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EU competition seeks sustainable fashion ideas

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

The European Commission is on the look-out for early-stage projects trying to change the way fashion is produced, brought, used and recycled – with up to EUR50,000 (US$51,100) available for the three winning ideas.... read more


UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action – Signatories so far

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

The UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UN Fashion Charter) is an industry-wide initiative to collectively addressing the climate impact of the fashion sector across its entire value chain. Signatories commit to reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions through their global supply chains by 30% by 2030, and to not installing new sources of coal-fired heat or power generation in tier 1 and tier 2 factories and mills by 2025.... read more


Isko debuts denim alternative to fur

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

As an increasing number of apparel brands, retailers and designers move to ban fur from their collections, Turkish denim producer Isko has developed what it claims is the first denim alternative to fur and other synthetic imitations.... read more


Cambodia labour issues continue to concern brands

24 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Ongoing concerns over the deteriorating labour and human rights situation in Cambodia have again prompted a number of brands and retailers – including Adidas, Levi Strauss, Ralph Lauren and Under Armour – to call on the government to set out steps to bring the country in line with international standards. ... read more


More Myanmar factories complete chemical training

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Five more factories in Myanmar have completed a chemical management and detox programme developed by SMART Textile & Garments, a European Union-funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices.... read more


New tool helps shoppers calculate their fashion footprint

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

A new tool has launched to help consumers discover the carbon impact of their wardrobes – as well as outlining steps they can take to lighten their fashion footprint. ... read more


M&S shakes up kidswear in effort to grow sales

24 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

UK fashion and homeware retailer Marks & Spencer is shaking up its kidswear range as part of efforts to broaden its apparel and grow its share of the childrenswear market.... read more


Top stories this week on just-style...

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how the US-China trade deal offers little relief to apparel firms, organisers of denim trade show Kingpins have lambasted the cotton industry for making too many claims of sustainability with no clear agreement on what the word means, and US apparel giant VF Corp is reviewing options for it workwear brands.... read more


Browzwear 3D visuals now shared across the web

24 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

3D design and development software specialist Browzwear has added Sketchfab’s 3D Viewer to its latest product update so that its interactive 3D models can be viewed on any apparel web platform.... read more


The nations making up the list of Europe's biggest textile polluters

23 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Labfresh, a Dutch menswear brand, has uncovered Europe's 15 biggest textile polluting nations in a survey aimed at encouraging a change in fashion consumption habits and reducing textile waste.... read more


US Q3 in brief – VF Corp, Genesco, Stage Stores

23 January 2020 | just-style

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Stage Stores has narrowed its net loss, Vince Holding Corp has booked a rise in both earnings and sales, while American Eagle Outfitters has reported record revenue for the period. Elsewhere, J.Crew Group has announced an agreement on the terms of a transaction that will enable it to separate its J.Crew and Madewell brands into two independent companies and pursue a proposed IPO of Madewell. ... read more


EU warns of retaliatory tariffs if Trump threat realised

23 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The European Union has warned it will respond to any additional US tariffs with duties of its own on US products in an ongoing trade spat over aircraft subsidies.... read more


From Field to Shelf – The environmental cost of online shopping

23 January 2020 | Robert P Antoshak

E-commerce has been a boon for the fashion retail industry. But it also comes with a cost: the overnight deliveries and corresponding returns add dramatically to the carbon footprint of our industry, whether we like to admit it or not, says Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.... read more


First sustainable standard for cashmere launches

23 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Non-profit Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) has launched what it says is the first standard for sustainable cashmere, meeting increased consumer demand for sustainability, quality, and transparency.... read more


Express to shutter 100 stores by 2022, outlines new strategy

23 January 2020 | Beth Wright

US apparel retailer Express, Inc has narrowed its fourth-quarter guidance and outlined a new three-year corporate strategy which includes a 'fleet rationalisation plan' to close about 100 stores by 2022 and a new approach to product.... read more


Chemical screening tool offers textile sector transparency

23 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Levi Strauss & Co has partnered with chemical management software provider Scivera, and analytical chemistry lab NimkarTek, to develop a screening programme for tracking hazardous contaminants in commodity chemicals in the global apparel supply chain.... read more


Record Black Friday drives better than expected Asos sales

23 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Asos has reported an "encouraging" start to its new financial year as a record Black Friday weekend helped drive a better than expected sales performance with double-digit retail revenue growth.... read more


Original Footwear Inc expands into consumer space following acquisition

23 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US military and law enforcement footwear manufacturer Original Footwear Inc. is entering the consumer market following its acquisition by a private equity firm.... read more


Asos back on track – What the analysts say

23 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Asos has booked a 20% increase in total group revenue for the peak four-month trading period to the end of December, largely driven by a "record" Black Friday weekend. The performance has been hailed by the UK online fashion retailer as an encouraging start to the year, with analysts noting Asos is "back on track" as growth returns to previous levels.... read more


Mothercare CEO steps down as transformation continues

23 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Mothercare CEO Mark-Newton Jones has resigned from his position as the group moves through the final stages of its transformation plan to become an international franchise operation.... read more


One fifth of UK retail spend to be online by 2024

23 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online spend is set to reach GBP75bn (US$98.4bn) by 2024, a new report has found, as shoppers continue to shift away from visiting physical stores and gravitate towards the convenience of digital channels.... read more


Fashion SVP to launch new sourcing hub

23 January 2020 | Beth Wright

UK apparel sourcing show Fashion SVP is to launch a new information centre for buyers at its January edition next week. ... read more


Indonesia labour law reform plans prompt protests

22 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Plans by the Indonesian government to overhaul the country’s nearly two-decades old labour law have led to a spate of nationwide worker protests and criticism from unions.... read more


New digital tool to measure business circularity

22 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has launched a digital tool to help companies gauge the circularity of their entire operation and see how they measure up in sustainability terms compared to their peers... read more


Peer-to-peer textile index drives sustainable sourcing

22 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

A tool has launched that claims to be the largest peer-to-peer comparison initiative for sourcing sustainable fibres and materials, while encouraging competition in accelerating change and driving a "race-to-the top".... read more


Fashion CEOs must redesign traditional concept of growth

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

New guidance to help fashion CEOs decide where to focus their sustainability efforts in the year ahead has outlined the importance of resdesigning traditional concepts of growth and looking beyond short-term financial incentives.... read more


Ralph Lauren and Puma join trans-Arctic shipping ban

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

US fashion business Ralph Lauren Corporation and German sportswear brand Puma are among the latest eight companies to join a pledge led by US sporting goods giant Nike and environmental group Ocean Conservancy to prohibit shipping through the Arctic Ocean.... read more


Vietnam garment maker builds fabric factory to cut reliance on imports

22 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Vietnam's Viet Tien Garment Joint Stock Corp., has partnered with garment manufacturer Luenthai and Singapore's Newtech Textile Co., to develop a factory that will supply fabric to the country's garment and textile industry in a bid to lower its reliance on fabric imports.... read more


Worn Again pilot R&D facility to push polymer recycling

22 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Polymer recycling technology firm Worn Again Technologies has launched its pilot R&D facility as a major step forward in its development process.... read more


US-China trade deal offers little respite for apparel firms

22 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The ‘Phase One’ trade agreement signed between the US and China is a step in the right direction, but offers little relief to apparel firms in the ongoing trade conflict.... read more


Ted Baker inventory overstated by GBP58m

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

An auditor's review has found that Ted Baker has overstated the value of its inventory by GBP58m - more than double what the UK fashion and lifestyle brand had first estimated based on preliminary analysis.... read more


Scaling sustainable fashion innovations to cost $30bn a year

22 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The fashion industry needs to embrace and accelerate technological innovation in the field of sustainability to future-proof the industry, with US$20-$30bn in annual financing required, a new study has found.... read more


Second LEED Platinum-certified factory opens in Myanmar

22 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Guston Amava, a garment manufacturer in Myanmar, has opened its second LEED platinum-certified factory in the country and SMART Myanmar – a European Union funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices – says it hopes other factories in the nation will follow suit.... read more


US sets new strategy to prevent forced labour imports

22 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US Department of Homeland Security has published its first five-year strategy to prevent the import of goods produced with forced labour – a move that comes as the issue of forced labour in China's Xinjiang cotton-growing region comes under close scrutiny from US authorities.... read more


Sainsbury's CEO Mike Coupe to depart

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Mike Coupe is to step down as CEO of UK supermarket retailer Sainsbury's after six years in the role and 15 with the business.... read more


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