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  • just-style takes an Easter break
    The just-style offices are now closed for the Easter weekend - so there will be no site updates or email newsletters until Tuesday 23 April. Read more »
  • Dutch sustainable garment group "making too little progress"
    Despite claims by the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles (AGT) that its member companies are "well on the way to meeting sustainability targets," two worker rights groups say the initiative is making too little progress on its goal of supply chain transparency. Read more »
  • EU threatens new US tariffs in ongoing subsidy row
    The European Commission has identified US$20bn worth of US imports on which it could impose additional tariffs in a tit-for-tat reaction to proposed measures outlined by Washington earlier this month - but while handbags and cotton are listed, other textiles and clothing are not. Read more »
  • Isko joins Textile Exchange to expand sustainability goals
    Turkish denim manufacturer Isko has become a member of Textile Exchange, joining the not-for-profit's mission to develop more sustainable ways of textile production. Read more »
  • Adidas develops first fully recyclable performance footwear
    Adidas has launched a 100% recyclable performance running shoe called the Futurecraft.Loop, which is made without glue and from materials that can be broken down and reused to create a brand new running shoe. Read more »
  • Walmart pegs supplier finance to sustainability ratings
    Retail giant Walmart is teaming up with international bank HSBC to rollout a sustainable supply chain finance programme that pegs a supplier's financing rate to its sustainability performance. Read more »
  • H&M invests in Finnish sustainable fibre producer
    A company that produces sustainable textile fibres made from waste materials has raised EUR3.7m (US$4.2m) in funding from investors, including global fashion retailer H&M, to scale up production at its plant in Finland. Read more »
  • Rip Curl turns to cloud-based PLM platform for global collaboration
    Surfing sportswear company Rip Curl will replace its legacy PLM system with a single collaborative platform to connect its global network and speed time to market. Read more »
  • Performance apparel market to get first spider silk fabrics
    US fabric maker Polartec is building on its partnership with Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the developer of spider silk-based fibres, to bring the first materials made from recombinant spider silk to the performance apparel market. Read more »
  • Top stories this week on just-style...
    Top stories on just-style this week include a look at how clothing manufacturers in El Salvador are seeking to solidify their focus on underwear exports, a new report has called for bold policies to foster the move to a circular fashion economy, HanesBrands has confirmed it is to close its sock manufacturing plant in Mount Airy, North Carolina, and Berghaus is making a major investment in its product and innovation team to boost speed to market.  Read more »
  • Pratt Institute to close fashion and design accelerator
    New York City-based higher education provider the Pratt Institute is to cease operations of its sustainability and technology in apparel research program the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. Read more »
  • Vintage Cone Denim X3 selvage looms to re-start production
    US textile major Cone Denim has inked a deal to bring the vintage American Draper X3 selvage looms from its historic White Oak plant back into production.  Read more »
  • How Wrangler is raising the bar on sustainable denim
    US-based jeans brand Wrangler is making a major move to tackle sustainability with a new Made-in-USA denim collection that supports five US cotton-growing states - and takes the brand towards 100% sustainable cotton adoption by 2025. Read more »
  • Second Bangladesh Fashionology Summit to focus on digitalisation
    The future direction of the country's ready-made garment sector amid rapidly changing supply chain practices will be the focus of the second Bangladesh Fashionology summit taking place next month. Read more »
  • Thrakika quality drive sees ginned cotton levels fall in 2018
    Greek cotton ginning mill Thrakika says a recent drive to increase production of higher quality cotton has led to a dip in output during 2018. Read more »
  • FibreMark fashion traceability tool bags US patent
    London-based FibreMark Solutions, which specialises in the development of supply chain traceability solutions for the textile industry, has obtained a US Patent for its Fibretrace Technology. Read more »
  • Concern as Cambodia collective bargaining talks stall
    Cambodian unions have written to global clothing firms Gap, Puma, Nike, Adidas, Uniqlo, Levi Strauss and VF Corp urging them to sign up to the ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation) living wage initiative and collectively link their international purchasing practices to the development of national industry-wide collective agreements. Read more »
  • Berghaus doubles size of product and innovation team
    Berghaus, part of the Pentland Brands group of companies, has announced a major investment in its product and innovation team in order to support the brand's long-term growth strategy and boost speed to market.  Read more »
  • US brands and importers back Mongolia trade bill
    A new bill that would allow duty-free imports of products made in Mongolia using Mongolian cashmere was introduced in both the US House and the Senate last week - and has garnered support from apparel brands and importers. Read more »
  • re:source now tracks monthly apparel unit value trends
    We've now reached one of the most exciting points in the development of the re:source by just-style strategic sourcing tool, with the launch of our direct source trade data - giving users access to the most up-to-date trade and unit value data available anywhere. Read more »