WHAT'S IN STYLE

Are Factories in Bangladesh Any Safer Now?
December 23, 2015 at 4:57 pm

With complex supply chains that stretch overseas, even companies that vow to keep a close eye on their main suppliers often fail to eradicate human-rights violations at all levels of production. Worse, these abuses (child labor, abominable working conditions and wage theft to name a few) often are ignored until a tragedy occurs. Afterward, there…

It Took Light-years for ‘Star Wars’ Fashion to Finally Include Women
December 23, 2015 at 4:51 pm

If you unexpectedly have found yourself lusting after a pair of blue R2-D2 pumps or coveting CoverGirl’s Dark Side mascara, it’s not a Jedi mind trick. "Star Wars" is currently the biggest trend in fashion—everyone from Uniqlo to Diane von Furstenberg has collaborated with the sci-fi franchise. Female fans especially are rejoicing. “We [women] were…

‘Farm to Fabric’ Clothing Preserves Ancient Craftmanship
December 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Throughout her career, New York-based Angel Chang has worked with internationally acclaimed designers, such as Chloé, of See By Chloé, and Donna Karan, and has written for publications from V Magazine to French Vogue. In 2006, she launched her own line of high-tech clothing, working with engineers to create innovative clothes, like a self-heating jacket.…

Philadelphia Retailer Debuts Gear to Capitalize on Trump Feud with Mayor
December 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Donald Trump faced off last week, trading barbs on Twitter and through media interviews. And now a Philadelphia-based retailer is jumping on the frenzy surrounding their fight by debuting a "Ban Trump from Philly" T-shirt. Philly Phaithful unveiled the anti-Trump shirt (and baby onesie) last week following a back-and-forth between…

Making Climate Change Fashionable: Garment Industry Takes on Global Warming
December 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

Since the COP21 climate change talks took place in Paris earlier this month, it’s nice to see real progress on fronts rarely discussed. Lots of industries other than energy production—agriculture, iron and metal smelting, cement production, waste treatment and the fashion industry—are important sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The apparel industry accounts for 10 percent…

Delta Apparel Releases Fourth Quarter, 2015 Fiscal Year Results
December 16, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Delta Apparel, Greenville, S.C., achieved net sales growth of 2.5 percent for its 2015 fiscal year and 12.7 percent for the fourth quarter, which ended Oct. 3, 2015. The numbers have been adjusted for prior year period sales in its recently divested The Game, a branded collegiate headwear and apparel business that it sold to…

Copper Clothing Maker to Pay $1.35M for Bogus Health Claims
December 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

A company that makes copper-infused clothing agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle government charges that it falsely claimed its garments could relieve pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other diseases. The company, called Tommie Copper, booked $87 million in sales between 2011 and 2014, according to regulators. The Federal Trade Commission…

Two Pantone Colors of the Year Chosen
December 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

For the first time in its 16-year history Pantone LLC, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, has chosen two shades—Serenity (Pantone 15-3919) and Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520)—as the Pantone Color of the Year selections for 2016. The colors evoke a mindset of tranquility and inner peace as…

Nike Unveils Uniforms for College Football Playoff Teams
December 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

The College Football Playoff semifinal matchups have been announced and that means new uniforms. Well, they're the same uniforms that all four teams normally wear, but they do have a shiny new Nike logo on them—plus players will be wearing new gloves. Clemson University, University of Alabama, Michigan State University and University of Oklahoma will…

These Clothing Lines Are Produced in Prisons Around the World
December 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

When it comes to ethical labor in the fashion industry, the conversation usually begins and ends with sweatshop labor practices. But how does fashion produced by prisoners fit into the equation? Inmates toiling over sewing machines in the most recent season of "Orange Is the New Black" isn’t just a scripted plot line, according to…