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Comprehensive coverage of the apparel and textile industry’s latest, breaking news brought to you by just-style’s leading network of international journalists.

Addressing skills gap key to EU textile recovery
18 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has called for a Pact for Skills initiative to be an essential pillar of the new EU Textiles Strategy.


Sourcing at Magic online edition focuses on sustainability
18 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

Sourcing at Magic is holding its second online edition with sessions running through March to May with sustainability and education topics of focus this year.


UK outlines proposals to support sustainable fashion
18 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Plans to reduce waste have been unveiled by the UK government today (18 March), including proposals for new measures that will ramp up action on fast fashion and hold manufacturers accountable for textile waste.


Smart clothing will become mainstream by 2030
18 Mar 2021

GlobalData Retail

Garments and footwear with integrated sensors that transmit biometric information and other datasets will reach new heights of popularity by 2030 and is set to be worth more than US$4bn.


National Cotton Council welcomes Tai’s confirmation as USTR
18 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

The National Cotton Council (NCC) has welcomed the unanimous US Senate confirmation of Katherine Tai as the new US Trade Representative.


JD Sports completes US$495m DTLR Villa purchase
18 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Sports retail giant JD Sports Fashion Plc has completed its US$495m acquisition of US athletic footwear and apparel streetwear retailer DTLR Villa in a move that extends its presence in the north and east of the United States.


Connected product platform reimagines supply chains
18 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Avery Dennison Corporation has developed an end-to-end platform capable of creating, assigning, and managing unique digital identities for every physical item in the world to help brands connect with consumers and achieve their sustainability goals.


APLF fairs rescheduled to November
19 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

The organisers of the APLF Leather, Materials+, Fashion Access events in Hong Kong have postponed this summer’s editions following a decision by the Hong Kong Government to extend the compulsory quarantine regulation until the end of September.


Campaign calls on brands to provide cash relief for struggling workers
17 Mar 2021

Hannah Abdulla

A coalition of over 200 organisations is urging apparel brands and retailers for cash relief to aid garment workers slipping into poverty as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – a move it says will reform the industry. 


New Gap Inc platform to drive gender equality in supply chains
17 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc is building on the success of its PACE programme to launch a shared platform that leverages its knowledge, skills, and networks to drive collective action to benefit women workers and gender equity in global supply chains. 


Superdry brings forward organic cotton targets by five years
18 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

UK clothing retailer Superdry has brought forward its organic cotton targets by five years, which will see all of its pure cotton garments produced entirely from organic cotton by 2025.


UK urged for tougher measures on Xinjiang forced labour
17 Mar 2021

Hannah Abdulla

UK firms are unable to guarantee their supply chains are free of forced labour of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, China, a Government committee has warned, as it calls for tougher anti-modern slavery requirements and measures to force firms to eradicate forced labour in their supply chains.


Sri Lanka government backs strategy to boost apparel exports
17 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

The President of Sri Lanka has given the country’s garment industry his full backing to enhance its productivity and quality with proposals to relax certain health guidelines imposed on the sector and look at boosting employment amongst youths.


H&M reinforces bid to support recovery of global garment industry
17 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group and the IndustriAll global union are re-affirming their commitment to work together to support the economic and social recovery of the global garment industry through the Covid-19 crisis, with action points including strengthening social protection systems to secure the rights of the workers.


Classic Prep Childrenswear picks PLM to boost efficiency
19 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Children’s clothing company Classic Prep Childrenswear has implemented a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to structure data and manage growth. 


Denim supplier Rio Sul picks software to digitise operations
18 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

Mexico-based denim manufacturer Rio Sul has invested in new software as it looks to digitise best practice production planning and control processes.


3DLook raises $6.5m in funding to expand global R&D capabilities
17 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

Body data platform 3DLook has raised US$6.5m in Series A funding to expand its US leadership team and establish new R&D facilities in American and Western Europe.


Champion Thread launches 100% recycled sewing threads
18 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

Champion Thread Company (CTC), a supplier of sewing threads, engineered yarns, and narrow fabrics, has launched a new line of environmentally-friendly industrial sewing threads, made entirely from non-virgin materials.


Zalando targets more than EUR30bn in merchandise volume by 2025
17 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Following a strong financial year 2020, German fashion e-tailer Zalando says it plans to grow Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) to more than EUR30bn (US$25.2bn) by 2025 and aspires to serve more than 10% of the total European fashion market in the long-term.


Eurofins organic cotton ID services get global recognition
18 Mar 2021

Hannah Abdulla

Eurofins Softlines & Leather and Eurofins GeneScan’s Organic Cotton Identification Services have attained global recognition.


UK modern slavery statement registry to boost transparency
17 Mar 2021

Hannah Abdulla

The UK government has launched a modern slavery statement registry online to provide a platform for organisations to share the positive steps they have taken to tackle and prevent modern slavery.


US apparel retailers in the doldrums as sales fall in February
17 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

US retail sales gained considerable year-over-year traction in February – despite a monthly slowdown from unusually high numbers in January – but demand for clothing waned as social events and spring break vacations remain firmly off the agenda.


Primark Myanmar supplier locks workers in factory amid protests?
16 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

A Myanmar garment manufacturer supplying high street chain Primark is understood to have been accused of locking workers in a factory to prevent them from taking part in anti-coup protests.


Fast Retailing warns of production delays as Myanmar supplier factories burned
16 Mar 2021

Hannah Abdulla

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo and Gu brands, has reported two of its supplier factories in Myanmar were set on fire in the violence related to the military coup.


Nike to link executive compensation to sustainability progress
16 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Nike Inc has established its new five-year roadmap for global impact which encompasses 29 new targets and sees the US sporting giant tie executive compensation to its progress in deepening diversity and inclusion, protecting the planet, and advancing ethical manufacturing for the first time.


Archroma, Jeanologia team on water-saving dyeing process
17 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Textile chemicals specialist Archroma has partnered with denim finishing technology specialist Jeanologia to launch a new water-saving dyeing process at room temperature for denim and casual wear.


Sateri to expand lyocell production in China
16 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Viscose fibre producer Sateri has revealed plans to expand its lyocell production in China, with total planned annual capacity of up to 500,000 tonnes by 2025. 


Maxxam Textiles launches recycled eco-nylon
17 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

Textile producer Maxxam Textiles has launched what it claims is a state-of-the-art recycled nylon, which aims to reduce CO2 emissions, consume less water, and use renewable energy.


YKK emissions reduction targets gain SBTi approval
16 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

Fastener manufacturer YKK Corporation’s emissions reduction targets have been approved by the independent Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – limiting global warming to well-below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.


Rocky Brands completes Honeywell business acquisition
16 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

US apparel and footwear company Rocky Brands has completed its acquisition of the performance and lifestyle footwear business of Honeywell International, including The Original Muck Boot Company and Xtratuf footwear brands for US$230m.