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Sri Lanka's Knitline Apparels to set up high-tech facility

27 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

A high-tech sustainable knitwear manufacturing plant is to be set up in Sri Lanka, with the ambition of ensuring zero waste.... read more

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

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

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 study aimed at encouraging a change in fashion consumption habits and reducing textile waste.... 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 redesigning 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

Menswear firm K-Boxing picks PLM to boost competitive strength

22 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Chinese menswear company K-Boxing has invested in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to effectively compete with companies who are accelerating efforts to digitalise product development, manufacturing, and supply chains.... read more

Companies still lack data on climate change action

21 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Clothing brands and retailers need to be more forthcoming with data regarding their efforts to tackle climate change, according to a new analysis of corporate transparency and action on the issue.... read more