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UK brands shed light on sustainability challenges

British apparel brands and retailers including Asos, Boohoo and Missguided have spoken of the challenges they face in trying to become more...

US imports from Vietnam at highest for a year

All of the top ten individual supplier countries to the US recorded growth in imports in September, with those from Vietnam at their highest...

Fast-fashion retailers asked to justify low prices

Making the sums add up on ultra-cheap fast fashion was one of the lines of questioning pursued during a parliamentary hearing last week, wit...

China set to overtake US as largest fashion market

Greater China will for the first time in centuries overtake the US as the world's largest fashion market in 2019, according to a new study,...

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.

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

US Q3 in brief – Zumiez, The Children's Place, G-III Apparel, Dollar General 11 Dec 18


In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Guess Inc widened its net loss, footwear firm Foot Locker booked a rise in earnings but a drop in sales, Kohl's reported its fifth consecutive quarter of positive growth, and Burlington Stores recorded strong earnings and sales growth. 

UKFT to take over management of Textiles Scotland 11 Dec 18

Beth Wright

The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is to take over the management of Textiles Scotland (STLA), the membership group for Scottish producers of fashion, accessories, interiors, and technical textiles.

Ascena Retail sees Q1 profit dip on fewer stores 11 Dec 18

Hannah Abdulla

US women's wear retailer Ascena Retail Group has reported a slight dip in earnings and sales for the first quarter on the back of fewer stores as part of an ongoing optimisation programme and increased expenses.

Ted Baker CEO steps aside amid "serious allegations" 11 Dec 18

Beth Wright

UK lifestyle brand Ted Baker has announced its chief executive, Ray Kelvin, is to take a voluntary leave of absence after the company's board learned of "further serious allegations" regarding his conduct.

Gerry Weber to close 230 stores as FY earnings plummet 10 Dec 18

Hannah Abdulla

Struggling German fashion retailer Gerry Weber has announced it will close 230 stores and cut its workforce, warning it expects a "significant loss" in earnings for the full year fuelled by restructuring costs, depreciation and write-downs.

US apparel retailers' November 2018 sales roundup 7 Dec 18

Michelle Russell

November proved yet another mixed month for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting their monthly comparable sales, as two firms reported negative monthly comps while the remainder managed to post growth.

Latest blogs

Regional supply chains shape up 26 Nov 18

Leonie Barrie

Regional patterns in world textile and apparel trade are becoming increasingly important, according to an analysis using data from the re:source by just-style sourcing tool. The trend reflects both the changing dynamics of the global economy and the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers.

US-China trade spat spurs sourcing shifts 22 Nov 18

Leonie Barrie

The coming change of control of the House of Representatives following the US mid-term elections will probably do little to stop the escalating tariff disputes between the US and China, the American fashion industry has been warned.

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