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  • Friday, 22 January 2021

    Sustainable secondhand platform set to launch Premium Article

    LONDON - Social shopping platform Farleigh.io is to launch later this month allowing users to buy and sell sustainable second-hand clothing and other goods. The platform is designed to resemble a shoppable version of the Pinterest social media site…
  • Friday, 22 January 2021

    H&M and Lee link up on sustainable denim Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM/GREENSBORO - Swedish fashion company H&M and US denim brand Lee have launched a collaboration aimed at developing the next generation of more sustainable denim. The 'holistic collaboration' is set to lead to new design and production…
  • Friday, 22 January 2021

    Beyond Retro to wholesale vintage apparel

    LONDON – Second-hand fashion firm Beyond Retro is making its assortment of vintage garments available to retailers for the first time at wholesale prices. The company, based out of London, says its team of international trend forecasters enable it…
  • Thursday, 21 January 2021

    Sustainability firms to streamline fashion circularity

    DENVER – US sustainability company ReCircled has acquired fellow circular economy advocate Circlarity, whose technology it will leverage to streamline product returns. ReCircled, based out of Denver, Colorado, works both with apparel brands and…
  • Tuesday, 19 January 2021

    Unspun makes its “most sustainable jeans yet”

    NEW YORK – Apparel brand Unspun has produced what it says are its most sustainable jeans yet. The US firm, which uses 3D scanning and robotics to create personalised jeans that mitigate waste, has aligned with the principles of the Ellen MacArthur…
  • Tuesday, 19 January 2021

    Supply Compass update streamlines business communications

    LONDON – Sustainable sourcing platform Supply Compass has updated its online services to enable fashion brands and retailers to invite and onboard their supply chain partners onto the system, which it says will improve communications across business…
  • Tuesday, 19 January 2021

    Hema cancels all orders citing pandemic

    AMSTERDAM - Dutch retailer Hema has reportedly cancelled all orders with its suppliers with immediate effect and extended its payment terms for orders which have already been delivered. The move led to the company being added to the Worker Rights…
  • Monday, 18 January 2021

    Oxfam produces report on M&S supply chain

    LONDON - Oxfam has published a report on Marks and Spencer (M&S) after being asked by the brand to act as a 'critical friend' and conduct a gap analysis of its supply chain. The charity's research identified a number of issues including in-work…
  • Friday, 15 January 2021

    Boohoo 'on right road' - Sir Brian Leveson Premium Article

    MANCHESTER - Retired judge Sir Brian Leveson has published his first report on Boohoo's response to allegations that many of the UK garment workers who make its clothes worked in dangerous conditions for illegally low wages. Sir Brian was appointed…
  • Thursday, 14 January 2021

    JC Penney partners with Apparel Impact Institute Premium Article

    TEXAS – Apparel brand JC Penney has partnered with the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) to improve the sustainability performance of its energy, water and chemical usage. Joining the likes of Target, Gap and Levi’s, JC Penney will enroll in the Aii’s…
  • Thursday, 14 January 2021

    Sympatex joins eBay Upcycling Store Premium Article

    MUNICH – Functional textile manufacturer Sympatex has followed in the footsteps of European outdoor brand Vaude by announcing a partnership with the eBay Upcycling Store. Launched back in March of last year, the store affords companies the chance to…
  • Monday, 11 January 2021

    American Vintage bans angora wool Premium Article

    MARSEILLE - French fashion brand American vintage has committed to a ban on the use of wool from angora rabbits in all future collections following long-standing pressure from animal welfare campaigners. The PETA animal rights group, which has been…
  • Monday, 11 January 2021

    Moncler launches '100% sustainable jackets' Premium Article

    MILAN - Luxury skiwear brand Moncler has launched a new range of jackets which it says are made entirely from more sustainable materials as part of the company's Born to Protect strategy to reduce its environmental impact. Moncler says the jackets,…
  • Friday, 08 January 2021

    Consumer survey spotlights growing sustainability focus Premium Article

    LONDON – A consumer survey commissioned by Fashion Revolution has assessed the attitudes and habits of 5,000 shoppers aged between 16-75 across the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy. Findings, which cover brand and manufacturing expectations and…
  • Friday, 08 January 2021

    Adidas to launch fungi-based vegan shoe Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas is developing a new vegan 'leather' shoe made from fungi as part of its pledge to drive up its use of sustainable materials. The new 'purely biological' Stan Smith trainers will be made from mycelium, the…
  • Friday, 08 January 2021

    British brand House of Hackney becomes B Corp Premium Article

    LONDON – British fashion and interiors brand House of Hackney has become a certified B Corporation, an accolade which recognises the firm’s ongoing efforts to demonstrate best practices on the social and environmental front. B Corporations, of which…
  • Wednesday, 06 January 2021

    M&S promises to avoid Xinjiang sourcing Premium Article

    LONDON – Marks & Spencer has today officially pledged to avoid sourcing cotton and textiles from the Xinjiang region of China and says it remains ‘committed’ to offering clothing made from 100 per cent ‘sustainably sourced’ materials. The UK…
  • Wednesday, 06 January 2021

    Farah clothing collections to use 100% organic cotton Premium Article

    LONDON – British menswear brand Farah says its core clothing lines will use 100 per cent organic cotton, which will first be demonstrated in the firm’s upcoming spring/summer collection. Farah brand director, Mark McCann, commented: “Like many…
  • Tuesday, 05 January 2021

    Academics critical of fashion’s social media strategy Premium Article

    LIVERPOOL – Academics at the University of Liverpool have completed two case studies which assessed conversations on Twitter around sustainability issues in fashion and the subsequent brand engagement, and concluded that the approaches of fashion…
  • Monday, 04 January 2021

    Adidas to reach 60% recycled polyester in 2021 Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas says this year it will use more than 60 per cent recycled polyester across its product range. The German outfit’s ambition is to only use recycled polyester by 2024 – a target it looks on course to meet after…
  • Monday, 04 January 2021

    NGOs call for faster supply chain finances Premium Article

    GLOBAL – A statement issued by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) says the coronavirus pandemic has created “a new level of despair among workers” and warns that “if brands don’t step up to help stanch the human…
  • Wednesday, 23 December 2020

    Season’s Greetings Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – As we close down for the Christmas period we’d like to extend ‘Season’s Greetings’ to all of our readers and wish everyone all the very best for 2021 after what has been a troubling year for everyone. The unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic has…
  • Tuesday, 22 December 2020

    Remake launches #ShareYourProfits campaign Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Workers’ rights NGO Remake - which spent much of this year calling on fashion brands to #PayUp their suppliers for cancelled orders - has launched a new campaign to help vulnerable garment workers. Called #ShareYourProfits, it urges…
  • Tuesday, 22 December 2020

    Karl Lagerfeld bans use of exotic skins Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Fashion brand Karl Lagerfield has banned the use of exotic skins such as those of snakes and crocodiles from all products in due to fears of diseases, such as COVID-19, passing from wildlife to humans. Animal rights organisation PETA…
  • Tuesday, 22 December 2020

    Brands urge Biden to rejoin Paris Agreement Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – Fashion brands including Nike, Levi Strauss (LS&Co), Gap, Target and the VF Corp-owned Timberland, Vans and North Face are amongst more than 1,000 signatories of a statement to the incoming Biden administration, reaffirming their…
  • Monday, 21 December 2020

    Namshi joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition Premium Article

    DUBAI — Middle East online fashion retailer Namshi has become the region's first to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and has also announced a series of sustainable and social responsibility initiatives. Namshi chairman Hadi Badri said…
  • Friday, 18 December 2020

    VF Corp signs UN Global Compact Premium Article

    DENVER – Apparel giant VF Corp, which owns the likes of The North Face, Timberland and Vans, has announced its commitment to the UN’s Global Compact (UNGC) and its Women’s Empowerment Principles. Signatories of the UNGC pledge to champion corporate…
  • Friday, 18 December 2020

    PETA calls out URBN after wool exposé Premium Article

    PHILADELPHIA – Animal rights organisation PETA says it’s “pointing the finger” at fashion retailer URBN – owner of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People – after footage from a PETA Asia investigation showed violence against sheep in…
  • Thursday, 17 December 2020

    YNAP pilots Digital IDs in push for transparency Premium Article

    MILAN – Luxury fashion group Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) is piloting Digital IDs for garments, which in theory would encompass product-specific QR codes linked to online data of their contents. For now, the concept is being tested on select items from…
  • Thursday, 17 December 2020

    Bestseller starts circularity project in Bangladesh Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Danish fashion brand Bestseller has launched a new circularity project in Bangladesh as it looks to find value in the estimated 400,000 tonnes of production waste generated in the Southeast Asian nation’s garment industry each year. For…
  • Thursday, 17 December 2020

    Zalando shares data on 250 partner brands Premium Article

    BERLIN – European fashion platform Zalando is now sharing comparable sustainability data from more than 250 partner brands collected through its partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Higg Co. Zalando became the first…
  • Thursday, 17 December 2020

    Only three brands 'acceptable on circularity' Premium Article

    CHICAGO - A new report on the circularity performance of the largest 100 fashion brands operating in Europe says that just three - Patagonia, The North Face and Levi’s - are achieving 'acceptable' results. Global management consultants Kearney…
  • Wednesday, 16 December 2020

    Boohoo gives evidence on Leicester concerns Premium Article

    LONDON - Boohoo Group executive chairman Mahmud Kamani has told MPs that he really was "shocked and appalled" by allegations of illegally low pay and poor conditions in the company's Leicester supply factories - despite having sourced from the city…
  • Wednesday, 16 December 2020

    Marks & Spencer to relaunch Plan A next year Premium Article

    LONDON – British retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has announced that it is to relaunch its Plan A sustainability strategy in the new year and will “reinvigorate” the programme to put it “back at the centre of our customer story”. The relaunched Plan…
  • Wednesday, 16 December 2020

    Eon catalyses collaboration with new ‘partner network’ Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Traceability solutions provider Eon has launched what it says is the fashion industry’s first global partner network in a bid to streamline supply chain circularity. In collaboration with the likes of the Renewal Workshop, Trove, Save…
  • Tuesday, 15 December 2020

    Brooks Running and Vaude join Climate Pledge Premium Article

    GLOBAL - US sportswear company Brooks Running and German producer of mountain sportswear Vaude are among 13 new signatories to the Climate Pledge commitment to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early. Some 31 companies have now joined…
  • Monday, 14 December 2020

    Asics joins the Fashion Pact Premium Article

    KOBE – Sportswear brand Asics has become the first Japanese company to join the Fashion Pact, a global environmental initiative which challenges signatories to help mitigate climate change, restore biodiversity and protect the oceans. Asics joins…
  • Monday, 14 December 2020

    Pair launch blockchain-enabled traceability app Premium Article

    KUALA LUMPUR – Blockchain provider Verofax Asia has partnered with Malaysian brand Auri to launch a new asset digitalisation and traceability app for the apparel industry. Suppliers of Auri will leverage the solution to serialise product-specific…
  • Monday, 14 December 2020

    The North Face accused of ‘virtue signalling’ Premium Article

    DENVER – The North Face has defended itself from accusations of ‘virtue signalling’ after being criticised by a Texan oil boss who was refused permission to put his firm’s logo on the outdoor clothing manufacturer’s jackets as the apparel brand…
  • Friday, 11 December 2020

    LVMH launches new environmental roadmap Premium Article

    PARIS — Fashion and luxury group LVMH has launched a new environmental performance roadmap - LIFE 360 - in which it outlines its sustainability goals over the next three, six and 10 years. It aims to build on the LIFE 2020 (LVMH Initiatives for the…
  • Friday, 11 December 2020

    Selfridges partners with vintage retailer Beyond Retro Premium Article

    LONDON – Selfridges has partnered with vintage fashion retailer Beyond Retro as part of its ‘Resellfridges’ in-store scheme, which was introduced earlier this year to promote circular business models. Selfridges launched its Project Earth initiative…
  • Friday, 11 December 2020

    Arc’teryx sets sights on Fair Trade certification Premium Article

    NORTH VANCOUVER – Outdoor apparel brand Arc’teryx says it has begun work to convert three manufacturing facilities in Vietnam to be Fair Trade-certified by 2021. The Canadian firm’s ambition is to certify a minimum of 80 per cent of its products as…
  • Friday, 11 December 2020

    REI Co-op makes new demands of brands Premium Article

    SEATTLE - US sporting and outdoor apparel retailer REI Co-op is engaging with its more than 1,000 brand partners to advance more sustainable business practices on issues such as climate change. The company has updated its REI Product Impact…
  • Wednesday, 09 December 2020

    H&M, Burberry and Levi’s make the 2020 ‘A List’ Premium Article

    LONDON – The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has published its 2020 ‘A List’ which spotlights the good work of businesses across industry to tackle climate change, deforestation and water security. This year, 313 companies including Burberry,…
  • Wednesday, 09 December 2020

    Kruse steps down as CEO of Global Fashion Agenda Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has today announced that Eva Kruse will step down as CEO at the end of February 2021. The organisation, which created and runs the annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit, says it has begun the process of…
  • Wednesday, 09 December 2020

    ThredUp launches ‘universal symbol’ for second-hand fashion Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Online resale platform ThredUp has partnered with designer Christian Siriano to launch what they hope will be the new universal symbol for second-hand clothing. The pair’s creation, a logo shaped like a coat hanger which hints at a…
  • Wednesday, 09 December 2020

    Burberry donates leftover fabric to students Premium Article

    LONDON - British brand Burberry has launched a new initiative - ReBurberry Fabric - which aims to support young designers by donating leftover fabric to hard-up fashion students. The company has teamed up with the British Fashion Council (BFC) for…
  • Tuesday, 08 December 2020

    PETA lambasts Louis Vuitton claims of “humane farming” Premium Article

    PARIS – Animal rights organisation PETA has sent a letter to Michael Burke, the CEO and chairman of luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton (LV), urging that he “immediately stop making false claims about the treatment of animals killed for the company's…
  • Tuesday, 08 December 2020

    Van Noten and Rewiring Fashion join forces Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Two initiatives set up to change the fashion industry after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic have joined forces in a bid to solve what they see as some of the sector’s biggest issues. Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, along with brands…
  • Tuesday, 08 December 2020

    H&M in five year collaboration with HKRITA Premium Article

    HONG KONG - The H&M Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel (HKRITA) have announced a five year partnership - 'Planet First' - to explore sustainable developments for the textiles and fashion industry. The foundation,…
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