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  • Friday, 03 December 2021

    Armani Group bans the use of angora wool

    ROME - The Armani Group, which owns brands including Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, EA7, and Armani Exchange, has announced that it has banned the use of angora wool in future products. The decision follows talks with the PETA animal welfare…
  • Friday, 03 December 2021

    Zara store plans blocked over Xinjiang case

    BORDEAUX - Fashion brand Zara - which is owned by Spanish company Inditex - has been denied permission to expand a store in the French city of Bordeaux over allegations the company benefits from forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. Zara…
  • Friday, 03 December 2021

    Fast Retailing sets 2030 sustainability targets Premium Article

    YAMAGUCHI - Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has set new sustainability targets for 2030 in which it aims to accelerate its transition to a business model that embraces sustainability as well as growth. The aim is to expand on the company's 'Lifewear'…
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021

    Radio Show: Episode 5, Closing the loop with retailers and consumers

    WAKEFIELD – In the final episode in our five-part documentary series on textile-to-textile recycling, we get to hear from retailers Bestseller and Filippa K about how and why they are tackling the issue of circularity in their supply chains. We also…
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021

    Patagonia, Nike and C&A face Xinjiang claims Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) has filed a criminal complaint against Patagonia, Nike, C&A and State of Art who it accuses of profiting from forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. ECCHR accuses…
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021

    Fast fashion giant refuses to name suppliers

    MELBOURNE - The Australian businessman behind some of Australia’s best-known fast fashion brands has reportedly declined to name the factories that make their clothes. Premier Investments chairman Solomon Lew was asked if he was prepared to release…
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021

    Brands marked down for transparency in Brazil Premium Article

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Leading brands scored an average of just 18 per cent for the amount of sustainability information they disclose in the fourth edition of Brazil's Fashion Transparency Index (BFTI). The Fashion Revolution survey of 50 of the biggest…
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021

    Pangaia scales bacteria-based dye approach Premium Article

    LONDON – Apparel brand Pangaia has released a new capsule collection of tracksuits featuring bio-synthesised colorants from Colorifix – a company that was originally spun out of the University of Cambridge. In what is said to be the first…
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021

    Re-Fashion links up with digital ID experts

    LONDON — Secondhand clothing platform Re-Fashion is partnering with digital identity experts Evrything in a bid to increase transparency and circularity across the fashion industry. The two companies are already working with UK retailer New Look on…
  • Tuesday, 30 November 2021

    Hugo Boss secures first green finance loan

    METZINGEN - Fashion brand Hugo Boss has secured its first green finance package - a €600 million (US$680m) loan linked to the achievement of defined sustainability targets. The interest rate will be adjusted each year depending on performance on…
  • Monday, 29 November 2021

    Raeburn introduces buy-back service

    LONDON – Fashion label Christopher Raeburn has partnered with streetwear re-commerce specialist Responsible to launch a new buy-back service for consumers. Responsible offers a resale market for shoppers as well as a buy-back plug-in that brands and…
  • Friday, 26 November 2021

    Sustainable fashion website goes Europe-wide Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Project Cece sustainable fashion platform has expanded to offer its range of products from more than 300 webshops and 500 brands throughout Europe. The Amsterdam-based platform was built and launched by its female founders in 2017 in…
  • Friday, 26 November 2021

    Oxfam names and shames brands on living wage Premium Article

    MELBOURNE – Oxfam Australia has released a report listing the fashion brands which it accuses of a lack of transparency over paying living wages to garment workers in their global supply chains. The charity's 2021 'Naughty or Nice' list says some of…
  • Tuesday, 23 November 2021

    Circular business models present ‘significant opportunity’ Premium Article

    COWES – A new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) suggests circular business models have the potential to unlock huge environmental and financial gains for brands and retailers. The non-profit estimates the market for rental, resale,…
  • Tuesday, 23 November 2021

    Greenpeace calls for regulation on fashion Premium Article

    HAMBURG - A new report on the 'sustainability' efforts of global brands including Nike, Adidas, H&M, G-Star and Primark concludes the fashion industry will never succeed in tackling its climate impact without regulation. The report from Greenpeace…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    Global Fashion Agenda eyes circular revolution Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) has released a report which claims that the sector could become ’80 per cent circular’ by 2030 if it invests heavily in recycling technologies and infrastructure. The non-profit estimates it would take…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    Independent UK retailers boycott Black Friday Premium Article

    LONDON - Independent retailers are planning to close their websites, donate profits to charity and plant trees in the UK's largest ever Black Friday protest. Up to 85 per cent of smaller companies are planning to boycott Black Friday - the largest…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    Eco Fashion Corp leverages blockchain platform Premium Article

    NEW YORK – US apparel firm Eco Fashion Corp is to trial the use of InfiniChain’s blockchain-based technology across its Seed to Style and YesAnd brands in a bid to provide greater supply chain insight. InfiniChain claims that its ‘Credible’ platform…
  • Monday, 22 November 2021

    New research compares fashion resale models Premium Article

    BUFFALO - A new study which compares garment resale models concludes that 'trade-in' strategies are more successful - both environmentally and economically - than 'peer-to-peer (P2P)' marketplaces. Researchers at the University at Buffalo, in the US…
  • Friday, 19 November 2021

    Nike accused of destroying returned trainers Premium Article

    ANTWERP – Sportswear giant Nike has been accused of destroying thousands of shoes which it had collected and promised to recycle to reduce its environmental impact. German journalists say they put GPS trackers into the sole of Nike trainers, donated…
  • Friday, 19 November 2021

    PVH Corp to close manufacturing facility in Ethiopia Premium Article

    HAWASSA - PVH Corp, which owns brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, is to close its manufacturing facility in Ethiopia because of increasing concerns over the country's civil war. The company, which opened the factory in the Hawassa…
  • Thursday, 18 November 2021

    ThredUp: Consumer interest turns to secondhand fashion Premium Article

    OAKLAND – A new report published by resale specialist ThredUp suggests consumers are more interested in purchasing secondhand fashion than new clothing this holiday season, as higher prices and supply chain squeezes influence the market. This is…
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    H&M Group launches circular design tool Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish retailer H&M has launched a circular design tool - the 'Circulator' - as part of its ambition to have all of its products designed for circularity by 2025. The tool aims to not only enable H&M’s own teams to create products fit…
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    M&S launches first clothing rental service Premium Article

    LONDON - Retailer Marks and Spencer has launched its first clothing rental service in partnership with the fashion rental platform Hirestreet. The pilot will offer womenswear from the Autograph range and the M&S x Ghost collaboration at prices from…
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021

    Fashion companies 'turn to nearshoring' - report Premium Article

    DÜSSELDORF - More than seven out of 10 fashion brands and retailers say they are turning to nearshoring because of the impact on their global supply chains caused by the pandemic and shipping disruption, according to a new report. The study,…
  • Tuesday, 16 November 2021

    ASOS co-writes new circularity guidebook Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion retailer ASOS and London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) have today released the ASOS Circular Design Guidebook in a bid to help brands, designers and students produce garments that align with circularity…
  • Tuesday, 16 November 2021

    Shein suppliers overworked, investigation finds Premium Article

    GUANGZHOU – Chinese researchers representing human rights non-profit Public Eye have exposed exploitative practices at supplier factories for fast fashion brand Shein which violate the country’s labour laws. The organisation’s investigation of 17…
  • Monday, 15 November 2021

    LVMH projects focus on traceability Premium Article

    MELBOURNE – The Métiers d’Art sustainability initiative of fashion giant LVMH has partnered with product authentication solutions provider Security Matters (SMX) on a series of R&D projects that will assess the performance of traceability…
  • Friday, 12 November 2021

    H&M to ban new suppliers with coal boilers Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish retailer H&M says it will no longer accept new suppliers with coal-powered boilers after the end of this year as part of its efforts to reduce its impact on climate change. H&M says it will also help its existing suppliers…
  • Friday, 12 November 2021

    Ganni partners with Infinited Fiber Company Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – Danish womenswear brand Ganni has signed an agreement with Finnish textile innovator Infinited Fiber Company (IFC) as it looks to leverage its patented, recycled Infinna-branded material in future collections. An estimated 70 per cent…
  • Thursday, 11 November 2021

    Brand links with Microsoft on upcycling app Premium Article

    LONDON - British fashion label Ahluwalia is partnering with software giant Microsoft on a new web app - Circulate - designed to encourage consumers to help upcycle clothing. The Circulate app - released on beta so far - allows users to receive…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    Canada Goose earns Responsible Down Standard Premium Article

    TORONTO – Apparel brand Canada Goose has announced that it has been accredited with the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certification for sustainability and animal welfare. RDS is an international, voluntary programme that monitors the chain of…
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    Aussie brand Arsndorf launches rental service Premium Article

    FITZROY – Australian fashion brand Arnsdorf has moved into the rental market as it looks to make its apparel accessible to all. Starting this month, customers will have the chance to take home items for up to a month at a time at a price discounted…
  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Deckers has science-based targets approved Premium Article

    GOLETA – US footwear firm Deckers has had its science-based targets approved by the namesake initiative, confirming that the brand’s decarbonisation ambitions align with the latest climate data. Deckers has committed to reducing its scope 1 and 2…
  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Retailer cuts off supplier over forced labour Premium Article

    MONTREAL - Canadian women's fashion retailer Reitmans says it has been "shaken" by allegations that one of its Chinese apparel suppliers made use of North Korean forced labour in its factory. Reitmans says it has broken off its business relationship…
  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Puma develops biodegradable Suede trainer Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH - Sportswear company Puma has developed an experimental biodegradable version of its iconic Suede trainer which it will test with consumers in the new year. Called the Re-Suede, the shoe is made from innovative sustainable materials…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    COP26: Fashion calls for ‘preferred material’ incentives Premium Article

    GLASGOW – Today at COP26, environmental non-profit Textile Exchange (TE) has directed a policy request at world leaders, urging that governments embed incentives for the use of more ‘sustainable’ materials in trade law. Backed by more than 50…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    Fashion Charter updates emissions targets Premium Article

    GLASGOW – Signatories to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action have agreed to update their science-based emission reduction targets in recognition of the swift need for climate action. Announced at the United Nations Climate Change…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    Burberry unveils new biodiversity strategy Premium Article

    LONDON – Luxury fashion brand Burberry has unveiled a new biodiversity strategy as it looks to support global conservation efforts. It builds on the company’s recent commitment to becoming climate positive by 2040 and will expand the scope of…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    On creates shoe soles from carbon emissions Premium Article

    ZURICH - Swiss sportswear brand On has created a new foam material - called CleanCloud - which transforms carbon emissions into soles for running shoes. The company worked with biochemicals, process and polymer innovators LanzaTech and Borealis on…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    Arc’teryx introduces in-store circular services Premium Article

    NORTH VANCOUVER – Canadian outerwear brand Arc’teryx has opened a new store in New York which, for the first time, encompasses a space for product assessment, repair and education services. The ReBird Service Center is part of the company’s ReBird…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    Crystal reveals renewable energy plans Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Fashion conglomerate Crystal International has kick-started efforts to adopt renewable energy sources at supplier factories around the world, starting in Vietnam. The company – which is working towards a 2030 target of reducing aggregate…
  • Monday, 08 November 2021

    US brand Amour Vert turns to resale Premium Article

    NEW YORK – US womenswear brand Amour Vert has launched a new peer-to-peer resale service to encourage customers to sell on unwanted items. Developed in collaboration with circular solutions provider Recurate, the ReAmour service will be integrated…
  • Friday, 05 November 2021

    ISKO, Artistic Milliners among new EMF members Premium Article

    COWES – Denim manufacturers Artistic Milliners and ISKO are among the latest cohort of companies to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s network as members. The pair are joined by textile company Maneco, packaging specialist Crown Holdings, supply…
  • Thursday, 04 November 2021

    Gore Fabrics joins up with Fashion for Good Premium Article

    DELAWARE – Technical textile supplier Gore Fabrics, which owns the Gore-Tex brand, has joined the Fashion for Good initiative as an affiliate partner. Gore Fabrics, which recently announced the creation of a thinner PFC-free membrane to reduce its…
  • Thursday, 04 November 2021

    Campaigners urge Levi's to sign new Accord Premium Article

    DHAKA - Campaigners are urging denim giant Levi's to sign the new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry to protect the workers who make their clothes in Bangladesh. More than 150 brands and retailers have…
  • Thursday, 04 November 2021

    Crocs partners ThredUp for resale programme Premium Article

    BROOMFIELD - Footwear brand Crocs is linking up with resale platform ThredUp to launch a new programme aimed at giving pre-worn items a second life. From today, US customers can use the 'Clean Out' scheme to ship used apparel, shoes and accessories…
  • Thursday, 04 November 2021

    Global Fashion Group named GFA partner Premium Article

    SINGAPORE – Apparel conglomerate Global Fashion Group (GFG) is the latest name to join Global Fashion Agenda’s (GFA) team of strategic partners. The Singapore-based company – which operates across Latin America, Southeast Asia, the CIS (Commonwealth…
  • Wednesday, 03 November 2021

    Pentland Brands targets net zero by 2032 Premium Article

    LONDON - Pentland Brands, which owns brands including Speedo, Ellesse, and Berghaus, has pledged to become a net-zero business by 2032. It aims to achieve net-zero through science-based carbon emission reductions and offsetting initiatives including…
  • Wednesday, 03 November 2021

    New Look links up with Re-Fashion platform Premium Article

    WEYMOUTH - British fashion retailer New Look is teaming up with resale platform Re-Fashion to give customers the chance to extend the lifecycle of their unwanted or unused clothes. Shoppers can visit the Re-Fashion website to request a donation bag,…
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