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Ron Faris, the head of Nike's SNKRS, will lead the new Virtual Studios

 26 January 2022, Mumbai:

Nike has named Ron Faris, the company's SNKRS vice president, to manage its Virtual Studios, a new business that supports the company's newest foray into the metaverse. Following Nike's acquisition of Virgin Mega, a firm started by Faris that focused on fan communities and shopping and supported by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, Faris joined Nike in 2016.

He was designated VP of SNKRS, NBHD, and S23NYC in 2020, and will now oversee Nike's Virtual Studios vertical, which will serve as an "independent studio" for virtual product development.

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In an internal email obtained by Complex, Nike CEO John Donahoe wrote, "We have created Nike Virtual Studios, a new division that will operate as an independent studio to build our business around virtual products while also partnering with our core business to deliver best-in-class Web3, Metaverse, and blockchain-based experiences."

"To serve and expand the creative community in these vital locations, Nike Virtual Studios will establish creative hubs in both Los Angeles and New York."

According to the email announcing his hiring, Faris will serve as VP/GM of Nike Virtual Studios while continuing to oversee the SNKRS team until his former position is filled.

The revelation comes after RTFKT, a virtual shoe design firm and a studio for (NFTs, was bought by the Portland, Oregon-based company in December of last year.

Nike also joined up with online gaming platform Roblox a month ago to develop 'NikeLand,' a virtual realm that allows players to outfit virtual avatars in digital Nike apparel.

 

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 Ron Faris, the head of Nike's SNKRS, will lead the new Virtual Studios

ILO: labour market recovery forecast for 2022 downgraded

25 January 2022, Mumbai:

Geneva-based International Labour Organisation (ILO) has downgraded its forecast for labour market recovery in 2022, projecting a deficit in hours worked globally equivalent to 52 million full-time jobs, relative to the fourth quarter of 2019. The previous full-year estimate in May 2021 projected a deficit of 26 million full-time equivalent jobs.

While this latest projection is an improvement on the situation in 2021, it remains almost two per cent below the number of global hours worked pre-pandemic, according to the ILO World Employment and Social Outlook—Trends 2022 (WESO Trends).

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Global unemployment is expected to remain above pre-COVID-19 levels until at least 2023. The 2022 level is estimated at 207 million, compared to 186 million in 2019.

The ILO report also cautions that the overall impact on employment is significantly greater than represented in these figures because many people have left the labour force. In 2022, the global labour force participation rate is projected to remain 1.2 percentage points below that of 2019.

The downgrade in the 2022 forecast reflects, to some extent, the impact that recent variants of COVID-19 , such as Delta and Omicron, are having on the world of work, as well as significant uncertainty regarding the future course of the pandemic.

The WESO Trends report warns of the stark differences in the impact the crisis is having across groups of workers and countries. These differences are deepening inequalities within and among countries and weakening the economic, financial and social fabric of almost every nation, regardless of development status.

This damage is likely to require years to repair, with potential long-term consequences for labour force participation, household incomes and social and, possibly, political cohesion, said an ILO press release.

The effects are being felt in labour markets in all regions of the world, although a great divergence in recovery patterns can be observed. The European and the North American regions are showing the most encouraging signs of recovery, while South-East Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean have the most negative outlook.

At the national level, labour market recovery is strongest in high-income countries, while lower-middle-income economies are faring worst.

The disproportionate impact of the crisis on women’s employment is expected to last in the coming years, the report says. While the closing of education and training institutions “will have cascading long-term implications” for young people, particularly those without internet access.

The ILO report shows that, as in previous crises, temporary employment created a buffer against the shock of the pandemic for some.

While many temporary jobs were terminated or not renewed, alternative ones were created, including for workers who had lost permanent jobs. On average, the incidence of temporary work did not change.

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Showcasing the limitless nonwovens possibilities at Cinte Techtextil China 2022

23 January 2022, Mumbai:

Nonwovens has been one of the most demanded products in the textile industry in recent years.

According to a China customs report, China’s textile and apparel exports from January to November 2021 were USD 285.29 billion, a year-on-year increase of 7.7%. Compared to the same period in 2019, the export of nonwovens surgical masks, PPE gown and nonwoven fabrics increased by 149%, 185.9% and 50.2% respectively.

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Ever since the exponential growth of global demand for PPE such as surgical caps, gowns, masks, drapes, bed linen and gloves in 2019, the nonwovens market is anticipated to grow steadily with an anticipated global market size of USD 39.23 billion by 2028.

With the gradually normalising market for the medical nonwovens sector, prominent players in the industry are expanding their reach with application-specified products and rising innovation in the manufacture of hygiene products that aid in discomfort, contamination, and odour control by microbial activity.

Another key trend to look out for from 2021 to 2028 which is anticipated to drive the growth of the nonwovens sector is spunbond nonwoven fabrics, which accounted for the largest revenue share in 2020.

Cinte Techtextil China 2022 calls for industry leaders to showcase the limitless possibilities of nonwovens products. The much anticipated event of the year will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China from 6 – 8 September 2022.

 

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Texworld Evolution PARIS: To Enable Visitors Discover 'Trends Forum'

22 January 2022, Mumbai:

To be held from February 7 to 09 at the Parc des Expositions de Paris de Paris-Le Bourget, Texworld Evolution Paris will provide visitors an opportunity to discover the Trends Forum imagined and designed by the art directors of Texworld Paris, Louis Gérin and Grégory Lamaud.

Displayed at several points in the exhibition, the new forum will highlight expressive lines born out of these two years of crisis.

Texworld Evolution Paris Showroom hosted 700 visitors from 34 nations -  Fibre2Fashion

It will interrogate the new forms of ‘living together,’ the barriers between communities, cultures and materials by exploring the power of these interfaces in creative terms: the junction between digital and tangible, natural and synthetic, hard and soft.

These associations, which give a particular place to materials and fibers, will be explored through four major themes.

Border: This theme gives clothing materials their rightful place. It will encompass a large tonal palette ranging from graphite to arctic blue, but always in rather muted and ‘earthy’ aspects.

Alliance: This ethereal and spiritual creative range will showcase palettes of blue and green. The materials (carved embroidery) and the fiber (fibrous protrusion) in this theme will be are expressed in tones - transparent or opaque - in a spirit where nature often shines through.

Connections: This theme will include synthetic and fluorescent materials. It will mix fluorescent angora with knitted (recycled!) plastics.

Surface: This theme will be the point of contact and exchange between virtual and real, between earth and space, through a palette of blues and greens that can be imagined as flat surfaces" in the style of "flat design". The mixtures (crystalline membrane) and contrasts (antic collage) that confront the materials are not forbidden.

Visitors will be able to discover these major themes through all material samples and finished products selected by the show's artistic directors to illustrate concretely each of the creative universes of Spring/Summer 2023 fashion.

 

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Copenhagen Fashion Week publishes Annual Sustainability Report 2021

24 January 2022, Mumbai: 

Progress on the second year of Copenhagen Fashion Week's 2020-2022 Sustainability Action Plan.

The Annual Sustainability Report marks a status update on the second year of Copenhagen Fashion Week's 2020-2022 Sustainability Action Plan, that sets out to incur far-reaching and long-term change within the fashion industry.

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"The progress made during the second year of our Sustainability Action Plan shows the potential of our strategy and three-year targets to inspire and push fashion companies to embrace more responsible business practices.

We strongly believe that the new Nordic partnerships we entered around the 2023.

Sustainability Requirements set a major milestone that fosters stronger industry alignment and we're very excited to seek out new partnerships internationally during this coming year", says Cecilie Thorsmark, CEO, Copenhagen Fashion Week.

 

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MonforClean brings big savings for Albarrie

23 January 2022, Mumbai:

Albarrie – a major player in North America’s industrial nonwovens industry – is now benefiting from one of the first Monforts Montex stenter installations equipped with the full range of MonforClean heat recovery and exhaust air purification technologies.

With the new three-chamber Montex stenter at its plant in Barrie, Ontario, the Canadian company is treating specialised needlepunched nonwovens up to 4mm thick.

These have applications in a wide range of filter media and performance fabrics. The new Montex is enabling Albarrie to heat set and dry its materials to produce denser, higher quality fabrics which can also be finished and delivered to customers more rapidly.

Across timezones It took a crew of skilled millwrights, electricians and product specialists to build the line which was delivered in 11 shipping containers to Albarrie’s production facility. The line was originally scheduled to be fully operational in the Spring of 2020, but the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic inevitably led to several delays during the start-up and commissioning process.

“Through the challenges of the pandemic, Albarrie staff worked remotely across time zones with Monforts technologists and product specialists to access and configure the machine and run it through a rigorous testing schedule prior to launch,” said Kevin Horner, Albarrie’s Director of Operations.

Assistance closer to home also came from PSP Marketing, which represents Monforts in North America from its base in Charlotte, North Carolina, and reports that there is currently a push for the replacement of stenter frames in the USA.

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The Albarrie Montex line’s MonforClean capabilities include an air-to-air cross flow heat exchanger and an electrostatic precipitator providing the ability to purify the exhaust air and to recover energy to a maximum of 22,500 cubic metres of air per hour, resulting in a radical reduction in the conventional heat supply required.

The MonforClean was developed in cooperation with partner KMA Umwelttechnik, based in Königswinter, Germany.

The fully automated system is powered by a Siemens SPS S7 controller and KP 700 touch panel from which the recycled energy can be continuously monitored and savings calculated.

 

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Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM): The Lycra Company’s FOSHAN Facility Earns Hi-Score

22 January 2022, Mumbai:

The Lycra Company’s largest manufacturing site located in Foshan, China has earned a score in the upper quartile for its third-party audited Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM).

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Higg FEM is a sustainability assessment tool that The LYCRA Company is using to determine the Foshan site’s environmental impact, standardize how its environmental performance is measured year over year, and identify, prioritize and scale enhancements.

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lycra’s largest manufacturing site is located in Foshan, China
  • It has earned a score in the upper quartile
  • The distinction earned for its third-party audited (Higg FEM)
  • It is used to determine the Foshan site’s environmental impact

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Foshan’sHigg FEM score is based on the percentage of completed and verified self-assessment questions related to its environmental management systems, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, water use, wastewater, air emissions, waste management, and chemical management.

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The Foshan site completed the full module and had their responses confirmed by an independent verifier.

 

 

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Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM): The Lycra Company’s FOSHAN Facility Earns Hi-Score

BGMEA urges NBR simplify business procedures

24 January 2022, Mumbai: 

BGMEA has urged the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to remove customs and bond-related obstacles from the way of business to expedite the growth of the apparel and textile industry.

A delegation of BGMEA headed by President Faruque Hassan made the call during a meeting with NIIR Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem at the NBI office here on Thursday.

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The association also called for simplifying business procedures like the inclusion of new raw materials and other related materials with their harmonized system (HS) code in the bond licenses.

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Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics-Spring Edition 2022: Focus on the theme-‘Connected’

22 October 2021, Mumbai:

To be held in Shanghai from April 14-16, 2022, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics-Spring Edition 2022 will focus on the theme-‘Connected’. The theme will be represented by four key trends: Bio-Clarity, Natural-Harmony, Virtual-Energy and Earth-Celebration.

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Trend Forum will feature on-trend fabric samples submitted by exhibitors to provide inspiration for visitors on colors, patterns, materials, etc.

The Intertextile Directions Trend Committee will be formed by top trend forecasters from fashion capitals around the world: TOBE TDG By The Doneger Group (New York, USA), Elementi Moda (Milan, Italy), NellyRodi Agency (Paris, France) and Sachiko Inoue (Tokyo, Japan).

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition 2022 will be held concurrently with the Spring Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, Yarn Expo Spring, CHIC and PH Value at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai).

The fair is co-organized by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Textile Information Centre.

 

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APTMA URGES PM FOR INTERVENTION TO SAVE EXPORT ORIENTED TEXTILE INDUSTRY OF SIND & BALUCHISTAN FROM TOTAL CLOSURE

22 January 2022, Mumbai:

Asif Inam, Chairman – All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, Southern Zone has requested Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan’s intervention to save export oriented textile industry of Sindh and Baluchistan from total closure as they have become almost standstill due to denial of gas.

Mr. Asif Inam said that export oriented textile industries of Sind and Baluchistan are contributing more than 52 percent in total textile exports of Pakistan are deprived of gas supply despite of government vision of the higher priority of gas supply to export oriented industries as compared to other industries. He further said that industries of Sindh and Baluchistan are denied of their legal right on gas supply although they are self-sufficient in supply of natural gas.

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Chairman APTMA Southern Zone said that due to extremely low gas pressure and frequently unavailability it is very difficult for the export oriented textile industries located in Sindh and Hub Industrial Area to run the mills and fulfill their export commitments well in time.

Chairman APTMA Southern Zone said that despite Baluchistan High Court Order industrial units located in Hub Industrial Area since last two months are getting only 25 percent gas pressure which is inadequate to run the mills.

Asif Inam urged the government and gas supply companies to provide gas first to export oriented industries including textile to run their mills without any disruption so that they can fulfill their export commitments in time and then to other industries if they have enough gas supply otherwise export oriented textile industry would be compelled to shut down their industries as they are incurring heavy financial losses due to unavailability of gas.

 

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Hohenstein x Presize partner for better online fitting

23 January 2022, Mumbai:

Garment engineering combined with mobile technology will reduce returns and increase sustainability for online shopping.

BÖNNIGHEIM, Germany (January 21, 2022) – Hohenstein, a leading specialist in fit and pattern engineering, has joined forces with digital size pioneer, Presize.

The partnership now offers a variety of business services, including reliable size tables and digital scaling, that empower online retailers to automatically recommend appropriate garment sizes.

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Merging traditional size tables, reliable garment fits and digital body measurements with smartphone technology reduces the number of returned online purchases. Proper fit also reduces waste, lowers footprint and bolsters customer loyalty. “The better a brand understands sizes, fits and target groups, the more accurately they can automate size recommendations.

We help brands meet the different requirements of various sizes, so the fit is comfortable across customer ranges, collections and suppliers,” states Simone Morlock, Head of Hohenstein’s Digital Fitting Lab. This size and grading advice is now underpinned by digital measurement services and technology based on artificial intelligence.

“All it takes to work out the right size, based on a user’s individual body measurements, are some quick questions regarding their age, height and weight, plus an optional video to take measurements.

We use an algorithm that learns as it goes along, and this improves the advice given on sizes with each order or return,” states Presize co-founder and CEO, Leon Szeli.

 

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Online personal styling service Stitch Fix report: US Consumers’ spending on apparel and footwear exceeded pre-pandemic levels

22 October 2021, Mumbai:

As per a new report by online personal styling service Stitch Fix, US Consumers’ spending on apparel and footwear exceeded pre-pandemic levels in every month of 2021.

As per a Daily Star report, the pandemic greatly accelerated the shift toward online shopping. E-commerce grew to account for 36 percent of total apparel and footwear sales in 2020, versus 26 percent in 2019, it said.

Apparel export to the American markets from Bangladesh grew 45.91 percent year-on-year to $4.23 billion in the July-December period.

Export of goods and footwear made of leather to the US markets also increased thanks to high demand from retailers and brands.

The export growth was mainly driven by three factors -- the US-China trade tension, strength in production of both basic garment items and those in the middle range of price and quality, and competitive prices.

The Ha-Meem group exported $550 million worth of garment items in 2021 of which 95 percent went to the US markets. This year some $100 million worth more garment items are expected to be shipped to the US markets.

Similarly, the Noman Group, another leading garment exporter, has also been receiving more work orders from US-based retailers and brands this year compared to last year.

Western retailers and brands have been heading over to Bangladesh with plenty of work orders in an attempt to diversify sources and reduce overdependence on a single source.

Bangladesh’s leather and leather goods and footwear export have witnessed a growth of over 18 percent year-on-year in the July-December period. MdShahidullahAzim, Managing Director, Classic Fashion, said garment exports to the US markets at the end of the year may cross $8 billion as the growth was very high.

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Faruque Hassan, President, BGMEA added, the confidence of Bangladeshi apparel items has improved a lot following the strengthening of workplace safety and continuation of product supply even during the pandemic's peak. Local manufacturers Aare also very strong in the production of garment items, he added.

 

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Copenhagen Fashion Week to partner with Swedish Fashion Council

20 January 2022, Mumbai:

Copenhagen Fashion Week to partner with Swedish Fashion Council in supporting and incubating emerging designer talent.

In anticipation of the AW22 edition, Copenhagen Fashion Week is delighted to announce that it will be partnering with the Swedish Fashion Council in order to strengthen and further develop their joint dedication to the incubation and growth of emerging designer talent.

This partnership will align Copenhagen Fashion Week with the Swedish Fashion Council's ambitious talent program, furthering both organisations' dedication to supporting young designers across the Nordics.

"Copenhagen Fashion Week holds responsibility at its core purpose, of which this very much includes the nurturing and promoting of the young talent that bring such a renewed perspective to Nordic design.

We are beyond thrilled to be able to strengthen this dedication with the alignment to the work of the Swedish Fashion Council - together we are stronger and can jointly work together to ensure we are not only preserving but spotlighting the next generation of our creative industry." - Cecilie Thorsmark, CEO Copenhagen Fashion Week With Swedish designer Jade Cropper, who is also a part of the incubator program Swedish Fashion Talents, announced as the AW22 Talent, the February 2022 season will be the perfect opportunity to commence the mutual partnership between the two organisations, with the Swedish Fashion Council to be co-host of the official Talent dinner that will open the season on the first evening of AW22.

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'The Swedish Fashion Council is actively working to foster next generation fashion talents in our incubator, and this collaboration will enable us to push those efforts even further. Copenhagen Fashion Week is an important platform to showcase Scandinavian fashion, but most importantly we are pleased to have them as a partner in the transformation of the industry.

It is no secret that the fashion system is in dire need of systemic change and such change requires collaboration.'' - Jennie Rosén, CEO Swedish Fashion Council About Copenhagen Fashion Week Copenhagen Fashion Week is the largest fashion week in the Nordic region held biannually in January/Febru- ary and August. Each season, Copenhagen Fashion Week welcomes leading international press, buyers and industry leaders across our global network to three days of shows, presentations and events alongside the two trade shows CIFF and Revolver.

Responsibility is the core focus for Copenhagen Fashion Week, striving towards making substantial changes to inspire and encourage the industry to take steps towards positive and responsible change.

In January 2020, Copenhagen Fashion Week unveiled an ambitious three-year Sustainability Action Plan, presenting an innovative system of minimum requirements for brands to be part of the official schedule as of 2023.

About Swedish Fashion Council

The Swedish Fashion Council (SFC) is an industry organisation that aims to guide the fashion industry into the future, establishing Sweden as the global leader of the industry's new era.

Through its thought leadership and continuous work, SFC is one of the key players accelerating the transformation of the global fashion industry. Together with a strong community, SFC works to promote, educate, and innovate the Swedish fashion industry in order for it to become competitive.

Established in 1979, the core of the organisation's work consists of leading research projects, providing industry reports and supporting the next generation of fashion leaders through the incubator program Swedish Fashion Talents. SFC is owned by the Swedish Trade Federation.

 

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