WASHINGTON — VF Corp. is hoping to establish a third way for Bangladesh apparel manufacturing.
As Western brands and retailers continue their efforts to strengthen fire and building safety standards in the Asian country’s apparel industry in the wake of two factory tragedies, Eric Wiseman, VF’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, on Wednesday outlined the steps the group has taken to make factories safer both as a corporation and as a member of the broader brand and retail initiative the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. These include a hybrid model that combines VF’s own manufacturing practices with those it requires of its contractors.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"