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    Extended Covid restrictions in Vietnam are hitting companies hard


    Footwear brands expected to suffer considerable damage from a decision by Vietnamese authorities to extend their strict Covid-19 restrictions in the Ho Chi Minh City region until the end of the month. They were originally scheduled to be lifted on Sept. 15, but the measures taken so far have prevented ...

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    Sam Edelman debuts in kids’ footwear


    The U.S. brand Sam Edelman, which is part of the Caleres group, debuted kids footwear with a collection designed exclusively in-house for the fall 2021 season. The designer Sam Edelman explained that “designing a kids collection in-house was a no-brainer. I saw a space in the market for amazing quality ...

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    Dr. Martens, Suicoke in new collaboration


    The British brand Dr. Martens and the Japanese shoemaker Suicoke have reunited to create a new sandal called DM Mura, which incorporates the Lorsan outsole from Dr. Martens and the slip-on “Mura” silhouette from Suicoke. The shoes come in Black Smooth Leather or Black New Vibrance Croco, which includes crocodile ...

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    Rizzo starts trading second-hand bags


    Rizzo Group, a footwear, bags and accessories retailer, has launched a service under which people can trade in second-hand bags and suitcases at its Rizzo stores in Sweden and Morris shops in Norway. The item is valued in store and the customer receives a voucher, based on the assessed value ...

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    Deichmann launches parcel station pilot


    The German footwear company Deichmann has launched a parcel station pilot in its home market. The company has installed the parcel station outside the Deichmann store in Mülheim-Dümpten. The clients who use the click and collect service can retrieve the goods from the pick-up station after receiving a message with ...

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    ​Covestro proposes to use digital printing to glue shoes


    Covestro, a German manufacturer of polymer materials is proposing hot-melt adhesives based on its Desmomelt U thermoplastic powder to glue the upper and outsole of shoes by using digital printing. “Polyurethane dispersions have proven their worth in adhesives for manual shoe production. But attempts to automate manual application with robot-assisted ...

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    SOLE launches climate accountability initiative and carbon-negative insoles


    Canadian footwear company SOLE has launched CO2negative, an initiative in collaboration with ReCORK to promote and facilitate the accurate labeling of the climate impact of consumer products and the certification of CO2-negative products, and simultaneously announced its first CO2negative-certified insoles, the Performance footbed collection. Made from ReCORK recycled cork, the ...

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    Shoepassion turns N91 into a lifestyle brand


    The Berlin-based footwear company Shoepassion has decided to transform its N91 sneaker label into a lifestyle brand. “N91 reinterprets the urban lifestyle around the sneaker cult and at the same time relies on the highest ethical and ecological standards. With N91 we present contemporary designs from the heart of Berlin ...

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    Saucony introduces the new Triumph 19 shoe


    Saucony has announced the launch of the all-new Triumph 19 running shoe, available in men’s and women’s sizes at and selected running specialty retailers globally. The Triumph 19 features the brand’s PWRRUN+ responsive cushioning, an upgrade from the underfoot cushioning in the Triumph franchise, as well as the brand’s ...

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    Vietnamese manufacturers react to the spreading virus


    More than 1,000 companies operating in various sectors in the Ho Chi Minh City region have managed to keep most of their workers on site, accommodating them in their factories or transporting them from hotels and other lodgings, to help avoid a shutdown of their operations due to the spreading ...

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    OrthoLite pushes for zero waste in insoles


    U.S. insole specialist OrthoLite , a supplier for over 350 footwear brands worldwide, has announced a widespread zero waste initiative to reduce the environmental impact of its products that are used in roughly 500 million pairs of shoes every year. The company’s commitment includes investment in a proprietary manufacturing system ...

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    Clarks launches style using surplus materials


    Clarks Originals has released a new style called Wallabee Patch whose upper is made by using surplus materials to create a ”unique camouflage design.” The company said that Wallabee Patch ”combines sustainable production with our iconic moccasin silhouette.” It added that the rubber crepe sole is Forest Stewardship ...

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    Lenzing and Orange Fiber cooperate on new lyocell fiber made from orange pulp


    Lenzing and Orange Fiber , an Italian company that has patented the pulp production process for citrus by-products, have unveiled the first Tencel brand lyocell fiber made from orange pulp and wood sources. With this new product, the companies aim to improve sustainability in the textile and ...

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    Covid outbreak closes major factories in Vietnam


    A sudden and violent outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and its environs is expected to delay shipments of shoes and apparel and may result in a loss orders for local manufacturers, according to the local NV Express , which cited the shutdown of 29 ...

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    Ferragamo in fragrance agreement with Inter Parfums


    Salvatore Ferragamo has granted an exclusive and worldwide license to Inter Parfums for the production and distribution of Ferragamo brand perfumes. The agreement will be effective from October 2021 and will last for an initial term of 10 years. ”In order to assure the highest level of ...

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    Kenneth Cole in licensing deals with Eastman Footwear, Vida Shoes


    The American fashion house Kenneth Cole has entered into licensing partnerships with Eastman Footwear Group and Vida Shoes International for men’s and women’s footwear. Beginning with spring 2022, Eastman will be responsible for the development, sourcing, production and sales of men’s shoes under the Kenneth Cole ...

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    U.K. fashion industry struggles to absorb higher costs from Brexit


    Brexit has led to higher prices and increased bureaucracy for the clothing industry and companies are struggling to absorb the additional costs, a comprehensive industry survey has found. The poll of 138 firms by the UK Fashion and Textile Association ( UKFT ) showed that British firms ...

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    Solvay introduces its first bio-based polyamide


    Solvay is launching globally Bio Amni , its first partially bio-based polyamide 5.6. Bio Amni is produced entirely at the company’s textile industrial unit in Brazil. Solvay’s research and innovation teams worked on creating the new textile yarn for two years, the company said. The launch of Bio Amni ...

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    Nike launches sneaker range made from pineapple leaf fibers


    Nike has teamed up with Piñatex on the “ Happy Pineapple ” pack, a collection of sneakers that use a pineapple-based material. The silhouettes featured in the new pack include the Nike Air Force 1 , Free Run Trail , Air Max 95 , Air Max ...

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    Gucci launches eco material Demetra


    Italian fashion house Gucci , part of the French luxury goods group Kering , announced the launch of a new sustainable animal-free, plant-based material known as Demetra , which it plans to make open to competitors next year. Demetra, named for the Greek goddess of harvest and agriculture, is ...