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Call for EU to speed up recovery of bloc's textile sector

23 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The European Union (EU) should speed up the recovery of the textile sector by setting the conditions for future competitiveness and resiliency, the bloc’s textile industry body has said.... read more

Morocco tragedy spurs calls for binding safety agreement

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

An incident in which 28 workers died following heavy flooding in an illegal garment factory in Morocco last week proves the need for a binding international agreement on factory safety and working conditions, the Clean Clothes Campaign has said.... read more

Egypt textile sector hit by recession and closures

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Around 30% of Egypt’s textile factories are understood to have closed as a result of the recession and deteriorating conditions in the country.... read more

US cotton planting likely to fall 5.2% in 2021

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

US cotton acreage is expected to be down by 5.2% this year, new figures show, as strong competing crop prices prompt farmers to switch to commodities like corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum.... read more

Call for Belgian legislation to protect supply chains

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A cohort of 60 companies and business federations have addressed a letter to the Belgian government asking for the establishment of a national legal framework that obliges companies to take responsibility for human rights and the environment in their supply chains.... read more

Itochu, Aquafil partner to expand circular nylon production

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japan's Itochu Corporation has partnered with European nylon producer Aquafil to promote and expand the businesses of the latter company's circular nylon production.... read more

January sees uptick in UK online clothing sales

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing sales recorded their highest growth since 2017 in January, new figures show, helping boost overall online sales.... read more

HanesBrands to exit PPE as it mulls future for European innerwear

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

T-shirt and activewear maker HanesBrands has revealed plans to exit its personal protective garments (PPE) business and explore strategic alternatives for its European innerwear unit as it looks to create a more consumer-centric company.... read more

Lectra to acquire Gerber Technology for EUR300m

8 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Technology specialist Lectra is to acquire US rival Gerber Technology in a EUR300m (US$360.8m) deal that will enable the two companies to hone their software, equipment, data and services to provide "the ultimate Industry 4.0" offering for the fashion sector.... read more

North Face partners on regenerative cotton sourced collection

8 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The North Face has partnered with sustainable solutions firm Indigo Ag to develop what is claimed to be a first-of-its-kind collection made with cotton sourced and traced from farmers deploying regenerative farming practices proven to draw down carbon from the atmosphere and restore soil health.... read more

Infinited Fiber Company jeans launch under Weekday brand

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Infinited Fiber Company’s regenerated textile fibre Infinna is to feature in a limited-edition range of jeans designed by H&M brand Weekday.... read more

Government warned UK fashion industry at risk of "decimation"

2 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The UK fashion industry has written an open letter Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning the sector is at risk of "decimation" due to the restrictions brought in by the post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union (EU).... read more

US apparel groups urge "clear and decisive action" on Xinjiang

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Groups representing the US apparel, footwear and retail sectors have written to Congressional leaders calling for "quick, clear, implementable and decisive action" to address forced labour in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and combat the import of products connected to it.... read more

More than 350k jobs have been lost in Bangladesh RMG sector

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

More than 350,000 workers in Bangladesh's ready-made garment sector have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, new figures suggest, with many workers laid off without proper compensation.... read more

Lidl ramps up use of Cotton made in Africa

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

German discount chain Lidl is making a major move to use sustainable cotton from Africa in the production of its own textile brands.... read more

Kraig Biocraft agrees SpydaSilk apparel joint venture

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the developer of spider silk based fibres, has formed a joint venture with eco-friendly streetwear brand MtheMovement to use its technologies in a new apparel line.... read more

H&M and Lee partner on sustainable denim line

27 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has partnered with denim giant Lee to launch what they claim is the next generation of more sustainable denim, with advances at every stage of design and production.... read more

Cambodia approves $16m garment investment projects

27 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Three investment projects for new garment factories totalling around US$16.6m and creating nearly 2,500 jobs have been given the go-ahead in Cambodia.... read more

Bonneterie Chanteclair re-tools its supply chain

22 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

French knitwear manufacturer Bonneterie Chanteclair has digitally transformed its supply chain in order to keep up with high demand for protective facemasks.... read more

Creating a new vision for UK fashion and manufacturing

21 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

A group of fashion, business and economic experts are joining forces to push the UK government to ensure the fashion and manufacturing industries aren't overlooked post-Brexit and mid-pandemic when it comes to import costs, the freedom of movement of people and goods, and retaining garment worker skills.... read more

Asia supplier nations launch purchasing practices initiative

19 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Nine industry associations representing the apparel and textile industry across six countries in Asia have joined forces to launch a new initiative aimed at securing better purchasing practices for the sector.... read more

M&S collaborative supply chain review finds human rights issues

18 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

A collaborative review into Marks & Spencer's footwear and food supply chains has identified a number of human rights and worker well-being issues, including inadequate sick pay and a lack of effective worker voice, as the UK food, homeware and fashion retailer looks to pinpoint areas to address.... read more

First Latin America mills sign up to Cotton Trust Protocol

15 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

The first Latin America-based companies – including Cone Mills and Central America Spinning Works – have joined the US Cotton Trust Protocol, marking another step towards a transparent textile supply chain for brands working to source more sustainably grown cotton.... read more

New viscose fibre features inbuilt infrared technology

15 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

What is thought to be the first plant-based fibres with inbuilt technology that captures and converts body heat into infrared energy are being launched for performance wear, luxury loungewear and casual wear.... read more

Sweaty Betty chooses PLM to streamline processes

15 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

British activewear retailer Sweaty Betty has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help streamline processes and provide a single source of truth across merchandising, design and buying.... read more

Fast Retailing makes impressive rebound in Q1

14 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing brand, has reported a higher-than-expected rise in earnings in its first-quarter thanks to an impressive rebound in sales.... read more

Debenhams to close six stores as rescue talks continue

13 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Debenhams has said it will permanently close six stores, including its Oxford Street store, as the UK department store retailer continues to engage with third-parties over a potential sale of all, or parts, of the business.... read more

Birla Cellulose and Nanollose team up on high tenacity lyocell

12 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Manmade cellulosic fibre producer Birla Cellulose, a unit of India's Grasim Industries, has filed a joint patent application with Australian biotechnology company Nanollose for a high tenacity lyocell fibre made from bacterial cellulose.... read more

Systemic problems undermining quest for circular economy

22 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

The circular economy is widely presented as an alternative model of production and consumption, but as businesses strive for sustainability, systemic problems such as poor working conditions, unfair distribution of profits and wasteful consumption patterns will undermine Europe’s quest for a fair and truly circular economy, a new report claims.... read more

Bestseller pilots two circularity projects in Bangladesh

18 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

Danish fashion retailer Bestseller is piloting two major circularity projects in Bangladesh, one of which supports utilisation of its own textile cutting scraps, creating a valuable closed-loop system in a fully transparent supply chain.... read more

True Tribe new garment line offers full traceability

18 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

Sustainable activewear brand True Tribe has launched its first line with full supply chain transparency thanks to the use of blockchain.... read more

Boohoo owner "feels punished" over Leicester scrutiny

17 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

The owner of UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has told an audit committee he feels the company is being punished over scrutiny of the Leicester garment supply chain and that he could easily take business off-shore but vowed the company is committed to "making things better".... read more

European fashion companies below par on sustainability work

16 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

Only three out of 100 European fashion brands – Patagonia, The North Face, and Levi's – are on their way to a sustainable business model, according to a new survey, which found most of the remaining brands all achieved "abysmal" scores.... read more

Garment workers going hungry amid Covid-19 pandemic

10 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

Garment workers across the supply chains of major brands and retailers are reporting growing hunger and food insecurity as a result of falling income and job losses amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report has found.... read more

HKRITA and H&M Foundation further sustainable technology drive

9 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel (HKRITA) has entered into a five-year collaboration plan with the H&M Foundation to drive the sustainable development of the fashion and textile industry through research into technology enhancements.... read more