November proved yet another mixed month for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting their monthly comparable sales, as two firms reported negative monthly comps while the remainder managed to post growth.
Top stories on just-style this week include an exclusive report on Decathlon's environmental labelling initiative; how executives from Marks & Spencer, Burberry and Primark have responded to questions by British lawmakers about efforts to deal with excess stock and unwanted garments; and a US$5m investment by industrial thread maker Coats in new digital thread dyeing technology.
More than 250 executives from 125 organisations attended this year's Apparel Summit of the Americas in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, making it the largest event of the year for organiser the Americas Apparel Producers' Network (AAPN).
Thailand's Absolute Denim is to become the first denim manufacturer to convert 100% of its production to an aniline-free indigo solution developed by colour and speciality textile chemicals provider Archroma.
Danish apparel company Bestseller has launched what, by its own admission, is an "ambitious" new strategy that aims to make sustainability central to its way of doing business, including a new innovation platform under which it plans to invest in low-impact materials, new supply chain technologies and new business models.
Pioneering innovations aimed at engaging customers in the circular economy could be set to hit the market after circularity initiative The Launch announced the finalists for its annual innovators challenge.
Sporting giant Nike Inc has become a strategic partner to non-profit Global Fashion Agenda, which is working to set a common agenda and direction for focused industry efforts on sustainability in the sector.