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H&M closes 20 stores in China amid Xinjiang cotton controversy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M was forced to close 20 stores in China following local uproar over its stance on Xinjiang cotton, reports said Wednesday (March 31). ...

Taiwanese fashion designer's new collection features scrap metal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Who says fast fashion is dominating the world when haute couture that requires welding thrives? Taiwanese fashion designer Wang Li-ling (汪俐伶) launched a new series of o...

Vaccine 1st puts spotlight on German pharma company BioNTech

MAINZ, Germany (AP) — The email that arrived in the ancient German city of Mainz shortly before 1 a.m. in the morning marked a turning point in the global effort to deliver a reliable vaccine against ...

Eco-fashion offers a renaissance for new Tunisian brands

MAHDIA, Tunisia (AP) — The sun is setting by the time Tunisian fashion designer Chems Eddine Mechri reaches the breezy, seaside town of Mahdia. He has spent half the day driving in the scorching heat ...

Zara Taiwan unaffected by global closures

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After Spanish fashion retailer Inditex announced it was closing 1,200 stores worldwide, Zara Taiwan announced Thursday (June 11) it would be unaffected by the plans. Th...

Gucci, Saint Laurent seek radical redo of fashion calendars

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Gucci and Saint Laurent are two of the highest profile luxury fashion houses to announce they will leave the fashion calendar behind, with its relentless four-times-a-year rhythm, ...

Innovative fashion designers lead the way on sustainability

LONDON (AP) — Innovative fashion designers are turning to such things as horseradish and nettles to make sustainable clothing and accessories to the delight of a growing number of b...

Sustainability in the fashion industry faces an uphill climb

LONDON (AP) — Sustainability in fashion is a hot button topic, with retailers large and small racing to prove their green credentials, but the desire for new attire churns and the industry remains one...

Greenpeace urges cut in plastic packaging on Singles' Day

The non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace called on major retailers in Taiwan to step up their efforts to eliminate plastic packaging, on Singles' Day Monday, the largest shopping...

Forever 21 bankruptcy reflects teens’ new shopping behavior

For years, teens flocked to Forever 21′s massive stores at the nation’s malls for its speedy take on fashion, like its $5 shimmery halter tops and $25 dresses. But the chain that helped...

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___ California to let college athletes sign endorsement deals SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California's governor has signed a first-in-the-nation law...

Forever 21 fashion chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Low-price fashion chain Forever 21, a one-time hot destination for teen shoppers that fell victim to its own rapid expansion and changing consumer tastes, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protectio...

7 tips for becoming an ethical shopper

Sustainability, labor conditions, politics and other issues prevalent in the news have left many consumers wondering how to be socially responsible. For some, this seems like an impossible task. ...

H&M's new diversity chief designs a more inclusive future

NEW YORK (AP) — H&M is set to kick off a series of workshops and training this fall for thousands of its employees at its more than 500 North American stores aimed at addressing unconscious bias. ...

Bangladesh police arrest building owners over deadly fire

Police in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, say they have arrested two of the owners of a high-rise commercial building where a fire last week killed 26 people and injured some 70 others. A police offi...