The UK has officially sealed its first post-Brexit trade deal, after signing an economic partnership agreement with Japan in a move that will cut tariffs on nearly 99% of products traded between the two countries.
Top stories on just-style this week include a decision by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to end all field-level activities in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) amid ongoing reports of forced labour abuses. H&M, Nike, and Gap are among a number of major apparel companies asked to give evidence at a UK inquiry exploring links to XUAR supply chains. Elsewhere, six factory workers have died at a garment factory in Pakistan, and a new report explains why textile waste must become the fashion industry's new raw material.
Cone Denim has partnered with antimicrobial solutions provider Noble Biomaterials to develop a new denim fabric using Noble's Ionic+ technology, which harnesses the power of positive ions embedded in yarn fibres to inhibit the growth of bacteria and microbes on the surface of fabric.
US specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc has set out proposals to shake up its business, with a heavier focus on the Old Navy and Athleta brands and the closure of around one-third of Gap and Banana Republic stores in North America.
Eco-friendly leather producer ISA TanTec has launched a division specialising in the development of new sustainable products - including materials based on mushroom, mycelium and other plant based sources.
Ralph Lauren Corporation, PVH Corp and Lacoste are among the members of a new fashion industry group that has developed a roadmap to guide the sector toward making measurable progress in achieving gender parity.
Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) says its programme is showing real results in the working conditions of garment workers but admits there is more work to be done in relation to gender differences in areas such as wages and harassment.
US apparel brand Gap is to pull back its store presence in Europe with the potential closure of bricks and mortar stores across the continent and the possibility of transferring some of the business to third-parties.
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is to halt all field-level activities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China, where ongoing allegations of forced labour and other human rights abuses "have contributed to an increasingly untenable operating environment."