Sourcing


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    Sustainable Apparel Coalition rebrands as Cascale

    The move follows the December exit of CEO Amina Razvi and the organization’s step back from the Higg Materials Sustainability Index.

    By Feb. 27, 2024
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    Textile recycler Renewcell to file for bankruptcy

    The Circulose fiber manufacturer was unable to secure financing following several quarters of declining sales.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    Coty signs licensing deal with Etro

    Under the partnership, the fragrance company will develop, produce and distribute perfumes and home scents for the luxury fashion house.

    By Feb. 23, 2024
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    Lululemon advances circular fashion with recycled nylon product

    The activewear brand partnered with Samsara Eco to introduce an enzymatically recycled nylon 6,6 product in what the companies say is a milestone in textile recycling.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Feb. 23, 2024
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    Intimiti Australia launches compostable polyester fiber

    The new product, called Celys, is made from recycled polyester and is 95% compostable and biodegradable in 179 days.

    By Howard Ruben • Feb. 22, 2024
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    Filson to launch womenswear line

    The Seattle-based heritage outerwear brand expects to begin selling the collection in the U.S. this August, with a global rollout to follow.

    By Updated Feb. 1, 2024
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    Retailers have finally tamed their inventories: report

    Sales growth outpaced inventory in the third quarter for the first time since the pandemic began, according to Telsey Advisory Group analysts.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Textile tech brand Repreve introduces yarn made from plastic bottles

    The fiber, called Recomfort, is designed to to be pill-resistant and feel like traditional cotton, acrylic and rayon.

    By Howard Ruben • Jan. 25, 2024
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    True Religion announces footwear license deal

    Launching in the fall, the new collection in partnership with Orly Corporation will feature men’s, women’s and kids’ shoes.

    By Jan. 24, 2024
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    7 fashion industry trends to watch in 2024

    The coming year will bring fast fashion battles, more mergers and acquisitions, an evolution of luxury and a presidential election, and that’s just for starters.

    By Laurel Deppen and Lara Ewen • Jan. 12, 2024
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    Biomaterials firm backed by Kering raises 11 million euros

    Mogu Srl has completed Series A funding and plans to launch a demo production plant, expand its team and increase its research and development efforts.

    By Jan. 9, 2024
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    Biden administration extends China tariff exclusions — again

    The exemptions spare hundreds of import categories from added duties started under the Trump administration.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Jan. 4, 2024
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    US lawmakers support Bangladesh garment workers’ demand for fair wages

    A group of congresspeople called on the American Apparel & Footwear Association to commit to long-term sourcing relationships and increased purchasing prices.

    By Dec. 22, 2023
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    Holiday shelves unaffected by Suez Canal attacks, but retailers anticipate disruptions in the new year

    Retail industry groups are monitoring the situation, which is adding time and costs to the supply chain as shippers seek alternative routes.

    By Daphne Howland • Dec. 22, 2023
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    Renewcell secures $9.8M in short-term funding

    The new capital comes after the textile recycling firm reported underperforming Q3 sales.

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    Nearshoring apparel: Inside DXL’s pivot to Central America

    The clothing maker is one of many eyeing the region, but economic and policy barriers could stand in the way of greater investment.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Dec. 15, 2023
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    Puma expands its textile-to-textile polyester recycling program

    The company said its Re:Fibre technology would be used to create most of its club and federation replica jerseys in 2024.

    By Howard Ruben • Dec. 11, 2023
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    Gucci staff in Rome strike to protest relocation plans

    The move would shift the Kering-owned house’s design studio from Rome to Milan and affect a reported 153 out of 219 employees.

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    Adore Me launches sustainability accelerator

    The Victoria's Secret-owned lingerie brand is working with four startups on technology to lessen the impact of manufacturing processes.

    By Dani James • Nov. 22, 2023
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    Garments burned for fuel in Cambodia factories causing health and environmental issues

    Waste from 19 companies including Adidas, Gap and Lululemon has been identified by the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights.

    By Nov. 21, 2023
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    Cotton traceability program may help fashion and textile brands track sourcing

    Nonprofit initiative Better Cotton believes its new platform, once completed, will improve transparency within cotton supply chains.

    By Howard Ruben • Nov. 13, 2023
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    Bangladesh government approves minimum wage boost for garment workers: report

    Garment workers protested for a higher minimum wage last week, when the country’s government missed its original decision deadline.

    By Updated Nov. 8, 2023
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    Bangladesh stalls decision on garment workers’ minimum wage

    As protests turned deadly, a government board tasked with setting wages for garment workers agreed to reduce the number of pay grades, but did not meet its Nov. 1 deadline.

    By Lauren Schenkman • Nov. 3, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    New regulations seek to expose fashion greenwashers’ true colors

    In Europe, governments plan to prohibit fashion companies and other industries from making vague or misleading environmental claims, and the U.S. could soon do the same.

    By Lauren Schenkman • Nov. 1, 2023
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    Biomaterials startup lands $3.3M in funding to boost production of its leather alternative

    Gozen, which recently debuted its material with Balenciaga, is seeking to scale its production with a new facility.

    By Oct. 26, 2023