Sourcing


  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at a podium.
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    DHS unveils ‘enhanced strategy’ to fight illicit trade in textile industry

    The plan includes cracking down on small shipments that fall under the de minimis exemption and benefit fast fashion giants such as Shein and Temu. 

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 11, 2024
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    Courtesy of Asia Floor Wage Alliance
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    11 years after Rana Plaza tragedy, fashion brands still failing to improve treatment of garment workers: report

    While fashion brands have disclosed more about their supply chain, advocacy group Fashion Revolution said the industry has not done much to clean it up.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 9, 2024
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    Apparel execs urge sourcing diversification amid geopolitical risks

    Executives at an American Apparel & Footwear Association event underscored the need to find alternative sourcing as U.S.-China relations continue to fray.

    By Ben Unglesbee • April 9, 2024
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    Fashion fails to keep ‘grandiose promises’ on sustainability, human rights: report

    Major brands haven’t improved their practices compared to last year, according to the 2024 Remake Fashion Accountability Report.

    By Lauren Schenkman • March 29, 2024
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    OTB Group acquires majority stake in luxury footwear manufacturer

    Italy-based Calzaturificio Stephen has been a strategic supplier for the company for more than 20 years and makes Maison Margiela’s popular Tabi shoes.

    By March 26, 2024
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    Retrieved from Renewcell on March 19, 2024
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    Renewcell extends deadline for purchase offers

    Potential buyers have until March 28 to submit bids following the textile waste recycling company’s bankruptcy filing last month.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Workers’ rights and environmental legislation endorsed by European Union

    The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive would require companies to take responsibility for detecting and remedying problems in their supply chains.

    By Lauren Schenkman • March 15, 2024
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    American Eagle ‘refocused’ logistics arm amid third-party business woes

    The retailer faced $98.3 million in impairment and restructuring charges from Quiet Platforms in Q4 as it adjusted to reduced e-commerce fulfillment demand.

    By Max Garland • March 12, 2024
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    Courtesy of Diesel Loves Lee
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    Diesel and Lee collaborate on recycled denim capsule

    The four-piece collection launched globally last week and features jeans made from unsold fabric sourced from both brands’ stock.

    By March 11, 2024
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    H&M launches its H2 Exchange circular fashion initiative

    The program, created in partnership with designer Heron Preston, seeks to bring sustainable clothing concepts to a younger, wider audience.

    By Howard Ruben • March 8, 2024
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    Birkenstock’s expanding production capacity lifts sales as it eyes more growth ahead

    The footwear brand plans to double capacity in the next three years, spending tens of millions of dollars along the way. 

    By Ben Unglesbee • March 7, 2024
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    The Council of the EU and European Parliament reach deal on forced labor product ban

     The provisional agreement includes clarity on assessing potential violations.

    By March 6, 2024
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    Courtesy of Athleta
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    Gap Inc. will begin using regenerated polyester in Athleta apparel

    Cycora, a material from textile science manufacturer Ambercycle, is expected to show up in the athleticwear brand's clothing beginning in 2026.

    By March 6, 2024
  • A person is seen sewing a stuffed doll outdoors, next to buckets of fabric. A dog is with them.
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    Prada expands fashion training program in partnership with UN

    The initiative is designed to help women increase their embroidering and weaving skills while promoting empowerment and sexual and reproductive health, per the company.

    By March 5, 2024
  • Nully, a women's clothing rental brand from Urban Outfitters, opened a 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Missouri.
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    URBN opens second fulfillment center for its rental brand

    Nuuly plans to invest $60 million into its 600,000-square-foot facility in Missouri in the coming years.

    By Alejandra Salgado • March 5, 2024
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    J.Crew launches swimwear takeback program

    The recycling initiative, in partnership with SuperCircle, will give consumers shopping credit in exchange for used bathing suits from any brand.

    By Howard Ruben • March 4, 2024
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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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    Courtesy of Renewcell
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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