Kontoor Brands-owned American denim brand Wrangler has launched a sustainable denim collection for Fall 2021 in collaboration with Infinited Fiber Company. As per a Fashion Network report, the collection is called Infinited Blue, and includes Wrangler’s signature pieces such as the men’s Western jacket and men’s Western jeans.
The brand has also created Infinna, a new regenerated, recyclable fiber to include in its global denim range for Fall ’21. The premium fiber has been created from textile waste and can be recycled repeatedly. The partnership between Wrangler and Infinited Fiber Company was formed in 2015, when the commercial viability of Infinited Fiber’s technology was first being evaluated and Wrangler began its pursuit of circularity. Wrangler helped Infinited Fiber understand the industry’s technical requirements for the fiber and completing preliminary tests and trials on fabrics made with Infinna.
Global platform aiming to make fashion and textile business smarter, C.L.A.S.S. aims to participate in the Milan Fashion Week through two initiatives. The platform will collaborate with Lineapelle, Orietta Pelizzari and D-house by Dyloan to create ‘A New Point of Materials;’ a presentation about the real journey of selected innovative and responsible materials. The initiative will be enriched by talks and in-depth sessions hold at the Fashion Theater.
The first of these talks will be on responsible innovation. It will focus on how responsible innovation has become such a fundamental element for the new generation of successful business. The session will be moderated by Giusy Bettoni, Founder and CEO, C.L.A.S.S. The second session will focus on responsible finance. Speakers at this session will evaluate how new responsible finance strategies and tools are going to integrate and implement social, environment and governance (ESG) criterias inside fashion dynamics in order to improve new growth models.
The session on September 23, 2021 will focus on the role of retailers as the new fashion Sustainability Police. It will evaluate the most suitable terms in the retail, buyer and consumer language, and most trusted areas by consumers.
The White Milan session from September 23 to 26 will showcase the most powerful C.L.A.S.S. Smart Academy projects.
US clothing company PVH plans to collaborate with a ready-made garment factory in Alexandria or Minya to launch new projects in Egypt. Navine Gamea, Trade Minister says, the government will provide the company with all required facilities to start its projects in the Egyptian market. As per a Zawya report, these would include allocation of land areas necessary to meet the company's manufacturing needs.
Established in 1881, PVH is one of the largest clothing companies in the US, and owns two of the best-known brands in Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. The company also licenses brands such as Kenneth Cole New York and Michael Kors. PVH is partly named after Dutch immigrant John Manning Van Heusen, who in 1910 invented a new process that fused cloth on a curve.
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has signed an MoU with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) to collaborate on mutual policy areas through joint advocacy and information sharing on industry best practices. The United States and Kenya plan to expand trade and investments between the two countries. The two countries plan to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) that is scheduled to expire in 2025. They also plan to FTA negotiations.
The partnership will scale up business to linkages between KAM and AAFA members and translate to increased trade and investments across borders, says Phyllis Wakiaga, CEO, KAM AAFA represents more than 1,000 world famous name brands in the apparel and footwear space. Meanwhile, KAM represents more than 1,300 members across 14 industries, including Kenya’s Textiles & Apparel and Leather sector, and the Footwear & Leather Goods sector.
Welspun India has approved plan to augment towel manufacturing capacity by ~20 per cent to 102,000 mtpa at Anjar to meet the growing demand from the overseas customers. The company has approved an investment in 40 looms for towel fabric at Anjar which represents ~7 per cent of installed capacity. At Vapi, it has approved rugs capacity expansion by 80 per cent. The Company is expected to invest ~Rs. 6,565 mn for the aforesaid expansion over FY22 and FY23.
Welspun’s wholly owned subsidiary company viz., Welspun Flooring approved capex of ~ Rs. 1,436 mn to be invested over FY22 and FY23, for de-bottlenecking and rebalancing of its facility at Telangana, including setting up of a 25MW Renewable Energy Power Plant for uninterrupted power supply at lower cost and to further the Group's commitment towards ESG by embedding sustainability and circularity at every stage of its value chain.
During current financial year, Welspun has invested Rs. 2,810 million in capex and the total investment during FY22 will be Rs. 7,500 million including the investment approved for the home textile and flooring businesses.
R&B Denims plans to participate in the Cairo Fashion & Tex Fair, 2021 which will be the 69th Edition of Cairo International Fashion & Textile Fair.
As per an Equity Bulls report, the fair will held at Cairo, Egypt from September 23-25, 2021. Over 20 leading manufacturers and exporters form India will participate in the fair. They will represent the India Pavilion of Wool & Woollens Export Promotion Council, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
The fair will help R&B Denims to achieve a place for its products in the global denim market. The company manufactures various types of denim fabric and undertaking a range of products with open end spun yarns, multi count, cottons and polyester spandex with indigo bottom sulfur toppings and sulfur bottom, and indigo toppings with both foam and wet finishes. It also offers fancy yarn play in weft patterns in different weave designs. Its weave patterns include plain, twill and broken twill, oxford, satin, matty and dobby. The company has a production capacity of over 20 million meters per annum at Palsana, Surat, Gujarat, India.
Collected in collaboration with Fashion Revolution, the updated Fashion Checker data by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) reveals a large number of brands are still doing nothing or very little on transparency. Around 159 brands have received a 1 or 2-star rating, which indicates their failure to comply with the Transparency Pledge. Only 46 out of 264 brands have received five stars, meaning they disclose extra information about their supply chain – for example whether or not there is a union in the workplace.
While brands were also given the opportunity to inform Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) about any changes affecting their Living Wage scores, brands were not specifically surveyed on wage commitments and payment of living wage during the covid-19 pandemic, as reports show they fail to pay the legal minimum wage or pre-pandemic wages. Currently, only 5 brands claim to be paying living wages to as least some of the workers in their supply chains..
Lack of transparency in the global fashion supply chain has allowed brands to deny workers their legally owed wages and severance. For instance, workers in Cambodia were deprived of an estimated $109 million in wages during the April and May 2021 national lockdown. CCC estimates that workers globally are owed at least $11.85 billion during the year of the pandemic from March 2020 to March 2021.
University of Leeds has launched a new research institute to address global challenges in color, fashion and textiles through research and innovation, as well as teaching.
Known as the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Color (LITAC), the institute focuses on the development of innovative science and technology, materials, methods and processes, as well as technology-driven sustainable development.
The new institute brings together existing areas of excellence, including the Future Fashion Factory (FFF). Alongside the contributions of the University, LITAC has received significant investment from The Clothworkers’ Company.
Leeds and the wider Yorkshire area have a rich heritage in textiles, while universities in the Yorkshire and Humber region collectively enrol some 2,000 students in fashion, design, textiles and colour disciplines each year.
LITAC aims to harness the collective strength of this critical mass, and address gaps in skills and professional development.
Days prior to hosting its first in-person event in New York City since January last year, Informa Markets Fashion, the organizer of men’s and women’s contemporary markets trade shows Project and Coterie has announced dates for physical and digital trade shows in 2022.
Project Las Vegas will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center on February 14-16, 2022 and August. 8-10, 2022. Both events will feature new and established brands across men’s and women’s denim, contemporary collections, streetwear, footwear, accessories and beauty. Project New York will also return for its twice annual men’s-focused event in January 2022 and July 2022, though exact dates are still undetermined. The New York events will feature an intimate assortment of domestic and international men’s brands and highlight artisanal workwear and denim, contemporary, emerging designer and streetwear.
Sustainability, diversity and storytelling will be hot topics at Coterie that will be held from September 19-21, 2022 at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center. The event will host daily happenings that highlight environmental stewardship and social empowerment as well as a fireside chat with industry titan Fern Mallis.
The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has elected Abdul Rahim Nasir as its new Chairman for the year 2021-22 while Jamil Qassim and Atta Shafi Tanvir Sheikh were elected as Senior Vice Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively.
Nasir assured that he would keep interacting with the government for continuation of regionally competitive energy tariff of electricity at 9 cents per kWh and gas at $6.5 per MMBTU during the fiscal year 2021-22 and onward. He expressed confidence that with incessant availability of energy and raw materials at regionally competitive rates, industry would put its best to achieve the lofty target of exports for the current year.
He urged the government to accelerate its pace in removing the remaining irritants in doing business for uplifting the economic activity in the country.
Pakistan’s textile exports registered an impressive growth during the outgoing fiscal year of 2020-21 by earning $15.4 billion, which is 23 percent higher than the previous year’s textile exports of $12.5 billion. Nasir pointed out that about 70 percent of textile exports from Pakistan were from value added sector which is a healthy sign for the country.