Fashion & Retail News

  • Friday, 24 May 2019

    Fashion activist Katharine Hamnett: "Things have got worse"

    LONDON — Fashion designer and ethical activist Katharine Hamnett sat down with Ecotextile News for the latest instalment of our Hard Talk interview series. Industry alignment, the key issues facing the cotton sector, potential for legislative…
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    Urban Outfitters pivots into rental fashion

    PHILADELPHIA — Fashion retailer Urban Outfitters has announced that Nuuly, a subscription-based rental service for women’s apparel, will launch this summer. The platform will initially offer subscribers the chance to rent six items per month, with…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    F4D partner with Oxitex and Class

    COPENHAGEN – At this year’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit, F4D Solutions, which operates under the Fashion 4 Development umbrella, announced a new partnership with two of the solutions-platforms presented during the conference: Oxitex and Class. The…
  • Friday, 17 May 2019

    Nike debuts circular fashion design guide

    COPENHAGEN — At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019, Nike’s chief design officer, John Hoke, announced the launch of a new design resource created by the sportswear giant. Circularity: Guiding the Future of Design went live while Hoke was on stage,…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2019

    Asics Sustainability Report displays progress

    KOBE – Sports performance brand Asics has released its 2018 Sustainability Report, which summarises the company’s progress towards ‘sustainability’, noting amongst other things that it surpassed its CO2 emissions reduction targets for 2020 two years…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Toolkit aims to combat future fashion risks

    COPENHAGEN – Forum for the Future and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at London College of Fashion have launched an open-source interactive toolkit which uses future scenarios to help identify risks and opportunities for the fashion…
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    New report makes business case for circular fashion

    AMSTERDAM – A new report has been published by Fashion for Good and Accenture Strategy, exploring the financial viability of circular business models in the fashion industry. Having placed rental, subscription-rental and recommerce options under the…
  • Monday, 13 May 2019

    Kering introduces animal welfare standards

    PARIS – International luxury group Kering has published a new set of animal welfare standards, with detailed requirements for the treatment of cattle, calves, sheep and goats throughout their entire lives, along with guidelines for abattoirs. Kering…
  • Friday, 10 May 2019

    Tchibo to expand its rental programme

    HAMBURG – German retailer Tchibo’s will expand its ‘Share’ rental programme this year to include more infant and children’s wear after a recent review of the first 12 months of the company’s sustainability initiative. The company found the…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019

    Pulse report: Sustainability in fashion slowed by a third

    COPENHAGEN – The 2019 edition of Pulse of the Fashion Industry has revealed that ‘sustainable’ progress in the fashion industry has slowed by a third in the past year, and is not moving fast enough to counter-balance the fashion industry's rapid…
  • Friday, 03 May 2019

    VF Corporation signs Charter for Climate Action

    GREENSBORO – Lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories company VF Corporation has become a signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, joining more than 40 fashion and apparel industry companies with the common goal of net-zero…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2019

    Project Cece strives for accessible ethical fashion

    AMSTERDAM – Project Cece says that it is setting out to make ethical fashion more accessible to consumers. The start-up uses an online aggregator to collect products from ‘sustainable’ clothing brands, helping shoppers to make fair choices more…
  • Thursday, 02 May 2019

    Circle Economy, Fashion for Good partner for circular shift

    AMSTERDAM – A strategic partnership has been established between industry innovation hub Fashion for Good and Switching Gear, a project set up by Circle Economy. The initiative has been started with the aim ​of accelerating re-commerce and rental…
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2019

    Ralph Lauren introduces recycled materials for Earth Polo

    NEW YORK – Fashion brand Ralph Lauren has debuted its new Earth Polo range, featuring polo shirts made using only recycled polyester derived from discarded plastic bottles. The launch is said to kick-start the company’s commitment to abolishing the…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2019

    BBC Earth debuts ‘circular’ fashion collection

    LONDON – Following on from the huge success of the the BBC’s Blue Planet series, presented by Sir David Attenborough, the corporation has teamed up with apparel manufacturer Teemill to produce a range of ‘sustainable’ garments. BBC Earth says it has…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    Rejuvenation commits to ‘sustainably-sourced’ textiles

    PORTLAND – Home goods designer and manufacturer Rejuvenation has announced a commitment to sustainability through their products, announcing that all textiles will now be 'sustainably-sourced' and made from organic fibres.
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    Fashion for Good Accelerator graduates join Scaling Programme

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has announced that the four newest innovators to join its Scaling Programme have previously participated its Accelerator Programme, meaning they have now progresses to a stage where they can benefit from running pilots…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    PrettyLittleThing launches recycled range, reGAIN deal

    LONDON — Online fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing (PLT) has debuted a new collection made using recycled materials, including pre-consumer factory offcuts and recycled polyester derived from discarded plastic bottles. PrettyLittleThing has also…
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019

    SKFK to open Circular Closet for rental customers

    BIZKAIA — Basque clothing brand SKFK is set to launch a new monthly subscription service to enable its customers to rent apparel from a constantly updating selection of 40 premium outfits. The company, which has consistently worked towards reducing…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Quiksilver joins European Outdoor Group

    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Boardsports clothing retailer Quiksilver has become the latest brand to join the European Outdoor Group (EOG), and has pledged to play a full role in the association’s sustainability projects. This addition takes the total number…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Ternua launches 100 per cent recycled backpack collection

    ARRASATE – Outdoor clothing brand Ternua has launched a collection of backpacks made from 100 per cent recycled fabrics, which are also PFC-free. Recycled nylon sourced from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and recycled polyester sourced from…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Brands commit to CanopyStyle on Earth Day

    LOS ANGELES – Canopy has announced the addition of multiple new fashion brands to its CanopyStyle initiative on Earth Day. Outdoor brand Eddie Bauer, US clothing brand and retailer Guess, Puerto Rico-based Valija Gitana and specialty retailer AEO…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Applied DNA and GHCL launch ‘sustainable’ bedsheets

    STONY BROOK – PCR-based DNA manufacturer Applied DNA has partnered with chemical manufacturer GHCL to launch Rekoop, ‘sustainable’ bedsheets made by blending cotton with polyester fibre obtained from recycled PET bottles. The companies say that 36…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Fashion Revolution Week returns, UN Charter signed

    ASHBOURNE — Since the Rana Plaza collapse of 2013, Fashion Revolution has held annual events to both mark the anniversary and promote more ethical, sustainable practices within the garment sector. This year will be no different, with a global series…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    Banana Republic and Old Navy reveal sustainability goals

    SAN FRANCISCO – In conjunction with Earth Day, clothing company Gap has announced new sustainability commitments for its retailers Banana Republic and Old Navy, saying it hopes to accelerate the company’s use of ‘sustainable’ materials in its…
  • Thursday, 18 April 2019

    Olivia Wilde partners with Thred Up for second-hand collection

    WASHINGTON DC – In the lead up to 2019’s Earth Day, Olivia Wilde’s Conscious Commerce has announced it is partnering with online thrift shop Thred Up to launch the ‘Choose Used’ collection, a 3,000 piece collection of second-hand T-shirts and…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    Zalando deal adds to stellar 2019 for

    BERLIN – The latest company to be selected for online fashion retailer Zalando’s zImpact accelerator programme is fashion tech innovator The initiative offers visibility, funding and industry expertise to companies seeking to…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    ‘Sustainable’ NGO re-invests in supply chain

    WOOLACOMBE – UK-based not-for-profit organisation Origin has committed to re-invest 100 per cent of its profits into the African communities from which the fabrics for its clothing originate. The NGO makes organic cotton sweatshirts and t-shirts,…
  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    Campaign tackles fashion injustice and plagiarism

    AMSTERDAM – A new online campaign has been launched with the aim of highlighting injustices experienced by artisans in the textile and apparel supply chains. The #WhatYouWearMatters social media project will seek to promote the importance of “fair…
  • Monday, 15 April 2019

    Dutch AGT reports progress, but admits change is slow

    AMSTERDAM – With just over 2.5 years before it comes to an end, the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) today reports that 86 per cent of the 92 textile and garment companies signed up to the initiative are ‘well on the way’ to…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2019

    Walmart to pressure suppliers to use Higg Index

    BENTONVILLE – US retail giant Walmart says it’s set three new textile sustainability goals as part of its on-going efforts to reduce the environmental impact of textiles and clothing it sells. This includes, by 2022, a committment to source only…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2019

    Rental increase drives REI growth

    SEATTLE – Outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) will continue to expand its rental and used gear offerings, in the wake of the cooperative posting record financial results for 2018, shortly after it first entered the expanding rentals…
  • Tuesday, 09 April 2019

    Used apparel growth attracts fashion retail giants

    STOCKHOLM/ LOS ANGELES – Swedish retailer H&M and denim-led US brand Guess have both announced the imminent launch of new collections and services to offer consumers the chance to buy second-hand apparel. Industry research has increasingly pointed…
  • Monday, 08 April 2019

    Hirdaramani Group arrival bolsters Make Fashion Circular

    COLOMBO – Sri Lankan apparel firm Hirdaramani Group has joined the likes of Gap, H&M and Nike in the ranks of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative. 
  • Monday, 08 April 2019

    Fur-free New York's sustainable fashion drive

    NEW YORK – New York City Council has followed in the footsteps of its counterparts in San Francisco and Los Angeles by proposing legislation seeking to ban the sale of new fur garments. The legislation would, if enacted, impose fines on certain…
  • Friday, 05 April 2019

    ‘Organic’ and ‘ethical’ clothes surge in UK

    BRISTOL – Farming charity Soil Association has released its UK Textile Organic Market Report, in which it reveals that sales of Soil Association Certification organic textiles grew by 18 per cent in the UK in 2018, making the market now worth…
  • Thursday, 04 April 2019

    IKEA’s cotton 100 per cent 'sustainable' for second consecutive year

    LEIDEN – Swedish homeware company IKEA has released its sustainability report for the 2018 financial year, which revealed that 100 per cent of the cotton it sourced during the 12 months was certified as 'sustainable' for a second year running. In…
  • Wednesday, 03 April 2019

    Fashion initiative funding: It’s a lottery

    AMSTERDAM - In an increasingly crowded field, the situation faced by many industry initiatives is becoming ever more perilous. For some, winning big with a funding boost has never looked less likely.
  • Wednesday, 03 April 2019

    Loftex introduces recycled PET bath towels

    NEW YORK – High-quality towel manufacturer Loftex has announced it is introducing bath towels which include recycled PET, otherwise known as rPET, in the United States this month. The rPET is source-verified by the CertainT tagging and tracing…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2019

    Influencer power vital for sustainable fashion?

    NAIROBI - The United Nations has once again added its voice to the debate around improving the environmental impact of the fashion industry, this time in relation to the role ‘influencers’ can play in altering consumers’ buying practices. This comes…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2019

    Graduate Fashion Foundation extends Sainsbury’s partnership

    LONDON – The Graduate Fashion Foundation has announced that it will partner with supermarket Sainsbury’s clothing brand Tu for the fourth consecutive year. The 2019 partnership will see two graduates receive a year-long scholarship within the Tu…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2019

    VF registers Kontoor Brands denim business

    GREENSBORO – VF Corporation has announced the public filing of a Form 10 Registration Statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for Kontoor Brands, Inc. This confirms the previously announced separation of the corporation’s jeanswear…
  • Monday, 01 April 2019

    Research predicts second-hand will overtake fast fashion within ten years

    SAN FRANCISCO – Results of research conducted by online thrift shop Thred Up say that the second-hand clothing market will grow to nearly 1.5x the size of fast fashion by 2028. The Thred Up 2019 Resale Report says that in 2028, the second-hand…
  • Monday, 01 April 2019

    Just 42% brands meet ASOS modern slavery standards

    LONDON – Online retailer ASOS has released its latest Modern Slavery Statement, evaluating its work between April 2018 – March 2019 and detailing the firm’s commitments towards modern slavery risk mitigation in its supply chain by 2020. One of the…
  • Friday, 29 March 2019

    Ecofibre listed on the Australian Securities Exchange

    SYDNEY – Industrial hemp company Ecofibre has been listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), hoping to capitalise on the opening of hemp markets in Australia and the United States. The company is capped at AU$309 million on listing, after…
  • Friday, 29 March 2019

    Selfridges, John Lewis further luxury sustainability drive

    LONDON – Bags made using materials derived from post-consumer plastic waste and certified to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) have been introduced to the ranges of both department store chain Selfridges and multichannel retailer John Lewis in…
  • Friday, 29 March 2019

    Sustainable fashion committee adds to its ranks

    SAN FRANCISCO – US non-profit Net Impact has added University of Arkansas apparel instructor Lance Cheramie to its global committee studying sustainability in the fashion industry. Cheramie will work as a leader in the Wear it Wise campaign which…
  • Friday, 29 March 2019

    Myanmar initiative seeks consumer sustainability awareness

    YANGON - Smart Myanmar has, in collaboration with its partner the Foreign Trade Association of German Retailers (AVE), conducted the the first Myanmar Consumers Awareness Campaign in Yangon. The initiative was established with the aim of providing…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Report finds that sustainability sells

    MILAN – A report launched at the third edition of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana’s (CNMI) International Roundtable on Sustainability says that consumers are willing to take a price increase for ‘sustainable’ fashion. The McKinsey & Co. report,…
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019

    ‘Sustainable’ athletic clothing line finds success on Kickstarter

    BARCELONA – Within an hour of its launch, The Running Republic – which offers ‘sustainable’ running gear – surpassed its €12,500 funding target on Kickstarter, and plans to fully launch its apparel range in September of this year. The company’s…

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