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  • UN to launch Alliance on Sustainable Fashion next year
    The United Nations (UN) is preparing to launch the UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion in March next year, in a bid to create an industry-wide push for action to reduce fashion's negative social, economic and environmental impacts - and turn it into a driver for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more »
  • New Balance and Vetta praised by Fair Labor Association
    The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has re-accredited New Balance's social compliance programme, and added fashion startup Vetta Brands to its network of accredited companies, in a move that confirms both companies have policies and practices in place to monitor and remediate labour abuses in their global supply chains. Read more »
  • Asos harnesses machine learning to tackle fit
    UK-based online fashion retailer Asos has launched a new Fit Assistant tool which uses machine learning to provide sizing recommendations for customers based on previous purchases and returns. Read more »
  • Bonmarche pins hopes on holiday trading season
    Bonmarché is pinning its hopes on the key Black Friday through to Christmas trading period as the UK value women's wear retailer maintained its full-year guidance despite a drop in profit and flat sales in its first-half.. Read more »
  • Forever 21 under fire over wool cruelty claims
    Forever 21 has come under fire from animal rights group PETA over a video exposé that shows sheep being mistreated on farms in Australia that reportedly supply to the US teen apparel retailer. Read more »
  • Applied DNA moves forward on leather traceability system
    Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) has strengthened its collaboration with Eurofins BLC Leather Technology Center to support the commercial implementation of its SigNature T-based leather traceability system. Read more »
  • Delta Galil sees bright outlook on strong Q3 sales
    Israeli apparel major Delta Galil Industries has raised its full-year outlook, following a strong third-quarter in which successful US launches for Costco and new kids businesses helped drive a 9% increase in sales. Read more »
  • Rue21 names Appel CEO in another leadership shuffle
    Fast fashion retailer Rue21 has again reshuffled its leadership team in a move that sees the company's chairman, Michael Appel, named CEO as Van Brunt departs after just five months. Read more »
  • Product Category Rules created for the apparel sector
    Key Product Category Rules (PCR) that allow the environmental performance of natural fibre fabrics to be assessed have now been published in the International EPD System - giving apparel producers a "common language" to understand the value of sustainable products. Read more »
  • Can athleisure tackle the problem of fast fashion?
    The athleisure segment has several attributes that position it well to tackle the issue of 'fast fashion', an audience at last week's Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) conference was told. Read more »
  • India cotton irrigation programme showing results
    A cotton programme in India that enables the use of micro-irrigation technology via a community funding mechanism has been found to save farmers significant labour, money and water, a new report has found. Read more »
  • US industry voices concerns over TPLs in new USMCA
    A hearing on the potential impact of the new US-Mexico Canada Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has heard representatives from the US apparel and textile industries voice concerns regarding tariff preference levels (TPLs), with both sides arguing they will make trading more difficult. Read more »
  • Adidas, M&S lead human rights benchmark, despite "concerning" overall picture
    While most companies scored poorly on a new human rights benchmark, German sporting goods Adidas and UK retailer Marks and Spencer have once again topped the list.  Read more »
  • Fashion-Enter buys Gloria Fashions in UK production boost
    Two leading British fashion manufacturers are teaming up to offer more on-shore production, with social enterprise Fashion-Enter taking over British tailoring firm Gloria Fashions. Read more »
  • WTO members adopt roadmap to reduce trade barriers
    World Trade Organization (WTO) members have adopted a new roadmap for reducing technical barriers to trade, having agreed on almost 30 recommendations they say will improve the way members deal with standards, regulations and trade. Read more »
  • Workshop to tackle child and forced labour in cotton industry
    Stakeholders from across the cotton industry will tomorrow (20 November) convene in Brussels to discuss ways to tackle the issue of child and forced labour in cotton production. Read more »
  • JCrew CEO James Brett in sudden departure
    J Crew Group has announced the sudden departure of CEO, James Brett, after less than 18 months in the post - a move described by one analyst as "worrying" as it leaves the US fashion retailer leaderless at a time when it desperately needs a focused effort to rebuild sales and reconnect with consumers. Read more »
  • Uncertainty for UK fashion and retail amid Brexit turmoil
    The UK's fashion, textile and retail sectors have voiced concern over the continuing Brexit uncertainty following the signing of a draft withdrawal agreement between Britain and the European Union (EU). Read more »
  • Countdown to WFSGI World Manufacturers Forum in Vietnam
    With just three weeks to go before this year's World Manufacturers Forum (WMF), organisers have released further details of the exciting lineup of speakers who will be discussing 'Manufacturing 4.0: Steps towards a future vision.' Read more »
  • US Q3 in brief - Urban Outfitters, L Brands, Walmart
    In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Columbia Sportswear has lifted its full-year guidance on the back of a record third-quarter, denim major Levi Strauss & Co has booked its fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth, while casual footwear brand Skechers USA has posted record sales. Read more »