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US clothing retailers see demand wane in April

14 May 2021 | Beth Wright

US retail sales in April were virtually unchanged from their strong performance the month before and grew dramatically year-over-year as the economic recovery continues – although demand for clothing waned.... read more

Brands urged to back new binding safety pact in Bangladesh

14 May 2021 | Leonie Barrie

More calls have come urging global fashion brands and retailers to commit to a new binding safety agreement to continue the work of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.... read more

$1m budget boost to develop Australia fashion trademark

14 May 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Australia’s federal government has allocated AUD1m (US$0.77m) in funding to help develop an Australian fashion certification trade mark.... read more

Walmart to acquire Zeekit virtual fit platform

14 May 2021 | Beth Wright

US retail giant Walmart plans to acquire Israeli start-up Zeekit, which combines fashion and technology through a virtual fitting room platform to enhance customer and social experience.... read more

Boohoo's latest line uses 95% recycled polyester

14 May 2021 | Beth Wright

UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo has launched the first of its 'Ready for the Future' product lines, with all material in the collection using 95% recycled polyester and 5% elastane made from plastic that could have otherwise gone to waste.... read more

Asket teams on circular take-back apparel scheme

14 May 2021 | Beth Wright

Swedish fashion label Asket is furthering its relationship with returns start-up Returnado to help brands extend the lifecycle of their products and take a more circular approach to consumption.... read more

Reconomy to drive green retail returns with ReBound buy

14 May 2021 | Beth Wright

Waste management specialist Reconomy has acquired ReBound, the technology platform that helps retailers to manage their returns more sustainably.... read more

More fashion stakeholders join MacArthur Foundation network

14 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Fashion Institute of Technology and apparel logistics firm ACS Clothing are among ten new members of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Network, which is working to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.... read more

US Q1 in brief – Dillard’s, Iconix, Wolverine World Wide

14 May 2021 | just-style

The latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers show some companies are beginning to recover from the market disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, figures are mostly in comparison to the period when the market began to first feel the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic when stores began to close or reduce their opening hours.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

14 May 2021 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the upstream apparel supply chain, and why Cambodia's garment sector has been left reeling from the latest lockdown restrictions. Elsewhere, Ralph Lauren is to sell its Club Monaco brand, L Brands is to spin off Victoria's Secret into an independent publicly-traded company, and Bangladesh's clothing industry is set to benefit from five new upstream textile factories.... read more

New Bangladesh textile hub to boost value-added exports

13 May 2021 | Raihana Sayeeda Kamal

The Bangladesh clothing industry is looking forward to the completion of five state-of-the-art textile factories at the Korean Export Zone (KEPZ) as an important expansion of local backward linkages.... read more

Bangladesh Accord unions to withdraw from RMG Council

13 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

UNI Global Union and IndustriAll Global Union, the labour signatories of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, have given notice to withdraw from the RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) on 1 June.... read more

Ralph Lauren to offload Club Monaco

13 May 2021 | Beth Wright

Ralph Lauren is to sell its Club Monaco brand to global private equity firm Regent, LP as the US fashion company increases its focus on its core namesake brands.... read more

New fund targets $10m to support female supply chain workers

13 May 2021 | Beth Wright

A new collaborative funding initiative backed by the charitable arms of apparel giants Gap Inc, PVH Corp, H&M, VF Corp, and Ralph Lauren aims to raise at least US$10m to support women in global value chains.... read more

3D adoption in denim will grow as sustainability gathers pace

13 May 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the adoption of 3D design technologies with experts believing this is only the start as more brands look to operate more sustainably. ... read more

Allbirds & Adidas running shoe slashes carbon footprint

13 May 2021 | Beth Wright

Sustainable footwear and apparel company Allbirds and German sportswear giant Adidas have revealed the prototype of the first product from their collaboration – which they claim has been created with 63% less emissions than a comparable running shoe.... read more

India's garment and textile exports slide on Covid disruptions

13 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

India’s garment industry saw its textile and apparel exports drop by nearly 13% in the last year, new figures shows.... read more

Delta Galil swings to Q1 profit as sales rise 25%

13 May 2021 | Beth Wright

Israel-based apparel manufacturer Delta Galil Industries has moved to a profit for the first quarter as sales rose by 25% on last year.... read more

Vinted raises EUR250m in funding for global expansion

13 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

European secondhand fashion marketplace Vinted has raised EUR250m (US$301m) in Series F funding to accelerate its growth and invest in the company’s technology.... read more

AMSilk raises EUR29m to accelerate industrial scale-up

13 May 2021 | Beth Wright

Industrial supplier of synthetic silk biopolymers AMSilk GmbH has successfully closed a EUR29m (US$35m) Series C fundraise, led by Novo Growth, the growth equity arm of Novo Holdings.... read more

People and planet key to resilient post-Covid fashion industry

12 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

Fashion executives are being urged to place people and the planet at the core of their business models to help rebuild resilient and sustainable businesses post-Covid-19.... read more

Fixing Fashion follow-on looks at scaling up sustainability

12 May 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

A cross-party group of MPs has continued to probe how the UK fashion industry is implementing initiatives to drive sustainability and improve its social impact – with executives from Primark and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) the latest to take part in the Environmental Audit Committee's Fixing Fashion session.... read more

UK online clothing sales continue to rebound

12 May 2021 | Beth Wright

Despite the easing of lockdown, online retail showed positive growth in April, with clothing sales continuing their reversal in fortunes as consumers anticipated the return of social occasions.... read more

HanesBrands eyes $7.4bn in revenue by 2024 under new strategy

12 May 2021 | Beth Wright

T-shirt and activewear maker HanesBrands has outlined its 'Full Potential' three-year growth plan, designed to drive about US$1.2bn in incremental revenue and expand operating margins to 14.3% by 2024.... read more

New guidelines to safeguard organic cotton

12 May 2021 | Beth Wright

The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) has released new guidelines to provide the textile sector with a key tool for safeguarding the integrity of organic cotton at seed level. ... read more

Los Angeles apparel contractor found in violation of Labor Act

12 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

A Los Angeles garment contractor has been found to be paying its workers below what they have earned and to have violated record-keeping requirements.... read more

UK retailers smash 2020 emissions reduction target

12 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

Leading UK retailers have smashed 2020 carbon reduction targets, with emissions almost halving since 2005, new data shows.... read more

M&S employs Blue Yonder for cost, stock efficiencies

12 May 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

British retailer Marks & Spencer has been working with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) specialist Blue Yonder to reduce costs and improve stock flow by re-engineering its end-to-end supply chain.... read more

Scott Sports centralises systems with PLM

12 May 2021 | Beth Wright

International sports brand Scott Sports has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to harmonise product data and processes across its entire infrastructure to create a central base for improved workflows.... read more

Bhartiya International becomes Chem-Map approved partner

12 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

Indian leather goods maker Bhartiya International Ltd has become a Eurofins Chem-MAP approved partner following a chemical management audit.... read more

Victoria's Secret to go public under new plans

11 May 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Victoria’s Secret will become an independent publicly-traded company under new plans to separate the brand from Bath and Body Works, its owner L Brands has announced.... read more

Latest lockdown adds to Cambodia garment sector woes

11 May 2021 | Danielle Keeton-Olsen

Cambodia’s latest Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were eased last week – but many of the capital's garment factories are still dealing with impacts after a third wave of the virus surged through dozens of factories.... read more

Policy change could help fashion clean up its sustainability act

11 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

Investment and policy change will help the global fashion industry improve its sustainability performance, but brands should also not wait for the perfect solution and act now, according to speakers at a recent webinar hosted by Global Fashion Agenda (GFA).... read more

Joules raises FY outlook on store and digital growth

11 May 2021 | Beth Wright

British lifestyle brand Joules anticipates the group’s revenue and profit before tax for the 2021 full-year will be ahead of current analyst consensus expectations of GBP187m (US$264.5m) in revenue and GBP4.1m in pre-tax profit before exceptional items.... read more

PacSun names new co-CEOs in leadership reshuffle

11 May 2021 | Beth Wright

Specialty retailer PacSun has announced a leadership transition whereby Alfred Chang, PacSun president, and Michael Relich, interim CEO of parent company PSEB Group, will be elevated to co-CEOs.... read more