Free trade zones drive foreign investment, jobs and growth - but they also unwittingly offer criminals a safe haven for trafficking counterfeit goods, which are a drain on economies and carry health and safety risks, a new report suggests.
Top stories this week on just-style include a review of research that argues garment workers' health and safety is under attack everyday as a normal part of 'business as usual', Target Corp launching a denim recycling pilot with German company I:Collect (I:CO), VF Corp inking an agreement to acquire the Altra footwear brand, and Reebok unveiling the first running shoe built with its latest upper technology.
In a number of executive changes announced by US sporting goods giant Nike, the company's chairman, president and CEO Mark Parker is to remain in the role beyond 2020 - while Nike brand president Trevor Edwards, who had been seen as a potential successor to Parker, is to leave the business this summer.
The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) is reviewing its role as the voice of the European textile and apparel industry in Brussels, and is parting company with its long-serving director general Francesco Marchi.
Performance fabric specialist WL Gore & Associates has established an innovation centre in California's Silicon Valley district, offering start-ups the chance to collaborate with Gore scientists on a range of advanced materials science challenges.
Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has reported its best financial performance in its history during 2017 but warned it expects its results for the year ahead will be lower than the last two years as a number of factors form the basis for a challenging market environment in the coming quarters.
Performance fabric specialist WL Gore & Associates has developed an innovation centre in California's Silicon Valley district, offering start-ups the chance to collaborate with Gore scientists on a range of advanced materials science challenges.
Ananas Anam, a pioneer company in innovation and product development within the circular economy, has partnered with leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl in a move designed to enhance the performance and sustainability of Piñatex, a natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibre.