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The challenge for cotton amid a changing consumer

Cotton is being battered on all fronts, from false information campaigns, to competition from synthetic alternatives, and a changing consume...

VF's journey to becoming a 'purpose-led' company

"We get so focused on making money that we sometimes overlook the value of collaboration and the spirit of making the world a better place a...

How technology is helping build supply chain trust

New tools and technologies are helping the apparel industry to build smarter, transparent – and more trusted – supply chains. Executives fro...

How to manage the hem and haw of inventory

As consumer buying habits and demands become ever more complex, inventory management is key to ensuring companies can quickly respond to any...

Latest Interviews

C&A Foundation sets out vision for circular fashion – Interview 20 Sep 2018

Beth Wright

One year into his role as head of circular fashion at the C&A Foundation, Douwe Jan Joustra is leading discussions on how to create the conditions for change in the entire fashion system. His main aim is to see retailers adopt new business models, transitioning into "service providers" where fashion will be offered as a service for customers, not consumers – an idea he will share at next month's IAF World Fashion Convention.


How TAL Apparel is rebalancing for growth – CEO Interview 22 Aug 2018

Leonie Barrie

By his own admission, Roger Lee, CEO at Hong Kong based apparel giant TAL Group, is an optimist. And it's a trait that has stood him – and the 70-year-old company he leads – in good stead in recent years as he focuses and rebalances the business for future growth.

Latest News

Weak demand weighs on Sri Lanka July garment exports 23 Oct 18

Hannah Abdulla

Sri Lanka's garment and textile exports fell during July on the back of lower demand from the US and Canada, according to official data from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, but saw growth of nearly 5% year-to-date.


Cambodia garment sector calls for EU trade sanction re-think 23 Oct 18

Michelle Russell

Cambodia’s garment manufacturers have called on the European Union (EU) to not withdraw its trade preferences, saying it would have a negative impact on the industry and the workers and families it supports.


123 apparel and footwear firms ink pact against forced labour 23 Oct 18

Beth Wright

PVH Corp, Nike, Ralph Lauren and VF Corp are among 123 companies that have signed a new commitment to the fair treatment of workers in global apparel, footwear and travel goods supply chains. 


Coach is the latest brand to go fur-free 23 Oct 18

Beth Wright

Accessories business Tapestry has announced its Coach brand will no longer use real fur in its products, pledging to phase fur out completely by the debut of its autumn 2019 collection.


Calzedonia opens US$15m plant in Ethiopia 23 Oct 18

Hannah Abdulla

Italian hosiery manufacturer Calzedonia has officially opened its ITACA Textile factory at the Mekelle Industrial Park in Ethiopia.


Call for UK to remain in REACH to avoid chemicals chaos 22 Oct 18

Michelle Russell

A coalition of European chemicals industry bodies is calling for the UK to remain within the REACH chemicals regulatory system after the country has left the European Union.

Latest blogs

New businesses shaking up a broken retail model 23 Oct 18

Leonie Barrie

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-broken retail model, according to speakers at last week's IAF World Fashion Convention. But rising Phoenix-like from the ashes are nimble new players building a smart future for fashion.


Apparel sourcing rules under NAFTA 2.0 15 Oct 18

Leonie Barrie

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – also dubbed NAFTA 2.0 – has finally been agreed, but what does it mean for apparel sourcing? Here we take a close look at the new apparel-specific rules of origin.

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