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The Week In Fabric [14.08.15]

Benjamin Fitzgerald
From beading to brocade, capsule collections to collaborative debuts, 'The Week In Fabric' gives back the must-know textiles and fashion information for the week just gone. It's your official guide to womenswear, menswear, sportswear and interiors news.
The Week In Fabric [14.08.15]

Lexus and the CFDA have announced the launch of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative, a business development program intended to create meaningful change within American fashion. Building upon the significant success of the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, the program includes 17 month residency-based program with ten participating brands – who will be announced in October 2015. Teaching includes responsible sourcing, ethical manufacturing, supply chain transparency, scalable business strategies, and consumer literacies. [CFDA]

H&M will be recycling clothes and donating proceeds to philanthropic organizations. Collected items will be sold - provided that they are in good condition, in various countries, as second-hand clothing. Clothes whose condition is not good enough to be commercialized will be transformed into other products such as cleaning clothes, or even into fibers for the textile industry or for the production of insulation material. [EUROPA PRESS]

India is forecast to become the world's biggest cotton producer for the 2015-16 season with some 25% of two million laborers in cotton fields being children (under the age of fourteen). According to the report 'Cotton's Forgotten Children', the number of children working in this sector has increased by 100,000 since 2010. A further 35% of workers are aged between 14 and 18, said the report. [FASHION MAG]

Cambodia's garment factories could reject union demands for an increase in the minimum wage, a survey taken by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has showed. Some 63% of members want no raise and 26% support only marginal increases of $1-$5. It comes ahead of talks next month between the government, factories and unions to address demands for a sharp increase from the current monthly $128 minimum to $177 in 2016. [REUTERS]

Research by Grand View has shown the global smart textile market is expected to be valued at $1.59 billion dollars by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 24.1% from 2013 to 2020. The increase in fitness fashion is pushing smart textiles on, as well as growth in the fashion and entertainment industry. The report highlighted garment washability as a bigger challenge as the electronics get smaller and more integrated into smart garments. [PRESS RELEASE]

Mexico will take protective measures - within the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - in order to safeguard local industries such as textiles, clothing and footwear. The Central American nation hopes to avoid an excess of these products in the Mexican market, said R. Moses Kalach B., president of the business coalition that negotiates the deal. "We will not obstruct the trade or exclude a sector, but we will regulate volumes and access, and this is going to happen in many areas," said the businessman. [FASHION MAG]

The group of designers - to receive support from Swarovski for Spring Summer 2016 - have been announced. They are: Alexander Lewis, Christian Wijnants, Creatures of the Wind, David Koma, Emilia Wickstead, Esteban Cortazar, Haizhen Wang, Iris Van Herpen, Peter Pilotto, Rosie Assoulin, Tanya Taylor, Thomas Tait, Tim Coppens, Tome and Vivienne Hu. They will receive year-long financial and crystal product support and a chance to win the annual €25,000 Swarovski Collective Prize. The winner will be announced in May 2016. [FASHION MAG]

Some 200 French businesses, representing the French fashion and textile savoir-faire now-how, will feature in New York City's Times Square, September 26-27. Best of France will feature a fashion show, sponsored by Galeries Lafayette; while French firms - hoping to crack the North American market - can listen to a talk given by Paul Bensabat, chairman of the North American Committee of the Foreign Trade Advisors. [WWW]

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Benjamin Fitzgerald
Contributor at Le Souk
Fashion journalist based in Australia, Benjamin covers the latest developments in the global design world - from runway shows to window displays.

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