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Sustainability: Because the Scales Are Huge in the Apparel Industry, Every Brand Has Its Role to Play

Fast growth in apparel per capita in recent years, driven by a decrease in price and an increase in production speed, means the textiles and clothing industries are significantly impacting our planet.

Sourcing Diversification: Producing in the EMEA Area

Challenges such as the US/China trade war, the current global pandemic or the heavy dependence of South East Asian countries on Chinese raw materials lead many companies to seek to diversify their pool of production countries outside of Asia. This is often in an attempt to reduce the concentration risk and its possible impact on… Continue reading Sourcing Diversification: Producing in the EMEA Area

Better fashion starts with better raw materials

In fashion, it’s virtually impossible to create products that meet consumer expectations and maintain a competitive edge without the right raw materials. As the first element in the highly complex fashion supply chain, raw materials make up the majority of production costs—up to 70%—while accounting for half of all quality issues. It is therefore clear… Continue reading Better fashion starts with better raw materials

Beyond verification: the added challenges of making sustainable fashion

As fashion brands and retailers explore ways to make fashion more sustainable, other issues are emerging. On top of tracing and verifying the use of recycled materials in their products, brands should look at the broader picture that reaches into areas such as their environmental footprint, chemical management, and more. To stay ahead in the… Continue reading Beyond verification: the added challenges of making sustainable fashion

3 steps to trace and verify recycled materials in products

As the fashion industry moves toward a green, circular economy with as much reuse as possible, many brands and retailers are incorporating recycled materials into their products. However, as mindful consumers become more aware and critical of sustainability claims, brands and retailers must be able to trace and verify the recycled materials in their products.… Continue reading 3 steps to trace and verify recycled materials in products

Fashion & Fitness: Bringing Better Athleisure Into Play

Athleisure, a portmanteau of the words ‘athletic’ and ‘leisure’, may be leading the fashion game in the twenty-first century, but according to Merriam Webster, the term was actually coined back in March 1979. More than forty years on, what is behind the boom of this hybrid style of clothing designed for both athletic and non-athletic… Continue reading Fashion & Fitness: Bringing Better Athleisure Into Play

Fast Retail in Morocco: So Close, But Yet So Far

As the world’s second largest economy, producing products in China’s manufacturing hub is traditionally a no brainer. But, as China’s manufacturing and labor prices continue to rise, many fashion companies are looking to relocate production to other countries which are closer to home.