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Global Apparel Update
Issue 132: February 2020

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Global Apparel Update is an executive briefing, supplied in electronic format. Each month, we include details of the latest developments and business news in the international apparel sector.
What's in it?
"Global Apparel Update" includes information on developments in the international apparel sector, such as developments in:
  • apparel manufacturing techniques
  • colour trends
  • denim fabric and collections
  • environmentally sustainable dyes, fibres, yarns and garments
  • environmentally sustainable processes
  • fabric cutting machinery
  • fair trade apparel collections
  • fasteners for apparel
  • garment finishing technologies
  • new fibres, fabrics and apparel collections
  • online retailing
  • performance denim collections
  • sportswear collections
  • sustainable denim
  • wearable technology

It also contains news of such companies and brands as Abercrombie & Fitch, Amazon, Archroma, Asos, Athleta, Banana Republic, Benetton Group, Best Pacific, Cotton Incorporated, Daiyin Textile (Malaysia), Donna Karan, Eastman Chemical Company, Fast Retailing, Galeries Lafayette, Gap, Garmon Chemicals, Gerber Technology, G-III Apparel Group, Gildan Activewear, H&M, Hollister, House of Fraser, Huntsman Textile Effects, Hyosung, Inditex, Invista, JC Penney, Lectra, Lenzing, Macy's, Marks and Spencer (M&S), Pantone, Peerless Clothing, Perry Ellis International, Primark, Royo Textile, Sewbo, ShangPin.com, Tanatex Chemicals, Target, Teijin, The TJX Companies, Tommy Hilfiger, Tonello, Topshop, VF Corporation, Victoria Beckham, Viyellatex Group, Weddington Way, Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP), Zalando, and Zhejiang Transfar (Transfar Chemicals).

Like all Textiles Intelligence publications, "Global Apparel Update" is a reliable source of independently sourced business information, and it does not carry advertising.

Table of Contents

  • H&M has developed a womens wear dress which is the first commercial apparel product of its kind to incorporate Circulose fibre
  • ISKO has developed a faux fur denim fabric which is considered to be the first fabric of its kind
  • Lenzing has collaborated with Hyosung in the development of an environmentally sustainable fabric collection
  • Toray has developed a new version of its Primeflex stretch fabric which contains plant-based materials and polymer derived from plastic waste
  • RadiciGroup has launched a new range of yarns which are made using polymer derived from recycled nylon


    • Lenzing has launched a reforestation project in ShkodQr, Albania
    • Gap has reversed its plans to separate into two independent publicly traded companies
    • Asos: group revenues in the first four months of 2019/20 were up by 20%
    • Fast Retailing: revenues in the first quarter of 2019/20 were down by 3.3%
    • HanesBrands: net sales in 2019 were up by 2.4%
    • H&M Group: net sales in 2018/19 were up by 11%
    • Levi Strauss & Co: net revenues in 2018/19 were up by 3%
    • H&M Group has entered into a franchise agreement with Hola Moda
    • US clothing imports were up in value but down in volume in 2019
    • Worn Again Technologies has opened a new pilot research and development (R&D) facility in Redcar, UK