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  • Friday, 03 February 2023

    Tapestry announces new sustainability targets

    NEW YORK – US apparel firm Tapestry, which owns the Coach and Kate Spade brands, has announced new sustainability targets with the publication of its 2022 Corporate Responsibility Report. They include new science-based targets to reduce Scope 1, 2…
  • Friday, 03 February 2023

    Nudie Jeans expands free repair service

    GOTHENBURG - Swedish brand Nudie Jeans has linked up with UK-based circular fashion hub Advanced Clothing Solutions (ACS) to expand its free repairs service. ACS, which becomes Nudie's first official circular partner, will now be able to offer…
  • Friday, 03 February 2023

    Levi's sourcing organic cotton from farmers

    SAN FRANCISCO - Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co is now sourcing organic cotton directly from farmers in Pakistan as part of its membership of the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) initiative. Levi's is sourcing the cotton through Pakistan-based denim…
  • Wednesday, 01 February 2023

    Canada Goose launches recommerce platform

    TORONTO - Outdoor apparel brand Canada Goose has announced the launch of its recommerce platform, Canada Goose Generations, through which it aims to keep its products in use for longer. The company says that potential consumer interest in the…
  • Tuesday, 31 January 2023

    Aii backs innovators to decarbonise fashion Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) has today announced that its Climate Solutions Portfolio is open to applications, and will prioritise innovative materials and products, energy efficiency technologies and solutions that enable the…
  • Friday, 27 January 2023

    American Eagle joins US Cotton Trust Protocol Premium Article

    PITTSBURGH / MEMPHIS - Fashion retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has become a member of the US Cotton Trust Protocol in a bid to provide greater transparency of its sustainability progress. The company believes membership of the trust…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    Amer Sports partners with Sourcemap Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Amer Sports, which owns brands including Arc’teryx, Salomon and Wilson, has linked up with traceability solutions provider Sourcemap to verify the company's entire chain of custody from raw material to finished product. Amer Sports will…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    Ralph Lauren cashmere recycling programme Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Fashion brand Ralph Lauren has launched a cashmere recycling programme in North America and Europe. Customers can request a printable, paid postage label from the Ralph Lauren website to send unwanted, 100 per cent cashmere items from any…
  • Thursday, 26 January 2023

    UAL continues student circularity push Premium Article

    LONDON – University of the Arts London, home to the London College of Fashion, has introduced Re-Use units to its campuses as it seeks to instil in students a focus on circularity. The facilities have been designed so that students can easily…
  • Wednesday, 25 January 2023

    Fashion brand Jigsaw launches repair service Premium Article

    BRIGHTON – British fashion brand Jigsaw has launched a new in-house repair service which will be free to customers for up to year from a purchase. It’s the latest circular initiative to complement the company’s ‘Jigsaw Forever’ sustainable fashion…
  • Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Middle Eastern retailer partners with Reflaunt Premium Article

    DUBAI – Middle Eastern fashion retailer Level Shoes has partnered with circular solutions provider Reflaunt to get a foothold of the secondhand fashion market with its own takeback and resale service. The Dubai-based business, of the Chalhoub Group,…
  • Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Inditex funds Spanish charity with €8.5 million Premium Article

    ARTEIXO – Spanish fashion conglomerate Inditex has extended its long-standing partnership with native charity Caritas by committing €8.5 million (US$9.2m) to support its various work streams. The sum will be deployed over the coming three years, and…
  • Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Lucy & Yak launches takeback initiative Premium Article

    BRIGHTON – British fashion brand Lucy & Yak has launched a new takeback initiative through which customers can return unwanted items in exchange for discounts redeemable against future purchases. It is the latest in a string of sustainability…
  • Tuesday, 24 January 2023

    Mango launches first circular denim range Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has launched its first denim collection designed with circularity criteria. The range, which features women’s jackets, trousers and jumpsuits, is made entirely from cotton to improve its recyclability and…
  • Monday, 23 January 2023

    Kidswear brand launches donations service Premium Article

    LONDON – Childrenswear brand Britannical London has launched a new donations service through which customers are incentivised to offload unwanted coats with the promise of discounts. The Re:Coat initiative is deemed complementary to the British…
  • Monday, 23 January 2023

    Fresh funding for clothing care and repair firm Premium Article

    LONDON – Fashion care and repair specialist Clothes Doctor has secured a £1 million investment, which will be used to make new hires as it scales its operations. The burgeoning British business offers a range of ‘sustainable’ laundry products, in…
  • Thursday, 19 January 2023

    Vegan footwear start-up secures funding Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Canadian footwear start-up Grounded People, which uses only recycled, vegan materials in its products, has secured CAN$2.5 million in funding from Vancouver’s Right Season Investments Corporation. The shoe brand, launched in late 2021,…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    Vivienne Westwood Foundation launches Premium Article

    LONDON – The Vivienne Westwood Foundation has launched in memory of the late fashion designer. The initiative will continue Westwood’s activism with four overarching aims: to halt climate change, stop war, defend human rights and protest capitalism.…
  • Wednesday, 18 January 2023

    J.Crew teams up with ThredUp Premium Article

    NEW YORK – US fashion retailer J.Crew has launched a resale platform in partnership with secondhand specialists ThredUp. J.Crew is leveraging ThredUp’s resale-as-a-service (RaaS) proprietary platform for its Clean Out programme to enable its…
  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    Fashion firm Hera partners with The Salvation Army Premium Article

    CHELTENHAM – British fashion brand Hera has launched an online clothing donation service in partnership with The Salvation Army. Donations will be managed by The Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL), an arm of the charity which promotes the reuse…
  • Tuesday, 17 January 2023

    Hugo Boss polo integrates AeoniQ yarn Premium Article

    ZURICH – Luxury fashion giant Hugo Boss has launched its first product made using HeiQ’s innovative AeoniQ yarn. Introduced around a year ago, AeoniQ is described as a new class of cellulosic biopolymer-based filament and has been tipped to one day…
  • Monday, 16 January 2023

    Adidas targeted by fake press release stunt Premium Article

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear giant Adidas was the victim of a hoax today with the release of a fake press release claiming the company had appointed a Cambodian former garment worker and trade union leader as its co-CEO. Various international media…
  • Monday, 16 January 2023

    Inditex, Mango back Spain’s circularity push Premium Article

    MADRID – Leading fashion firms have united to launch the Association for Textile Waste Management in Spain. Decathlon, H&M, Mango, Inditex, IKEA, Kiabi and Tendam are founding members of the association, which has been established in anticipation of…
  • Friday, 13 January 2023

    Textiles industry 'neglects E and S of ESG' Premium Article

    LONDON - The shareholder meetings of retailers in the textile industry are too focused on governance, to the exclusion of environmental and social proposals, according to a new study by the Planet Tracker financial think tank. Researchers examined…
  • Wednesday, 11 January 2023

    Sellier acquires fellow resale firm Premium Article

    LONDON – Britain’s Sellier Knightsbridge has acquired fellow luxury resale specialist Worn in a bid to become the country’s leader in the field. The agreement will see Worn’s network of buyers and sellers onboarded to Sellier’s similar site, which…
  • Tuesday, 10 January 2023

    Refined Brands adds Turtle Doves to portfolio Premium Article

    SHREWSBURY - Ethical fashion group Refined Brands, which owns Celtic & Co and Frugi, has acquired Shropshire brand Turtle Doves, which specialises in recycled cashmere. Turtle Doves was founded in 2009 by Kate and Graham Holbrook, and uses…
  • Thursday, 05 January 2023

    Fashion brands 'among least trustworthy' Premium Article

    SALFORD - The majority of British consumers don't believe that companies' environmental claims are credible with fashion brands regarded as among the least trustworthy, according to a new survey. The poll of 1,682 adults across the UK by consultants…
  • Wednesday, 04 January 2023

    New owners take over Kings of Indigo Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Sustainable denim brand Kings of Indigo, which filed for bankruptcy in November, has been taken over by Kathrin and Sebastian Proft, the owners of three sustainable fashion companies in Germany and Austria. The entrepreneurial couple…
  • Tuesday, 03 January 2023

    Mango publishes Tier 3 supplier list Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has become the country’s first to publish a list of its Tier 3 suppliers. It means that the company was successful in achieving its goal of publishing supplier lists spanning tiers 1-3 in 2022. “This move is…
  • Friday, 23 December 2022

    Festive greetings – and a look back on 2022 Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – It's time to wish our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – and to reflect on some of the stories which stood out for us – and for you – over the last 12 months. It's been another challenging year in the fashion and textiles…
  • Friday, 23 December 2022

    Zara launches kids' Jeans Redesign collection Premium Article

    ARTEIXO – Inditex-owned fashion brand Zara has released a circular denim collection for babies and children under the principles of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign programme. Zara, which launched a Jeans Redesign collection for women…
  • Friday, 23 December 2022

    Copenhagen Fashion Week publishes targets update Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN – The team behind Copenhagen Fashion Week (CFW) has announced that it met 35 of the 37 targets set out in its 'Sustainability Action Plan 2020-2022'. Notably, the organisation says it’s made progress in phasing out single-use plastics,…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    eBay, BFC announce circular fashion fund winners Premium Article

    LONDON – Secondhand product marketplace eBay and the British Fashion Council have today announced the six winners of their first Circular Fashion Innovator's Fund. The winners, who share £100,000 (US$120,000), are: By Rotation, Circular Textiles…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    Kering award promotes circular solutions Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion conglomerate Kering has launched the third iteration of its Generation Award, which this time focuses on materials, designs and business models that promote a circular economy. Applicants will have their solutions scrutinised…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    Bestseller donations support causes across Asia Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish fashion company Bestseller and its charitable foundation have donated around DK5 million (US$715,000) to support vulnerable communities in key production countries. The money will be apportioned across Bangladesh, China, India,…
  • Wednesday, 21 December 2022

    First plus size brand links up with ThredUp Premium Article

    LOS ANGELES - US fashion company Torrid has become the first plus size brand to launch a resale platform in partnership with secondhand specialists ThredUp. Torrid is leveraging ThredUp’s resale-as-a-service (RaaS) proprietary platform for its Clean…
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022

    Inditex funds environmental restoration projects Premium Article

    ARTEIXO – Fashion conglomerate Inditex, which owns Zara, has announced the launch of a three-year partnership with environmental non-profit WWF, through which it will finance nine ecosystem restoration projects around the world. As much as €10…
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022

    Pangaia achieves B Corp certification Premium Article

    LONDON – Materials science brand Pangaia has become the latest fashion industry firm to secure B Corp certification. B Corporations, of which there are more than 6,000 globally, are subjected to rigorous assessments which measure efforts across five…
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022

    Recover’s recycled fibre adopted in new collection Premium Article

    IRVINE – US apparel retailer Tilly’s, and its brand partner RSQ, have announced a collaboration with Spanish textile innovator Recover to introduce a collection of garments comprising 20 per cent of the latter’s recycled cotton fibre. Recover’s…
  • Monday, 19 December 2022

    Versace owner publishes 2022 CSR report Premium Article

    LONDON - Capri Holdings, which owns Versace, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors, has published its 2022 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report which includes updates on progress toward its sustainability goals. The report builds on the company’s…
  • Friday, 16 December 2022

    TexAid develops circular tote-bag Premium Article

    SCHATTDORF – Circular solutions provider TexAid has developed a tote-bag from post-consumer textile and plastic waste. The product integrates technology company Circular.Fashion’s QR code-based circularity.ID solution, enabling consumers to scan it…
  • Thursday, 15 December 2022

    Crystal Denim adopts Browzwear design solution Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Crystal Denim, a subsidiary of the Crystal International Group, has announced a partnership with digital solutions provider Browzwear as it looks to leverage the latter’s VStitcher 3D design platform. Browzwear’s technologies are used by…
  • Thursday, 15 December 2022

    Bestseller bid to make 'leather' from leaves Premium Article

    BRANDE – Danish fashion company Bestseller has linked up with UK materials innovator Biophilica which is developing a compostable plastic-free leather alternative from leaves. Biophilica's 'Treekind' leather alternative is formulated with…
  • Tuesday, 13 December 2022

    E-commerce tech firm secures funding Premium Article

    SANTA BARBARA – Technology company Beni, which has developed a browser plug-in that enables users to compare secondhand fashion items, has today secured US$4 million in funding. Beni has developed a website extension that, when a consumer identifies…
  • Tuesday, 13 December 2022

    Mango launches new sustainability strategy Premium Article

    BARCELONA – Spanish fashion brand Mango has set itself ambitious new targets in a new report, Sustainable Vision 2030, which sets out a new road map for reducing its environmental and social impacts on "product, planet and people". On product, Mango…
  • Tuesday, 13 December 2022

    Gap awarded for helping supply chain workers Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Fashion brand and retailer Gap Inc has received US government recognition for its work to protect garment workers in its supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic. The US Department of State presented it with a 2022 Award for…
  • Tuesday, 13 December 2022

    H&M signs Sweden’s largest renewable power deal Premium Article

    HULTSFRED – Fashion giant H&M has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with renewable energy supplier Neoen and solar solutions developer Alight in what’s said to be the largest deal of its kind in Sweden. Construction of a solar park surrounding…
  • Tuesday, 13 December 2022

    Kering launches Climate Fund for Nature Premium Article

    PARIS – Luxury fashion company Kering has launched the Climate Fund for Nature, a project through which €300 million (US$316m) has been earmarked to protect and restore regions affected by climate change. The initiative was announced at the UN’s…
  • Monday, 12 December 2022

    SAC says brands could ultimately face expulsion Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) says its brand members could ultimately face expulsion from the organisation if they fail to set Science Based Targets (SBTs) from next year as required under its new Decarbonisation Programme. The…
  • Friday, 09 December 2022

    ASOS to launch sustainable London deliveries Premium Article

    LONDON - Online fashion retailer ASOS has linked up with startup delivery service Hived to launch sustainable same-day shipping in the Greater London area. Hived operates an electric fleet of vans, cars and bikes and offers same-day, next-day and…
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