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Sustainability roadmap aims to push industry forward

21 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The New Standard Institute think tank has released an open-source, data-based roadmap aimed at pushing the fashion industry toward more authentic sustainability initiatives.... read more

UK inflation falls in August as clothing price rise slows

21 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK's rate of inflation dropped in August from a month earlier, pushed down by falling air fares and an easing of clothing price rises.... read more

Ascena Retail sells Catherines to FullBeauty Brands?

21 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Ascena Retail Group, owner of the Ann Taylor, Loft and Lane Bryant chains, has reportedly sold its Catherines brand for more than double what it was initially offered.... read more

Report kick-starts standard for setting net-zero targets

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new process has been launched to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets, in a bid to ensure that company commitments to reach net-zero emissions by the middle of the century will actually meet these goals.... read more

Brandix backs plans for renewable energy in Sri Lanka

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturing giant Brandix has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote renewable energy in the country and ensure the biomass it uses is responsibly sourced from certified suppliers.... read more

Inditex and H&M join call for EU to cut emissions by 55%

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

More than 150 businesses, investors and business networks, including Inditex, H&M and VF Corp, are calling on European Union leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.... read more

John Lewis axes bonus as losses slump to GBP635m

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

John Lewis & Partners has said it will not pay a staff bonus next year as it revealed a loss before tax in the first half of GBP635m (US$822m). ... read more

PrimaLoft partners with Shanghai Challenge Textile on performance fabrics

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Performance fabric specialist PrimaLoft has partnered with China fabric manufacturer Shanghai Challenge Textile Co, to expand its technology platforms into the fabric side of the business.... read more

Kohl's to cut 15% of corporate workforce as Covid-19 bites

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US department store retailer Kohl’s is to cut around 15% of its corporate workforce in response to the business impact resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Coats fair wage tool offers new level of transparency

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The digital arm of industrial thread maker Coats has launched a fair wage tool and digital feedback loop that it says will give brands and retailers a new level of supply chain visibility and transparency.... read more

Messe Frankfurt introduces pop-up sourcing show

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Messe Frankfurt North America is bridging the gap between physical and virtual events by introducing a Pop-Up Sourcing Showcase at its New York textile shows.... read more

3D printing onto fabric opens up new way of manufacturing

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

3D printing firm Stratasys has partnered with two fashion designers to leverage its direct-to-textile printing technology, from design through to production, demonstrating the possibility for localised manufacturing and mass customisation.... read more

SupplyCompass launches platform for deadstock fabrics

11 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Product development and production management platform SupplyCompass has launched a new library providing a myriad of deadstock fabric options to help brands design more sustainable collections, create value from waste, and champion circularity.... read more

Devan fabric coating has virus-reducing capabilities

11 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Belgian chemicals firm Devan says tests have confirmed its BI-OME fabric coating technology has high performance virus-reducing capabilities.... read more

Messe Frankfurt France shows under new banner

11 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The fashion and textile events offered by the French subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt will now come together under the new banner of Texworld Evolution Paris.... read more

Under Armour to cut 600 corporate jobs

10 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US sportswear retailer Under Armour is to cut around 600 corporate jobs as it extends a restructuring plan it laid out in April.... read more

Textile sector joins industry call for swift CBTPA renewal

10 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Industry associations for the US textile and cotton sectors are calling on Congress to ensure a timely extension of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which expires at the end of the month.... read more

Athleisure a major contributor to US apparel sales

10 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Athleisure has become a major contributor to US apparel sales, new data shows, with the coronavirus pandemic only fuelling consumers’ appetites for this apparel subcategory.... read more

Effecting industry change requires the right tools

10 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Effecting real change in the industry requires ownership of the tools of change, according to fashion technology provider Tukatech’s upcoming webinar.... read more

Philippines garment supplier cuts over 4,000 jobs

9 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Philippines labour groups Partido Manggagawa (PM) and the MEPZ Workers Alliance have appealed for government assistance for the lay-off of around 4,000 garment workers at the Sports City group of companies, said to supply Adidas.... read more

Pentland Brands appoints new CEO in management reshuffle

9 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Pentland Brands has made a number of management changes, including the appointment of Chirag Patel as chief executive officer.... read more

Quiz to close stores as sales plummet

9 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Quiz says it will close around 15 of its UK stores, while none of its Spanish stores are set to reopen, as the fashion retailer revealed a 77% slump in quarterly sales.... read more

Vietnam footwear exports drop in August

9 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam's footwear exports dropped in the first eight months of the year, according to new figures.... read more

HDry waterproofing technology launches in North America

9 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

An advanced technology for waterproofing outdoor products through direct 3D lamination has launched in North America.... read more

H&M's Cos label launches Resell resale platform

8 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

H&M’s Cos fashion label has launched an online clothing resale platform where shoppers can buy and sell pre-loved clothing.... read more

Germany backs ILO garment worker support scheme

8 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The German government has partnered with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to launch a programme aimed at protecting garment sector workers affected by Covid-19.... read more

US Cotton Trust Protocol forays into China

8 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US Cotton Trust Protocol, an initiative designed to help brands and retailers source US cotton with more confidence has launched in China.... read more

Consumers consider wood a sustainable textile raw material

8 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new survey by Finnish fibre company Spinnova has found that attitudes towards textile materials and sustainability are changing, with the majority of consumers considering wood a sustainable textile raw material, more so than cotton.... read more

Weak footfall and shift to online weighs on JD Sports H1

8 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

JS Sports saw both earnings and sales slide in its first half as weak footfall and additional costs associated with a shift in revenues to online channels during temporary store closures weighed on results.... read more

Worker rights risks rise to the fore

7 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

As fashion brands and retailers begin to reset and reshape their supply chains as they emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, a new multi-year investigation has identified child labour and audit deception among the risks at stake when sourcing from garment factories in Myanmar.... read more

India and Japan sign pact for textile and apparel testing

4 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

India and Japan have signed a pact that the former country says will improve the quality and testing of its textiles and clothing for the Japanese market.... read more

China textile and apparel sourcing down but not out

4 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

While China continues takes the crown for global sourcing, its dominance is noticeably less dramatic compared to previous years, particularly in the textile and apparel industry, a new report has found.... read more

Speedo launches probe into India supplier abuse claim

3 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swimwear giant Speedo International has launched an investigation following reports of human rights abuses at a factory owned by its Indian licensee Page Industries.... read more

Garment worker pay bill dies in California legislative session

3 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A California apparel industry wage-reform bill failed to come up for a vote in this year's legislative session, throwing doubt over whether it will ever be introduced.... read more

Li & Fung appoints Rana to integrate supply chain solutions

3 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Hong Kong sourcing giant Li & Fung has appointed long-term company executive Deepika Rana as chief customer officer to integrate the company’s supply chain solutions.... read more