Pineapple Leather – A Vegan Option
Carmen Hijosa has created Pinatex, a textile woven from the long fibres in the fruit's discarded leaves that offers a sustainable alternative to leather.What It Is:  Ms. Hijosa, who founded the company Ananas Anam to market Pinatex, works with pineapple farmers in the Philippines who harvest and strip the fibres, which are finished into Pinatex, a mesh-like material, in Spain.To make one square metre of Pinatex takes 460 leaves. Global pineapple production topped 25 million tonnes in 20...
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Kingpins Takes a Firm Stand on Sustainability
Kingpins Show is taking a firm stand on sustainability.  The global denim show will begin the process of requiring all exhibiting denim mills to meet or exceed standards in the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR), environment and chemical usage. The fair’s organizers believes that industry trade shows are in a position to simultaneously help the denim industry be more responsible and support brands and retailers choose best-in-class suppliers by requiring exhibitors to...
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Extreme Creativity Proves to be Extremely Profitable
While most of the market is chasing price, IZ Direct Enterprises Ltd. chose to take a different direction. The Hong Kong-based company decided to focus on creativity and quality, with the goal of capturing what they saw as an emerging market for better and more unique fashion. “We’ve grown a lot, even in bad times,” said Jake Wong, Business Development.  “We focus on value, not price.  About 30 percent of our resources are invested in design and graphi...
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10 Big New Developments from ISPO
Sourcing starts early for the sports and activewear market, purely due to the performance and innovation required in development from fiber to finished fabric. Performance is at its peak at ISPO Textrends (Munich: Feb 3-6, 2019) with materials delivering a wide range of functions including:  thermal regulation, moisture management, anti-odor, power stretch, anti-rip, anti-bacterial, FIR and quick dry. In addition, this season saw an increased level of creativity in terms of constructio...
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A Slower Boat From China
Slower transit times are one of seven changes that we expect will impact logistics this year.
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Global Trade’s Next Turf War
As the world markets become increasingly borderless, developed nations are starting balk at the threat of losing retail market share to new online invaders. The entrance of foreign brands into physical retail has been an accept (if grudgingly) part of business.  However, with domestic e-commerce giants already blamed with pirating retail sales, the growth of cross-border e-commerce is now pushing retailers past their pain thresholds. Here’s what’s happening…&nbs...
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How Indie Brands are Making Physical Retail Great Again
The often heard rant that physical retail is dead (with statistics about the number of store closings) are proving to be part of the all-to-common fear-based news. In fact, the outlook for physical retail is actually quite good.  The key driver behind physical retail growth is indie brands.  Many began as digital native (online only) brands.  Now they’re moving offline.  Why? Because customer experience is now key – it’s the new dealmaker...
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Green Extreme: How One Manufacturer is Achieving Break Through Levels of Sustainability
How one manufacturer is achieving break through levels of sustainability through its commitment to fully use 100% of it raw materials. “For us every day is an Earth day,” said Mr. Srihari, Managing Director of KG Fabriks.   “We say this because we are the only company in the world to turn 100 percent of our raw materials into useful products. This means that if 100 kilos of cotton or polyester comes into our factory, everything gets converted into a product. ...
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Technology and Tradition Bolster U.S. Cotton Sustainability
The United States’ cotton industry has been a pioneer in utilizing new technologies, enabling farmers to produce some of the most sustainable cotton in the world. In the U.S., sustainability is not only about reducing resources needed to grow cotton but also preserving fertile land for future generations that will cultivate the traditional family farm. “Over the last 35 years, we have improved continuously in all the most important environmental factors where we measure sustaina...
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How A Japanese Company Can Print Masterpieces on Apparel
Customized printed garments is a big business, and the number of competitors entering the market each year is pushing all players to find new ways to be smarter and faster. When Macby Katagai decided to enter this market segment they knew they needed to come in with something extraordinary.  Anything less could mean failure in this already very competitive market. The Tokyo-based company had a 128-year old legacy as a printer of office forms, financial reports and other business r...
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