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China's Hengli makes bold $20 billion bet to spin coal into fabric

China's Hengli makes bold $20 billion bet to spin coal into fabric

What to do with China's abundant stock of coal? Chemicals giant Hengli plans to make clothes out of it. The firm has surprised observers by getting into mining with a $20bn project to convert coal into polyester yarn.
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Britain's Selfridges to axe jobs on virus retail storm

Britain's Selfridges to axe jobs on virus retail storm

British department store group Selfridges warned Tuesday that it plans to axe 450 jobs after sales slumped due to the coronavirus and the aftermath of the nationwide lockdown.
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Reliance Industries 'to buy' Future Group's retail chains - report

Reliance Industries 'to buy' Future Group's retail chains - report

​Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd will pay between 240bn and 270bn rupees ($3.2-$3.6bn) to buy the Indian retail chains owned by Future Group, Mint newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing two sources.
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NRF condemns forced labor in supply chains after reports on China's Xinjiang region

NRF condemns forced labor in supply chains after reports on China's Xinjiang region

America’s National Retail Federation has teamed up with other industry bodies to release a statement reiterating its “zero tolerance” approach to forced labor and calling on national government to take action.
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Christian Dior finds magic and roots in its cruise collection, but in Puglia not Paris

Christian Dior finds magic and roots in its cruise collection, but in Puglia not Paris

Dior unveiled a magically infused cruise collection on Wednesday night in the main square of Lecce in Puglia, the home region of the father of the house’s couturier Maria Grazia Chiuri. 
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Pittards boosts cash levels, sales plunge but recovery starts

Pittards boosts cash levels, sales plunge but recovery starts

​Leather specialist Pittards said on Monday that it has boosted its liquidity with a government-backed loan of £1m and that trade has improved during June and July, But it still expects a loss after H1 sales fell 45%.
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UK lawmakers, retailers call for action to prevent garment workers' exploitation

UK lawmakers, retailers call for action to prevent garment workers' exploitation

A group of 50 British lawmakers, retailers such as Marks & Spencer and New Look, and investors and NGOs called on Monday for urgent action to prevent the exploitation of garment factory workers in the United Kingdom.
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Pamela Tulizo wins Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talent

Pamela Tulizo wins Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talent

Pamela Tulizo has won the Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talent, the third edition of the prestigious prize which is held in conjunction with Luma Arles.
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Diesel links with Polygiene for virus-fighting denim

Diesel links with Polygiene for virus-fighting denim

Sweden's Polygiene, which offers stay-fresh functionality for textiles, said Thursday that it’s linked with denim brand Diesel to introduce “an innovative denim treatment that physically halts 99% of any viral activity”.
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Longchamp reverses course in Russia

Longchamp reverses course in Russia

The French leather goods brand’s Russian division went into liquidation on July 3, and Longchamp is only active in Russia via its e-shop, according to local media.
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Levi's adjusts financing to give more support to garment workers

Levi's adjusts financing to give more support to garment workers

Levi's announced its commitments to providing further financial support to its garment workers, after the company appeared on a list of brands that had not yet fully paid suppliers for already made product. 
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Patchy demand at stores spells more pain for garment suppliers

Patchy demand at stores spells more pain for garment suppliers

Fashion brands and retailers re-opening around the world to patchy demand, and carrying unsold stock from spring have cut fall orders by as much as two-thirds in moves spelling more pain for Asian suppliers.
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Schiaparelli and Naomi kick off Paris's first digital couture season

Schiaparelli and Naomi kick off Paris's first digital couture season

Schiaparelli kicked off first the ever fully digital Paris haute couture season on Monday with a film which concentrated on its couturier, Daniel Roseberry, since he was marooned in New York throughout the lockdown.
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Kendall and Kylie Jenner brand responds to claims that it did not pay garment workers

Kendall and Kylie Jenner brand responds to claims that it did not pay garment workers

A statement from the Kendall + Kylie label called the claim that it "neglected to pay factory workers in Bangladesh as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic" an "incorrect rumor."
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Garment factories hit by Leicester lockdown

Garment factories hit by Leicester lockdown

At least five Leicester garment factories have been reportedly forced to close amid reports of a coronavirus outbreak among their workers, accusations of furlough abuse and lack of proper monitoring.
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With creches shut, mothers forced out of garment factory jobs in India

With creches shut, mothers forced out of garment factory jobs in India

Every morning since her factory reopened after lockdown in southern India last month, garment worker Radha has woken to the same dilemma; leave her two young children alone at home or miss out on a day’s pay.
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