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Gildan Activewear forges ahead with expansion

18 September 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Facing up to capacity constraint issues that have been weighing on sales and the availability of certain products, apparel maker Gildan Activewear is forging ahead with its expansion plans.... read more

What's 3D printing doing for apparel and footwear?

17 August 2016 | Guest author

3D printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernstein Research seems to suggest much more progress still needs to be made before it has the potential to impact apparel.... read more

JORDAN: Apparel industry backs international labour project

16 November 2009 | just-style.com

The Jordan labour ministry wants all companies at the country's Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) to join a pioneer project launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to assess the sector’s compliance with international and local labour laws and treaties.... read more

Functional textiles take centre stage at TTNA

16 April 2008 | just-style.com

The fifth edition of Techtextil North America, held in Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Center earlier this month, offered several glimpses of interesting functional textiles and apparel. Another evident trend among exhibitors was continuing attention to environmentally friendly products, as John W McCurry reports.... read more

New Balance to scale Made-in-USA 3D printing platform

3 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Boston-based New Balance Athletics has launched a new 3D printing platform based around a new proprietary photopolymer resin, which reduces the need for injection moulded thermoplastic and speeds its development and production cycles.... read more

HONG KONG: Event focuses on tighter product safety rules

4 June 2008 | just-style.com

Speakers from New Balance, VF Asia and Esquel have been lined up to talk about the impact of tightened product safety guidelines on the textiles industry at a special event in Hong Kong later this month.... read more

UK: Korean retailer E-Land buys Lochcarron of Scotland

5 July 2011 | Katie Smith

Korean fashion and retail giant E-Land has bought weaving and tartan specialist Lochcarron of Scotland, in a deal the Borders-based firm says will secure its "continued presence as a manufacturing business."... read more

Global news roundup

23 November 2011 | Leonie Barrie

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.... read more

BELGIUM: Union blasts sportswear makers ahead of Olympics

21 April 2008 | just-style.com

A global trade union organisation has slammed leading sportswear companies for allegedly allowing violations of workers rights by suppliers in some Asian countries to become an "industry norm".... read more

US: Supply chain meeting tackles apparel sustainability

16 February 2010 | just-style.com

Sustainability across garment supply chains in the US, Mexico, the Caribbean as well as Central and South America will form the focus of the next annual meeting hosted by the American Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN).... read more

Green supply chain map links China factories to brands

4 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Six leading apparel brands have stepped forward to be featured on a new online map that claims to be the only tool in the world to openly link leading multinational corporations to their suppliers' environmental performance.... read more

PERU: Calls for labour reform a "hot-button" issue

15 April 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Efforts by a group of US apparel brands and retailers to persuade the Peruvian government to repeal legislation that allows the use of short-term contracts in the country's garment industry have, as yet, generated no formal response, just-style has learnt.... read more

Sourcing shifts: Outsourcing options closer to home

3 June 2013 | Kitty So

Finding a cheap and responsive outsourcing option closer to home is increasingly a key option for US and European brands.... read more

WORLD: Apparel firms join Uzbek cotton ban

12 September 2011 | Leonie Barrie

More than 60 of the world's best known apparel companies and brands, including Adidas, Burberry, C&A, Levi Strauss, Li & Fung, Liz Claiborne, PVH Corp and Wal-Mart Stores, have vowed not to source Uzbek cotton harvested using forced child labour.... read more

ITALY: Canepa claims world-first toxic-free textiles pledge

27 September 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Italian high-end textile manufacturer Canepa SpA has made a commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its products and supply chain by 2020 - becoming, it claims, the first textile company in the world to join Greenpeace's Detox campaign.... read more

US: Impact Protective signs fabric deal with Under Armour

14 August 2007 | just-style.com

Impact Protective Equipment, the New Jersey-based shoulder pad maker, has signed an exclusive agreement with Baltimore-based Under Armour to make football shoulder pads with the company's ArmourGrip performance fabric.... read more

US: Under Armour Scent Control targets hunters

18 January 2012 | Richard Woodard

Apparel company Under Armour has partnered with odour removal specialist Sciessent to develop Under Armour Scent Control technology for hunting garments, footwear and accessories.... read more

Under Armour onto a winner with Charged Cotton

8 February 2011 | Leonie Barrie

For a brand that used to attack cotton as "the enemy," performance-apparel maker Under Armour has had a major change of heart with its new Charged Cotton line, which it now believes is "one of the biggest product stories we've had since our first shirt in 1996."... read more

Under Armour opens manufacturing innovation hub

28 June 2016 | Leonie Barrie

Under Armour’s local-for-local manufacturing vision is taking shape with a new state-of-the-art facility in the US that will serve as the "epicentre" for the sportswear giant's manufacturing and design innovation.... read more

In the money: Under Armour pushes international and women's

6 June 2013 | Petah Marian

International sportswear brand Under Armour is planning to double revenues to $4bn in the next three years as it moves into the "next chapter" of its business evolution.... read more

Under Armour CEO joins Trump manufacturing jobs initiative

31 January 2017 | Leonie Barrie

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is among a group of business leaders who will be advising president Donald Trump on how best to create new jobs in the US.... read more

Under Armour's Virgin Galactic spacesuits revealed

18 October 2019 | Beth Wright

US sportswear brand Under Armour has revealed a first look at the footwear and apparel it is developing for Virgin Galactic – the world’s first commercial spaceline.... read more

New Under Armour apparel line mimics infra-red sauna

5 April 2019 | Beth Wright

The latest training apparel collection from US sportswear brand Under Armour features a new mineral-infused fabric technology that works to enhance performance by recycling the body's energy.... read more

Zero discharge group “forging solidly” towards goals

6 March 2014 | Richard Woodard

Members of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group are “forging solidly” towards their 2020 goals, but need the collective help of industry and other stakeholders, says a new report.... read more

New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles

17 November 2014 | Debra Cobb

Driving meaningful change towards sustainability in textiles within organisations, within the industry, and with consumers topped the agenda at last week's Textile Exchange Conference.... read more

In the money: Innovation lets Under Armour lift price points

28 October 2011 | Petah Marian

Innovation has not only allowed performance-apparel maker Under Armour to charge a premium for its products, but has also helped the company to a 32% hike in third quarter profit, it said earlier this week.... read more

Under Armour launches first US-made apparel

31 January 2017 | Beth Wright

Athletic wear maker Under Armour has launched its first made-in-the-USA capsule apparel collection, produced at its state-of-the-art UA Lighthouse design and manufacturing innovation hub in Baltimore.... read more

COMMENT: Nicaragua growing as an apparel powerhouse

7 March 2011 | just-style.com

The Nicaraguan textile and apparel industry is in a buoyant mood after a recovery in US demand last year helped lift the sector's exports by 14% to $1bn. Here government promotion institute Pro Nicaragua spells out some of the country's competitive advantages.... read more

US: Odour control and moisture management finishes combine

19 December 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Antimicrobial and odour control solution Agion Active has been successfully combined with Cotton Inc's TransDry moisture management technology, helping wearers to remain both fresh and comfortable.... read more

Walmart joins responsible cotton initiative

1 December 2017 | Michelle Russell

US retail giant Walmart has joined more than 480 companies from across the global supply chain who have signed up to the Cotton Leads programme, which supports responsible production practices by cotton growers in the US and Australia.... read more

just-style's most read stories this week...

1 November 2013 | Katie Smith

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at how innovations boosted Under Armour's third-quarter results, Camobodia fights to maintain its competitive outsourcing edge, and pressure mounts on Bangladesh to accelerate its reform of the country's garment industry.... read more

US: PrimaLoft develops high-tech down blend insulation

15 September 2014 | Michelle Russell

Fabric manufacturer PrimaLoft has developed a high performance down blend that it says is the next generation of apparel insulation.... read more

US: Wal-Mart to boost supply of organic cotton

8 April 2008 | just-style.com

The world’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, is stepping up its purchases of transitional cotton as part of plans to introduce more organic cotton clothing to its shops.... read more

CHINA: Wal-Mart warns two suppliers over labour practices

25 July 2007 | just-style.com

Wal-Mart has reportedly cautioned two Chinese suppliers, a month after human rights group Fairplay 2008 exposed poor labour practices at four manufacturers licensed to make products for the Beijing Olympics.... read more

THE NETHERLANDS: Weak Audits Hit Global Factory Workers - Report

17 November 2005 | just-style.com

Social audits often fail to deliver as a tool for checking working conditions in facilities producing garments and sports shoes according to new research released by the Clean Clothes Campaign.... read more