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Join Levi's, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, and Others at ATSM

Join Levi’s, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, and Others at ATSM

Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami is almost here. This May 28th-30th, the second year of the annual show will commence. ATSM will draw thousands of attendees, international buyers, sourcing professionals, designers, importers, distributors, business owners, brands, and retailers. ATSM is a…

India

India- Apparel’s Next Star

India is set to “take center stage” in 2019, according to McKinsey’s State of Fashion Report. Traditionally, the country was a sourcing destination, more than a popular consumer market. Interestingly enough, their growing middle class is outpacing the rest of…

Gen Z Discovers Apparel Through Amazon

Gen Z Discovers Apparel Through Amazon

According to Sourcing Journal Online, a growing number of teens cite Amazon as their “favorite shopping website.” In fact, a report from Elite SEM uncovered that Amazon is where 72 percent of Gen Z women find new brands. Even so,…

ATSC 2019: Record-Breaking Expansion

ATSC 2019: Record-Breaking Expansion

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada is back for its fourth year August 19th-21st, 2019 at the International Centre in Toronto. ATSC 2019 promises significant changes and record-breaking expansion and attendance. CEO Jason Prescott shared, ATSC is coming back to Canada in…

EU/US Tariffs Sparks Concern

EU/US Tariffs Sparks Concern

What do cheese, nuts, and wine have in common? First and foremost, they are the critical components alongside a great charcuterie board. Second, they are now a portion of U.S. published list of European imports that are subject to tariffs….

Is Coachella the New Fashion Week(ends)?

Coachella- The New Fashion Week(ends)?

Despite being preceded by South by Southwest (SXSW) and Ultra Music Festival, Coachella marks the official start of “festival season.” Now, it is considered “in style” to attend these events. Ultimately, this is where the influencers of social media, music,…

The Good Fight: Counterfeit Goods vs. Artificial Intelligence

The Good Fight: Counterfeit Goods vs. Artificial Intelligence 

Counterfeit goods bring to mind fake designer purses emblazoned with the interlocking C’s or G’s sold on Canal Street in New York or along Santee Alley in Los Angeles. At this point, a one or two bag purchase may seem…

Eco-tax

China’s Eco-Tax Will Effect Textiles

China is trying to shift its reputation as a significant global polluter through a new “eco-tax.” In fact, the Chinese government lists pollution control as one of its “three tough battles,” reported Just-Style. A major driver in achieving sustainability for…

Pinterest Still Makes an Impact

Pinterest Still Makes an Impact

Once upon a time, Pinterest was the go-to destination for lovers of arts and crafts and the source of inspiration for brides-to-be. Then, it slowly evolved into a tool for home decorators and fashion bloggers seeking to discover the most…

Compliance in Emerging Markets

Compliance in Emerging Markets

Tariffs and trade uncertainty with China has forced apparel companies to diversify their supply chains. The influx of production to other sourcing destinations such as Bangladesh and Vietnam is leaving a strain on the factories. Due to sheer volume, production…

Oscars So Pink: A Color Story

Oscars So Pink: A Color Story

As the awards show season came to an end, the Oscar’s red carpet is what left a lasting impression. Many may not remember who won Best Supporting Actress, or Best Screenplay. But, they remember the fashion. Although, it wasn’t just…

Are Department Stores Doomed?

Are Department Stores Doomed?

In the latest Retail Apocalypse news, Gap Inc. just announced a split from Old Navy. Sourcing Journal Online shared that the conglomerate will split into two entities. Now, Old Navy will have an individual strategy and business model from Gap….

Free Trade with the European Union

Free Trade with the European Union

The parameters of free trade between nations have been in flux. The U.S- China trade war continues to leave an air of uncertainty amongst the countries. Although, despite not having waved the white flag, the U.S is attempting to forge…

Polyester Pollutes Oceans

Polyester Pollutes Oceans

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword. The McKinsey State of Fashion 2019 said this is the first year it ranked as a top priority for the apparel industry. It is increasingly difficult to ignore the effects of apparel production and waste….

Consumer Shifts Impact Apparel

Consumer Shifts Impact Apparel

The apparel industry is notoriously fickle — season by season colors, silhouettes, and brands popularity ebbs and flows. Although, for the past decade aspects have been changing on a fundamental level. These macro-subjective elements are transforming how we consume fashion…

Mauritius: The New Sourcing Destination

Mauritius: The Next Sourcing Destination

Mauritius has emerged as an economic leader of the African nations. In 2017, the African Economic platform (AEP) was established, and they advocated for African-made goods and promoted trade across the continent. Now, new attention is deeming them the next…

Recycled Uniforms in 2020

Japan’s Olympians Will Wear Recycled Uniforms in 2020

Not everyone can qualify for the Olympics, but everyone can participate in the fanfare of it all. In fact, if you’re in Japan, your recycled clothing could end up on the backs of your favorite Olympian. From Recyled to Center…

China's Plan For a Green Supply Chain

China’s Plan For a Green Supply Chain

China has joined the global sustainable effort towards a green supply chain. Previously, two of China’s cities made the list of top 10 cities with the worst air pollution in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Above all,…

Luxury Apparel: The New Wave

Luxury Apparel: The New Wave

Luxury had a steady growth trajectory in 2018 and is one of the most optimistic sectors in apparel for the coming year, according to the McKinsey State of Fashion 2019 Report. Interestingly enough, in an industry fraught with rising costs…

influencer marketing

#Influenced: The Reach of Influencer Marketing

The way we consume media has changed. A massive social media boom has led consumers away from print magazines and other traditional forms of finding products and trends. More than ever, Instagram, fashion blogs, and other social channels are becoming…

Wearable Tech Bridges Apparel and Healthcare

Wearable Tech Bridges Apparel and Healthcare

Wearable technology is no longer elusive. Apple watches and fitness trackers show consumers that what you wear should have a purpose beyond basic functionality. Now, the market is ready and eager for these advancements. Wearable Tech Goes Mainstream Interestingly enough,…

Inside a Possible U.S-Japan Free Trade Agreement

Inside a Possible U.S-Japan Free Trade Agreement

The United States is following the European Union’s lead in negotiating a free trade agreement with Japan. Almost two years ago the U.S. withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). While Japan remains in the deal, the U.S is looking to…

Living Coral is 2019's Color of the Year

Living Coral is 2019’s Color of the Year

Can you express the overarching mood of an entire culture through just a color? Pantone believes so. As a result, they announced Living Coral as its color of the year. Now, the shade whose slight golden hue exudes warmth and…

EU Bans Four Chemicals Found in Apparel and Textiles

EU Bans Four Chemicals Found in Apparel and Textiles

The European Union has the most extensive regulations on chemical use in the world. The European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) went into practice in 2007. So, REACH has been reducing consumer, worker, and environmental…

Spinnova To Launch New Sustainable Textile

Spinnova To Launch New Sustainable Textile

Finnish textile company Spinnova just erected a new pilot factory in a matter of months and is prepared to launch a new textile to the market. This wood-pulp derivative is the latest eco-friendly fiber of the future.

New Provisions for Textiles and Apparel Under USMCA

Regulations for Textiles Under USMCA

On November 30th, 2018, all three North American leaders signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into effect. Bringing jobs to America and preventing further outsourcing is the primary objective of the new trade agreement. So far, regulations to the farming,…

USMCA Signed, Replacing NAFTA

USMCA Signed, Replacing NAFTA

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is signed. U.S President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto replaced the almost 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The “NAFTA 2.0” was signed in Buenos Aires…

U.S and China Look to End Trade War

U.S and China Look to End Trade War

As January nears and the promised enactment of 25% tariffs on apparel looms, the world sits awaiting impact. The duties initially were put into action were set to improve U.S companies’ market access and to protect intellectual property. In the…

Canada Goose Ventures into Footwear

Canada Goose Ventures into Footwear

Canada Goose has acquired Baffin, a winter-boot maker, with plans to use their expertise for the company’s first venture into footwear. The world’s leading luxury outdoor brand started in a small warehouse in Toronto in 1957 under the name Metro…

Will The Midterms Save Us From The Trade War?

Will The Midterms Save Us From The Trade War?

As the U.S midterm elections are underway, the question looms over how the outcome will affect tariffs, consumers, and the apparel industry at large. The duties, which total $250 billion worth of imported goods from China has already cost American…