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Lenzing "low risk" again in CanopyStyle viscose audit

6 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has completed its second CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show the company's current supply chain is again at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources.... read more

Evrythng secures funding to expand digital capabilities

6 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Technology firm Evrythng has closed a US$10m further funding round enabling the product cloud to invest in expanding its product digitisation capabilities to improve supply chain transparency, visibility and sustainability for its brand partners.... read more

Euratex urges swift EU action to build resilient clothing sector

5 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has renewed its call to the European Commission to help build a more modern and competitive industry amid new figures that show both textile and clothing turnover fell in the second quarter.... read more

More UK fashion brands end use of alpaca in collections

5 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion brands Next, New Look, Matalan, and Ted Baker have said they will end the use of alpaca in their collections, while River Island, Hunter and Barbour say they have already prohibited the use of the fibre.... read more

Renewcell signs textile waste recycling agreement

5 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Renewcell, the Swedish group behind the recycling of textile waste with the aim to turn it into new raw material for apparel production, has signed an agreement with SCA to establish textile recycling at the company’s site in Sundsvall.... read more

M&S brings back Shwopping recycling programme

2 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing, homewares and food retailer Marks & Spencer hope to continue to keep clothing out of landfill with the return of its Shwopping recycling scheme.... read more

US apparel industry urges Trump to sign off CBTPA amid expiry

1 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AFFA) has urged President Donald Trump to sign the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which expired yesterday (30 September), into law as a matter of urgency.... read more

Kontoor takes holistic approach to denim production

1 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Wrangler and Lee brand owner Kontoor Brands has set out its first set of global sustainability goals and said it aspires to transform the industry by taking a holistic approach to apparel and denim production.... read more

Three-quarters of UK shoppers put off shopping in-store

1 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Almost three-quarters of UK shoppers will be put off shopping in-store because of the impact of Covid-19, new figures show, drastically shifting the proportion they spend online.... read more

Hansae to focus global expansion on Japan, Europe

1 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

South Korean apparel manufacturing giant Hansae Co says it will focus its global expansion on Japan and Europe as it looks for new opportunities.... read more

PVH names Larsson as CEO to succeed Chirico

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

PVH Corp, parent company to Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has announced president Stefan Larsson will take up the role of CEO from February 2021.... read more

Asket offers environmental breakdown of garments

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion label Asket is preparing to launch an Impact Receipt on its garments that shares with consumers the CO2, energy and water consumption of the items, breaking down their true environmental cost.... read more

Adidas to invest in sustainable materials with first green bond

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

German sportswear giant Adidas has placed its first ‘green bond’ as part of plans by the company to execute on its long-term sustainability roadmap, while also optimising its capital structure and financing costs.... read more

Indonesia launches latest decent work programme

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Indonesia has launched its Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), signed by key labour actors, aimed at promoting decent work and productive employment.... read more

N Brown apparel sales continue to recover in H1

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

N Brown said it is trading in line with its expectations after it revealed apparel sales have continued to recover from mid-March levels and product revenue is improving.... read more

Lenzing co-founds Renewable Carbon Initiative

29 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing and polymer materials specialist Covestro are among eleven companies to launch a new initiative aimed at speeding up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials.... read more

Minelli deploys commerce platform to speed digital shift

29 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Minelli, the shoe brand of French fashion group Vivarte, has deployed a unified commerce platform across its European operations in a bid to speed up its shift towards digital retailing.... read more

GMAC files court case seeking EU decision annulment

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has filed a complaint with the European Court of Justice, seeking to annul the bloc’s decision to withdraw the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme.... read more

Cambodia garment recovery key to boosting industrial output

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia’s total industrial output is estimated to rise by 5.1% in 2020 if garment and footwear exports continue to recover, new figures from the Asian Development Bank suggest, as it revises its economic projection for the southeast Asian country.... read more

SupplyCompass and Woolmark partner on wool sourcing

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Product development and production management platform SupplyCompass has teamed up with The Woolmark Company to set up trusted wool supply chains and launch a wool guide to help brands launch new categories of wool products.... read more

New Ted Baker licensing deals with Next and Baird Group

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK high street fashion chain Ted Baker has agreed new licensing deals with Next Plc and Ben Sherman's licensee Baird Group, in a move it says will enhance supply chain efficiency.... read more

Fashion brands still failing to provide a living wage

25 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) claims that despite the promises of big fashion brands, many have failed to prove that the workers in their supply chains earn a living wage.... read more

Fashion sees lasting e-commerce upside from pandemic

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The global fashion and accessories industry was one of the winners in the shift to e-commerce due to the pandemic, new figures show.... read more

Bestseller and Spinnova explore new fibre collaboration

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Danish multi-brand retailer Bestseller is teaming up with Finnish fibre producer Spinnova on a joint product development initiative to determine which of the fashion company's ranges will best suit its new sustainable wood-based fibres.... read more

New initiative to cut energy use in Vietnam tier-1 suppliers

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Netherlands-based IDH-the Sustainable Trade Initiative has partnered with the Apparel Impact Institute to launch a programme in Vietnam aimed at reducing the negative impact of the apparel sector on the environment in line with the Paris Agreement and science-based targets (SBTs).... read more

Huntsman advances sustainable polyester production

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects says mills that have adopted its all-in-one Eriopon E3-Save textile auxiliary for polyester processing have collectively saved more than 130m litres of water.... read more

OESH Shoes develops 100% recyclable sole

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US sustainable footwear company OESH Shoes has developed a 100% recyclable shoe sole using 3D printing and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials by Huntsman Textile Effects.... read more

World merchandise trade slumps in second-quarter

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

World merchandise trade volumes slumped by 14.3% in the second quarter of the year, as Covid-19 containment measures affected economies around the world, according to new figures from the World Trade Organization (WTO).... read more

India introduces three new labour codes

23 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Three new labour codes introduced by India's union government at the weekend do little to extend any form of social protection to the vast majority of informal sector workers, an employment union has said.... read more

Nike sees permanent digital shift as online sales soar 82%

23 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US sporting giant Nike says the shift to online sales could be a permanent trend after it revealed an 82% increase in digital sales in the first quarter.... read more

Congress approves ten-year renewal of CBTPA trade pact

23 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has welcomed the passage of legislation this week that will extend the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA).... read more

J.Crew closes UK business with loss of 75 jobs

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US apparel retailer J.Crew Group has appointed liquidators for its UK business, resulting in the closure of all stores in the country.... read more

"Lopsided contracts" expose garment industry frailties

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new policy paper that explores the power imbalances between brands and suppliers, and their contractual manifestation as a result of Covid-19, calls for more effective global governance of supply chains and stronger public and private accountability mechanisms.... read more

#PayUp campaign shifts focus to worker rights

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

After helping to secure US$22bn from fashion retailers for cancelled clothing orders, workers' rights organisation Remake is taking its #PayUp campaign to the next level by launching a long-term vision for change.... read more

Tech companies collaborate to bring transparency to fashion

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Blockchain firm Everledger has partnered with Internet of Things (IoT) specialist Temera to provide brands in the apparel and luxury sectors with greater transparency and the ability to better demonstrate their green commitments.... read more