US apparel business Perry Ellis International has ended takeover discussions with privately-held Randa Accessories Leather Goods, deeming an acquisition led by company founder and former CEO George Feldenkreis is the better option.
German outdoor clothing company Vaude has launched a comprehensive supplier management programme to provide support to its international producers and material suppliers in ensuring high ecological and social standards throughout its supply chain.
Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has launched a pop-up customisation studio to demonstrate the abilities of its new laser-powered Project F.L.X. initiative, which is digitising the design and development of denim finishing.
Suppliers appear to be more committed to measuring and improving their sustainability and building transparency into their business models - with most companies able to make a difference in just a couple of years.
US retail sales are forecast to increase at a minimum of 4.5% year-on-year in 2018, new figures show, thanks to tax reform and other positive economic inputs - but tariffs threaten to dampen consumer confidence.
US apparel giant VF Corp has revealed plans to spin off the group's denim and outlet businesses into an independent, publicly traded company - in a move it says will sharpen its focus as a global clothing and footwear powerhouse focused on brands such as The North Face, Timberland and Vans.