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US fashion sector mulls tactics to tackle tariffs

Executives from the US clothing industry have met in Washington DC to plot tactics to push the Trump administration away from a protectionis...

Hold the hysteria on Trump's tariffs – Comment

Over the past few days, the media has covered the current round of tariff retaliations between the US and China as a boxing match, writes Ro...

What should suppliers do when retailers go bust?

Difficult trading conditions on the high street, increased online competition, rising costs and low consumer confidence are pushing retail b...

What’s hindering progress on sustainable fashion?

The fashion industry might like to think sustainability is at the top of its agenda, but fierce competition on price, a fast fashion focus o...

Latest Interviews

DBL embraces digital focus to turbocharge its business – Interview 10 Jul 2018

AZM Anas

The digital integration of Bangladesh’s booming textiles and garment sector is gaining pace, with ‘Industry 4.0’ becoming a watchword for increased competitiveness. One company taking such technological development very seriously is Dhaka-based DBL Group, which has targeted digital efficiencies to turbocharge its business growth – as managing director MA Jabbar explains.


The skills deficit is the biggest challenge for UK manufacturing – David Nieper MD interview 15 Jun 2018

Beth Wright

David Nieper, one of the UK's last remaining vertical fashion manufacturers, is taking control of its own destiny by investing in the country's first digital printing plant for jersey fabric, addressing the skills deficit through an in-house sewing school, and helping to develop the industry's first apprentice standard. Managing director Christopher Nieper explains why the business continues to punch above its weight.

Latest News

Microfibre research proposes standardised test method 19 Jul 18

Michelle Russell

Research carried out in Sweden with input from three brands including H&M, has recommended a standardised test method for measuring microfibres shed during the washing of garments.


New platform to drive responsible leather sourcing 19 Jul 18

Michelle Russell

A new platform has been launched to help brands and retailers to address impacts associated with leather sourcing.


Canada apparel sourcing show expands for 2018 19 Jul 18

Michelle Russell

The Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada trade show has expanded for 2018 and expects over 5,000 buyers to visit its three days of seminars, open panels and more than 500 exhibits.


Vietnam clothing and textile exports climb in H1 19 Jul 18

Michelle Russell

Vietnam saw its textile and garment exports grow more than 14% in the first half of 2018 thanks to strong growth in the majority of its markets.


Ternua teams up with Archroma on nutshell dye 19 Jul 18

Leonie Barrie

Outdoor clothing brand Ternua is teaming up with colour and specialty textile chemicals provider Archroma to create a capsule collection of recycled T-shirts and sweatshirts sourced from agricultural waste from the Basque region in Spain.


New Insqin textile coating uses waterborne technology 19 Jul 18

Leonie Barrie

Polymer company Covestro has developed a new product under its Insqin brand that enables the effective waterproof and breathable coating of textiles using waterborne technology.

Latest blogs

Higher worker wages – who pays? 2 Jul 18

Leonie Barrie

There continues to be a disconnect between buying departments and compliance teams when it comes to costing labour in price negotiations. So who should pay for a minimum wage increase?


Trump tariff dispute rumbles on 26 Jun 18

Michelle Russell

The US has escalated its trade threats to China after President Donald Trump said he is considering tariffs on an additional $200bn of Chinese goods if China "refuses to change its practices."

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