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  • Monday, 26 July 2021

    Formalwear marketplace secures US$6.3m funding

    SAN FRANCISCO – Formalwear marketplace Queenly has secured investment to the tune of US$6.3 million, which will be used to scale its services. The online platform accommodates the resale of designer and consumer apparel, catering to a market which…
  • Monday, 26 July 2021

    G-Star launches apparel repairs pilot

    AMSTERDAM – Apparel brand G-Star Raw has launched a new product repair pilot programme in a bid to keep clothing in use for longer. The service is to be trialled in G-Star’s homeland, the Netherlands, with the view to expansion should it prove…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    PETA thumbs up for exotic skins ban

    DUBLIN – Animal rights charity PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has welcomed an announcement from Selfridges Group that its Irish department stores Arnotts and Brown Thomas have banned exotic skins and the group has pledged to…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    Crocs commits to becoming net zero

    COLORADO – US footwear brand Crocs has announced its commitment to becoming a net zero company by 2030. To achieve this, the firm has detailed a number of actions and initiatives, including work to use only vegan materials by the end of this year.…
  • Friday, 23 July 2021

    ThredUp, LG Electronics launch donations programme Premium Article

    OAKLAND – Online consignment store ThredUp has partnered with clothing care and laundry innovator LG Electronics USA to introduce a new garment donation service to the United States. The companies’ apparel clean-out programme encourages the public…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    ISKO joins Jeans Redesign Project

    BURSA – Denim manufacturer ISKO has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Project, an initiative with a mission statement to prolong the lifecycle of denim. All signatories pledge to work by guidelines that establish minimum…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Guess unveils latest sustainability targets Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES – US apparel brand Guess has detailed new sustainability targets in its latest sustainability report, Vision Guess. Increasing the share of ‘sustainable’ denim in its portfolio, adopting more recycled fibre and reducing carbon emissions…
  • Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Rent the Runway files for IPO Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Apparel company Rent the Runway (RTR) has filed paperwork with US regulators for an initial public offering (IPO), as it looks to boost finances and drive forward the firm’s rental and resale services. Though the firm’s progress faltered…
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021

    Jeans Redesign report takes in member feedback Premium Article

    COWES – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has today published a new document that draws insight from the signatories of its Jeans Redesign Project. ‘The Jeans Redesign: Insights from the first two years’ reflects on the framework’s success to…
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021

    Levi's helps suppliers access green finance Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Denim giant Levi Strauss is working with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help its global suppliers fund projects to reduce their environmental impact. The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global…
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021

    J.Crew brand Madewell launches resale service Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Madewell, an apparel brand of the J.Crew Group, has launched a new resale service in collaboration with online consignment store ThredUp. The service will enable customers to return their unwanted denim jeans in exchange for US$20…
  • Monday, 19 July 2021

    Desigual innovation programme invites applicants

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Desigual has partnered with open innovation platform Plug and Play to launch the ‘Awesome Lab’, a new incubator programme for promising start-ups. The Awesome Lab will onboard an initial five to seven companies,…
  • Friday, 16 July 2021

    Outerwear brand Eddie Bauer goes into rental Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Outerwear brand Eddie Bauer is to launch its first rental programme in a bid to promote circularity and make its technical apparel more accessible. The brand will make the service available across the United States, with garments…
  • Friday, 16 July 2021

    C&A outlines new 2028 sustainability targets Premium Article

    DUSSELDORF – German fashion company C&A has launched a new 2028 global sustainability strategy. It addresses the firm’s uptake of ‘sustainable’ materials, ambitions to support the circular economy and efforts to eradicate single-use plastics…
  • Wednesday, 14 July 2021

    Inditex brings forward net zero carbon target Premium Article

    ARTEIXO - Fashion giant Inditex, which owns brands including Zara, has announced that it has brought forward its net zero carbon emissions target forward by a decade to 2040. Executive chairman Pablo Isla made the announcement at the company's…
  • Tuesday, 13 July 2021

    Inditex urged to back new Accord agreement Premium Article

    ARTEIXO - Workers' rights campaigners are putting pressure on Zara owner Inditex, on the day of its annual shareholder meeting today, to sign a new legally binding agreement on garment factory safety in Bangladesh. Inditex, one of the world's…
  • Monday, 12 July 2021

    H&M, Levi's face legal action on 'wage theft' Premium Article

    SOUTH ASIA - The Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) worker rights group is taking legal action against global fashion companies including H&M and Levi's over the 'wage theft' of supply chain garment workers during the coronavirus pandemic. AFWA last…
  • Monday, 12 July 2021

    Clothing rental firm questions climate report Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion rental firm Onloan has questioned a recent report which claimed that renting clothes was a bigger contributor to climate change than wearing them for longer and then throwing them away. Researchers at LUT University in Finland…
  • Friday, 09 July 2021

    Supply chain law 'should apply to all' Premium Article

    THE HAGUE - Proposed legislation in the Netherlands to make companies responsible for environmental and human rights issues in their supply chain would be compromised if it only applied to bigger companies, according to a new report. The Netherlands…
  • Friday, 09 July 2021

    Gucci helps suppliers access green loans Premium Article

    MILAN - Luxury fashion brand Gucci has signed a deal with Italy's biggest bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, to give small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in its supply chain access to loans at better terms and conditions for environmental and social…
  • Friday, 09 July 2021

    US brand enters footwear resale market Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – US apparel brand PacSun has entered the footwear resale market as it looks to capitalise on growing appetite for secondhand fashion. The company’s PS Reserve service launches to cut out the “middleman authentication process” many…
  • Thursday, 08 July 2021

    ASOS report highlights emissions reductions Premium Article

    LONDON – British fashion e-tailer ASOS has reported a 21 per cent year-on-year reduction in operational carbon emissions per order between September 2019 and August 2020. Detailed in the company’s 2021 Carbon Report, the figures show that the…
  • Thursday, 08 July 2021

    H&M, Walmart launch retail climate initiative Premium Article

    GLOBAL - H&M, Walmart, IKEA owner Ingka and Kingfisher have launched a new initiative to encourage other retailers to set out their plans to help meet the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement. The Race to Zero Breakthroughs: Retail Campaign is…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Sustainable fashion centre planned for Sydney Premium Article

    SYDNEY - The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is teaming up with education and training provider TAFE NSW to develop a new Centre for Fashion and Textiles Sustainability. The education centre, in Sydney, aims to help develop a more sustainable…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Gaultier owner Puig ditches exotic skins Premium Article

    BARCELONA - Spanish fashion company Puig - which owns brands including Jean Paul Gaultier, Carolina Herrera and Dries Van Noten - has agreed to stop selling products made with the skins of exotic animals such as snakes and crocodiles. The news was…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Levi’s latest to join US Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

    LONDON – Denim brand Levi’s is the latest company to join the US Cotton Trust Protocol, as it doubles down efforts towards its commitment of sourcing 100 per cent more sustainably grown cotton. Launched to verify sustainability progress through data…
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2021

    Progress on transparency 'too slow' - report Premium Article

    LONDON - Progress on supply chain transparency is still too slow among 250 of the world’s biggest fashion brands, according to a new report. Fashion Revolution's sixth annual Fashion Transparency Index - released today - ranks companies on their…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Allbirds outlines 10 sustainability targets Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Californian footwear and apparel brand Allbirds has detailed 10 new sustainability commitments which it says are amongst the most ambitious the footwear and apparel industries have ever seen. Each target in the brand’s ‘Flight Plan’…
  • Tuesday, 06 July 2021

    Walmart concludes Open Call amid nearshoring push Premium Article

    ARKANSAS – US retailer Walmart has concluded this year’s Open Call, which gives small businesses the chance to pitch their products and land new deals. At the heart of this year’s event was Walmart’s American Lighthouses concept, through which it’s…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    Infinited Fiber secures €30 million and new orders Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Infinited Fiber Company, which produces cellulosic fibre from textile waste, has secured €30 million (US$35.6m) in new capital, with the likes of Bestseller, H&M and Adidas amongst the investors. Bestseller and H&M have also announced new…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    Icebreaker progresses on plastic-free goal Premium Article

    AUCKLAND – Outdoor apparel brand Icebreaker, a VF Corp company, has revealed that it is 91 per cent of the way towards its target of being completely plastic-free by 2023. The announcement comes in the fourth annual Transparency Report of the…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    Rental 'worse than throwing clothes away' Premium Article

    LAHTI - Fashion rental could have a bigger impact on climate change than owning garments and then throwing them away, according to a new study by scientists in Finland. Researchers at LUT University calculated the greenhouse gas emissions connected…
  • Monday, 05 July 2021

    Circular logistics firm secures new investment Premium Article

    AIRDRIE – Fashion logistics firm ACS Clothing, which enables brands and retailers to introduce resale and rental models, has secured £2.5 million (US$3.4m) in funding which will help increase its capacity and grow its workforce. The finances came…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Fashion brands 'squeezed garment workers' Premium Article

    SOUTH ASIA - Fashion companies H&M, Nike and Primark have been accused of driving factory workers in their supply chains in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia into desperation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The allegations come in Breaking Point, a…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Fashion giants probed over forced labour Premium Article

    PARIS - French prosecutors are investigating fashion companies Uniqlo, Zara owner Inditex, French company SMCP and US footwear brand Skechers for allegedly concealing "crimes against humanity" in China's Xinjiang region. Three NGOs - Collectif…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    Weird Fish reports success on sustainability targets Premium Article

    TEWKESBURY – British apparel retailer Weird Fish has reported strong progress in line with its sustainability targets, having surpassed its expectations for the volume of more ‘sustainable’ materials integrated in products. The brand launched its…
  • Thursday, 01 July 2021

    PVH Europe joins Dutch Denim Deal initiative Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - PVH Europe - which is home to the headquarters of Tommy Hilfiger Global and Calvin Klein Europe - has joined the Dutch Denim Deal sustainability initiative. The company will serve on the steering committee of the private-public…
  • Thursday, 01 July 2021

    Moose Knuckles Canada outlines sustainability targets Premium Article

    MONTREAL – Luxury outerwear and sportswear brand Moose Knuckles Canada has detailed a number of sustainability targets that’ll address carbon emissions, material usage, circularity and biodiversity by 2025. Outlining these aspirations, the company…
  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021

    Farfetch, ThredUp launch clothes donations service Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Luxury fashion platform Farfetch has partnered with online consignment store ThredUp to launch a new clothes donations service in the US. ThredUp’s Resale-as-a-Service (RaaS) model will facilitate the programme’s operations, entitling…
  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021

    Timberland to launch take-back programme Premium Article

    STRATHAM – Outerwear brand Timberland is to launch a new product take-back programme in a bid to support its ambition of having a net positive impact on nature by 2030. Starting in August, consumers will be able to return branded footwear, apparel…
  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021

    Report: Brands greenwashing on synthetics Premium Article

    LONDON – The Changing Markets Foundation (CMF) has published a new report which it claims highlights the extent of greenwashing amongst fashion’s leading firms and their reliance on fossil fuel-derived fibres. In particular, CMF has taken issue with…
  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021

    Neiman Marcus to go fur free by 2023 Premium Article

    DALLAS – US department store chain Neiman Marcus has vowed to stop selling any products containing animal fur by early 2023. The announcement also covers Bergdorf Goodman stores, which are also owned by the Neiman Marcus Group (NMG), and will…
  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021

    Brooks Running commits to net zero by 2040 Premium Article

    SEATTLE - US sportswear company Brooks Running has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, starting with the launch of its first carbon-neutral running shoe. The commitment was made as part of the brand's new 2030 planet strategy, a…
  • Tuesday, 29 June 2021

    Bestseller seals carbon-neutral shipping deal Premium Article

    BRANDE - Danish fashion giant Bestseller has secured a carbon-neutral transport agreement on ocean services as part of its drive towards becoming climate positive. The global agreement with Danish shipping company Maersk involves the use…
  • Tuesday, 29 June 2021

    Gender Benchmark highlights fashion's failings Premium Article

    LONDON – The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) has accused leading fashion brands of using public commitments on gender discrimination as a “smokescreen for a lack of real ambition”. The WBA’s first Gender Benchmark finds that 24 out of the 35…
  • Tuesday, 29 June 2021

    Tesco joins US Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – British retailer Tesco has become the latest company to join the US Cotton Trust Protocol, as it looks to increase its uptake of more ‘sustainable’ materials. Launched to verify sustainability progress through data collection and…
  • Tuesday, 29 June 2021

    Returns collaboration to support charities Premium Article

    LONDON – Returns solutions provider ZigZag Global has partnered with Give Back Box, an initiative that streamlines product donations, to increase the amount of apparel sent to charities and support the circular economy. Going forward, retailer…
  • Tuesday, 29 June 2021

    C&A in new link up to sell pre-owned fashion Premium Article

    HAMBURG - Retail giant C&A is linking up with online pre-owned fashion platform Carou for a partnership with a difference to promote secondhand clothing. Rather than selling its own used products online, C&A has invited Carou to sell some of its…
  • Monday, 28 June 2021

    Patagonia signs multi-year Infinited Fiber deal Premium Article

    HELSINKI – Infinited Fiber Company (IFC), which produces cellulosic fibres from textile waste, has signed a multi-year deal to sell its Infinna fibre to sustainable outdoor brand Patagonia. The deal guarantees Patagonia access to the limited-supply…
  • Monday, 28 June 2021

    Podcast: How the H&M Group helps rivals access suppliers Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD - In the third of our Ecotextile Talks podcasts supported by Higg, our host Philip Berman talks to Hanna Hallin, global sustainability manager with Treadler, the B2B service launched by the H&M Group last year to help rival companies…
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