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Brands still failing to deliver on responsible viscose sourcing

20 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

A new report has found that while the issue of responsible viscose production is now firmly on the agenda of the fashion industry, there are still brands and retailers failing to deliver on responsible sourcing.... read more

Human rights group calls on Inditex to "respect" living wage

20 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

Spanish fashion giant Inditex has rebuffed claims by a human rights group that it is not ensuring supply chain workers producing hoodies for its Zara brand are being paid a living wage.... read more

Gucci CEO issues cross-industry call for carbon neutrality

20 November 2019 | Beth Wright

Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri has issued a cross-industry call to other chief executives to recognise that while commitments to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to meet future targets around carbon neutrality and net-zero are commendable, they do not go far enough to address the urgency of the situation.... read more

MAS Holdings set to open a new factory in Kenya

20 November 2019 | Ramadhan Rajab

Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturer MAS Holdings is set to open a new factory in Kenya in January, that will create between 3,000 and 3,500 jobs directly, according to the head of the Kenyan export processing zone that will host the facility.... read more

TJX takes stake in Russian discount apparel retailer

20 November 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

TJX, the owner of retail chain T.J.Maxx, has taken a 25% stake in Russia's leading off-price apparel retailer Familia in a US$225m deal.... read more

House of Fraser called out over return of real fur sales

20 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has come under fire from a campaign group over the reported return of real animal fur into its stores.... read more

ISKO rolls out "most responsible" denim collection

19 November 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Leading Turkish denim producer ISKO Denim has launched a new range of fabrics that it claims is "its most revolutionary, responsible" to date.... read more

Americans hit by record US$7.1bn in tariffs in September

19 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

US consumers and businesses are paying the price of the country's trade war with China, with new federal data suggesting Americans paid a record US$7.1bn in tariffs in September.... read more

New Lycra EcoMade fibres gain Global Recycled Standard

19 November 2019 | Beth Wright

The new Lycra EcoMade fibres Type 166E and 162E – The Lycra Company’s first branded spandex made with pre-consumer recycled materials – have been certified to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). ... read more

Has East Africa's clothing chain reached a tipping point?

19 November 2019 | Jozef De Coster

Two potential windows of opportunity are simultaneously opening for the East African cotton-to-clothing supply chain: the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the expected shift of garment production from Asia to Africa. ... read more

Lenzing begins work on largest lyocell fibre plant

19 November 2019 | Beth Wright

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has begun construction work on what it claims will be the largest lyocell facility in the world and one that brings its production to Asia for the first time.... read more

SML opens RFID test centre for UK retailers

19 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

SML RFID, a global provider of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tagging solutions, has launched a new Retail Ideation Space (RIS) in the UK where retailers and brands can test some of its latest tag and software developments and partner technologies.... read more

Quiz teams with True Fit to reduce size guesswork

19 November 2019 | Beth Wright

British fast fashion retailer Quiz is hoping to eliminating fit and sizing guesswork for customers shopping online through the integration of True Fit's True Confidence platform.... read more

IBrands adds Alloy Apparel to lineup

19 November 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

IBrands, a company with a portfolio of brands and licenses in the apparel industry, has announced a takeover of US fashion brand Alloy Apparel.... read more

New global textile microfibre shedding test launched

19 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has announced details of a new microfibre shedding test method for the textile industry – which it says is the first in the world to be thoroughly tested, validated and internationally aligned.... read more

Helly Hansen boosts speed and visibility with PLM

19 November 2019 | Beth Wright

Norwegian outdoor clothing brand Helly Hansen is experiencing improved visibility, traceability and speed in product development after investing in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution.... read more

Lidl latest to join ACT living wage initiative

19 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

Lidl has become the first German discounter to commit to join the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) initiative that commits the retailer to ensuring living wages in its garment and footwear supply chain.... read more

Reclassifying US fashion footwear could double duties

19 November 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Plans to reclassify some fashion footwear imported into the United States as athletic footwear would result in a dramatic increase in duty rates – and have been slammed by brands, retailers and importers.... read more

Collaborative toolkit promotes women's empowerment

18 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

A new worker training toolkit has launched as part of a joint initiative called the Empower@Work Collaborative aimed at accelerating women’s empowerment and gender equity in apparel supply chains.... read more

Levi Strauss & Walmart cut their chemical footprints

18 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

Levi Strauss & Co and Walmart are among the leading companies when it comes to disclosing information about efforts to reduce their chemical footprints, according to a new survey.... read more

Better Work to expand operations in Bangladesh

18 November 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Better Work, a joint collaboration between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to improve garment worker conditions, plans to expand its operations in Bangladesh.... read more

Myanmar Freedom of Association Guideline agreed

18 November 2019 | Beth Wright

After eight months of negotiations, factories in Myanmar that produce for brands who are members of the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) living wage initiative have agreed on a Freedom of Association (FoA) Guideline.... read more

Zappos introduces platform for eco-friendly brands

18 November 2019 | Beth Wright

Online clothing and shoe retailer Zappos has announced a new platform to highlight more than 150 eco and socially conscious brands that offer environmentally conscious products, offering customers a way to identify those brands and items more easily.... read more

US urged to impose import restrictions on Xinjiang goods

18 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been urged to take "aggressive action" by investigating and blocking goods, including apparel, made with forced labour in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China.... read more

EU decision looms on Cambodia trade benefits withdrawal

18 November 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The European Commission has given the Cambodian government a one-month deadline to respond to its findings on the alleged human rights situation in the country before it decides whether it is pulling its duty-free trade benefit.... read more

China stands firm on demand for US to remove tariffs

18 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

China is reportedly sticking to its guns and demanding the US remove tariffs on the country's imports after President Donald Trump warned last week he will "substantially raise" tariffs on Chinese goods should the two sides be unable to finalise the "phase one" trade agreement they are currently negotiating.... read more

New Kering sustainability chair at French fashion institute

18 November 2019 | Beth Wright

French luxury goods group Kering has teamed up with the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) to launch a new position at the higher education institution to drive scientific research on a wide range of topics related to sustainability.... read more

DeSL software update ensures consistent colour

18 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

The latest module in the Discover e-Solutions (DeSL) suite of software applications for the fashion, apparel, textile and footwear sectors tackles the colour approval process.... read more

US retail sales rebound in October but clothing continues to fall

18 November 2019 | Beth Wright

While US retail sales regained their upward trajectory in October, sales at clothing stores continued to fall, with one analyst noting the trend shows no signs of dissipating as the industry enters the key holiday trading season.... read more

Apparel supply chains under increasing scrutiny

15 November 2019 | Ed Zwirn

Clothing and textile executives attending a New York conference have been told they need to take special care when assessing their supply chains to ensure they are not tainted with human rights abuses – because not only may the reputational risks be severe, but criminal liability may follow.... read more

Nike to stop selling products on Amazon

15 November 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Nike has confirmed it will no longer be directly selling its products through online platform Amazon.com.... read more

Patagonia recrafts old garments into new apparel

15 November 2019 | Beth Wright

Outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has launched a new collection of "one-of-a-kind" apparel in which each item is remade in the US from other Patagonia clothes that are beyond repair. ... read more

Global production of organic cotton surges by 56%

15 November 2019 | Beth Wright

Global production of organic cotton has soared by 56% to reach the highest levels seen in eight years with India, China, and Kyrgyzstan as the biggest contributors, new figures show. ... read more

Kingpins New York to focus on social responsibility

15 November 2019 | Beth Wright

The upcoming New York edition of denim trade show Kingpins is set to focus on sustainability, social responsibility, and innovation.... read more

Centric PLM release focuses on sourcing and speed

15 November 2019 | Beth Wright

Centric Software has released the latest version of its flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution with features including built-in 3D tools and new sourcing capabilities.... read more