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Fashion for hire: Americans embrace clothing rental services

New York - Remember when you bought an expensive evening gown for an event, only to ever wear it once or twice? Or picked up a trendy T-shirt, only to leave it gathering dust in the closet?

Six years after Bangladesh factory disaster, rights groups issue 'grim' warning

Dhaka - Six years after one of the world's most devastating factory disasters led to international safety monitoring in Bangladesh, campaigners are warning of "grim consequences" if such oversight is abandoned.

Anders Holch Povlsen, discreet Danish billionaire

Copenhagen - Danish clothing retail billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, one of Scotland's biggest landowners who lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka attacks, is a reclusive businessman who has jealously guarded his family's privacy over the years.

French justice minister calls sports hijab row 'hysterical'

Paris - French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet on Wednesday waded into a row over the marketing of a sports version of the hijab Muslim headscarf in France, saying she regretted the "hysterical" debate and stressing that selling such items would in no way br...

Retailer Decathlon cancels plans to sell sport 'hijab' in France

Paris - Retailer Decathlon Tuesday cancelled plans to sell a sports version of the hijab Muslim headscarf in France, following an outcry.

German court rejects suit over Pakistan factory fire

Frankfurt Am Main - A German court Thursday threw out a lawsuit by Pakistani plaintiffs against clothing retailer KiK over a deadly 2012 fire at a Karachi garment factory, saying the statute of limitations had expired.

Indian father and son battle for billion-dollar empire

New Delhi - Vijaypat Singhania thought he was keeping his billion-dollar Indian textile empire in the family when he gifted control of the Raymond Group to his son Gautam three years ago.

Bangladesh seeks revival of silk industry

Rajshahi - Bangladesh's silk industry is one of the oldest in the world, with farmers in the northwestern border district of Rajshahi producing some of the most sought-after silk yarns.

Bangladesh factory disaster survivors demand justice five years on

Savar - Hundreds of Bangladeshis staged protests and tearful tributes Tuesday on the fifth anniversary of one of the world's worst industrial disasters, when the Rana Plaza textile factory complex collapsed and killed at least 1,130 people.

Fashion giants in rights drive after Bangladesh factory tragedy

Paris - Five years on from the industrial disaster that killed over 1,130 clothing factory workers in Bangladesh, high street fashion giants have invested millions in developing more socially responsible practices.

Five years of agony: Bangladesh factory disaster survivors await justice

Savar - The pain of waiting 10 hours with her leg crushed by bodies under the rubble of the Rana Plaza factory was hell for Nilufer Begum. But the five-year wait for justice has been just as agonising.

Mother of Bangladesh disaster factory owner jailed

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court has sentenced the mother of the owner of the notorious Rana Plaza factory complex, which collapsed killing more than 1,100 people, to six years in jail for graft, a prosecutor said Friday.

Electric textile lights a lamp as it is stretched

Gothenburg - Scientists have developed an electric textile that can generate sufficient power to light a lamp as it is stretched. This happens through the conversion of kinetic energy into electric power.

Russia's Hermitage puts rare collection of tsars' clothes on show

Sanktpeterburg - From Peter the Great's doublet to the wedding dress of the last tsar's wife Alexandra, Russia's renowned Hermitage museum has put on display highlights from its vast and unique costume archive.

Paris big guns show why they are top of fashion tree

Paris - The big guns came out to play Tuesday on the Paris haute couture catwalks and showed why they are still top of the fashion tree.

'Smart' denim promises touchscreen tech clothes

Paris - A young man in a white t-shirt pulls on a dark blue denim trucker jacket, tucks his smartphone in an inside pocket and puts in-ear headphones in his right ear.He mounts a fixed-gear bike with flat, slightly curved wide handlebars.

Ready for a long, hot summer? Self-cooling clothing could help

University of California San Diego scientists have developed a low-cost plastic material which can act as the base material for clothing that cools down the wearer.

Torch festival shines on in Chinese hill country

Xichang - Surrounded by green hillsides and fluttering flags, young women wearing silver headdresses and colourful costumes filed onto the stage, dancing hand in hand as sounds of singing filled the valley.

'Rana Plazas everywhere': Danger still haunts Bangladesh

Dhaka - As they jostle for space on the floor, with the door to their fire escape padlocked, the seamstresses cannot help but recall the carnage when another of Bangladesh's garment factories collapsed three years ago.

In old Damascus, war threatens Syrian handicrafts

Damascus - In his cramped workshop in Damascus, Mohammad Abdallah delicately etches away at wooden panels inlaid with mother-of-pearl, a craft he perfected over a decade before the outbreak of Syria's war.

Bangladesh orders mass arrests over 2013 factory disaster

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court Monday ordered the arrest of 24 people and seizure of their assets after they failed to turn up to face murder charges over the collapse of a garment factory that killed more than 1,100 people.

Bangladesh charges Rana Plaza owner and 40 others with murder

Dhaka - Bangladeshi police on Monday charged 41 people including the owner of the Rana Plaza factory complex with murder after the building collapsed killing more than 1,100 people in 2013.

'Missing' victims add to Bangladesh factory collapse agony

Dhaka - Holding a photograph of her son in one hand and a bone in another, Mehera stands silently surrounded by rubble at the site which once housed Bangladesh's ill-fated Rana Plaza factory complex.

Mexico rescues 129 workers 'abused' by S.Korean firm

- Mexican authorities have rescued 129 workers, including six children, who said they were physically and sexually abused at a garment firm run by South Koreans, officials said Thursday.

Garment industry says 200 plants shut since Bangladesh disaster

Dhaka - More than 200 garment factories have shut down in Bangladesh since the country's worst industrial disaster prompted a massive clean-up of the world's second-largest textile sector, an industry group said Thursday.

Protests on Dhaka factory disaster anniversary

Dhamrai - Western fashion brands faced pressure Thursday to increase help for victims of the world's worst garment factory accident, as mass protests marked the one-year anniversary of the Bangladesh disaster that cost 1,138 lives.

Bangladesh's miracle survivor marries and builds new life

Dhamrai - She was the miracle seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after the building collapse. One year on, she has married and found a new job.

Emotional, violent protests a year after Bangladesh disaster

Dhamrai - Thousands of Bangladeshis held emotional and violent protests on the one-year anniversary of the world's worst garment factory disaster, as Western retailers faced pressure to hike aid for victims of the accident that cost 1,138 lives.

H&M plans Asia, online expansion as profits rise

Stockholm - Swedish fashion giant H&M announced strong profits Thursday amid plans for a large-scale expansion of outlets in Asia and online but shares dropped sharply as the figures missed expectations.The group reported a 7.7-percent annualised growth in pro...

Adidas confident after meeting targets in 2013

Frankfurt - Adidas, the German maker of sportswear and equipment, said Wednesday it expects 2014 to be a successful year after it met all of its targets for 2013.
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