A Bank, and Joseph Abboud brands – has sold its corporate apparel business for US$62m in cash to a group led by the unit's existing UK executive team.... read more

Monsoon Accessorize CEO steps down

21 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Paul Allen, CEO of UK-based fashion and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize, is to step down from his role just weeks after the company's creditors approved its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) proposals.... read more

Egypt invests US$1.2bn to promote cotton sector

20 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The Egyptian Government is ramping up efforts to develop the country's textile industry, including a EGP21bn (US$1.2bn) investment to promote the added value of Egyptian cotton.... read more

From Field to Shelf – US cotton pays the price for Trump's trade war

20 August 2019 | Robert P Antoshak

There have always been daunting challenges for the US cotton industry – only now the stakes are higher thanks to US trade policy. And even if there's a truce in the US-China trade war, permanent damage may already have occurred, according to industry consultant Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.... read more

3D vision technology automates gluing in shoe production

20 August 2019 | Beth Wright

A 3D vision technology developed for facial recognition in smartphones is now being used by an international footwear manufacturer to automate the gluing process, helping to reduce costs and waste and improve production efficiency. ... read more

Chinese fabric maker "mulls" Philippines investment

20 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Chinese yarn and garment fabric maker, Texhong Textile Group, is considering investing in a production facility in the Philippines, according to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez.... read more

Augusta Sportswear Brands picks PLM to boost speed to market

20 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Performance and athletic apparel maker Augusta Sportswear Brands has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help accelerate its speed-to-market capabilities.... read more

Indonesia eyes US garment export growth

20 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Indonesia is looking at ways it can boost its textile and garment shipments to the US – already its main export market – and increase imports of American cotton.... read more

Li & Fung completes US$300m sale of LF Logistics stake

20 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Sourcing giant Li & Fung has completed a deal to sell a 21.7% stake in its logistics business for US$300m to Singapore-headquartered investment company Temasek.... read more

House of Fraser administration extended

20 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Creditors in House of Fraser have approved another 12 months of administration for the UK department store retailer, just weeks after owner Sports Direct said it might have made a "different decision" regarding the acquisition of the chain last year had it had the gift of hindsight.... read more

US-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-list updated

19 August 2019 | Dr Sheng Lu

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported into the US from China, we've taken an updated look at the actions so far and the products on the hit-list.... read more

September tariffs will hit over three-quarters of apparel, footwear imports

19 August 2019 | Beth Wright

77% of all apparel, footwear, and home textile products imported to the US from China will be hit with an additional 10% tariff on 1 September, according to a new analysis.... read more

Wolverine Worldwide mulls plans to move more production out of China

19 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Footwear company Wolverine Worldwide is confident steps it has taken in relation to rising tariffs on footwear from China will limit the financial impact to its business.... read more

Renegotiate prices now to cut China tariff impact

19 August 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Importers are being advised that they have just weeks to renegotiate prices with their vendors if they want to minimise the impact of new tariffs on imports from China.... read more

Cambodia garment industry urges EU to maintain EBA trade benefits

19 August 2019 | Beth Wright

The group that represents garment manufacturers in Cambodia is calling on the European Union (EU) to maintain the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme, noting a suspension will result in "significant" job losses in the country's garment and footwear industries.... read more

Ghanian apparel firm announces "major" investment

19 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

DTRT Apparel Ltd (DTRT), which claims to be West Africa's largest clothing manufacturer, has announced a new investment from leading investment firm Verod Capital Management and Red Bull in a deal it says will be "transformative" for the West African apparel industry.... read more

Study finds garment workers in UK paid GBP4 per hour

19 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

A new study from international gender and labour rights NGO Homeworkers’ Worldwide (HWW) has found some garment workers in Manchester, UK, are being paid about GBP4 an hour (US$4.84).... read more

Plus-size retailer Avenue files for bankruptcy protection

19 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Women’s plus-size apparel and footwear retailer Avenue Stores has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is to close its remaining 222 stores as it transitions into an e-commerce-only platform.... read more

Sports Direct to close eight Jack Wills stores

19 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Sports Direct has confirmed it is to close eight Jack Wills branches after failing to reach deals with landlords on rent negotiations.... read more

Why personalisation isn't the future – it's the present

16 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

A shift from traditional mass manufacturing to more agile production with multiple capsule collections and scaled personalised production is being driven by hyper-connected consumers who thrive on instant gratification. For brands and retailers the challenge is to listen to what consumers want, and produce the right products at the right quantities for the right audience – which is where digitalisation and analytics comes in.... read more

Apparel brands unite to tackle gender-based violence in Lesotho

16 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Levi Strauss & Co, The Children's Place, and Kontoor Brands are launching a comprehensive pilot programme to prevent gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in garment factories in Lesotho after an investigation documented a "deeply concerning" pattern of abuse and harassment at a key suppliers in the country.... read more

Weyco outlines plans to offset China tariff impact

16 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US footwear maker Weyco says it will look to mitigate the impact of proposed tariff increases on imports from China through wholesale price hikes and cost reductions from its suppliers.... read more

Cambodia footwear sector could outpace clothing

16 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Cambodia's footwear sector has the potential to offer more investment and production opportunities than the garment sector, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).... read more

US retailers warn tariffs won't help China trade talks

16 August 2019 | Beth Wright

US retailers are urging the US Administration and its Chinese counterparts to reconvene for further talks on the trade relationship between the two countries – and warn tariffs and taxes on American consumers is not the right way to get the Chinese to the table.... read more

Banana Republic to roll out rental subscription service

16 August 2019 | Beth Wright

US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc's Banana Republic brand has today (16 August) announced the launch of a new online rental subscription service that provides unlimited access to its women’s apparel collection. ... read more