Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is a Swedish clothing retailer, with outlets in 43 countries. It is ranked the second largest global clothing retailer, just behind Spain’s Inditex, the parent of ZARA, according to Wikipedia.
The consumer and celebrity boycotts of multinationals over refusal to use cotton from Xinjiang reveals that Chinese no longer opt blindly for foreign brands and that doing business in China means more than compliance with regulations.
US-based Keel Labs extracts polymer from seaweed to produce a yarn it hopes will replace environmentally damaging fibres used in garments and textiles.
Police pledged to conduct a thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice after the 11-second video went viral on social media.
‘Recycling’ schemes from fast-fashion giants like H&M and Zara result in less than 1 per cent of old clothes turned into new items. In nations like Ghana, the result is all around.
Total cotton production in China is expected to increase by 5.8 per cent year on year, although demand has weakened, while the US’ Uygur Forced Labour Prevention Act has also hurt the market.
Chinese fast-fashion giant Shein is looking to get its ultra-low-priced clothing to US consumers quicker via local distribution centres, putting pressure on competitors like H&M and Asos.
Hat trends come and go, but one that keeps coming back is the bucket hat. Obsolete by the ’90s, the hat has been endorsed by celebrities and picked up by luxury fashion labels. Maybe this time it’s not going anywhere.
The EU Chamber of Commerce in China does not expect the Chinese border to fully reopen until the second half of 2023, and says ‘China is losing the allure that it used to have’.
Social media posts of sales at Gap stores in China fuelled further speculation that another foreign clothing brand is set to reduce its footprint in the country as an ongoing rise in nationalism appears to be increasing favouritism for domestic brands.
H&M’s return to Tmall marks an initial step to help restore the company’s lustre in China, where it has borne the brunt of a backlash against foreign companies that refuse to buy Xinjiang cotton.
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International brands like H&M and Urban Outfitters are being forced to rethink their strategies in China amid changing consumer preferences for fashion.
Online sales plunge for Western sports brands in China underlines dilemma over use of Xinjiang cotton but analysts say trend could be temporary.
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The Switzerland-based Better Cotton Initiative was launched in 2009 to promote worldwide good practice in the cotton industry, but has been under pressure over its handling of the alleged forced labour issue in Xinjiang.
H&M’s March 31 statement suggests it has prioritised its economic interests and learned lessons from the NBA and others that have angered China
Despite the unfortunate politicisation of the issue, the logic of challenging modern-day slavery through shining a light on global supply chains is sound
Swedish company says it is working on plans for material sourcing amid criticism over its forced labour concerns in far western region.
Beijing’s use of bans and boycotts is a double-edged sword and, this time around, boycott supporters may have bitten off more than they can chew
On Monday morning, Nike and Adidas apps on Huawei’s app store were not available to download, but the boycott of foreign brands over their position on Xinjiang cotton has not affected sales of these two sports brands on Chinese e-commerce platforms.
The two international sportswear brands remained visible on major e-commerce sites and a special Nike offer sold out quickly.
Politics or not, forced labour is an existing and severe problem worldwide, which needs to be taken seriously
H&M was targeted by ‘patriotic’ Chinese netizens for its stance on cotton from Xinjiang, prompting major Chinese tech firms to remove all references to the Swedish clothing giant from their apps.
In Beijing and Shanghai, consumers tell if and how their clothes-buying habits will change because of a row between China and global brands.
EU Chamber of Commerce in China says its members are facing an increasingly politicised business environment.