German retail sales fell at their fastest pace since 2007 in April, data showed on Friday, but the drop was not as steep as expected in a sign of Germany's relative resilience during the coronavirus crisis.
European e-tailer Zalando has taken a major step forward in driving a more sustainability-focused retail sector post-pandemic, making sustainability assessment mandatory for its private labels and partner brands.
H&M is continuing to focus on its sustainability credentials with news that it’s launching a new collab swimwear collection and that it has topped a key ranking from the global non-profit Textile Exchange.
London-based consultancy Tomorrow has announced a “360-degree” partnership with Italian RTW brand N21. The strategic partnership will span distribution, events, strategy and a mentorship programme for emerging talent.
Adidas and Allbirds are partnering “to push the boundaries of sustainability by setting out to accomplish something that has never been done before: a sports performance shoe with the lowest carbon footprint”.
The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will be allocated to councils on a per capita basis to subsidise the introduction of a range of safety measures. The move aims to help get customers back to the shops.
Designers are clamoring for a radical change in the fashion system; for less seasons and shows and later fashion week dates. But Carlo Capasa, president of the Camera, still expects to have four Fashion Weeks per year.
A Bangladeshi garment-makers' trade body is threatening to stop production for EWM over claims millions of pounds are owed to factories. But EWM said most stock has been paid for and deals reached on other orders.
Japanese casual clothing chain Uniqlo, owned by Fast Retailing, said it plans to sell face masks made of fabric used for its Airism underwear line in response to strong demand for protective gear for the coronavirus.
WGSN and Euromonitor have tried to decipher the new consumption modes emerging in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, outlining the profiles of consumers who are both global and local, wary and optimistic.