Sourcing


  • Exterior of Lulus' pink retail store on Melrose Avenue
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    Shipping carrier diversification benefits Lulus in Q1

    The fashion brand has added more delivery providers in recent quarters to offset rising shipping costs.

    By Max Garland • May 24, 2024
  • Migrant workers pick cotton in a field.
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    Guang Niu/Getty Images via Getty Images
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    Nearly 20% of cotton-containing tested products traced to Xinjiang, China: report

    More than 800 items, including apparel and footwear, had fibers from the contested region, despite U.S. bans over forced labor concerns. 

    By Lauren Schenkman • May 21, 2024
  • An image of the Cotopaxi logo, taken inside the San Francisco, California retail store on April 29, 2024.
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    Edwin Lopez/Fashion Dive
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    How Cotopaxi navigated remediation of a tier 1 supplier

    The outdoor apparel and accessories brand chose remediation over removal to avoid exacerbating negative worker impacts, an executive said.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 2, 2024
  • A person operates a tractor that is harvesting cotton on a farm.
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    Better Cotton audits farms it previously certified following deforestation investigation

    Watchdog Earthsight called the certifier’s audit “so flawed as to be almost worthless.”

    By May 1, 2024
  • A black "Lululemon" sign features the red and white brand logo and white lettering, hanging in front of a leafy tree.
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    Lululemon shutters Washington distribution center

    The athleticwear brand is laying off nearly 130 employees, but a spokesperson said some will relocate to its new Los Angeles location and other facilities.

    By Kelly Stroh • April 30, 2024
  • A person walks past the European Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium.
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    Leon Neal via Getty Images
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    Human rights and environmental legislation approved by European Parliament

    The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive holds companies and supply chain partners accountable for ESG compliance.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 25, 2024
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    Courtesy of Thomas Bauer/Earthsight 2023
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    Cotton used by H&M and Zara linked to illegal deforestation: report

    A year-long investigation by nonprofit Earthsight found that fiber certified by ethical supply chain organization Better Cotton was grown on "stolen" and "deforested" land in Brazil.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 18, 2024
  • A Flexport warehouse.
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    Courtesy of Flexport
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    Shein taps Flexport as logistics partner for US marketplace

    The arrangement allows orders made through the fast fashion giant to activate logistics processes with the freight forwarder.

    By Max Garland • April 17, 2024
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at a podium.
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    John Moore/Getty Images via Getty Images
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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
  • Garment workers in Dindigul are pictured near sheets of fabrics.
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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
  • Hands of young girl using sewing machine in workshop.
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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
  • Steam rises from factory pipes in a city and the sky behind the pipes is bright pink and orange.
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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
  • A gold Tabi split toe boot sits on a clear stand.
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    Courtesy of OTB Group
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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
  • Bulk fabric ready for recycling sits in warehouse.
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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
  • An American Eagle storefront at a mall
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    Cara Salpini/Fashion Dive
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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
  • A pair of denim jeans that is half Diesel and half Lee.
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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
  • Models wear sportswear pieces and walk across a stage as one models stands alone in the center staring at the camera.
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    Courtesy of H&M
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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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    Courtesy of Birkenstock
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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
  • A view of the building for the European Parliament. A person walks in front of it.
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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
  • A person with a ponytail holds two thick exercise ropes and wears a cropped workout top and leggings.
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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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    Courtesy of UNFPA Mexico
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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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    Retrieved from Missouri Partnership on February 28, 2024
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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
  • A sign on a J. Crew store on 5th Avenue in New York City.
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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