Oeko-Tex has put new criteria into place for its STeP certification standard, designed to make the sustainability of production facilities throughout the textile supply chain visible using a transparent scoring system.
Apparel and footwear group Deckers Brands is to speed up some elements of its long-term strategy with the closure of around 20 stores, after revealing a "more challenging" third-quarter than it expected.
The most-read stories on just-style this week include a new report which found Syrian refugee workers in Turkish clothing factories that supply the likes of Next and H&M, renewed fears for worker safety after the latest garment factory fire in Bangladesh, and an update from Under Armour on its competitive positioning.
Analysts have said there will be "no catalyst for sentiment change" at Ralph Lauren until May, after the US apparel giant lowered its full-year outlook and posted a double-digit decline in third-quarter net profit.
A fire that broke out at a garment factory in Bangladesh that was supposedly "on track" with remedial action highlights the race against time to make Bangladesh's garment factories safe, according to one industry trade union.
India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has maintained a stable outlook for the country's cotton textiles sector in FY16/17 thanks to margin expansion led by lower cotton prices, but has warned of the risk of a potential price crash due to uncertainty in China.