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US trade policy remains top sourcing concern

The impact of a protectionist trade policy agenda in the United States is not surprisingly ranked the top challenge for the US fashion indus...

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...

Who's signed the Bangladesh '2018 Accord' – Update

More than two-thirds of the 220 companies who signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have now committed to the new agre...

Knowing your supply chain is key to sustainability

With most of the environmental impact of an apparel brand or retailer's business embedded in its supply chain, knowing and understanding exa...

Latest Interviews

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.


Esquel CEO emphasises efficiency and sustainability 28 Nov 2017

Wang Fangqing

A leading and long-term supplier to global names such as Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Hugo Boss, Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturer Esquel Group is testing a new territory as it broadens its sustainable horizons, as vice chairman and CEO John Cheh explains.

Latest News

Bangladesh RMG workers reject latest wage proposal 19 Jul 18

AZM Anas

Bangladesh's garment owners and trade unions are far apart in the fraught ongoing minimum wage negotiations, proposing pay floors that are widely divergent.


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.


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.


Asda pledges to tackle clothing microfibres 19 Jul 18

Michelle Russell

Asda has becomes the first supermarket to join the Microfibre Consortium, which looks at reducing the impact of microplastics on the environment.


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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