The Apparel Business Blog

3 Textiles That Are Changing Fashion


While cotton is still the most widely used textile in apparel manufacturing, new competitors are entering the market all the time. Natural fibers like bamboo and hemp that used to be relegated to the construction materials market have gotten a boost from sustainability-conscious consumers. At the same time, the burgeoning “athleisure” market has given designers a new canvas to showcase cutting-edge performance textiles.

Wearable Tech: Fad or Fashion Revolution?

With the world abuzz over the Apple Watch and its smartwatch competitors, it may seem like we’re just now breaking the boundaries of truly wearable tech, but apparel manufacturers’ fascination with wearable tech is as old as technology itself. From the pocket watches of the distant past to the Casio Calculator Watch of just a few decades ago, humans have always been enchanted with the idea of augmented reality, even if the term itself didn’t exist yet.

While wearable tech may be all the rage right now, we’ve seen it before — what will make it stick around this time?

4 Biggest Supply Chain Screw-Ups

With all the shifting variables in play, the fact that goods arrive where and when they’re supposed to is something of a miracle. From weather delays to human error in the warehouse, there are hundreds of problems just waiting to slow down the supply chain. It’s a testament to the warehouse management and logistical skills of thousands of people working together that the wheels don’t constantly fall off. But sometimes they do, and it can be spectacularly bad.

4 Nightmare Scenarios for Warehouse Managers

Keeping your supply chain on track can be treacherous — there are many variables that can throw you off your game. Your schedule can be disrupted by a problem at any of the hundreds of points along your supply chain, from port delays slowing the movement of your goods to labor disputes preventing your wares from being manufactured.

The Life of a Garment, from Seed to Sale: 6 Steps in the Fashion Supply Chain

Even the most humble consumer product is a triumph of cooperation and coordination. Economist Milton Friedman marveled at the difficulty one man would have making a graphite pencil, an item that businesses churn out in huge numbers with ease. The story of a garment is no different — from its origins in the fields and textile warehouses to its final destination in a retail store, hundreds of people have a hand in its production.