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Global Apparel Update
Issue 171: May 2023

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Global Apparel Update is an executive briefing, supplied in digital format. Each month, we report on the latest news from the international apparel market.
What's in it?

Global Apparel Update contains independent research, insight and analysis on product innovations and business developments from the international apparel market. Topics regularly featured include:

  • acquisitions, divestments and mergers
  • additives
  • artificial leather materials
  • chemical recycling
  • circularity
  • colour trends
  • corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • cotton
  • denim
  • dyes
  • environmental sustainability
  • fibres
  • financial results
  • footwear
  • investments
  • joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution
  • market forecasts
  • new facilities
  • trace technology
  • treatments and finishes
  • wearable technology

It also contains news from brands, companies, and other organisations, such as: Alchemie Technology, Archroma, Asos, Avery Dennison, bluesign technologies, CleanKore, Cone Denim, Eastman, Euratex (the European Apparel and Textile Confederation), Fashion for Good, Fast Retailing, Gap, Gildan Activewear, H&M Group, Haelixa, HeiQ, Higg, Huntsman Textile Effects, Hyosung, Inditex, Indorama Ventures (IVL), Infinited Fiber Company, Invista, Lenzing, Nilit, Noble Biomaterials, Oeko-Tex, Pantone, Polybion, Recover, Shein, Stony Creek Colors, Teijin Frontier, The TJX Companies, Thai Acrylic Fibre, VF Corporation, Zalando, and ZDHC Foundation.

Like all Textiles Intelligence publications, Global Apparel Update is a reliable source of independently sourced business information, and it does not carry advertising.



  • Pangaia has collaborated with footwear manufacturer Zellerfeld in the development of a sneaker which can be recycled easily at the end of its useful life
  • Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel has developed a range of fusible shirt interlinings which are biodegradable
  • Zara has collaborated with Circ in the development of a capsule collection which is made using polyester and lyocell derived from recycled textile waste


  • Avery Dennison has signed a definitive agreement to acquire custom embellishments manufacturer Lion Brothers
  • Asos: group revenues in the first half of 2022/23 were down by 8%
  • Gildan Activewear: net sales in the first quarter of 2023 were down by 9.3%
  • Kontoor Brands: net sales in the first quarter of 2023 were down by 2%
  • Consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear in Asia and Oceania is forecast to grow by 6.3% per annum between 2022 and 2027