Fashion & Retail News

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019

    H&M, Target back CircularID tool

    NEW YORK – The development of a new industry tool which could greatly improve transparency and communication throughout fashion supply chains has been backed by H&M, Target, PVH Corp, Microsoft and an array of sustainable fashion organisations ahead…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2019

    Inditex sets out environmental strategy

    LA CORUÑA – At its AGM today in Spain, Inditex says that by 2025, 100 per cent of the cotton, linen and polyester used by its eight clothing brands will be made from either organic, ‘sustainable’ or recycled fibres. It also revealed that its ‘Join…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2019

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation to “transform” jeans

    NEW YORK – New guidelines published today by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have united leading apparel brands and recyclers around the world in a mission statement to transform the way in which jeans are produced. The Jeans Redesign Guidelines…
  • Friday, 12 July 2019

    River Island re-calls clothing due to heavy metals

    LONDON – UK high street fashion retailer River Island is re-calling five items of clothing which have been found to contain traces of cadmium and lead in excess of legally permitted levels within the EU. Two variations of a check pattern dress, a…
  • Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    Unmade receives new funding

    LONDON – Fashion software company Unmade is set to receive a new funding round of £4.75M, with venture capitalist Octopus Ventures as lead investor and additional support coming from MMC Ventures, Felix Capital and existing backers. The financing is…
  • Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    Regulation can lift barriers to fashion circularity

    COPENHAGEN – Fashion brands need to speed up moves towards circularity according to a new report published today by Global Fashion Agenda, which shows only modest progress towards a set of ambitious targets by 90 brands and retailers who signed up…
  • Monday, 08 July 2019

    Newlife joins Sustainable Clothing Action Plan

    LONDON – Textile recycling enterprise Newlife has joined the UK government-backed Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), as part of its goal to help over 200 high street fashion brands meet their environmental and corporate social responsibility…
  • Friday, 05 July 2019

    NGO links explosion to low cost fashion drive

    BEIJING – Ma Jun, Environmentalist & Director of the Beijing-based Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), says he was ‘shocked’ to find some chemical giants don’t even know the names of their textile intermediate suppliers and points to…
  • Friday, 05 July 2019

    Brands lack consumer trust amidst AI shift, report says

    LONDON – A new report which looks at consumer appetite for digital technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) in the fashion industry has highlighted that despite the fact brands continue to ramp up their efforts to integrate such solutions –…
  • Thursday, 04 July 2019

    Financiers urge brands to reveal climate impacts

    LONDON – “Companies may say they already disclose their environmental impact in sustainability reports – that is not enough on its own,” says Emily Kreps, global director of investor initiatives at not-for-profit CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure…
  • Thursday, 04 July 2019

    Brands to reveal cases of supply chain malpractice

    AMSTERDAM – 50 brand signatories of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile will today make information relating to any internal malpractices in their supply chains, and how they deal with them, public due to a clause in the…
  • Wednesday, 03 July 2019

    Second-hand retailer’s IPO raises £236 million

    SAN FRANCISCO – Online second-hand luxury retailer RealReal’s initial public offering saw the company raise US$300 million (£236 million) in net proceeds, giving it market capitalisation of US$2.32 billion and demonstrating the ever-increasing…
  • Wednesday, 03 July 2019

    Inditex and H&M boost for ZDHC

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC has been significantly strengthened with the news that the world’s two largest apparel retailers: Inditex and H&M have backed the NGO in the run up to the publication of its first impact report later this year and the closure of…
  • Tuesday, 02 July 2019

    Swedish Fashion Council cancels Stockholm Fashion Week

    STOCKHOLM – The annual Stockholm Fashion Week has been cancelled by the Swedish Fashion Council just one month before it was scheduled to take place, with ‘sustainability’ being cited as the cause. “Stepping away from the conventional fashion week…
  • Monday, 01 July 2019

    Puma outlines SBTi-approved climate targets

    HERZOGENAURACH – Sportswear brand Puma has announced ambitions to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 35 per cent by 2030, a target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Specifically, the company has vowed to reduce its…
  • Friday, 28 June 2019

    Mud Jeans: Cash boost means ‘100% circularity’ by 2020

    AMSTERDAM — Dutch denim brand Mud Jeans has announced that a joint investment totalling €1 million will be made in its operations to support the production of jeans made from “100 per cent old jeans” by 2020. The capital, provided by DOEN…
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2019

    Burberry hot on new climate goals

    LONDON – British fashion house Burberry has built on its existing 2022 sustainability commitments with the announcement of two new ambitious climate goals, approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The new commitments relate to…
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2019

    Prada uses Econyl to fight ocean plastics in luxury range

    MILAN — Luxury fashion brand Prada has launched a new capsule collection which will be made using Aquafil’s Econyl regenerated nylon fibre. Prada says its Re-Nylon range is a “bold move” and the first step towards converting all of its virgin nylon…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2019

    C&A outlines “most sustainable retail fashion brand” ambition

    VILVOORDE – Fashion conglomerate C&A has released its 2018 Global Sustainability Report in which it stated its ambition to be recognised as the most sustainable retail fashion brand in the world by 2020 after making notable progress with relation to…
  • Thursday, 20 June 2019

    Fashion for Good seeks sustainable innovation in Asia

    AMSTERDAM — Fashion for Good has confirmed the launch of a dedicated regional innovation programme, offering it the opportunity to expand its operations into South Asia and attract applicants from a new pool of innovators.
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019

    Crystal gives fabric waste a second life

    HONG KONG – Crystal Group, the Asian clothing giant, has teamed up with US technology firm PurFi to launch a fabric waste upcycling pilot at its garment factories in Sri Lanka. The new project is expected to convert hundreds of tonnes of garment…
  • Monday, 17 June 2019

    H&M called out on “illegal” sustainability marketing

    OSLO – The Norwegian Consumer Authority (CA), an independent administrative body which works to influence trading decisions across an array of markets, has lambasted what it calls “illegal marketing” from H&M in the promotion of its Conscious…
  • Monday, 17 June 2019

    Digitalisation and AI to boost sustainable fashion?

    GLASGOW — New research undertaken at the University of Glasgow has examined the role digitalisation can play in changing how consumers respond to, manage and maintain their clothes. Its findings offer up evidence that supports some anecdotal…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    Recycled T-shirt range uses AI to avoid textile waste

    FRESHWATER — British apparel manufacturer Teemill has launched a new range of organic cotton T-shirts which the company intends to take back an indefinite number of times. The firm offers online shoppers made-to-order printed clothing which means no…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    Asics supports climate task force

     KOBE – Sports performance brand Asics has become the first sporting goods manufacturer to support the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which will see it disclose information of business risks…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2019

    Ralph Lauren announces new sustainability goals

    NEW YORK – Luxury fashion retailer Ralph Lauren has revealed ‘Design the Change’, a new set of global citizenship and sustainability strategy and goals which it hopes will “bring clarity and focus to how Ralph Lauren will deliver the change required…
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019

    Inditex forms Sustainability Committee amid record sales

    ARTEIXO – After Spanish retailer Inditex announced record Q1 sales of €5.93 billion, the company says it will now form a Sustainability Committee within its Board of Directors that will oversee strategies and policies, supervise efforts to monitor…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019

    Fashion Revolution launches online course

    ASHBOURNE – NGO Fashion Revolution has announced the launch of a free online course aimed at those wishing to learn more about topics such as the fashion industry’s impact on people and planet, what the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    Fibershed publishes sustainable fashion guide

    SAN GERONIMO — Sustainable fashion non-profit Fibershed has published a new guide to help consumers make informed decisions when purchasing or caring for apparel. The organisation says its new publication offers “simple guidelines” which provide…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    Louis Vuitton, Dior get blockchain makeover

    NEW YORK CITY – Blockchain software technology company Consensys has announced a new partnership with French luxury goods corporation LMVH and multinational technology corporation Microsoft, which will see its technology used to verify the…
  • Monday, 10 June 2019

    Fashion for Good launches new shop theme

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has launched a new theme in its Good Shop: Colour. It says it will explore the alternative methods to colouring textiles and footwear, showcasing six brands and designers challenging current dyeing and colouring…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2019

    College announces 'sustainable' fashion programme

    LONDON – Central Saint Martins (CSM) – a constituent college of the University of the Arts London – has announced the launch of a 'sustainable' fashion programme, taught by architect Nancy Diniz. It will be focused on biodesign and creating fashion…
  • Thursday, 06 June 2019

    EOCA welcomes eight new members

    KANTON ZUG – The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has announced the addition of seven new members and a new trade partner, adding to the growing list of over 130 companies under the NGO’s banner. Sunday Afternoons, World of Camping,…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2019

    Kering platform seeks fashion transparency and innovation

    PARIS — Kering Group, the company behind luxury fashion brands such as. Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, has launched a new digital platform to boost interaction with its Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) account. Kering has also…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2019

    M&S’ Mike Barry announces resignation

    LONDON – Marks and Spencer’s director of sustainable business Mike Barry has announced that he will resign from his role on June 30 after 19 years with the British multinational. Barry has played an instrumental role in the company’s 180-point Plan…
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

    Tchibo scales up ocean plastics in sportswear

    HAMBURG – German retailer Tchibo has launched its latest collection of sportswear, which it says utilises the ‘ocean plastic’ of PET bottles & textile waste, with the end goal of “more recycling, less resource consumption.” This is the second Tchibo…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    Everlane partners with bluesign

    SAN FRANCISCO – US clothing retailer Everlane, which is known for its efforts to build a transparent business, has today become a bluesign system partner, saying the move builds upon its “transparent values and puts sustainability front and centre…
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

    Ted Baker among circular business inductees

    LONDON – The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and circular business consultancy firm QSA Partners have forged relationships with Ted Baker, outdoor brand FW and fashion technology platform Farfetch, in a pilot-scale effort to introduce new…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    ‘Sustainable’ shopping centre opens in Belgium

    BRUSSELS – In the heart of Belgium’s capital, Yuman claims to be the country's first ‘sustainable’ shopping centre, showcasing brands which focus on developing a circular economy. Companies involved in the initiative include Tale Me, which offers…
  • 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…
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