By Chelsea Murtha, AAFA Director of Sustainability | February 2, 2023
2022 saw an unprecedented level of policymaking that affected, and often targeted, the apparel and footwear industry. 2023 is shaping up to be an even busier year.
The road to fashion greatness was a winding path for Samuel Taylor, founder of the elevated luxury streetwear and wearable-technology brand Silent Panda.
Following the May announcement of its partnerships with URBN and Nordstrom, which afforded it extensive funding, the textile recycling and reuse nonprofit FABSCRAP has opened a location in Philadelphia. In addition to bringing the group’s services to Philadelphia, FABSCRAP’s new location will allow the New York City–headquartered nonprofit to serve the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, including Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Md.; and Southern New Jersey.
In 2017, Los Angeles-born and -raised sisters Celine and Joline Nehoray began developing a brand that would allow women to feel sexy and bold while also living these characteristics out loud and with no reservations.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that will require garment factories to pay a minimum hourly wage in addition to giving workers additional benefits.
When denim company Star Fades International announced its opening in January, the mission was more than simply cultivating the local Los Angeles jeans market.
While fashion has reevaluated its approach to how style mavens can blend feeling comfortable with appearing chic, Myles Price focuses on developing basics through an approach to true luxury.
Founding her Angela fashion denim brand, which she refers to as “the best jeans ever,” was a long journey for Holly Sanders, who grew up in the small town of Barstow, Calif., but is aiming to make a big impact on the industry.
Inspired by real women of the real world, EasyStandard is a new women’s loungewear brand focused on marrying clothing and community.
After searching for gym apparel that would satisfy the vibrant, fun and fit needs of Liz Holtz and Cinée Goudaillier, the pair’s frustration plateaued and they decided to create their own solution—LiCi Fit.
With a message of choosing love over fear, Ruben Rojas is cultivating his art-inspired label to grow from its Los Angeles T-shirt roots into a global brand that makes an impact.
Responsible cotton has been Brent Crossland’s passion throughout the industry expert’s nearly 40-year career. After working with a number of companies including Wrangler and Bayer CropScience—where he created the e3 sustainable cotton program that affords guidelines to farmers—Crossland recently founded 5Loc Cotton.
Following its work to promote scalable environmental solutions in apparel sectors within countries including China, Vietnam and India, the Apparel Impact Institute announced the launch of its research to introduce its Clean by Design program, which works with clothing manufacturers to increase efficiency and renewables, into Los Angeles.
IDEO has selected Detria Williamson, who joined the leadership team in spring 2021, as its chief marketing officer.
Within the past year, the sport of golf has seen an extraordinarily high increase in players hitting the links to enjoy the activity as a fun outdoor hobby. Brands are updating traditional golf apparel to feature fashionable and playful takes on classic styles, while maintaining the comfort and function players expect.
With 29 new brands joining Pack4Good, the goal of saving the world’s ancient and endangered forests took another step in the right direction. Pack4Good, an initiative by the environmental nonprofit organization Canopy, is focused on eliminating controversial forest fibers from packaging such as take-out containers, shoeboxes and various other paper goods.