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IFCO Istanbul Fashion Connection shines as global fashion hub

IFCO Istanbul Fashion Connection shines as global fashion hub

    IFCO Istanbul Fashion Connection marked its fourth edition with resounding success. The event, held from August 9 to 11 in Istanbul, showcased the city's growing prominence in the global fashion business. The numbers tell the story: a remarkable 30% increase in both exhibitors and visitors, including ... Read more

Fashion sector accused of failing to protect its labour community

Fashion sector accused of failing to protect its labour community

  The fashion sector is always haunted at the prospect of yet another allegation from social activists or laws passed against its dubious sourcing practices, leaving the sector defensive and running for cover. These are not without reason as for decades the fashion sector has exploited underdeveloped countrie... Read more

US Fashion Industry Faces Challenges and Seeks Sustainability, Reveals…

US Fashion Industry Faces Challenges and Seeks Sustainability, Reveals Study

  The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) has recently published its tenth annual Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study, based on a survey of executives from 30 leading fashion brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers, including some of the country's biggest names in the industry. The study,... Read more

Despite human rights accusations, fast fashion to touch $123 bn in 202…

Despite human rights accusations, fast fashion to touch $123 bn in 2023

  Despite social and governmental pressures to slowdown, fast-fashion continues to forge ahead. As per Research and Markets, an expansive market research and analyst firm for the textile and apparel sector, global fast fashion market will grow from $106.42 billion in 2022 to $122.98 billion by end of 2023, at... Read more

Good clothes, fair pay campaign triggers action on living wages

Good clothes, fair pay campaign triggers action on living wages

Good Clothes Fair Pay is a campaign, by European Citizens’ Initiative for living wages in the fashion supply chain, demanding legislation that helps achieve fair pay for textile and garment workers around the world. The campaigners believe the millions of workers in global textile, garment and footwear manufa... Read more

ATDC organizes 17th AGM, highlights its achievements for the year

ATDC organizes 17th AGM, highlights its achievements for the year

   Dr A Sakthivel, Chairman, ATDC & AEPC presided over the 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ATDC held on September 28, 2020. Organized via video-conferencing, the meeting was attended by over 70 leading industry members from across India. Among those present wertr: Usha Fabs, Jyoti Apparels, Monica... Read more

Compliance on living wages still low among most global brands

Compliance on living wages still low among most global brands

"Most brands were willing to share initiatives for promoting living wages. They were also transparent about their limitations in producing in developing countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam, as the wage-setting mechanisms and social dialogue in these countries are still at a nascent stage"   Even a... Read more

Multinationals gear up to tackle labor exploitation in sourcing factor…

Multinationals gear up to tackle labor exploitation in sourcing factories

"Although shares of Fast Retailing, the Japanese company behind clothing brand Uniqlo, surged more than 75 per cent over the past year due to its steady expansion in overseas and endorsement deals with tennis star Roger Federer and golfer Adam Scott, around 2,000 of its Indonesian laborers were laid off with unpaid wag... Read more

AEPC, ILO team up to launch compendium of good management practices

AEPC, ILO team up to launch compendium of good management practices

"Not immune to the challenges of recession, unemployment and sustainability in consumption and production, India’s RMG exports has been hovering around $17 billion for the last few years. Increasing competition is making buyers more stringent about brand’s compliance to environment standards. They are also ... Read more

Faisalabad, Pakistan’s Manchester faces a crisis, workers rally agains…

Faisalabad, Pakistan’s Manchester faces a crisis, workers rally against new taxes

"The textile industry in Faisalabad, known as the little Manchester of Pakistan, has been facing a severe financial crisis ever since the federal government announced its 2019-20 budget. The government has imposed a 17 per cent sales tax on the textile sector, which resulted in several processing units going on strikes... Read more

Global garment factories demand fair labor standards

Global garment factories demand fair labor standards

"The expectation was that post Rana Plaza tragedy, that killed at least 1,132 people and injured over 2,500 in Bangladesh, the global garment manufacturing industry had woken up to the social and environmental hazards of fast fashion. However, six years later, little seems to have changed as many workers are still bein... Read more

Turkey emerges the new global production hub

Turkey emerges the new global production hub

"Preferred by major consumer markets due to their cheaper costs, the Asia-based supply system is undergoing a major change. As a recent McKinsey Global Institute’s report indicates, large consumer markets are turning towards new and closer manufacturers."   Preferred by major consumer markets due to their ... Read more

India: Labor issues cloud India’s knitwear hub Tirupur’s development

India: Labor issues cloud India’s knitwear hub Tirupur’s development

"Once touted as the ‘knitwear capital of India, Tirupur, is currently mired by labor issues. Underemployment and rising costs of living, coupled with the continuing impact of policy measures such as the Goods and Services Tax, especially on small-scale manufacturers, is stagnating growth in the city with the shor... Read more

ILRF report lays out roadmap for transforming global apparel industry

ILRF report lays out roadmap for transforming global apparel industry

"The International Labor Rights Forum’s new paper, ‘Future of Fashion: Worker-Led Strategies for Corporate Accountability in the Global Apparel Industry,’ highlights corporate social responsibility (CSR) and multi-stakeholder initiatives have failed to address and remedy the persistent exploitation of... Read more

Vu Ba Phu, Director General, Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade), on the new trade show VIATT and its association with Messe Frankfurt

“The Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) recognized the need for an international trade exhibition in Vietnam and approached Messe Frankfurt to organize it. The event, Vietnam International Trade Fair for Apparel, Textiles and Textile Technologies (VIATT) aims to strengthen trade relations between China and Vietnam, as well as other countries in the region. It is expected to be an annual event and will showcase a wide range of products, including home interiors, textiles, garments, fabrics, and garment technology. The goal is to create a collaborative environment rather than a competitive one, with the aim of benefiting the entire Asian textile industry”.

Alexandro Barberis Canonico President Milano UnicaAlexandro Barberis Canonico, President, Milano Unica, on impact of the pandemic on the textile industry and the return of Milano Unica to the Intertextile Shanghai fair. 

“Market is slowly recovering and luxury products are still performing well. Italian manufacturers are focusing on niche markets and special fibers, such as cashmere and vicuna. Creativity and sustainability are important factors for Italian manufacturers, who are investing in the Chinese market. The exhibition response has been positive, with better figures than in 2019. The trends in the Chinese market are about functional fabrics and the use of natural fibers”. 

Yuko Watanabe Director International CommunicationYuko Watanabe, Director International Communication, JFWO on business scenario in japan

 “Japanese domestic market, particularly in the department store and textile industries, is facing challenges due to the pandemic and rising costs. Although, online shopping is growing but offline stores are struggling. The weak yen has made exporting raw materials to China and other countries less profitable, while importing goods has become expensive. The tourism industry has also been affected, with only wealthy tourists able to travel to Japan, international tourism can help the domestic market to some extent, but it is not enough to fully recover”. 

Kim Bu Heung General Director of Korea Textile CenterKim Bu-Heung, General Director of Korea Textile Center, on business with Chinese market

“China had been a significant investment destination for Korean enterprises. However, the current low demand in China has translated into reduced exports and investment returns. This underscores the shift in China's textile landscape and its impact on neighbouring countries”.

Joshua Lane Regional Director Asia at Holland SherryJoshua Lane, Regional Director - Asia at Holland & Sherry, on Intertextile and the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent changes in market dynamics.

The Intertextile provided a valuable opportunity to assess market conditions, observe competitors, and gauge the recovery of the Chinese economy in the textile sector. 2023 has been marked by a more subdued global textile market, with China experiencing a slowdown, but not entered a recession but was gradually tapering off its growth trajectory. For the textile sector, however, globally the trend was still upward, with a growing demand for custom-made clothing from reputable European brands.

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Embee Plumbon Tekstil joins ITMF for global textile leadership

  Indonesia's PT Embee Plumbon Tekstil, a prominent player in the global spinning indus... Read more

Global Fashion Agenda launches 2023 Fashion CEO Agenda at Boston Summit

  Today, during the Global Fashion Summit: Boston Edition 2023, the Global Fashion Agen... Read more

Insight Textiles invests in infrastructure and workforce

  Insight Textiles, a leading producer of specialty industrial fabrics in the USA, has ... Read more

Better Cotton launches strategic partnership in Spain to boost cotton susta…

  Better Cotton, the world's largest cotton sustainability initiative, is set to launch... Read more

SIMA tackles challenges in Indian textile industry

  The Indian textiles and clothing industry, a significant employment generator with ov... Read more

India: PM-Vishwakarma Yojna: A Tailor-Made Initiative to Boost the Apparel …

  The Apparel, Made-Ups & Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMHSSC) has commend... Read more

Cambodian garment workers demand fair wages

  Research by ActionAid and CENTRAL reveals that as sneaker prices rise, Cambodian work... Read more

Propper International enhances efficiency with Coats Digital's GSDCost solu…

  In a strategic move, Propper International Inc, a major supplier to the United States... Read more

Nike faces heat over unpaid wages: $2.2M in limbo

  Nike is under intense scrutiny ahead of its upcoming online AGM on September 12. The ... Read more

Better Cotton India impact: Sustainable success

  Better Cotton, the world's largest cotton sustainability initiative, has released its... Read more


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GoodWeave Appoints Jon Jacoby as CEO

  GoodWeave International, the global nonprofit fighting child, forced, and bonded labo... Read more

Coats Digital's FastReactPlan powers Searock Apparels' production transform…

  Searock Apparels Ltd., a prominent ready-made garment specialist, has chosen Coats Di... Read more

Bangladesh garment sector under fire

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Canada to Investigate Walmart, Hugo Boss, Diesel for Uyghur Forced Labor

  Canada's corporate ethics watchdog, the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterpr... Read more

CENTRESTAGE: Asia's Premier Fashion Extravaganza

  Asia's renowned fashion event, CENTRESTAGE, will take place from September 6 to 9 at ... Read more

EU reviews Myanmar's human rights

  The European Union is currently reviewing the state of human and labor rights in Myan... Read more

H&M to Resume Operations in Ukraine in November

  Swedish fashion retailer H&M announced on Thursday that it plans to reopen most o... Read more

Global brands ignored human rights obligations after Türkiye earthquake

  A white paper by the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) examines how 16 global brands han... Read more

Brent Hyder joins VF Corporation as Chief People Officer

  VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) has named Brent Hyder as Chief People Officer, effective S... Read more

GoodWeave & Fair Wear unite to eradicate apparel child labor

  GoodWeave International and Fair Wear Foundation have united efforts to address child... Read more

Multi-billions in garment imports at risk of modern slavery

  A staggering $468 billion worth of garment imports in the G20 are exposed to the risk... Read more

H&M's exit from Myanmar shifts focus to India as sourcing hub

  Swedish fashion retailer H&M has announced that it will phase out its manufacturi... Read more

H&M to phase out sourcing from Myanmar over ‘Labor Abuses’

  The world's second-largest fashion retailer, H&M, has announced plans to graduall... Read more

Teejay Lanka unveils 'Iera' lab: Advancing sustainable textile manufacturin…

  Sri Lanka's prominent textile manufacturer, Teejay Lanka PLC, has unveiled its state-... Read more

Coats Digital's FastReactPlan boosts Apparel Tech's productivity and on-tim…

  ApparelTech Co. Ltd., a prominent outdoor garment manufacturer, has achieved a 9% ann... Read more

MAS Holdings 'Femography: Revolutionizing feminine health, empowering women…

  Femography, the FemTech branch of MAS Holdings, South Asia's largest apparel tech com... Read more

Bangladesh achieves 200 LEED Green Factories milestone for sustainable indu…

  Bangladesh celebrates a significant stride towards sustainable industrialization with... Read more

GOTS pioneers sustainable progress: Embarks on OECD Alignment for version 7…

  In a notable stride towards responsible business operations, the Global Organic Texti... Read more

Sri Lanka's apparel industry leaps ahead with sustainable compliance initia…

  Amidst the economic challenges confronting Sri Lanka and the introduction of stringen... Read more

Archroma's sustainable Excellence impresses Swiss Foreign Minister

  Archroma, a global leader in sustainable specialty chemicals, gained recognition from... Read more

Jordan's GTL industry: A closer look

  According to a recent study conducted by Better Work Jordan (BWJ), Jordan's garment, ... Read more

Higher wages push brands to pull out of Philippines

  A significant European apparel brand has withdrawn its multimillion-dollar orders fro... Read more

Hugo Boss soars on Q2 sales surge, supported by China business

  Hugo Boss, the German fashion house, has significantly improved its sales and profit ... Read more

US Fashion Companies Ditch China

  A significant shift is underway in the US fashion industry as a record number of comp... Read more

Reviving Textile Industry: West Yorkshire's Groundbreaking Apprenticeship C…

  Calderdale College is set to launch a groundbreaking apprenticeship training course f... Read more

Zara Halts Myanmar Sourcing After Campaign

  In response to a persuasive campaign by global workers' union IndustriALL urging comp... Read more

EU balancing Myanmar trade, anti-junta

The European Union (EU) faces a dilemma regarding its trade relations with Myanmar amid the o... Read more

Fashion Industry Fails Transparency, Inequality

The Fashion Transparency Index by Fashion Revolution highlights the fashion industry's inadeq... Read more

Shein faces lawsuit over copyright infringement racketeering

Fast fashion retailer Shein is facing a lawsuit alleging that its aggressive copyright infrin... Read more

Backlash over H&M's Bangladesh job cuts during Eid

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EU: Brands sued over alleged rights abuses

European Uyghur Institute sues Inditex, Fast Retailing, and Skechers over alleged human right... Read more

Inditex exiting Myanmar amid rights violations

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U.S. Urges Mexico on Worker Rights, Suspends Settlement

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Cambodia: Garment industry progresses, worker fainting decreases

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Enhancing Uzbekistan's Textile Industry Together

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Bulgaria Embraces Bangladeshi Garment Workers

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Bangladesh RMG Must Align Globally

A recent report by PwC Bangladesh highlights the need for readymade garment (RMG) manufacturers... Read more

Clean Clothes Campaign launches initiative to ensure fair wages to laborers

Clean Clothes Campaign launched its new initiative: Good Clothes, Fair Pay on July 19. .The cam... Read more

Uniqlo’s revenues grow by 13.7per cent 9MFY’22

The revenues of Fast Retailing brand Uniqlo International grew 13.7 per cent Y-o-Y to ¥841.... Read more

Shahi Exports appoints a new HR head

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Horacio Barbeito is the new President and CEO of Old Navy

Barbeito will lead the brand in delivering its unique value proposition, offering style, qualit... Read more

Gokuldas Exports to re-employ 1,257 workers

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Industry leaders call for more compassion from brands and retailers

   Industry leaders are urging brands and retailers to be more compassionate towar... Read more

BGMEA to reskill female workers by 2024

   Addressing a virtual program on ‘Women Power: the Force Multiplier,&rsquo... Read more

Robert Johnson joins G-III apparel board

   G-III apparel has appointed Robert L Johnson as the newest member of its board ... Read more

Andhra Pradesh spinning mills face acute labor shortage

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