Start-Up Brands Need to Know their Niche

Fledgling fashion brands need to have a firm grasp of what they’re about before they seek sourcing advice or financial backing. Declaring a desire to be the next Azzedine Alaia or Yves Saint Laurent … Read More

Rana Plaza Survivors Still Face Difficult Times

A new study conducted by ActionAid, an international non-governmental organization, revealed that Rana Plaza survivors still struggle with physical and mental problems as well as financial … Read More

The Week In Fabric

From beading to brocade, capsule collections to collaborative debuts, 'The Week In Fabric' gives back the must-know textiles and fashion information for the week just gone. It's your official guide to … Read More

The Zara Gap: Value & Values

Rana Plaza, where 1,129 factory workers died in Bangladesh in April 2013, was expected to become a turning point, just as Exxon Valdez and the Triangle Shirtwaist Company were other momentous … Read More

Q&A: NRDC Director Discusses Apparel Brands’ Link to Pollution

Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report outlining the sustainability efforts of 33 Chinese textiles mills that saved $14.7 million in 2014 by cutting water, energy … Read More

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Timberland Steps Up Recycled Content in Footwear; Commits to Sustainability

Apparel and footwear brands spent Wednesday waving their eco-friendly flags and shared their environmental achievements with anyone who would listen. Timberland took it a step further. The VF Corp. … Read More

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Moltin Wants to Make E-Commerce Easy

Ask any independent retailer who has tried to add an e-commerce feature, like a shopping cart or a checkout, to his website or mobile app and he’ll likely tell you it’s no easy feat. Whether he’s … Read More

Rana Plaza Two Years Out: What Has Changed?

Depending on whom you ask, Bangladesh has either made great strides in improving compliance or hasn’t done enough since the Rana Plaza building collapse roiled the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) … Read More

FDRA and the British Footwear Association Form Strategic Partnership

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) and the British Footwear Association (BFA) announced Thursday a strategic partnership to strengthen ties between footwear companies in the … Read More

Customs Bill Addresses Duty Evasion, Drawback, Returned Goods, Import Safety

Importers, customs brokers and others are following closely a wide-ranging customs reauthorization bill that looks ready to advance through both the House and Senate in conjunction with trade … Read More

Study Finds Interest in East Africa Sourcing on the Rise

Africa has been nicknamed the “new Asia” of the apparel industry of late and a new study reveals interest in the region is rising. A McKinsey & Company report titled, “Sourcing in a volatile … Read More

Authentic Brands Acquires Jones New York; Taps Former LVMH Exec as Strategic Advisor

Jones New York is getting a new lease on life. Authentic Brands Group, LLC revealed Thursday that it’s adding the label to its stable of women’s brands and has tapped Mark Weber as strategic … Read More

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From Digital to In-Store: Firing on All Cylinders to Serve Consumers

Although "clienteling" might have a number of definitions, and myriad paths to best achieve it, it really means connecting with customers so well on every channel that they want to keep coming back. … Read More

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Innovation Nation: Is the Sun Rising in the West?

Globally, most economies are still recovering from one of the most devastating economic crises in 75 years; most industries worldwide have been impacted. In the western hemisphere, however, textile … Read More

Sheryl Crow Joins Blue Jeans Go Green Mission to Recycle Denim

Sheryl Crow is lending her voice to Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program, asking consumers to recycle their unwanted denim to help rebuild homes in New Orleans. Read … Read More

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Are India’s Textile Mills Short on Cotton?

Textile mills in Telangana, India, are allegedly running out of raw materials, contradicting a Cotton Association of India (CAI) estimate in February that put the country's total cotton surplus for … Read More

US Leaders Talk TPA, TPP Pros and Cons Before Congress

Talk of trade is well underway in Washington, D.C. this week. On Tuesday, leaders of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO aired their opinions on in-talks trade measures during a Senate … Read More

New Technology Platform Automates Sale of Off-Price Apparel Inventory

The way brands and retailers buy and vend off-price apparel, footwear and accessories may have just gotten simpler with the intro of retail tech innovator Inturn’s newest software solution. With … Read More

Adidas Attracts Outdoor Enthusiasts With PrimaLoft Partnership

It’s fair to say that in the outdoor apparel arena, the more labels a product has, the more likely a consumer is to reach for it. In the eyes of today’s tech-savvy outdoor enthusiasts, hang tags and … Read More

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Death of a Salesman: Is Technology Replacing Road Reps?

When Zappos started selling shoes online in 1999, few would have predicted that by 2014 e-commerce sales would be worth $1.5 trillion worldwide or that the once-mighty American mall would be brought … Read More

Rana Plaza Coordination Committee Pays Out $9.8M in Compensation

In the two years since Rana Plaza collapsed in Bangladesh, a committee formed following the incident has contributed $9.8 million to the injured and the family members of the workers who … Read More

Report: Apparel Brands and Retailers Keep their Heads in the Cloud

When e-commerce-averse labels like Chanel and Fendi finally caved and announced plans to start selling their goods online, other longtime luxury holdouts likely started plotting their own virtual … Read More

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Stopping Modern Slavery: The New Supply Chain Imperative

Hidden deep within the lower tiers of the supply chain, many companies are simply unaware of the extent that modern slavery takes place on the global stage. One recent example saw 11 adults and … Read More

Update: Frederick’s of Hollywood Files for Bankruptcy, Shutters all Stores

Los Angeles-based Frederick’s of Hollywood has not fared well in its battle to compete with rival lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, and on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The retailer closed … Read More

A Dent in the Under Armour: Increased Activewear Competition

Athletic apparel and footwear company Under Armour (UA) announced first quarter results that met or exceeded Wall Street expectations. However, current year guidance was more tepid than analysts had … Read More

American Apparel Sued by Laid-Off Workers

Three former American Apparel employees who were among the nearly 200 workers fired by the retailer earlier this month have filed a class action lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central … Read More

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