The threat to apparel and footwear could escalate beyond the incremental US$200bn tariffs announced by the US administration this week, according to analysts, with Chinese disruption of the retail supply chain within China and a boycotting of US brands all likely scenarios.
Top stories this week on just-style include the US's new tariffs on Chinese imports, a look at how sourcing recycled post-consumer textile fibres is the most challenging action point for clothing brands, and how suppliers are affected when a retailer goes bust and what they need to do in such a situation.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the developer of spider silk-based fibres, has signed three agreements with farming cooperatives in Vietnam to produce the mulberry necessary to support its production in the country.
June proved to be a positive month for US retail as good weather boosted sales and global trade tensions failed to hit spending. Yet for the handful of apparel retailers still reporting their monthly comparable sales, it was a mixed bag of results.
US retailers have applauded a mild rebuke by the Senate to President Donald Trump's tariff policy after a non-binding motion was passed giving Congress a role in his decisions to impose tariffs for national security reasons.
Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) is joining hands with global safety science organisation UL in a strategic partnership it says will lay the foundation for a "significant" new development in product authentication and supply chain traceability.
Asos has blamed investment in a number of key infrastructure projects in the US and Europe for a slowdown in sales in its last quarter as the online fashion retailer lowered its guidance for the full year.
Environmental activist group Greenpeace says the fashion companies signed up to its Detox campaign have made "significant" progress in removing hazardous chemicals in supply chains in the seven years since its inception.
The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS), the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Hong Kong-based garment firm TAL Group are to introduce the Higg Index in the country's textile and garment industry.