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Trump hikes tariffs due to hit China clothing and footwear

24 August 2019 | Leonie Barrie

There have been more twists and turns in the tit-for-tat trade war between the US and China, with the latest tweet from President Trump saying new tariffs due to take effect in September and December on Chinese imports – including all clothing and footwear – will now start at 15%. ... read more

Unions enlighten Ethiopia on collective bargaining

23 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Representatives from garment unions in South Africa and Ethiopia have met in Cape Town this month to share social dialogue and collective bargaining strategies that could bolster the living wage campaign in Ethiopia. ... read more

Laura Ashley swings to FY loss

23 August 2019 | Beth Wright

UK fashion and homewares retailer Laura Ashley says it continues to invest in its website after blaming a re-platforming exercise as one of the reasons behind a year-on-year drop in profit.... read more

Zara launches first denim line made from repurposed jeans

23 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Fast fashion chain Zara has launched its first collection made from post-consumer denim and revealed plans to scale up its repurposing efforts in the future. ... read more

Egyptian Cotton exports at five-year high

23 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Egyptian Cotton production and exports are at their highest levels for five years following a promotional and sustainability drive to reset the fibre's reputation after a number of setbacks.... read more

Global fashion firms commit to new sustainability pact

23 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Thirty-two of the world's leading fashion and textile companies – including Adidas, H&M, Inditex, Fung Group, Nike and Gap – have joined a new coalition that has pledged to set practical steps to reduce the environmental impact of the apparel industry.... read more

Covestro films Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified

23 August 2019 | Beth Wright

High performance thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films made by polymer company Covestro and used in sports and outdoor clothing have been certified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for textile safety.... read more

Columbia Sportswear expands global headquarters

23 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Outdoor apparel and products company Columbia Sportswear is expanding its headquarters campus in Washington County, Oregon to give it more space to innovate, design and collaborate to create "high-quality products for active people."... read more

US Q2 in brief – Ross Stores, Dick's Sporting Goods, L Brands

23 August 2019 | just-style

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, department store retailer Target Corp has reported a 17.4% jump in earnings, 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

Gap works to mitigate tariff threat as Q2 profit tumbles

23 August 2019 | Beth Wright

US specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc has reported another fall in comparable sales for the second quarter with negative results across nearly all segments of the business – and says it continues to closely monitor tariff discussions with contingency plans in place ahead of the upcoming List 4 tariffs.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

23 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style continue to be dominated by the US-China tariff war. With research showing more than three-quarters of all apparel and footwear products imported into the US from China will be hit with the additional 10% tariff, we've taken an updated look at the products on the hit-list. And while the US cotton industry appears to be paying the price for Trump's actions, the intensifying saga is proving to be an opportunity for some larger Chinese clothing manufacturing firms. ... read more

Trump's Christmas gift to China hosiery makers

22 August 2019 | David Birnbaum

Some say President Trump's decision to delay the introduction of certain new tariffs until December is a gift to American consumers. David Birnbaum believes it is President Trump's Christmas gift to China's hosiery makers.... read more

Pressure to grow top-line hampers sustainability

22 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

A new report suggests 40% of fashion industry executives find commercial pressure to grow sales and maintain keen prices is the biggest barrier to businesses becoming more sustainable.... read more

Sri Lanka June exports boosted by garment growth

22 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Sri Lanka's earnings from industrial exports rose in June, lifted by greater demand for garment and textile products.... read more

Flexible solutions vital to reinvent retail space

22 August 2019 | Beth Wright

While diversifying shopping centre space is a wise long-term strategy to offset the tough retail market, analysts say short-term solutions such as online pureplay pop-ups are essential to cope with the number of struggling retailers that are currently reducing their physical presence.... read more

Levi Strauss sets new water targets for global suppliers

22 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Jeans-maker Levi Strauss & Co (LS&Co) is shifting from a singular "one-size-fits-all" strategy to water management in sourcing countries to a more responsive approach that sets stringent standards for supplier facilities and allow it to focus reduction efforts where they are needed most.... read more

Li & Fung swings to H1 profit but turnover falls

22 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Sourcing giant Li & Fung moved to a profit in the first half of fiscal 2019 although customer bankruptcies continued to weigh on turnover.... read more

Nike teams with Levi Strauss on footwear customisation

22 August 2019 | Beth Wright

Nike is teaming up with jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co to offer consumers the chance to customise its footwear with Levi's fabrics and trims.... read more

Apparel and footwear top US counterfeit seizures

22 August 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Clothing, footwear and handbags are among the top five most highly pirated goods, according to a new report from the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), which says the suggested retail price value of counterfeit apparel seizures in 2018 reached $115.1m.... read more

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

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