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Vietnam and China Face Shifting Fortunes in Footwear

China’s grip on the global footwear market seems to be loosening. World Footwear’s annual yearbook revealed that Vietnam has outpaced the world’s sourcing superpower when it comes to one critical category: textile footwear. For the first time in the yearbook’s 10-year history, China has fallen behind when it comes to producing shoes made with fabric…… Continue reading Vietnam and China Face Shifting Fortunes in Footwear

Cotton Prices Are Surging. What Does This Mean for Fashion?

How high can they go? As if the industry didn’t have enough challenges, with pandemic-related supply and demand issues compounding port and logistics congestion, apparel manufacturers now face surging cotton prices. Cotton prices began their latest ascent by jumping off levels near 89 cents per pound on Sept. 20. That dip pulled values down to…… Continue reading Cotton Prices Are Surging. What Does This Mean for Fashion?

50,000 Bangladesh Garment Workers Getting Faster Access to Wages

A new financial wellness platform aims to help Bangladesh’s cash-strapped garment workers unlock earned but unpaid wages whenever they want. Founded in Indonesia in 2020, Wagely revealed Wednesday its move into the world’s second-largest clothing exporter, where it will launch a program for more than 50,000 workers across some of the country’s largest apparel manufacturers,…… Continue reading 50,000 Bangladesh Garment Workers Getting Faster Access to Wages

Vietnam’s Worker Exodus Sparks Fresh Fears of Production Problems

The easing of Covid-19 restraints in Vietnam’s embattled industrial heartland may be backfiring. The “gradual reopening” of Ho Chi Minh City, the epicenter of the Southeast Asian nation’s worst viral outbreak, was meant to promote economic recovery after four months of mobility curbs, yet an exodus of factory employees returning to their home provinces could…… Continue reading Vietnam’s Worker Exodus Sparks Fresh Fears of Production Problems

H&M Appears Victorious in 24-Year Trademark Battle With Adidas

H&M proved victorious in a 24-year trademark battle with Adidas Friday after the Dutch Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal filed by the German sneaker seller. The move upholds the decision issued by The Netherlands’ Hague Court of Appeals in January last year—a ruling that found defendant H&M did not infringe on Adidas’…… Continue reading H&M Appears Victorious in 24-Year Trademark Battle With Adidas

Vietnam’s Factory Crisis Worsens as Migrant Workers Flee

Whether yoga pants and Air Jordans appear under Christmas trees in the U.S. and Europe may come down to Vietnamese assembly line workers like Le Thi My. My is part of an exodus of factory employees who have gone back to their home villages from Vietnam’s southern industrial belt, the epicenter of the nation’s worst… Continue reading Vietnam’s Factory Crisis Worsens as Migrant Workers Flee

China IP Authorities Rule in Favor of Lycra’s Denim Patent

The Lycra Company, a developer of innovative fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, announced wins related to its ongoing global efforts to protect its intellectual property (IP), including patents and trademarks, from infringement worldwide. Related Articles The company recently initiated several infringement suits related to its dual core and multi-core… Continue reading China IP Authorities Rule in Favor of Lycra’s Denim Patent

Vietnam Apparel Shipments to US Up 22% YoY in August

How quickly goods are getting through the ports remains problematic, but U.S. apparel imports continued to climb in August, increasing 17.1 percent compared to a year earlier to 2.84 billion square meter equivalents (SME), according to the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA). For the first eight months of the year, apparel imports…… Continue reading Vietnam Apparel Shipments to US Up 22% YoY in August

Vietnam’s Biggest City ‘Gradually Opening’

Vietnam’s largest city will begin easing its coronavirus restrictions beginning Friday, officials said, bringing to a gradual end four months of strict curbs that have ground commercial activity to a halt and left some of the world’s biggest brands scrambling in the runup to the busiest shopping season of the year. “All checkpoints on the…… Continue reading Vietnam’s Biggest City ‘Gradually Opening’

UN Appeals for Action on ‘Human-Rights Catastrophe’ in Myanmar

A new United Nations report has warned of a “human-rights catastrophe” in Myanmar that will continue to spiral downward unless the rest of the world intervenes. “The national consequences are terrible and tragic—the regional consequences could also be profound,” Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement Thursday. “The…… Continue reading UN Appeals for Action on ‘Human-Rights Catastrophe’ in Myanmar