British footwear retailer Clarks has announced that it plans to close its advanced robot-assisted manufacturing factory in Street, Somerset, less than two years after it opened. The decision was made

Amazon, Alibaba, Shopify and even Instagram have made it easier for starters to launch a niche fashion brand online. However, the “first mile” of the supply chain hasn’t changed muc

The shoe industry has reinvented itself over the last 3 centuries. The production process of shoe making started with tailor-made pairs, with shoemakers producing shoes by hand until the early 19th

US designer label Alexander Wang has its sights set on bringing part of its manufacturing closer to its main markets. In 2014, 90 percent of the label manufacturing took plan in Asia - today this amo

Consumer markets are increasingly global, yet consumers continue to say they favor products made “at home.” Or at least that’s what they say. But when it comes to actual purchase de

A new report says the UK's 9 billion pound textile industry could create 20,000 jobs by 2020. The Alliance Report ‘Repatriation of UK Textiles Manufacture' says 5,000 new jobs were created in 2

Denim giant Levi Strauss said this week it would provide financing to its supplier in order to facilitate upgrading their working conditions. With over 500 suppliers, a pair of 501 jeans could easily

When Michael Agyeman-Boaten needed some shoes to match one of his custom-made suits, he turned not to a fancy Italian shoemaker, but to a group of craftsmen working out of a garage in Accra. Ghana is

Style Enter, a not for profit manufacturing enterprise, is aiming to boost the development of skills within the fashion and textiles industry to bring fashion production back to the UK. In collabor

Ongoing instability in Cambodia has seen major retailers voice concern at manufacturing in a country with little respect for its workers. This week Levi Strauss confirmed it would scale back orders o

April is the one-year anniversary of the Bangladesh factory collapse and H&M’s head of sustainability has called on Bangladesh to speed up factory inspections and added the brand is pushing

Thirteen child labourers were rescued last week during raids at shoe factories in New Delhi. Three factory employees were held in connection with the raid, which was carried in the Mundka area follo

Retail giant Walmart announced the creation of a fund to support manufacturing in the United States, which would benefit the production of garments and textiles as well. Walmart CEO William Simon men

A unique British service called 'Let's Make it Here' has been relaunched. An initiative of the UK Style and Textile Association, the directory is a resourceful tool for any fashion business who wan

Jaeger, the classic luxury high street retailer, has revealed it wants to improve the quality of its clothing by bringing manufacturing back to the UK. The British fashion giant is planning to base 5

After several months of inquiries, signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have released details on almost 1,600 factories being used in the country. Together they employ

A factory in Bangladesh that produces clothing for Matalan and Primark has collapsed, killing at least 70 people and causing injury to at least a further 200 workers. This is the latest tragic story

UK manufacturers, including clothing and apparel makers, continue to suffer from stagnant output, as fall in demand and concerns over export continues. In a survey by the CBI, of the 387 manufacturer

The UK manufacturing industry saw a fall in demand for the second month in a row. Following research from the manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), Robin Johnson, partner at international l

The UK as a manufacturing source is finished, according to one leading menswear manufacturer.Simon Berwin, managing director of Leeds-based Berwin and Berwin, told Drapers that successive governments

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