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In Locked-Down Bangladesh, Garment Workers Struggle to Reach Factories

Many garment workers in Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka have to walk long distances or pay several times their usual fares to get to work after the country’s latest effort to curb rising Covid-19 infections caused all public transportation, including trains, buses and ferries, to grind to a halt, local media has reported. Though Bangladeshi authorities…… Continue reading In Locked-Down Bangladesh, Garment Workers Struggle to Reach Factories

Textile Makers Saw 9% Sales Decline in 2020, but Outlook Brightens

The seventh International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) Coronavirus Impact Survey revealed that global textile sales dropped 9 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, making it one of the worst years in history for the global textile and apparel industry. However, companies see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Conducted between Jan. 25 and…… Continue reading Textile Makers Saw 9% Sales Decline in 2020, but Outlook Brightens

Bangladesh Garment Factories Exempt from National Lockdown

Although Bangladesh will go under lockdown from Wednesday, with malls, offices, public transport and commercial flights shuddering to a halt, garment factories nationwide will continue to function. The Bangladesh government announced its decision to allow manufacturers to operate, responding to a torrent of requests and strident statements from concerned factory owners still recovering from coronavirus…… Continue reading Bangladesh Garment Factories Exempt from National Lockdown

Myanmar ‘State Collapse’ Imminent: ‘The Bloodbath Is Real,’ Expert Warns

Myanmar is on the brink of “state failure” as the military regime’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protestors and other civilians creates a “hard stop” on economic activity that will drive millions into poverty, a prominent conflict-monitoring watchdog warned the United Nations (UN) Security Council Friday. “This is not hyperbole or rhetoric. It is my sober…… Continue reading Myanmar ‘State Collapse’ Imminent: ‘The Bloodbath Is Real,’ Expert Warns

Changing Jeans Sourcing Scene Has These Countries Coming Up Roses

The sourcing landscape for denim jeans is slowly but certainly shifting, while overall U.S. blue denim apparel imports continue to decline. Related Articles Imports of jeans fell 7.43 percent in the first two months of the year compared to the same period in 2020 to a value of $460.25 million, expanding on a 5.36 percent… Continue reading Changing Jeans Sourcing Scene Has These Countries Coming Up Roses

Why Myanmar Garment Workers Want to ‘Stop the Economy’

Unrest and violence continued to roil Myanmar Wednesday as security forces opened fire at pro-democracy protestors, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens, and a Chinese-owned factory burst into flames, local media has reported. More than 600 civilians have been killed by the ruling Burmese junta since a Feb. 1 military coup unseated the…… Continue reading Why Myanmar Garment Workers Want to ‘Stop the Economy’

Leather Sourcing Gets a Sustainable Spin in New Pact

The Sustainable Leather Foundation (SLF) and the Oeko-Tex Association have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which the two organizations will work collaboratively across a number of areas to benefit the global leather industry. The primary aim of the MoU is for the groups to work to support improvement in standards and promote ethical,…… Continue reading Leather Sourcing Gets a Sustainable Spin in New Pact

Guess Looks to China, More Efficient Supply Chain, to Reach 2025 Financial Goals

Los Angeles-based denim company Guess is in rebound mode after reporting lower net revenue during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to the same prior-year period. But despite the challenges, CEO Carlos Alberini is “encouraged by trends entering the New Year,” and anticipates an uptick in consumer spending. Related Articles “We are confident in… Continue reading Guess Looks to China, More Efficient Supply Chain, to Reach 2025 Financial Goals

How Sustainability Drives the Future of Turkish Apparel Production

Turkey is the sixth-largest supplier of apparel worldwide, with the country producing more than $17 billion worth of exports in 2020, according to the Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association (IHKIB). But the success of the industry down the road isn’t going to come down to sheer volume, the association believes. In fact, as more apparel is… Continue reading How Sustainability Drives the Future of Turkish Apparel Production

From Unpaid India Workers, To China’s Uyghur Crisis, Fashion Retail Has A Huge Problem

Watch this documentary trailer. It is three minutes long. First a warning, there are Rated R instances of violence. These are the people that make our jeans and sneakers. This is the world they inhabit. This is the sector they work for. They are a part of the global supply chain of fast fashion, almost… Continue reading From Unpaid India Workers, To China’s Uyghur Crisis, Fashion Retail Has A Huge Problem