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  • New US bill extends counterfeit protection to design patents
    New legislation aimed at curbing a surge in counterfeit footwear shipped into the US has been welcomed by footwear retailers and importers. Read more »
  • J.Jill names Scully interim CEO as Heasley departs
    US women's apparel retailer J.Jill Inc has named board member James Scully as interim CEO, succeeding Linda Heasley who has stepped down from the role. Read more »
  • British Fashion Council honours fashion charter brands
    Adidas, Burberry, and Gap Inc are among the founding signatories of the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action that have been honoured at The British Fashion Council's 2019 Fashion Awards for their leadership in addressing climate change. Read more »
  • Cone Denim expands Jeanologia technology lineup
    US-based Cone Denim is expanding its capabilities with the installation of new Jeanologia finishing technology to boost its production of sustainable and eco-responsible denim. Read more »
  • Top stories this week on just-style...
    Top stories this week on just-style see the Chinese government increase efforts to boost investment in the textile industries of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries, a new five-year plan from Guess that includes moving production out of China to mitigate China tariffs, and J.Crew has agreed terms for the spinoff and initial public offering (IPO) of its Madewell brand.  Read more »
  • SMART Textile & Garments project begins in Myanmar
    The EU funded SMART Myanmar project is moving into its third phase under the new name SMART Textiles & Garments, and will be supported by international retailers including H&M, Bestseller and C&A looking to boost performance within their Myanmar supply chains. Read more »
  • VF Corp eyes 30% in supply chain carbon emissions by 2030
    Apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has set new targets to slash its carbon emissions over the next decade, including a 30% absolute reduction of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions focusing on farm-to-retail materials, sourcing operations and logistics. Read more »
  • Joules H1 sales fail to sparkle
    Sales at British lifestyle brand Joules have left industry watchers unsatisfied, edging up 1.3% during the first half of the year to GBP111.6m (US$146.5m) on the back of what the company says was a "disciplined approach to promotional activity." Read more »
  • Kingpins lists top 10 sustainable products for s/s 2021
    Denim trade show Kingpins has revealed the second instalment of its 'Most Sustainable Products' (MSP) list, with the top ten items for the spring/summer 2021 season including a collection of hemp-blend denim fabrics and a new platform to help identify options for biodegradable/compostable ingredients. Read more »
  • US delay on China trade deal "concerning" for apparel
    Concerns are growing in the US apparel industry that Donald Trump is looking to delay a potential trade deal with China until after the 2020 presidential election. Read more »
  • Kering in talks to buy Moncler?
    French luxury goods group Kering, owner of the Gucci brand, is reportedly in talks to acquire Italian skiwear maker Moncler. Read more »
  • Teijin Frontier develops tear-resistant sportswear fabric
    Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting business of Japanese conglomerate Teijin Group, has launched a lightweight, tear and abrasion-resistant, flat-surfaced fabric that it says is ideal for sports and outdoor wear. Read more »
  • Vibram ends FiveFingers retail partnership with Amazon
    US-based high-performance footwear sole producer Vibram will no longer sell its FiveFingers articulated toe shoes directly to Amazon USA, weeks after Nike announced it was pulling its products from the e-commerce giant. Read more »
  • Guess five-year plan sees changes to China sourcing
    US fashion retailer Guess Inc has set out a strategic five-year plan designed to grow the business and boost profitability as it eyes an additional US$250m in sales by fiscal 2025 - with operating margin gains helped by vendor consolidation and a move away from China sourcing. Read more »
  • More store closures planned as Quiz H1 profits dive
    First-half profits at UK fast-fashion retailer Quiz have taken a dive, prompting the company to announce it is planning to shut more stores. Read more »
  • Bangladesh court rejects Nirapon bid to overturn ban
    Bangladesh's Supreme Court has reportedly rejected an appeal to overturn a ban on the inspection and training activities of Nirapon, the country's newest safety monitoring initiative, which it imposed last month. Read more »
  • Conscious Fashion Campaign aims to bridge SDGs gap
    An initiative to help fashion firms better understand the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to integrate them into their business models has been launched following a one-year pilot phase. Read more »
  • Reebok reveals first plant-based performance running shoe
    Global fitness brand Reebok has unveiled its first plant-based performance running shoe, made with materials derived from castor beans, algae, eucalyptus trees and natural rubber. Read more »
  • US Q3 in brief - J.Jill Inc, Dollar General, Express
    In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Express has reported a net loss of US$3.1m, while J.Crew Group has announced an agreement on the terms of a transaction that will enable it to separate its J.Crew and Madewell brands into two independent companies and pursue a proposed IPO of Madewell. Elsewhere, PVH Corp and Ross Stores have upped their full-year guidance on a better than expected third-quarter, while Gap Inc interim CEO Robert Fisher said the company is not pleased with its third-quarter results.  Read more »
  • M&S adds viscose to interactive supplier map
    Retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has added man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF) to the list of raw materials that appears on its interactive supplier map. Read more »