Industry Voices: Sustainable, Resilient, Equitable: How Western Hemisphere Trade Policy Plays a Role
By Beth Hughes, AAFA vice president, trade and customs policy | July 14, 2022
The United States hosted the Summit of the Americas for the first time in four years June 6–10 in Los Angeles with “Building a Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Future” as the focus. For the apparel and footwear industries, those words resonate loudly.
You may have heard of the madness of King George—there’s a superb 1994 biopic about it—but that’s certainly not the case with this George III, who’s not a monarch but a cargo ship.
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At the foundation of every garment is a choice regarding fabrication. This commitment to a certain textile that relies on specific fibers helps to tell the story of a collection.
As always, Miami Swim Week has proven to be the industry’s hottest event of the year, able to bring together the most notable swimwear brands, buyers, retailers, influencers and fashion editors from across the globe for a full week of activations, runway presentations and leading trade shows for the swimwear market.
U.K. fashion retailer Wolf & Badger has continued its expansion by opening a store in West Hollywood on June 3.
Hyosung will present its Ocean Protection Initiative at the summer edition of the Outdoor Retailer trade show in DenverJune 9–11.
Midnight Studios has announced its first foray into sustainably made denim, Midnight Studios Jeans, a new collection featuring a matching jean and denim jacket revealed at its runway show’s Spring/Summer ’22 collection, Welcome to the Machine.
In an effort to push the denim industry forward and further into sustainability, 30 design students have created a new denim collection that offers a glimpse into the future of the denim industry through the eyes of Gen Z.
Avery Dennison Corporation has announced new features to its atma.io connected product cloud that will help change how brands reduce waste across the entire supply chain.
Earth Day is a worldwide event held every April 22 that aims to remind everyone to love and take care of the planet. The day highlights the need for accountability across all sectors regarding their roles in the environmental crisis, including the fashion industry.
For the third year, Lenzing’sflagship textile brand Tenceland RCGD Global have partnered to spotlight eco couture at the Academy Awards.
Nordstrom has partnered with materials-science company Pangaia for its latest pop-up shop, Concept 016: Pangaia, through its New Concepts@Nordstrom platform, which aims to discover what’s next in fashion through such partnerships. Developed and designed with Pangaia, the pop-up is the first physical retail experience in North America for the brand.
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Despite its once fringe status, sustainable living has reached closer into the mainstream fashion market, and what was, in the past, a lifestyle choice has now become a necessity.
Beginning 2022 with fresh sustainable initiatives, Soorty, the Pakistan-headquartered denim mill, has expanded upon its vertically integrated operations in the pursuit of greener business.
Shooting its recent Resort 2022 campaign in a desert setting, Los Angeles–based Bella Dahl introduced pieces that promote comfort, beauty and sustainability and celebrate California sensibilities.