Samata Pattinson of Red Carpet Green Dress

Innovation

Red Carpet Green Dress Design Competition Returns Bigger, Better

Red Carpet Green Dress is back with its Global Design Contest spotlighting next-gen talent and themes of regeneration and decarbonization.

clock July 29, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Kate Spade store

Social Impact

Kate Spade, Coach Parent Company Commits to $15 an Hour Minimum Wage

In addition, store associates and managers will soon receive one-time annual incentives of $500 and $1,000, respectively.

clock July 28, 2021Kellie Ell

Patrick Thomas, MycoWorks, Reishi leather, bio based, materials, fashion, luxury

Business

There’s an Executive Agenda on New Materials: Short Takes

Former Hermès CEO Patrick Thomas joins MycoWorks board, new hires at Eco-Age and bio-nylon-maker nabs $118 million.

clock July 28, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Nonie, Canadian fashion, trench

Innovation

Nonie Rebrands as ‘First Brand Globally’ to Use Fabrics That Protect Against COVID-19

Why Canadian women’s wear label Nonie is rebranding with circularity and protective, antiviral fabrics in fall 2021 and beyond the pandemic.

clock July 28, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Samuel Ross x Hublot

Social Impact

Samuel Ross Launches Second Black British and POC Artists Grant

The grant this year will be awarded to 10 recipients. They will each receive 2,500 pounds.

clock July 27, 2021Tianwei Zhang

Gwendolyn Berry holds her T-shirt over her head during the metal ceremony after the finals of the women's hammer throw at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Berry are among the more than 150 educators, activists and athletes who signed a letter Thursday, July 22, urging the IOC not to punish participants who demonstrate at the Tokyo Games.

Social Impact

The Olympic Committee’s Ban on Black Lives Matter Apparel and What It Means for Athlete Protests

The International Olympics Committee banning BLM apparel raises the question of how impactful the statement is in athlete protests.

clock July 23, 2021Obi Anyanwu

Finalists of BFC Changemakers Prize: John Hickling, Natalie Glaze and Zanna Van Dijk, Patrick McDowell, Cyndia Harvey, Laura Johnson and Zoe Proctor, Rahemur Rahman; Cozette McCreery, Andrew Kenny (right), and Daisy Knatchbull.

Social Impact

BFC Changemakers Prize Finalists Revealed

The final three winners will be announced in early September. Each will receive a £7,500 cash prize as well as a mentoring package.

clock July 22, 2021Tianwei Zhang

a man at work on a sewing machine. without a face.

Social Impact

Fashion Seems Split on the Garment Worker Protection Act — But Why?

There’s a divergence in sentiment between those who support SB 62 and those who aren’t exactly rallying behind it.

clock July 21, 2021Tara Donaldson

In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 photo, Vara Pikor returns some items to a "Rent The Runway" store in New York. Vikor is wearing some of the items she rents from the company, including her dress and earrings. Now a booming $1 billion business, the clothing rental sector is expected to reach $2.5 billion by 2023, says research firm GlobalData. But for traditional retailers, the economics of renting affordable clothing pose significant challenges.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Innovation

Rent the Runway Files for IPO, But Is Clothing Rental in the Eco Hot Seat?

A study condemning rental clothing behavior sparked new questions and challenges on circular fashion models.

clock July 21, 2021Kaley Roshitsh and Natalie Theodosi

BORA AKSU SS21 Runway during London Fashion Week September 2020 - London, UK. 18/09/2020 | usage worldwide Photo by: Ik Aldama/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Social Impact

New U.K. Inclusivity Report: 68% Witnessed Discrimination in Fashion

The report, released by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion, also offered a series of policy recommendations to make the British fashion industry more inclusive.

clock July 20, 2021Tianwei Zhang

26 April 2019, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart: Sustainably produced clothing hangs on hangers at the Fair Trade trade fair at a stand. There's a visitor behind the coat stand. Photo by: Sebastian Gollnow/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Business

FTC’s Updated ‘Green Guides’ Could Clamp Down on Greenwashing

Fashion celebrates Federal Trade Commission potential to update its ‘Green Guides’ on environmental marketing claims in 2022.

clock July 16, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Gossip Girl Reboot Fashion

Business

Today’s ‘Gossip Girl’ Fans Want Thrift and a New ThredUp Partnership Will Provide It

“Gossip Girl” costume designer Eric Daman has linked with resale shop ThredUp for styling boxes to give fans “on-screen looks sustainably.”

clock July 15, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Li & Fung headquarters

Environment

Li & Fung Advances Sustainable Sourcing With New Canopy Partnership

Li & Fung is the next apparel sourcing powerhouse to join the CanopyStyle fashion initiative and Pack4Good initiative.

clock July 15, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

2 Woman in spin class

Innovation

HeiQ Wants Textiles to Be Smarter, Greener and Virus-busting, Too

Carlo Centonze, HeiQ’s cofounder and CEO, wants to create clothing that people can cherish and wear repeatedly for a long time.

clock July 15, 2021Samantha Conti

The Hollywood & Highland complex in California.

Business

Do ‘Responsible’ Businesses Care Enough to Take a Stance on the Garment Worker Protection Act?

Amid rampant wage theft for Los Angeles garment workers, SB 62 is drawing lines between sustainable businesses — and everyone else.

clock July 14, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

A worker checks machines processing cotton yarn at a Huafu Fashion plant, as seen during a government organized trip for foreign journalists, in Aksu in western China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. A backlash against reports of forced labor and other abuses of the largely Muslim Uyghur ethnic group in Xinjiang is taking a toll on China's cotton industry, but it's unclear if the pressure will compel the government or companies to change their ways. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Business

What’s Going On in Xinjiang and How It Impacts Fashion

A timeline of the Xinjiang cotton crisis and its impact on fashion and how governments are cracking down on forced labor.

clock July 14, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Ballon Bleu de Cartier's watch, 18-karat rose gold, 40 mm. Cartier Love 18-karat rose gold bracelet. Gucci wool suit. Firetip drink

Innovation

Circularity Is the Way Forward, Says Richemont in Sustainability Paper

Richemont wants its brands and retailers to close the loop on sourcing, and sales, with the ultimate aim of achieving carbon neutrality. 

clock July 14, 2021Samantha Conti

A Zara store in Beijing

Business

Inditex Ramps Up Sustainability Initiatives

Executive chairman Pablo Isla introduced a range of new targets and highlighted ongoing improvements in sales trends at the fast-fashion retailer’s AGM Tuesday.

clock July 13, 2021Alex Wynne

Sustainability, fashion, tech, innovation

Innovation

EXCLUSIVE: Assembly.Fashion, a New Marketplace for NFTs, On-Demand Fashion

The new global fashion marketplace makes an even stronger case for NFTs and on-demand fashion.

clock July 8, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Sustainable Brand Platform.

Business

Sustainable Brand Platform Partners With The Canvas, Revolver Copenhagen Trade Show

The online destination, which uses blockchain technology to offer environmental and ethical ratings for international emerging fashion labels, has also received the stamp of approval by the U.N.

clock July 7, 2021Sandra Salibian

Industrie Africa

Social Impact

Why Pandemic-born Multibrand Platforms Move Away From ‘Sustainability’ Label

The latest players in the sustainability space may be moving away from labels — the very kind that get companies in hot water for greenwashing.

clock July 7, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Pacsun, resale, sneakers, footwear, resale

Business

PacSun Enters Resale, McCartney’s Animal Parade Hits Times Square: Short Takes

This week in sustainability, PacSun launched a resale service, Stella McCartney continues fur-free advocacy and Bluesign updates its approved chemicals list.

clock July 7, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Looks from the Gucci Aria show, with 13 new looks added to the 100th-anniversary collection.

Environment

Gucci, Intesa Sanpaolo Partner to Facilitate Supply Chain’s Sustainability Development

The agreement will allow small and medium-sized companies in Gucci’s supply chain to benefit from financing lines and facilitated access to loans at better terms and conditions to launch their own sustainability, environmental and social development.

clock July 6, 2021Luisa Zargani

Infinna is a fiber from textile waste.

Materials

Adidas, Bestseller and H&M Sign Deals for Infinna Fiber

The funding round numbered 30 million euros and closed on June 30 and will help Infinited Fiber Co. scale its limited-run Infinna fiber.

clock July 5, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

A report by Changing Markets Foundation looked into the sustainability claims of major brands.

Materials

Synthetics Dominated Spring 2021 Collections, So What About Sustainability?

“Synthetics Anonymous” is a report challenging fossil fuel use in fashion analyzing 4,028 products on “sustainability credentials.”

clock July 1, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Louis Vuitton Felt Keepall

Business

LVMH to Open Research Center for Sustainable Luxury

Housing some 300 employees and researchers, the site is to open in Saclay, France, in 2024 or 2025.

clock July 1, 2021Miles Socha

Francois-Henri-Pinault_2_Carole-Bellaiche

Social Impact

Kering Foundation To Support Rollout Of Women’s Centers in France

The Kering Foundation will help fund support centers helping women victims of violence.

clock June 30, 2021Mimosa Spencer

Fashionphile, West Chelsea, New York City, re-commerce, resale

Business

Fashionphile Is Building a New York HQ as Resale Takes Hold

Fashionphile will map out a 60,000-square-foot East Coast headquarters adding 150 jobs in luxury re-commerce to New York.

clock June 30, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Allbirds apparel

Business

Allbirds’ New Sustainability ‘Flight Plan,’ Farfetch and ThredUp Link, Econyl Goes D-to-c: Short Takes

This week in sustainability, Allbirds announces new goals, Farfetch links with ThredUp and Econyl fiber maker steps into direct-to-consumer.

clock June 30, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Timberland, times, trekker, hiking, circularity

Innovation

Timberland Is Breaking Down Its Shoes to Build Up the Circular Economy

Timberland’s Timberloop Trekker city hiking shoe, coming spring 2022, is designed for disassembly with take-back partner ReCircled.

clock June 29, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Footballer Chris Smalling wearing a pair of Nike sneakers from the Happy Pineapple Collection, which used pineapple leaves based Pinatex as a replacement to leather throughout the collection.

Materials

Soccer’s Chris Smalling on the Future of the Pineapple Fiber Piñatex

The sustainable textile-maker recently released a sneaker collaboration with Nike, in which Piñatex was used as a replacement for leather.

clock June 29, 2021Tianwei Zhang

The Brooks Ghost.

Materials

Brooks to Convert Bestselling Shoe to Carbon Neutral

The Ghost 14 will now be made with 59 percent recycled raw materials in its uppers.

clock June 29, 2021Jean E. Palmieri

Patagonia, fibers, textiles, materials, inovation,

Materials

Patagonia Signs Multiyear Deal With ‘Infinna’ Fiber Maker

The deal grants Patagonia access to the limited fiber which is made from textile waste in the years ahead but is not exclusive to the brand.

clock June 28, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Inside Canada Goose’s Toronto factory.

Business

IFF ‘Shocked and Disappointed’ at Canada Goose’s Move to Stop Using Fur

The International Fur Federation has lambasted a decision by Canada Goose to stop using fur, and has called on the brand to reconsider.

clock June 25, 2021Samantha Conti

thread

Environment

LVMH to Work With Start-up Weturn for Fabric Recycling

Weturn, which was set up in 2020, has created a network for recycling fabrics, linking textile manufacturers and fashion houses.

clock June 24, 2021Mimosa Spencer

Arizona Muse, charity, Dirt, sustainability, fashion, biodynamic farming

Environment

Why Model Arizona Muse Started a Charity Called ‘Dirt’

Arizona Muse vows to make “soil sexy” with a charity devoted to certified biodynamic farming initiatives and education for fashion.

clock June 24, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

ThredUp, resale, thrift, secondhand, fast fashion, shopping, gen z, millennials, online

Business

Secondhand Market May be Twice the Size of Fast Fashion by 2030, Says ThredUp

Fast fashion and “sustainable” clothing are increasingly losing to resale, according to ThredUp’s latest report.

clock June 23, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Reformation San Francisco

Business

Now 140 Fashion Brands Back Garment Worker Bill, Ugg’s Plant Ambitions: Short Takes

This week in sustainability: Garment Worker Protection Act clears to next vote in Assembly, Ugg to broaden plant-powered ambitions this fall.

clock June 23, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Isaias Hernandez is the creator of Queer Brown Vegan where he makes accessible environmental education content.

Social Impact

What Is Sustainability Amid New Rush of Digital Activism?

Sustainability is a zeitgeist word in fashion, but today it’s being reclaimed in all its nuance by Indigenous, Black and LGBTQ purveyors. 

clock June 23, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Target store

Social Impact

Target Sets Latest Sustainability Goals

The formula includes increasing circular design, eliminating waste and promoting equity among the workforce.

clock June 22, 2021Kellie Ell

The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana "Fashion Deserves the World" project.

Social Impact

Camera della Moda to Help Migrants and Refugees Find a Job in Fashion

Italy’s fashion governing body teamed up with Mygrants for the “Fashion Deserves the World” project.

clock June 20, 2021Martino Carrera

The Isabel Marant Vintage site will take clothes in exchange for brand vouchers.

Business

Isabel Marant Launches Vintage Site, Endowment Fund

Donators of used clothing from the label will be granted vouchers; proceeds will go to an endowment fund supporting artisan craftsmanship.

clock June 18, 2021Mimosa Spencer

Everlane, denim, jeans, sustianable

Business

EXCLUSIVE: Everlane Strives to Win at ‘Clean Denim’ With Latest Launch

Everlane’s first head of sustainability on the latest iteration of Clean Denim and what’s ahead.

clock June 17, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

UNHCR Uniqlo Fast Retailing

Social Impact

Fast Retailing Works With UNHCR to Reduce Spread of COVID-19 Among Refugees

The company will donate an additional 2 million reusable masks, as well as $100,000, to support displaced people.

clock June 17, 2021Kelly Wetherille

Gucci

Materials

Gucci Introduces Animal-free Material

After two years of research and development, the luxury material is being introduced through the launch of three new sneakers.

clock June 17, 2021Luisa Zargani

Nike's new Techpack collection

Business

Nike Most Resold Brand in the World — Where Others Stack Up

When it comes to resale, some brands do much better on the secondhand market than others.

clock June 16, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Chanel Couture Spring 2016 : the set

Business

Short Takes: Chanel’s $25 Million Climate Fund, Fashion Ranked on Uyghur Abuses

This week in sustainability, Chanel invests in climate resilience and brands failing on forced labor.

clock June 16, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Olivia Rodrigo, Laura Sophie Cox, Maggie Marilyn, Shrimps, fashion, sustainable styling, sustainability,

Social Impact

These Celebrity-Activists Are Giving Sustainable Style New Cred

Olivia Rodrigo, Carrie Symonds, Billie Eilish, Jaden Smith and more are redefining sustainable style and activism.

clock June 16, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

Walmart, Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer, sustainability, supply chains, retailer, fashion, apparel

Business

How Walmart Is ‘Raising Supplier Ambition’ for Climate Action

Walmart’s chief sustainability officer Kathleen McLaughlin said shared value and “elevating ambition” helps suppliers fight climate change.

clock June 16, 2021Kaley Roshitsh

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